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Engineering

  • Number of students per year: 12 to 14
  • Typical offer: A*A*A or equivalent
  • Essential subjects: Mathematics, Physics
  • Useful subjects: Further Mathematics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology, Electronics

Engineering has a particularly high profile at Jesus College because at present the Master, Senior Tutor, and Graduate Tutor are all Engineers.

The Department of Engineering is responsible for organising all the lectures, coursework, and projects within the Engineering course and for setting and marking all the examinations. The Department also takes responsibility for organising supervisions (teaching in small groups) in the third and fourth years of the course. 

The College organises supervisions in the first and second years. At Jesus the vast majority of supervisions in these years are given by the Engineering Fellows in the College, ensuring that you will have the best possible support in these vital, foundational years. Our team of Engineering Fellows cover all the main branches of Engineering between them.

The College has a lively and active Engineering Society that organises regular talks and social events, bringing together current and former members of the College.

Find out more on the University webpage.

Requirements

Our typical conditional offers are for two  A* grade A-Levels or equivalent. If you are taking four relevant A-Levels you may be asked for A*A*AA or A*A*AB. We don't usually require a Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP) or Advanced Extension Awards (AEA) in Mathematics.

If you're studying A-Levels or equivalent Maths and Physics are essential. Another A-Level in a relevant maths, science, or technology subject is also highly desirable. Appropriate subjects include: 

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Design Technology
  • Electronics
  • Further Maths.

Of these Further Maths is preferred. Many people applying to study Engineering take a fourth A-Level. The breadth of Engineering is such that 'contrasting' subjects like a modern language, Geography, or Economics can also be good choices.

A balance of vocational and academic subjects is also acceptable. Maths A-Level or its equivalent is still essential, but other science or technology A-Levels can be replaced by a suitable vocational qualification, such as a BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in an engineering discipline.

Written assessment

You'll need to take the new Cambridge Engineering Admissions Test at an authorised local centre, most likely your school or college. These usually take place in November.

The test assesses your ability to apply your existing Maths and Physics knowledge and skills in possibly unfamiliar contexts, and in ways that require more creative thinking.

Interviews

You'll have at least two subject interviews, different in style and content. One interview is mainly concerned with your mathematical skills and aptitude. You'll be given some problems to look at and work through immediately beforehand, and these are then discussed as part of the interview.

The other interview is concerned with physical principles used by engineers. Applicants for Chemical Engineering via the Engineering route will also have an interview with the Director of Studies in Chemical Engineering.

Written work

You don't need to submit any written work.

Deferred and post A-Level entry

We positively encourage deferred entry for Engineering. A gap year can be very beneficial, for example if you gain work experience in industry. Many students obtain sponsorship that provides industrial experience prior to university, vacation work placements, and financial benefits. The Year in Industry scheme provides pre university work experience for potential engineers.

You can find out more information about gap years and industrial sponsorship on the Engineering Department website.

Find out how to apply to study at Jesus.

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