Pathway to Engineering

For students who want to study Engineering but did not do A-level Physics

What is the Pathway to Engineering?

If you want to study engineering but you're not taking a physics A-Level or one of the alternative applied science subjects required our Pathway to Engineering programme will allow you to access the following courses without the need to do a Foundation Year. You'll get all the support you need to get started on our undergraduate degree programmes.

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • General Engineering


We want to open up engineering to as many students as possible and there are no tuition fees for Pathway to Engineering.

During the programme you will stay in University halls of residence, for this a £500 accommodation cost does apply.

We can offer scholarships to all female applicants and widening participation applicants to cover the costs of accommodation. 

What you can expect

pathwayYou will spend three weeks before the start of your degree course receiving physics tutoring on campus in our state of the art Diamond facility, where you’ll combine small group classroom teaching with laboratory sessions.

You will build upon your existing maths knowledge and add some aspects of the physics A-Level syllabus and learn how to apply these skills to real world engineering problems.

The fourth week of the programme takes place during the University’s Intro Week and you will have optional tutorials. 

What it’s not

Please note the Pathway to Engineering is not an extra exam or module that you have to pass to progress onto the full degree course. This is purely a stepping-stone to give you the skills you’ll need to get started on the first year of our degree programmes.


Please get in touch with the admissions contact from the department you are interested in: 

Once you've spoken to your chosen department, make a normal UCAS application to be considered for an offer to study your chosen BEng/MEng degree. The Pathway to Engineering does not have a specific UCAS code, please use the one related to your chosen degree course.

You do not have to pass any exams on this course to progress onto your degree, all we ask is that you attend all sessions.