Engineering students

Faculty of EngineeringEngineering Academy FAQs

Our most frequently asked questions

What are the minimum entry requirements?

We typically ask for 4 Highers at Grade B and these must include Maths and Physics or, for entry to Chemical Engineering, Maths, Chemistry and Physics, or for entry to Biomedical Engineering, Maths, Physics and Biology or Human Biology.  

We are happy to consider students who are considering applying through alternative routes. The Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) entry route is an alternative way of meeting the minimum entry requirements for the Engineering Academy. A SWAP Programme prepares you for entry into Higher Education and can lead to a place at a college or university, if you complete the programme successfully. SWAP Access Programmes are one year full-time and are run at colleges across Scotland.  You can find more information about SWAP, including how to apply, on their website

What is Widening Access and SIMD and how is the Engineering Academy involved?

As part of the University’s outreach objective, the Engineering Academy was established to increase widening access participation by delivering various pathways to a range of engineering degrees in our leading Faculty of Engineering.

Widening Access (also known as Widening Participation) is a strategic priority for the University of Strathclyde, the Higher Education sector as a whole and the Scottish and UK governments.

The term refers to the removal of barriers for groups of students who are under-represented in Higher Education (HE).  Such groups can include (but are not limited to) students:

Further information, including contact details for the University’s Widening Access team and a SIMD postcode look up tool, can be found here.

What do I need to achieve in first year to progress to the second year of the degree programme?

In order to progress to the second year of your chosen degree programme, students are required to:

  • Complete and pass all of the units of the HNC curriculum and obtain an A in the Graded Unit 
  • Attend and complete Engineering Skills DR1V34
  • Attend and complete all activities delivered at the University during Year 1

Which degree programmes are offered within the Engineering Academy?

The Engineering Academy allows students to access the degree programmes offered by six Departments at the University:

*please note that students will transfer to 1st year of degree programmes within the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Who are the partner colleges?

The current list of partner colleges in the Engineering Academy are:

Which college will I be attending for the first year of the programme?

The college you’ll attend will depend upon which degree programme you want to transfer to. 

Upon receipt of your application, you’ll be contacted by the Engineering Academy to find out your preferred area of engineering. Any offer of a place on the Engineering Academy will also contain details of the college where you’ll complete the first year of the programme.

For students wishing to study Chemical Engineering, please note that the HNC programme is only available at Forth Valley College and all students wishing to study Chemical Engineering will be required to attend this college.

When should I apply for SAAS funding?

The deadline for applications for SAAS funding will be given on the SAAS website:

For the first year of the programme, you should apply for SAAS funding using the college’s programme details as the college will be responsible for reporting your registration and attendance for the first year of the Engineering Academy programme.  As soon as you are offered a place on the Engineering Academy, you’ll be forwarded all of the information that you need to submit your application for SAAS funding.

Can I apply for accommodation at the University campus?

As an Engineering Academy student, you’re eligible to apply for accommodation on the University of Strathclyde campus. 

Applications and further information can be found in our Accommodation pages.