Preparing to study Engineering at University

The Ashbourne Engineering Programme (AEP) is designed to give students the best possible chance of gaining a place at a UK university to study Engineering.

The Programme is run by Sean Pillai, Deputy Head of Sixth Form and Maths teacher, who runs weekly engineering sessions involving seminars, talks, group projects and activities. Students benefit from his expertise and experience in these sessions as well as his guidance throughout their UCAS application process.


The Programme provides students with the most up-to-date information about their chosen course and profession. In the process they gain insights that help them write strong personal statements and to make the best decisions about their future. The Programme also helps develop skills that students will need during their Engineering degree including teamworking, time management, effective communication and giving successful presentations. Students become better organisers and approach their prospective degrees with confidence.

How the AEP works

In the first half-term period (Sept–Oct), students learn what an Engineering course really entails. Many A level students do not really know what Engineering is so as well as discussing the different streams of Engineering, the Programme clarifies what the students are getting into and whether it really is for them.

The students will also be introduced to the structure of our Engineering Programme and to what they should be doing throughout the year. This phase of the Programme will focus on how to prepare for UCAS applications, as well as beginning a supervised group project.

The second half-term (Oct–Dec) provides students with the opportunity to develop their respective group projects. At the end of the second half-term, in December, the participants make a presentation of their projects. The second half-term also involves one fun activity, to be decided during the course of the Programme.

For the next period (Jan–Mar), students will be expected to write a report, submitted at the end of the term, which will be largely based on their project. This exercise is aimed at developing the writing skills of the students in a way that is appropriate to the prospective study of Engineering. There is one more meeting during the term, and another fun activity is scheduled as well. Finally, the programme guides students towards the kind of vocational summer experiences that greatly strengthen any application for an Engineering course.

Ashbourne’s A level courses, taken in conjunction with the Programme, offer outstanding opportunities for ambitious and hardworking students who will benefit from the individual support and choice we offer to help our students reach the highest grades.

How to apply

For further information or to apply for a place on Ashbourne’s Engineering Programme please contact the college on 020 7937 3858 or email our Admissions team.

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