What subjects do you need to study to become a chemical engineer?
14th Jun, 2018

What subjects do you need to study to become a chemical engineer?

What subjects do you need to study to become a chemical engineer?

What is Chemical Engineering?

Chemical engineering applies physical sciences like chemistry and physics, together with life sciences like biology, along with mathematics and economics to produce chemicals, materials and energy.

Modern chemical engineers are mostly concerned with attempting to convert raw materials into more useful items. They are also concerned with pioneering techniques, like nanotechnology and bioengineering.

What subjects do you need to study for a career in engineering?

There are plenty of jobs within the engineering industry, both for graduates and for apprentices. You could either go to university to study for an engineering degree before starting work or join a higher apprenticeship or degree apprenticeship programme with an engineering employer after sixth form, which would mean you could earn and learn at the same time.

Like all Engineering degree courses, A Level Math is nearly always essential. For Chemical Engineering it should also come as no surprise that Chemistry A Level is also highly desirable, as is Physics. To get into the top universities you will need to be getting A*s and As in at least one if not two of these core subjects.

If you want to gain a degree in engineering you need an A level (or equivalent) in Math. In many cases you also need physics. Some chemical engineering degrees ask for Math and chemistry instead; some ask for Math and physics; and some ask for all three.

For some degree courses it’s OK to have A level Math and a science subject that isn’t physics. However, in these instances physics is sometimes still described as ‘preferred’, sometimes only a limited number of science subjects are OK as an alternative (e.g. chemistry is more commonly accepted than biology) and you’re less likely to get in without physics if your Math A level doesn’t include mechanics modules.

Also, it is more than likely that you will have at some point on your degree participated in one or more actual real life projects, so you will confident in your own ability to operate in the industry and know exactly what is expected of you. You will really be able to hit the ground running. 

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