Entry requirements

Being an Undergraduate at The Dyson Institute is academically, personally and professionally demanding. To be selected for the programme, we require you to be academically strong and able to demonstrate that you can cope with the professional demands that come with being in a workplace alongside studying.

Eligibility

All applicants to The Dyson Institute must hold the right to both study and work full-time in the UK.

All applicants must also have been ordinarily resident in the UK or EEA (including other countries determined to be within the EEA or those with bilateral agreements) for at least the previous three years on the first day of the apprenticeship.

The Dyson Institute is not able to accept applications from students requiring the new Points Based System 'Student Visa', due to the visa not permitting full time work. This typically applies to international students, including EU, EEA and Swiss citizens.

Applicants in the process of applying independently for the right to work full time in the UK, such as through a relevant visa or naturalisation, must hold evidence of this (e.g. visa, biometric residence permit) by the second week of the August in the year of entry.

English language requirements

All programmes at The Dyson Institute are delivered in English. If an applicant hasn’t completed their secondary education in English, they must be able to evidence that their ability to understand and to express themselves in English (including in reading, writing, speaking and listening) is sufficient to enable them to achieve full benefit from their studies at The Dyson Institute and succeed in an international working environment at Dyson Technology, where the business language is English.

Non-academic entry requirements

The stages of the application process are designed to consider the skills and attributes which underpins the potential of applicants to succeed at The Dyson Institute. These are:

  • Passion for engineering and technology
  • Curiosity
  • Work readiness
  • Learning agility
  • Technical ability
  • Communication
  • Collaboration

Academic entry requirements

We require, as standard, that all applicants hold a minimum of GCSE Grade C/4, or equivalent qualification, in English and Mathematics.

How we approach our academic entry requirements

The UCAS tariff is a system that translates different types of qualifications into one points-based format. In setting our entry requirements we consider a qualification’s tariff points, alongside a review of the individual qualification, including the curriculum, style and assessment. We take this approach, to establish whether the qualification (or combination of qualifications) will have given you the knowledge and skills required to thrive on our academically and professionally challenging programme.

Physics

If you study physics at A Level (or equivalent), we will expect you to demonstrate your aptitude for the subject through achieving a minimum of a grade B (or equivalent).

Applying without physics

Whilst we have not specified Physics A Level (or equivalent) as a requirement, we recognise that Physics knowledge is fundamental to pursuing a career in engineering and would recommend studying it as this level.

However, if you don’t study Physics A Level (or equivalent) a condition of your offer will be to attend, complete and pass an assessment at our Physics Summer School. The course, resources and accommodation will be provided and travel expenses reimbursed. The course will last approximately 10 days and will typically take place in the first two weeks of July.

September 2021 entry

Our academic entry requirements for September 2021 entry are below. The subjects we consider within the STEM requirements are: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design & technology (Product Design - 3D, Systems and Control), Electronics, Engineering, Further Mathematics, Physics

Qualification

Entry Criteria

A Level

AAB including AA in Mathematics and a STEM subject.

International Baccalaureate

34 points overall with 17 at Higher Level including 6, 6 (in any order) at Higher Level in Mathematics and a STEM subject

Cambridge Pre-U

D3 in Maths, D3 in another STEM subject and M1/M2 in a third subject.

BTEC (2016 onwards)

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering at DDM with grade A in A Level Maths.

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Engineering at DD, alongside grade A in A-level Maths.

BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Engineering at Distinction, alongside two A-levels, including grade A in Maths and A in a STEM subject.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in place of one A-level at Distinction, alongside two A-levels, including grade A in Maths and A in a STEM subject.

Scottish Highers

Advanced Higher - AA in Mathematics and a STEM subject, and Standard Higher - AABBB (AAB must be achieved within one year, by the end of S5).

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level)

H1 in Maths, H1 in a STEM subject, H2, H2, H2, H2.

Welsh Baccalaureate

We accept the Welsh Baccalaureate at a minimum of a grade B, alongside A Level Maths and an A Level STEM subject, both at grade A.

Cambridge Technicals (2016 onwards)

Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Engineering at DDM, alongside grade A in A-level Maths.

Cambridge Technical Diploma in Engineering at DD, alongside grade A in A-level Maths.

Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Engineering at Distinction. You will also need a minimum of two A-levels, including grade A in Maths and A in a STEM subject.

AQA Technical Levels

AQA Level 3 Foundation Technical Level in Engineering at Distinction or DD. You will also need a minimum of two A-levels, including grade A in Maths and A in a STEM subject.

AQA Level 3 Technical Level in Engineering at Distinction or DD. You will also need a minimum of two A-levels, including grade A in Maths and A in a STEM subject.

AQA Level 3 Technical Level (720 glh or 1080 glh) in Engineering at DD, you will also need a grade A in A-level Maths.

EAL

EAL Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Engineering Technology at Distinction. You will also need a minimum of two A-levels, including grade A in Maths and A in a STEM subject.

EAL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering Technologies at Distinction. You will also need a minimum of two A-levels, including grade A in Maths and A in a STEM subject.

EAL Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technologies in Pathways: Mechanical Engineering Technology, Electrical and Electronic Technology or Engineering Technology, at Distinction. You will also need a minimum of two A-levels, including grade A in Maths and A in a STEM subject.  

EAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering Technologies at Distinction, you will also need a grade A in A-level Maths.

EAL Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Engineering Technologies at Distinction, you will also need a grade A in A-level Maths.

City and Guilds (2016 or 2019 onwards)

Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Engineering, at DDM, alongside grade A in A-level Maths.

Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Engineering, at DD, alongside grade A in A-level Maths.

Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Engineering, at Distinction. You will also need a minimum of two A-levels, including grade A in Maths and A in a STEM subject.

Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Engineering, at Distinction. You will also need a minimum of two A-levels, including grade A in Maths and A in a STEM subject. 

Access to HE Diploma 

The Access to HE Diploma in Engineering, Engineering Science, Mathematics and Engineering, Science, or Science and Engineering.

The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include:

  • at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above; and
  • at least 12 credits at Distinction from Mathematics units; and
  • at least 12 at Distinction from another STEM subject units.

The Mathematics units taken should include study of calculus, algebra and trigonometry.

You will also need a grade A in A-level Maths.

HNC/HND qualifications

We will review applicants with these qualifications on a case-by-case basis. However, the HNC/HND must be in an engineering field and you will also need A-level Maths at grade A alongside this.

Study another qualification?

Get in touch with the Recruitment and Admissions team, who will be happy to advise: admissions@dysoninstitute.com