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.

Mechanical engineering students taking notes

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 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 through teaching with a combination of presentations, tutorials and 1-1 support. In the fourth week (intro week) you will have optional tutorials. The draft programme provides an indication of the content and full confirmed details will be shared ahead of the start date. 

The pathway for our 2021 undergraduate courses will be delivered through a blended approach of online and face-to-face teaching in our state of the art Diamond facility, where you’ll combine small group classroom teaching with exciting laboratory sessions.

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. 


To apply please contact the Mechanical Engineering Admissions team at:


Advance Register for Clearing

We have places on our undergraduate courses this autumn. If you've already got your results you can apply now, or if you're still waiting for results get your name on the list by advance registering.