You do not have to undertake industrial experience before you begin your undergraduate course. However, it is a good idea to try to obtain some relevant engineering work experience before you start the course. This may well increase your understanding of your subject and might also count towards your industrial experience requirements. You can check with our Industrial Experience Co-ordinator if any proposed period of work would be relevant or not.
Some of our Colleges encourage deferred entry for Engineering. See the Guide to Undergraduate Admissions in Engineering for more information.
Year In Industry
The Year in Industry is a gap year programme that the Department of Engineering is very happy to endorse. It is a straightforward one-year placement which provides additional skills training. A large number of Engineering students have graduated through this scheme, which is backed by the Royal Academy of Engineering. 70% of the participants go on to get a First Class or Upper Second Degree.
Industrial Placement Databases
There are a number of databases available which you may find of help when trying to find an industrial placement:
Gap Year Guides
There is also a Gap Year website facilitated by John Catt Educational Ltd.