As of 2020, Homerton has the largest cohort of engineers of any College, with around 24 new students joining us each year. Because of this, the Homerton Engineering Society is a strong one, hosting curry nights, regular dinners in the great hall, punting parties to celebrate end of exams and other events (including throwing paint at each other at Holi festival!). Our engineers have formed bands together, organised nights out, they have even had their own rowing team enter the college boat races, not to mention our entries to the fabled Cambridge Cardboard Boat Race.
The Cambridge degree course in Engineering cover a broad syllabus over the first two years to ensure you study all major disciplines and have the experience we feel is necessary for you to choose your specialisations in the third and fourth years. It is this flexibility that will ensure you don’t make the mistake of choosing a field early on that you may realise later is not right for you.
We offer a broad choice of modules (over 120!) and one of the responsibilities of your Director of Studies at Homerton is to guide you in choosing which modules to study. Based on those modules, you can leave Cambridge with a specialised degree of your preference.
Regardless of what specialised modules you choose in your later years, there are modules all students have in common. One such module is the integrated design project in your second year, where you will work in teams to build and test your own mobile robotic vehicle. Students will develop the electronics, computing and mechanics of the system, testing team work, communication and other key skills necessary to excel as an engineer.
Students will take part in two further projects in the third year, where at least one is a similar design project. For your final year, you select your own individual research project, often linked with an industry partner, where you push the envelope of science, working alongside an academic and their research team to discover something new.
The Cambridge course is divided into parts. Part IA is first year, which is common to all engineers. In the second year, around 25 students will choose to move into Chemical Engineering. In the third year, around 45 students will switch to Manufacturing Engineering, with up to six students taking part in our exchange programme in either Paris or Singapore. Regardless of which avenue you choose, the Engineering Department has the world class facilities to help you achieve your full potential!
In terms of specific subject requirements, we do require you to take Mathematics and Physics, and strongly prefer you take an additional technology, science or maths subject (such as Computer Science). If your school offers Further Mathematics, you should seriously consider taking it. If your school does not offer Further Mathematics, you will not be disadvantaged (one third of our current students did not take further maths at A-level), all you need to do is show us that you have good mathematical skills and that is something you can show in your admissions tests and at interview. Finally, we do not require you to take the STEP or AEA in Maths.
Normally, our offers are A*A*A, A*A*AA or A*A*AB or equivalent. For International Baccalaureate, we expect 40 points (with 776 in higher level subjects). Vocational qualifications are also welcomed, such as BTECs.
The assessment tests are two written tests, each 60 minutes long, with the first being 40 multiple choice on maths and physics, and the second being 20 multiple choice but on advanced maths and physics. Both tests are on physical principles covered in your maths and physics courses, including mechanics, and are all based on the curriculum you have covered in school, only a little more challenging. To help you prepare for these, there are sample papers available here.
Engineering is a broad field and inevitably you will need to specialise at some stage in your career. Here at Cambridge, one of our unique qualities is that we will help you decide which specialisation is for you during your time here, be it aerospace and aerothermal engineering, to join our alumni astronauts in space; electrical, electronic and computer engineering, where alumni have developed the suspension systems upon which supercars are built; energy, sustainability and the environment, and civil and structural engineering where Cambridge graduates have helped develop the liquid crystals using for advanced solar farms; or mechanical and bio engineering, where graduates have worked on enhancing bone growth into implants.