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.


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.

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.

For September 2021 entry our additional entry requirements are:


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

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.

Study another qualification?

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

Please note:

STEM subjects - we consider the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design & Technology (Product Design - 3D, Systems and Control), Electronics, Engineering, Further Mathematics, Physics.

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.

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