Frequently asked questions

What are your standard offers? What qualifications from my country do you consider?

Most (but not all) of our offers are likely to be one of the standard offers given below (as well as the standard Imperial College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification – see link.)

A Level (3 relevant subjects)

A* Maths, A* Physics, A in one further relevant subject (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design & Technology, Economics, Electronics, Further Maths)

A Level (4 relevant subjects)

A* Maths, A Physics, A in two further relevant subjects (Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design & Technology, Economics, Electronics, Further Maths)

IB

40 overall, 6 Maths (HL), 6 Physics (HL)

Scottish Advanced Higher

A Maths, A Physics, A in one further subject (Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Design Technology, Economics, Electronics or Mechanics preferred additional subject choice)

European Baccalaureate

85% overall, 90% Maths, 90% Physics

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1 Maths, H1 Physics, H1 two further subjects, and H2 two further subjects

Advanced Placements

5 Calculus BC, 5 Physics C: Mechanics, 5 in one further relevant subject (Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, Statistics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, not Calculus AB or Physics 1/2)

Cambridge Pre-U

D2 Maths, D2 Physics, D3 in one further relevant subject

ATAR

98.5

Austrian Matura

1 Maths, 1 Physics,  1 Other

Belgium

8.5 Overall, 9 Maths, 9 Physics

Bulgaria – DIPZO

5.8 overall plus A levels - A* Maths, A Physics

Canada HSD

90% overall, 90% Maths, 90% Physics, 85% three further subjects

CAPE

1 (AAA) Maths (double unit), 1 (AAA) Physics (double unit), 1 (AAA) in two further subjects

Croatia Matura

5 Maths, 5 Physics, 5 Other

Cyprus Apolytirion

19.5 overall, 19.5 Maths, 19.5 Physics plus A Levels A* Maths, A Physics

Czech Matura

1 Maths (HL), 1 Physics (HL), 1 Other (HL)

Denmark Studentereksamen

11 Overall, 11 Maths, 11 Physics, 10 Other

Estonia

5 Maths, 5 Physics, 5 Other [State Exam]

Finland

7 Mathematics, 7 Physics 7, 7, 6, 6 Other

France

17 overall, 16 Maths, 16 Physics, 15 other

Germany

Less than 1.4 overall with 14 in Maths and Physics

Greek Apolytyrion

19.5 overall, 19.5 Maths, 19.5 Physics plus A Levels A* Maths, A Physics

Hong Kong DSE

5* Maths (core) 5* Maths (Algebra and Calculus), 5* Physics, 5 in one further relevant subject

Hungary Erettsegi

5 Maths (HL), 5 Physics (HL), 5 Other (HL)

Iceland Studentprof

9 Overall, 9 Maths, 9 Physics

India

92% overall, 95% Maths, 95% Physics, 90% in one further subject

Iran - Pre University Certificate

18.5 Overall, 19 Maths, 19 Physics, 80% Kankur

Israel – Bagrut

9 Overall, 9.5 Maths, 9.5 Physics, 9 Other

Italy – DES

100% overall, 10 Maths, 10 Physics, 9 one other (Liceo Scientifico only, not Liceo Classico).

Latvia – APVVI

Not accepted (Applicants are advised to take A Levels, IB or any other qualification on the list.)

Liechtenstein Matura

6 Maths, 6 Physics, 6 three other

Lithuanian qualifications

Not accepted (Applicants are advised to take A Levels, IB or any other qualification on the list.)

Luxembourg

54 Overall, 55 Maths 55 Physics, 50 Other

Malta Matriculation Certificate

AA Mathematics + Physics (Advanced Level) AAA (Intermediate Level)

Netherlands VWO

8 Maths, 8 Physics, 9 Other

New Zealand L3 NCEA

E Overall [L3 NCEA]  E Mathematics + Physics [L3]

Norway Vitnemal

5 Overall, 6 Maths, 6 Physics, 5 Other

Polish Matura

95% Maths (Advanced), 95% Physics (Advanced), 90% in one further (Advanced) subject

Portugal DdES

18 Overall, 19 Maths, 19 Physics, 18 Other

Romanian Bacalaureat

9.6 overall, 9.8 Maths, 9.8 Physics

Serbia Matura

5 Overall, 5 Maths, 5 Physics

Slovakian Matura

1 Maths, 1 Physics, 1 Other

Slovenian Maturitetno

5 Maths, 5 Physics, 5 Other

Spain

9 overall, 9 Maths, 9 Physics, 8.5 Other

Sweden

A Majority of subjects, A Maths, A Physics

Switzerland

5.5 Overall, 5.5 Maths, 5.5 Physics, 5 Other

Singapore Polytechnic Diploma

GPA 4.85 overall

Will I definitely get an interview/offer if I am predicted to meet one of your standard offers, or if I already have these grades?

Not necessarily! Please be aware that most applicants are predicted to meet or exceed our standard offer, but the number of interview slots and offers are limited. We consider all aspects of the application very carefully when deciding on interviews/offers, not just the academic performance of the applicant. We choose the applicants who we consider to be the best match for our course.

Will I get an interview/offer if I am predicted all A* at A Levels, or if I already have these grades?

Not necessarily! (See previous answer)

Will you consider my application if I am not predicted to meet your standard offer? What if there are mitigating circumstances?

If there are mitigating circumstances please advise us of this. We may be able to take them into account.

I am not taking Further Maths A Level. Should I take Further Maths AS level?

Further Maths is one of the preferred subjects at A Level (along with several others). If you are not taking Further Maths A Level, then Further Maths AS Level would help you prepare for our first year. However, you should really make your choices based on your interests and the workload that suits you, rather than specifically aiming at entry to our course.

Do you consider mature applicants? What qualifications do you require?

We welcome applications from mature applicants.  Please get in touch with us if you are applying as a mature applicant. All applications must be made via UCAS and at the very least, college minimum entry requirements must be met (three A levels at grade A or equivalent).

What do you look for in a personal statement?

Please tell us about things which demonstrate your interest in Mechanical Engineering. In particular, describe any work placements, industrial visits, or relevant projects or hobbies. We are also interested in your general motivation as evidenced by extracurricular activities and part-time work, as well as your wider contribution to your school or community life. 

Can I book a tour of the department and a meeting with a member of staff to discuss the admissions process?

Unfortunately, we are not able to arrange individual departmental tours/meetings, unless you are an offer holder who has not had a chance to see the department. Other applicants can take a departmental tour and meet staff members at one of our open days. If you can’t attend open day, general campus tours can be arranged.  

What scholarships are available to me?

For all scholarship queries, please follow this link and contact the Student Finance Support team if you need more guidance.