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Aerospace Engineering

Entry requirements

Your personal statement should describe your motivation for choosing mechanical engineering and information about your relevant non-academic interests and achievements. You can demonstrate a commitment to the discipline by describing and reflecting on any related work experience you have carried out. 

There are no essential additional requirements beyond the qualifications listed below. However, when deciding whether to make an offer to a candidate, we will take into account evidence of the following skills, attributes and qualifications:

  • a strong interest in mechanical engineering demonstrated by extra-curricular activity, research or work experience
  • study in addition to core subjects such as additional AS level(s)
  • additional A2 level(s)
  • a relevant Extended Project Qualification

 

GCSE Requirements

  • GCSE (or equivalent) English Language grade C or above essential
  • GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics grade A or above essential

 Preference will be shown to applicants with a high proportion of A and A* grades

A Levels

Typical Offer: A*AA

In exceptional circumstances we may make a slightly lower offer (typically AAA)

A level subject requirements

  •  Mathematics grade A or above
  • Physics grade A or above
  • A* required in either Mathematics or Physics
  • General Studies will not be included in the offer
  • Languages which are intended for non-native speakers are not normally acceptable when taken by native speaker of that language

Preferred subjects

We prefer the third A level to be in a relevant subject such as Further Mathematics,  Design and Technology or a traditional subject.

Last year, besides Mathematics and Physics, the top 3 subjects offered by successful candidates were:

  • Further Mathematics 43%
  • Chemistry 33%
  • Design & Technology 12%

Access to Higher Education Diploma

Our mechanical engineering programmes are academically challenging and require solid foundations of knowledge in mathematics and physics. We will consider the applications of students who have studied Access to HE Diplomas in science or engineering, whose applications indicate that they have studied a suitable level of mathematics and physics to be able to succeed on our programmes. You will need to have studied mathematics units worth at least 12 credits, including the study of 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.

If your application indicates that you may be suitable for our programmes, you will be invited to attend an interview at the university. During this interview, you will be asked about your motivation to study a mechanical engineering programme at Bath, and you will be asked to work through a variety of programme-relevant mathematics and physics problems. Applicants who are able to demonstrate the necessary skills and knowledge will be considered for an offer for a place at Bath.

Typical offer:

Pass the Access to HE Diploma (in Science or Engineering), with at least 39 credits achieved from units awarded at Distinction. This must include 12 credits from mathematics units (including Calculus) awarded at Distinction and 12 credits from physics units awarded at Distinction.

BTEC

We will consider BTEC qualifications in Engineering (excluding Vehicle Repair and Technology), Applied Science and Construction.  These must be combined with A level Mathematics at grade A*. 

Typical Offer:Extended Diploma, D*D*D* with full distinction profile and an additional A level Mathematics at grade A* plus GCSE English grade C or equivalent.

Cambridge Pre-U

Typical Offer: D2, D3, D3 in 3 Principal Subjects

Essential:

  • Mathematics and Physics are essential
  • D2 must be achieved in either Mathematics or Physics

European Baccalaureate

Typical Offer: 85% overall with 9 and 8.5 in Higher Level (5 period) Mathematics and Physics, English 6.0 at Level 1, 7.0 at Level 2 and 7.5 at Level 3.

French Baccalaureate

Typical Offer: 16 overall with 16 in Maths and Physics and 14 in English.

German Abitur

Typical Offer: 1.2 overall with 14 in Mathematics and Physics and 11 in English.

HNC/HND

Our mechanical engineering programmes are academically challenging and require solid foundations of knowledge in mathematics and physics. We will consider the applications of students who are studying a HNC/HND in an engineering discipline and can also offer an A Level in Maths at grade A or a pass rate of at least 75% for the Open University module MST124: Essential mathematics 1.

If your application indicates that you may be suitable for our programmes, you will be invited to attend an interview at the university. During this interview, you will be asked about your motivation to study a mechanical engineering programme at Bath, and you will be asked to work through a variety of programme-relevant mathematics and physics problems. Applicants who are able to demonstrate the necessary skills and knowledge will be considered for an offer for a place at Bath.

Applicants will only be considered for entry onto the first year of our degree programmes.

Indian Qualifications

Typical Offer:85 overall with 85 in Maths and Physics and 80 in English.

International Baccalaureate

Typical Offer: Overall 38 with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and Physics and 5 in English at Standard Level (or equivalent).

International Students

We accept a wide range of non-UK qualifications as entry either to our Foundation Year or directly on to the first year of our undergraduate programmes. For further information please visit our International Office web page.

English Language Qualifications:

We normally require all applicants whose first language is not English to provide evidence of English language proficiency and we may ask you to take an English language test.

The minimum requirement for Mechanical Engineering is IELTS 6.5 including a minimum of 6.0 in each of the four components. Applicants should submit their results by 31st July. For a list of other English language qualifications we accept please go to our English Language Requirements web page. 

Irish Leaving Certificate

 Typical Offer: AAAABB at higher level, which must include English and A grades  in Mathematics and Physics, one of which must be achieved at A1.

Open University Credits

We welcome applications from students studying with the Open University. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. You will need to ensure that you will meet the GCSE requirements listed above.

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 and        
  • MST124: Essential Mathematics 1 and MST224: Mathematical Methods

However, we may be able to accept alternative units, please contact Admissions@bath.ac.uk to discuss this.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a high academic standard and may also be invited to attend an interview.

Typical offer:

  • Pass units worth 120 credits, including S207: The physical world and a Distinction / Pass 1 (85%) in a relevant Level 2 Mathematics unit worth at least 30 credits.

 

Please note: 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

Typical Offer:    AAAAB in Scottish Highers plus AA in Mathematics and Physics Advanced Highers. Grade 3 in English at Scottish Standard Level is required if not taken a Higher Level.

United States

Typical Offer:

Advanced Placement (AP): Three subjects at grade 5 including Calculus BC, Physics B or C and another academic subject.

AND

A minimum 675 in both Writing and Mathematics in the SAT Reasoning Test OR an ACT score of at least 32 out of 36 in both English and Mathematics (no further English is required).

Welsh Baccalaureate

Typical Offer: A*AA or AAA plus the Core which must include Mathematics and Physics and grade C in GCSE English