This programme aims to improve the knowledge, understanding and access of underrepresented groups onto courses at elite universities and careers in the engineering industry. Specifically, the programme aims to increase students' awareness of the range of careers and pathways available in engineering, develop non-academic skills and capabilities that are critical to accessing careers in engineering at elite firms, and support students in making successful applications for courses at elite universities.
New for 2017-18, this 18-month programme will support students who are interested in pursuing careers in engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electronic or electrical engineering.
Each R2P programme day will feature some of the following four elements:
- Getting in – support for applications and admissions
- Getting to know – increasing knowledge of engineering courses and careers
- Developing the skills – development of non-academic skills required to study and pursue an engineering career
- Getting support – interaction with student mentors studying engineering
Students will have the opportunity to:
- Find out about the different courses, careers and routes available into engineering
- Develop skills that are important tosucceed in a career in engineering
- Meet current undergraduate students from the School of Engineering who will support students for the duration of the programme
Student e-mentoring and shadowing
All students on the programme will be assigned a mentor studying at the School of Engineering who will support students with understanding university life, UCAS application and writing their personal statement, work experience and exam results.
Students will also spend a day shadowing their mentors during lectures so they can experience what it is like to be an engineering student at the University.
Students will have the opportunity to visit industrial partners throughout one week during the summer holidays. Each day will cover a major discipline of engineering: chemical, civil, mechanical, materials and electronic engineering.
Preparing your university application workshop
This workshop will support students to prepare for their UCAS applications. Students will receive advice on different routes into professions in the engineering sector, support with reflecting on work experience and with developing their UCAS personal statements.
Who should apply?
The programme targets students who are currently underrepresented at elite universities and professions in the engineering sector. Priority will be given to students who meet the Pathways to Birmingham eligibility criteria (see below) and academic criteria for this route.
- A minimum of seven GCSEs at grade A*/9-C/4 including English, Maths and Physics/Double Science
- Predicted grades BBB at A level including Maths or DDD at BTEC Extended Diploma with sufficient Maths content/BTEC Diploma with A level Maths