What subjects do you need for engineering?

Students of engineering are usually competent in mathematics and feel relatively comfortable with the subject. While Higher Level maths is a requirement for many engineering courses, not every course requires it. Courses at Level 6 or Level 7 usually do not require Higher Level maths, while Levels 8 and up generally do. (See the section on Levels for more.) Many colleges offer additional maths classes in First Year for students who need extra support.

While science subjects are not usually compulsory for entry to engineering, many students do find themselves drawn to science subjects at school. Subjects such as physics, chemistry or agricultural science can provide a good foundation for students of engineering, as First Year at college usually involves the study of core scientific concepts.

If you choose science subjects it will open up many new options for you. As well as giving you the option to apply for engineering and science courses at university, it will help develop your problem-solving skills and analytical skills, which are recognized as important by employers in many different types of jobs.

Each college has its own entry requirements for the engineering courses they offer. Review these carefully in the college prospectus or online before applying for a place.

For more in-depth information about the different types of engineering jobs, visit Engineering Disciplines in the 16-18 section.