How will studying these subjects
at university differ from studying pure science?
What do engineers
In what areas of engineering and
technology will I find the greatest
opportunities in the future?
The range of opportunities in engineering and technology, both at university and beyond, is so wide it’s hard to know where to begin. But this course helps you to make the choice which is right for you so you can confidently take up exciting and rewarding studies. (Please note that this course is classroom-based; we don’t need access to specialist facilities.)
What is engineering?
You’ll already have studied science and mathematics, but engineering may be new, and here you’ll be finding out, with hands-on practice, just what engineers really do – both as students and as professionals.
Engineering – main branches
Traditionally, engineering is divided into four major branches (chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering). In this unit you have a taste of all four, and a feel for where they might lead.
Properties of materials
Engineers must have a good knowledge of materials and their properties so they can choose the correct material for their applications and products. Here, you look at the importance of the physical, chemical and mechanical properties of materials.
Introduction to technology
Technology is the application of scientific and engineering principles to specific projects – it’s where everything comes together, and you’ll be learning how you can gain and use knowledge and skills to make things happen.
In this unit, you’ll see the relevance of your engineering skills in this dynamic field, and there’ll be work on computer programming and on making a mobile application. What kind of study opportunities are there, and how do you find the best job?
Here you’ll be looking at civil and structural engineering, and compare the work of the engineer with that of the architect; this leads to hands-on work involving structural engineering challenges, as well as discussion regarding future opportunities.
Engineering & sustainability
How can we use science and engineering to make the world a better place? You’ll be looking at some of the developments in which you might like to take part, together with the steps you can take to make it happen.
To conclude, you’ll be joining your classmates in working as a team on a particular project to design something, and to get it to work. At the end of the course, you’ll be presenting your work to other students on the programme.