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Aerospace Engineering

Entry requirements

GCSE requirements

GCSE English grade C or 4 (or equivalent from category C).

Compulsory A level subjects

A*AA including Mathematics and Physics with A* in Mathematics or Physics (or Further Mathematics if applicable).

Desirable A level subjects

Preference for applicants with their third A Level in a relevant subject (such as Further Mathematics or Design and Technology) or a traditional subject (such as History).

A level subjects that will not be considered in your application

A level General Studies will not be considered. We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh).

Alternative A level offer

AAA including Mathematics and Physics plus one of:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

English language entry requirements

Category C.

Alternative entry requirements

Alternative entry requirements

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall and 7, 6, 6 in three Higher Level subjects including Mathematics and Physics.

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer: Pass the Access to HE Diploma (in Science or Engineering), with at least 39 credits achieved at Distinction. This must include 12 credits from Mathematics units (including Calculus) achieved at Distinction and 12 credits from Physics units achieved at Distinction.

Our Mechanical Engineering courses are academically challenging and require solid foundations of knowledge in Mathematics and Physics. We are able to consider Access to HE Diplomas in Science or Engineering, and we are looking for you to be studying a suitable level of Mathematics and Physics to be able to succeed in our courses. You will need to have studied Mathematics units worth at least 12 credits (including Calculus) and Physics units worth at least 12 credits. However, due to the time-limited nature of Access programme delivery, it is expected that you will have also completed a significant level of independent study in order to further develop and refine these skills.

BTEC

Typical offer: Obtain D*D*D* in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) plus grade A* in A level Mathematics.

We are able to consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas (QCF) in Engineering (excluding Vehicle Repair and Technology), Applied Science and Construction in combination with A level Mathematics.

If you are studying towards a Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma or a new specification BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF), please contact us for guidance.

Cambridge Pre-U typical offer

D2, D3, D3 including D3 in Mathematics and Physics and D2 in Mathematics or Physics.

Cambridge Pre-U alternative offer

D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics and Physics plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

HNC/HND

Our Mechanical Engineering courses are academically challenging and require solid foundations of knowledge in Mathematics and Physics. We are able to consider HNC/HND qualifications in Engineering disciplines for entry into the first year of our course. You will need to gain an overall grade of Distinction, including a Distinction in at least 20 credits of Level 4 Mathematics. In addition, you will need an A level in Mathematics at grade A or a pass rate of at least 75% for the Open University module MST124: Essential Mathematics 1.

Please note that HNC and HND qualifications may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Open University Credits 

Typically, we would be looking for you to have studied units worth at least 120 credits, including at least 30 credits at Level 2 in Mathematics. We would ideally be looking for you to be taking units including:

  • S207: The Physical World or S217: Physics: From Classical to Quantum and
  • MST124: Essential Mathematics 1 and MST224: Mathematical Methods


This information is a guide and all students applying with Open University Credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. We may be able to consider alternative units to those listed above: please contact us to discuss your profile.

Typical offer: Pass units worth 120 credits, including S207: The Physical World or S217: Physics: From Classical to Quantum and a Distinction/Pass 1 (85%) in a relevant Level 2 Mathematics unit worth at least 30 credits.

Please note that taking OU credits may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Scottish Highers 

AA in Advanced Highers including Mathematics and Physics plus AAAAA in Scottish Highers.