BTEC engineering programme

Do you work with BTEC students at Post-16 interested in exploring engineering at the next level?

This series of 3 interactive workshops (60 minutes each) aims to inspire the next generation of engineers with a BTEC background, to study at university by addressing existing barriers and demonstrating the value of having a degree. In addition to an introduction to engineering at the University of Leeds, students will have the opportunity to speak to current undergraduate students, find out about admissions and careers available. 

Delivered by the STEM Outreach Team, current undergraduate students and alumni, workshops will take place between Tuesday – Friday. The first two face to face at school/ college  (or online) and the third at the University of Leeds at dates of your choice. All sessions should take place in one academic year with full commitment from the same students to engage in all three sessions.

Session overviews

1. Could I be an engineer?

After an introduction to engineering schools, courses and bespoke support available at the University of Leeds, students will have the opportunity to meet current undergraduate students from a similar background and hear about their stories before taking part in a live question and answer session. The session will run for 60 minutes in school (or online) and students will need access to a phone/ computer if possible.

2. How do I become an engineer?

This session will inform students about the application process and access programmes available at The University of Leeds as well explore careers available.  Delivered by support staff from the University of Leeds, students will meet alumni and hear about their journey from studying a BTEC at college to full time employment. This session will run for 45 minutes in school (or online).

3. Visit to The University of Leeds

Students are invited to experience university life for one day. This includes a tour of the engineering facilities, taking part in an academic lecture plus having lunch at the student union.  This session will start at 9:30am meeting at Parkinson Building and finish at 2pm. Please arrange your own way to and from campus.

By taking part in this programme your students will gain first hand experience about studying engineering at The University of Leeds plus have the information to make informed choices about their future.

Each session will be tailored to suit your students needs and/ interests, if you would like more information please contact Engineering Outreach Lead Officer Sarah Rainey on