What Subjects are Best to Study for an Engineering Career

If you want to pursue a career in engineering, whether it be through a university degree or apprenticeship, it’s crucial that you pick the right subjects to study for GCSE or A Level.

Whatever type of engineering you’d like to get into as a career, maths is a must-have subject, but there are certain other preferred subjects you should consider studying too.

If you want to take a degree in engineering, you will need to complete A Levels. You will need an A Level qualification in maths, or equivalent, and in many cases, will also need a qualification in Physics. Take some time to think about the sector of engineering you’d like to get into and if there are any subjects that suit this. For example, chemical engineers would benefit from an A Level in Chemistry, rather than Physics.

If you’re opting for a higher apprenticeship in engineering, you will typically need A Levels in Maths and Science. Further maths is a subject that is sought after by employers and universities, though it is not often required for admission.

If you want to get into one of the top universities into the country, you’ll typically need A-A* grades in your A Levels or equivalent. Engineering recruiters will be more interested in the grade you obtain rather than the subject you study. Focus on choosing a subject that you think you will do well at, instead of choosing a subject because you think it’s the right thing to do.

For those interested in completing an apprenticeship rather than heading to university, many engineering employers offer apprenticeships for young people to obtain different qualifications, many of which are equivalent to university degrees. All apprenticeship schemes involve combining jobs with part-time study. Some students may be required to work from Monday to Thursday and then spend Friday studying at a local college. Others may have to spend longer periods of time studying. Typically, your tuition fees will be covered by your employer, depending on your age.

If you’re interested in pursuing an engineering apprenticeship, here at GET, we can help you. Take a look at our current apprenticeship vacancies or give us a call on 01452 423461 for more info.