Ashbourne Engineering Programme

Designed to give students the best possible chance of gaining a place at a UK university to study Engineering.

Ashbourne Engineering Programme

Ashbourne Engineering Programme (AEP) introduces students to the wide variety of Engineering courses available in the UK and enables students to hone the necessary skills to approach engineering from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

Engineering courses at the UK’s top universities are extremely competitive and require the ability to transform learned concepts into practical applications. The AEP sets out to help students:

  • develop relevant skills they can use at university, through group work, presentations, seminars, research and practical activities.
  • discover the different streams of engineering and decide on which is most suitable for them.
  • build a strong application for university.

Thanks to the hard work of Ashbourne’s teachers and staff, I have a place to read Engineering at Cambridge. I’ll always remember my time at Ashbourne

— Jamie, Engineering at Cambridge

Team work and innovation

Students undertake one large group project, the theme of which is negotiable and discussed with their tutor. This teaches them how to work as a team, and take individual and collective responsibility for the project, just as they would in industry. Previous project examples include bridge building, developing and designing medical emergency equipment, designing protection gear such as helmets and building incubators.

One of the most recent projects focused on a computer simulation of a satellite launch. It entailed building two different models on computer programs that produced launch and orbit graphics. The group calculated many different launch trajectories and then tested these calculations on the simulators. Other successful projects have explored:

  • How the induction coil in electric cars works.
  • The future of 3D printing.
  • Alternative sources of energy.
  • The engineering behind the fastest car in the world.

The best projects arise when students come up with their own suggestions and ideas for what they are passionate about. At Ashbourne we are keen on individuality and aiding students to reach their own full creative potential. We also encourage innovative thinking that keeps abreast with the latest advances in the field of science and technology.

Ashbourne teachers were always on hand to help with any of my problems and ensure I achieved my maximum potential. The style of teaching was key to my success at Ashbourne and for that I am unreservedly grateful.

— Ayub, Electric and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London

Academic excellence

Ashbourne students consistently achieve outstanding A level results, 54% A*A (2022-2023), and almost 60% of our graduates go on to study at Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

Ashbourne Engineering Programme students can choose from an excellent selection of A level courses and will benefit from the outstanding individual attention and flexibility the college offers to help students achieve their academic and personal ambitions.

At Ashbourne my hard work is always appreciated, and this inspires me to work even harder.

— Meena, Civil Engineering, Imperial College London

How to apply

Ashbourne offers an adult-approach to learning which is less formal than most schools yet is demanding and disciplined. We believe this helps nurture confident, self-reliant and independent thinking students prepared for the next stages of their lives. We attract students from all over the world making the college a vibrant, diverse and exciting place to learn.

Please get in touch to apply for a place on Ashbourne’s Medical School Programme. Email, [email protected], call +44 (0) 20 7937 3858 or complete the enquiry form below.

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