Engineering degree preparation

Studying engineering in the UK

Engineering is one of the prestigious STEM subjects – and a degree in this subject is highly valued by employers worldwide. To help you get the best possible start to a career in engineering, we offer specialist university preparation designed to give you a competitive advantage when applying to study engineering at a range of leading universities.

At Bellerbys College, we know how to get you to where you want to be. If you’ve got specific dreams of studying engineering at a top UK university, our specialist A Level engineering programme can help you to develop both the practical and theoretical skills you’ll need on an engineering degree.

To discover more about the path to engineering, you can learn how to become an engineer here.

Key Facts

Minumum age: 16

Course length:
5 or 6 terms (A Level programme)

Start dates: September and January

Locations: Brighton

Further Mathematics
Physics or Chemistry

Additional option to study Biology if your focus is on biomedical engineering

English language entry requirements:
IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

Academic entry requirements:
5 GCSEs (or international equivalent) at grade B or above and at least a grade A in Maths and Physics, as well as a 200 word personal statement explaining why you want to become an engineer – with a specific focus on the field you hope to study

Admissions process:
An interview with an academic from Bellerbys Brighton, in which you will be asked maths and physics questions to assess suitability and potential

Specialist engineering programme at Bellerbys

Based on our Brighton campus, you’ll study relevant A Level subjects to prepare you for your chosen engineering degree. You’ll be a part of a specialist tutor group, surrounded by fellow students who share your ambitions and passion for engineering. Our Head of Physics or expert Computer Science teacher will work with you as your own personal tutor – offering guidance and support in the subject and in applying to university.

Our specialist engineering programme was developed in collaboration with the University of Southampton, to ensure you’re studying a programme respected by universities.

Alongside your A Level subjects, you’ll have the chance to work on exciting projects which turn theory into practice – whilst you develop your understanding of the engineering industry beyond the standard A Level syllabus. A Bellerbys education goes beyond just what you learn in the classroom – we’ll also help you to develop your university application, enhancing your personal statement through specialist engineering opportunities as part of the programme.

The University of Southampton is ranked

  • 2nd for Civil Engineering
  • 3rd for Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • 6th for Mechanical Engineering
  • 7th for Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Subject Guide 2021

Practical engineering experience

We have connections to the top-ranking University of Southampton, so you’ll be able to benefit from guest lectures, trips to the University campus and exciting project work in order to gain practical engineering experience. You’ll benefit from:

  • Experience using Arduino, to build electronics projects ranging from small weather display systems to fingerprint scanners and robots
  • Practice using Solidworks, a CAD drawing software used by engineers both at university and as professionals in the industry
  • Trips to STEM events across the country
  • Guest lectures from industry experts from top universities across the UK (previous speakers have come from the University of Sussex, University of Birmingham and The Institution of Engineering and Technology)

Specialist university preparation

Working under the guidance of your personal tutor, you’ll receive university application support from someone who knows both education and the subject area. You’ll benefit from dedicated time in your timetable to work on your application with your tutor – with support every step of the way from choosing your university to writing your personal statement.

If you have ambitions of studying engineering at Oxford or Cambridge, we’ll provide extra preparation to not only ensure your application is of the standard required by Oxbridge – but to stand out amongst other applicants.

Om from Thailand

“I applied to university through UCAS. Maybe every week, we had a session where the tutor would give us advice and they would proofread our personal statement. I didn't know where to start at all, so the tutor always gave me useful advice.”

Om from Thailand - Studied Chemical Engineering Foundation, now studying Petroleum Engineering at the University of Leeds

University application process

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Find out how Bellerbys will support you when you apply to the university of your choice.

University connections

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We work with lots of different universities in the UK to help you find the right choice for you.

Enrichment opportunities

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Discover how you can enrich your learning experience even more – whilst enhancing your university application.