Pathway to Engineering

Pathway to engineering

What is the Pathway to Engineering?

Our aim is to attract the best and brightest students to study Mechanical Engineering. Mechanical Engineering is based fundamentally on maths and physics, however, we recognise that not all students choose to take A-level physics. We want to remove this barrier to a degree in engineering, so through this short course we'll teach you the bits of A-level physics that we feel are essential to your success on our courses, before you start your degree.

Who is it for?

The Pathway is for Home and EU students taking A levels or the equivalent as outlined above.  Due to CAS implications the course is not available for international students.

What to expect

You will spend three weeks before the start of your degree course receiving physics tutoring in our state of the art Diamond facility, where you’ll combine small group class room teaching with exciting laboratory sessions. In the fourth week -  (intro week) you will have optional tutorials.

What it’s not

This is not an extra exam or module you have to pass to progress to the full degree course. This is purely a stepping-stone to give you the skills you’ll need to excel in your course.


Because we want to open up engineering to as many students as possible the teaching on this course is free. However, a £500 accommodation cost applies. During the course you will stay in the same halls of residence as you will as an undergraduate. We are able to offer scholarships* to cover the costs of accommodation on this course to all female applicants and anyone entering the course as a widening participation applicant. 


Please contact us via to discuss participation in this programme and to find out more about scholarships.

Once accepted on to the physics pathway programme you’ll need to make a normal UCAS application for your degree. You do not have to pass any exams on this course to progress on to your degree, all we ask is that you attend all sessions.