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Engineering and Architecture Career Pathway

Core Subjects

Students need to choose at least three core subjects.

  • Pure Maths
  • Physics
  • Engineering

Complementary Subjects

Students must select one complementary subject.

  • Product Design
  • Further Maths
  • Geography
  • Chemistry
  • Business Studies

Supra-Curricular Activities

  • Career related workshops and talks- partnership with SSE energy company.
  • Subject related competitions and activities, Rotary Technology Tournament. The Big Bang Competition.
  • Trips  - CERN.
  • University masterclasses and conferences – Pathways to Bristol Engineering Step into Bath: Engineering and Design, Discover Bath summer programme.

Extended Project Qualification

All students on the Medicine Programme must take the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in Year 12. The EPQ is a standalone qualification designed to extend and develop students’ skills in independent research and project management. The EPQ is awarded UCAS points worth half an A-level and is recognised by universities and employers.  Some leading universities, such as Southampton University, make alternative offers to students undertaking an EPQ. The EPQ requires students to carry out research on a topic that they have chosen and is not covered by their other qualifications. They then use this research to produce a written report and, in the case of practical projects, an artefact or a production.

Access to Bristol Scheme

As part of this career pathway students will be supported to apply to the Access to Bristol Scheme. The Access to Bristol Scheme is for students taking A-level and BTECs courses. Taking part shows a commitment to further study that will strengthen their application when they apply to university. On completion, they will be guaranteed a contextual offer/interview from Bristol, a top-ten UK University (QS World University Rankings 2020).

Students attend a series of sessions, held at the University on Wednesday afternoons during the autumn or spring term. They will choose to study one subject stream from a selection, representing many of the degree subjects available at Bristol.

Students will get an idea of what it is like to study at the University of Bristol, working with academics and current students who can offer advice and guidance about higher education and their subject area.

Please note: students are NOT guaranteed a place on this scheme, but we will support them with their application and transport them to sessions.

Depending on the course that students are studying, they can elect to apply for one of the schemes below:


This stream is suitable for students studying mathematics and a relevant science subject at A-level. Do you enjoy applying your knowledge to solve complex problems in an innovative and creative way? Do you want to find out how engineering is tackling climate change and the development of sustainable technology? Are you interested in learning more about various engineering fields or considering engineering as a future career path? Engineering involves creating innovative solutions for our ever-changing world, from designing smart cities that engage with their residents to earthquake resistant buildings and robotic healthcare solutions. If you are taking mathematics and a science subject at A-level, our Engineering stream may be of interest to you. The University of Bristol’s Faculty of Engineering will offer you the chance to attend academic sessions in Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering as well as Mechanical Engineering subjects. The stream is designed to introduce you to the wide scope of engineering, what an engineering degree involves and demonstrate the differences between engineering disciplines, providing you with information about studying these subjects at degree level. You will be able to take part in a number of engineering projects and challenges, highlighting the teamwork and project-based nature of studying an engineering course at Bristol. The sessions will contain a mixture of lectures and practical activities. This will allow you to truly experience the life of an engineering student at Bristol and understand the skills and knowledge required to study an Engineering subject at degree level.


This stream is only open to students studying maths and physics. Physics looks at matter on both the very small and very large scales. On this stream, researchers from the School of Physics will introduce you to their work, with subjects ranging from superconductivity to the formation of astronomical objects. The School of Physics has active experimental research groups in particle physics, astrophysics, condensed matter physics, nanoscience and quantum information. The Theoretical Physics group has a wide range of research interests, many of which are related to the experimental work of the school. The Physics stream of Access to Bristol will include both lecture-based and hands-on experimental activities in our £7 million refurbished teaching labs, designed to give you an insight into as many areas of our research as possible, and allow you the opportunity to question some of our current students about studying physics at university.

Business Partnerships


If you have any questions about the Engineering and Architecture Pathway, please contact Mrs Dodsworth via email at: to arrange a time for a conversation.

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