• Question: what was your education

    Asked by maze132tap on 13 Nov 2020. This question was also asked by Jack, OlohitareBlessingA, masona.
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      Kamran Memon answered on 13 Nov 2020:


      I took the following:

      GCSE: maths, physics, chemistry, biology, history, English literature, English language, French, drama

      A Level: Mathematics, Physics, Economics (+AS level electronics)

      University: 4 year integrated Master’s (MEng) degree in Aeronautical Engineering

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      Tris Warren answered on 13 Nov 2020:


      For GSCE I did Maths, Science, French, English, History, Geography and PE. For Alevel I did Maths, Further Maths and Physics. Then I went to Bristol University to study Electrical Engineering, then I went to Oxford Uni to do a PhD in Planetary Physics…. If you are interested in Engineering, then I would suggest doing Maths and Physics at A level and looking at engineering degrees at different universities. Although you can get into engineering in other ways – though apprenticeships for example.

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      Marina Ruiz Sanchez-Oro answered on 13 Nov 2020:


      I grew up in Spain, so I took the spanish equivalent to A-levels, where I did Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Spanish, English, French, Philosophy and History! I then started a degree in Physics at Edinburgh University and I am currently doing a research degree (PhD) here in Edinburgh as well!

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      Zaria Serfontein answered on 15 Nov 2020:


      I did my leaving certificate (equivalent to A-levels) in Ireland and did English, Irish, Maths, German, Physics, Geography and Art. After that I did a BEng in Aeronautical Engineering, an MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering and now I’m still at Cranfield University doing my PhD with the Space Group! I agree with Tris, doing Maths and Physics at A-levels are the best way to get into engineering, but don’t be afraid to take subjects just because you enjoy doing them too. Languages often come in useful and it’s important to know how to write reports and communicate your ideas effectively to a variety of audiences.

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      Harriet Gamble answered on 16 Nov 2020:


      For GCSE I did: English Lit & Lang, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, DT Resistant Materials, DT Graphics Design, Geography, Business, Ethics & Philosophy, and French. Then I went to college and did A-Levels in: Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Electronics and AS Chemistry. You definitely don’t need to do that many subjects, I just struggled to pick which ones I liked best! I think doing subjects you enjoy is probably the most important thing, that way studying and revision don’t seem so bad 🙂

      After college I went to the University of Bath and did an integrated Master’s (MEng) degree in Aerospace Engineering. I did my degree over 5 years; so two years at university, a year out working (industrial placement) and then back to university for another two years. I think choosing a degree where you can do an industrial placement is really useful as you get to see if you enjoy working in a certain area of engineering (knowing what you don’t like is as important and knowing what you do like!) and you get to earn some money to help you finish your degree.

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      John Davies answered on 18 Nov 2020:


      I did science A-levels and took a degree then a PhD (Docorate) in Chemistry. I went to work in an aircraft factory for which my chemistry was not needed, but my ability to think and learn was. Then I did a part time astronomy degree more or less for the fun of it. I decided that astronomy was more enjoyable than flight testing aeroplanes so I went off to be an astronomer. I never did any chemistry. In my view the key message here is to get good qualifications and then follow your dreams. Unless you want a job with very specific skills (Like a vet or an architect) then a good grounding in most physical subjects like Chemistry, Physics and Maths or Computers) will get you through the door of most jobs. Then its up to you to work hard,learn quickly and develop your skills to qualify yourself for the next challenge. Look at me, I changed career directions by 90 degrees at least twice and never regretted it.

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      Roy HAWORTH answered on 19 Nov 2020:


      I did GCSE’s in English Lang, English Lit, Maths, Geography, Technical Drawing, and a few other I can’t exactly remember(Too long ago!!). I went to college to do Physics GCSE but I also did Pure Maths and Stats, Geography and English A’levels but didn’t do very weel at those. I joined the Royal navy as an Apprentice and did an HNC in Electronics and Communications Engineering.

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      Abbie Hutty answered on 23 Nov 2020:


      GCSEs: Triple Science, DT, Art, French, German, English Lang and Lit, Maths
      A levels: French, Maths, DT and Physics
      MEng Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a placement year in industry.

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