Application process

The programme is highly competitive, and our application process is very thorough to ensure that we are confident our Undergraduates are able to succeed academically and professionally. We do not currently use the UCAS application system and, of course, you are welcome to apply, and hold offers from other institutions whilst applying to the Dyson Institute.

First stage - Application

The first stage is an online application form to collect basic information about you and your academics. You will also need to provide a CV and Personal Statement.

The personal statement will give us an insight into your motivation and interest in the Dyson Institute and allows you to demonstrate how you have developed the skills and attributes required to be successful as an Undergraduate Engineer.

The Personal Statement can be up to 4000 characters (including spaces) and will form part of your application form.

2022 Entry

Applications open: 

1st November 2021

 

Applications close:

21st November 2021

 

Application Guide

Include why you’re applying – as you apply to the Dyson Institute directly and not through UCAS, you can be specific on why the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology and why you’re interested in this degree apprenticeship programme.

Take a look at our non-academic entry criteria to understand the skills and attributes we’re looking for – this should help you focus your Personal Statement.

Consider how you feel you have developed the necessary entry requirements.

Second stage

We will invite you to take three online assessments, as follows:

  •  Numerical analysis aptitude assessment (24 minutes)

           This assesses the ability to understand, interpret and evaluate numerical data

  • Diagrammatic analysis aptitude assessment (24 minutes)

           This assesses the ability to analyse diagrams, sequences and transformations

  • Personality-based assessment (referred to as Match 6.5) (untimed but typically takes 6-10 minutes)

           This measures critical workplace behaviours

These timed assessments are an effective and important part of the recruitment process and provides results that demonstrate relevant skills, knowledge and capabilities for the degree apprenticeship programme.  Results from the assessments provide a valid measure of aptitude for up to 24 months.  We use Saville Assessment for the online assessments, and you are welcome to have a look at their website here for more information.  Saville also provide example and practice assessments on their website.

Performance in these assessments will generate a score that will place candidates on a specific percentile.  This percentile does not relate to the percentage of correct answers but compares scores to a comparison group using previously collected data. For example, if you score at the 54th percentile, it means that you have performed better than 54% of the comparison group. The comparison groups are called norm groups and are representative of the population they are being compared to. For the Dyson Institute, we use data from our own norm group which consists of scores from previous applicants to our degree apprenticeship programme. This allows for meaningful and accurate interpretation of the scores.  Due to the number of applications varying year on year and the consequential fluctuations in scores, the required percentile for progression will vary slightly each year.  

For candidates that reach the set benchmark, Personal Statements and CVs will then be reviewed.  These are assessed against set criteria to determine evidence of the skills and attributes we look for.  Our online application guide should help candidates in this regard when writing their Personal Statements and CVs.

2022 Entry

All online assessments will be sent after the application deadline of 21st November

Third stage - Telephone interview

The penultimate stage is a telephone interview with a member of the Dyson Institute team. This is an opportunity for us to find out a little more about you and the interview will cover:

  • Your understanding of the programme.
  • Your interests and motivation.
  • Scenario questions – we will give you a real life example of a situation you could be in and we would like to understand how you would approach this. This will also give you an insight into life at the Dyson Institute.

This will also be your opportunity to ask any questions you have about the programme and all things Dyson Institute.

The interview will last around an hour.

2022 Entry

Telephone interviews from 10th to 21st January 2022

Final stage assessment

Typically, our final stage is an assessment day at our campus in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. We hope to be able to include a tour of the campus and an opportunity to talk to some of our current Undergraduates. There will be an assessed group task as well as an individual interview led by experienced engineers and line managers from the Dyson Global Engineering team. The interview will last for about an hour and will explore your academic and technical understanding. Please note that should Covid-19 restrictions be in place at the time, then the assessment day activities may be reduced or adapted to a virtual-video technical interview. 

Following the final stage, the Dyson Institute team will hold a moderation meeting to review and discuss our final stage applicants against a scoring matrix. You can then expect to hear from us with the outcome of your application by email or phone by Friday 18th March 2022.

If you receive an offer, we will endeavour to invite you on to campus for a pre-joining day, before you decide whether to accept or not. The pre-joining day will give you the opportunity to get a feel for the environment we work in, meet key people, including some of our current Undergraduate Engineers, and to get a better understanding of life here at the Dyson Institute and within Dyson itself. 

2022 Entry

Assessment days from 14th February to 4th March 2022

Offer

Following the final stage, the Dyson Institute team will hold a moderation meeting to review and discuss our final stage applicants against a scoring matrix. You can then expect to hear from us with the outcome of your application by email or phone by Friday 18th March 2022.

You will receive an offer pack with all the information required to consider this offer, including your employment contract, apprenticeship agreement, terms and conditions, and relevant programme and employment information.

If you receive an offer you will also be required to pass relevant employment checks, administered by Dyson Technology Ltd. which include:

  • ID verification;
  • Proof of National Insurance;
  • Activity and gap verification for past three years;
  • Adverse media check (published material; not social media);
  • DBS check.

Further details will be sent within the offer pack.

If you receive an offer, we will endeavour to invite you on to campus for a pre-joining day, before you decide whether to accept or not. The pre-joining day will give you the opportunity to get a feel for the environment we work in, meet key people, including some of our current Undergraduate Engineers, and to get a better understanding of life here at the Dyson Institute and within Dyson itself. 

Reasonable adjustments

We welcome applications from individuals with disabilities or additional support needs. We encourage applicants to discuss their potential requirements with us as early as possible in the admissions process, to ensure that reasonable adjustments can be made to both the admissions process and to the work and study experience if successful.

Applicants with disabilities or additional support needs will be assessed against the same criteria as all other participants in the application process: their declared needs or any reasonable adjustments made to the assessment process will not impact the decisions made throughout the assessment process.

We will ask for details of your disability or additional support needs within the application form, to enable us to review and consider appropriate reasonable adjustments. However, if you need to make us aware of these prior to submitting an application, please send an e-mail with your contact information and the nature of your request to admissions@dysoninstitute.com. Determinations of requests for reasonable adjustments are made on a case-by-case basis.

We adhere to UK Higher Education requirements and good practice in accommodating students with additional requirements, and Dyson Technology UK is an equal opportunity employer.