Engineering options at the University of Leeds

Engineering options at the University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Engineering programmes at the University of Leeds lead students to top UK and international engineering posts.  Join in the Headstart programme at Leeds and see what makes us special.

What’s it all about?

The course provides a fun introduction to the study of electronic and electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computing at university.  During the course we will give you the information, support and materials that you need to make a functioning wheeled robot.

What will I be doing?

• Working in teams to build your own self-guided, unmanned wheeled robot
• Testing your wheeled robot against other teams
• Experimenting with friction, aerodynamics, materials, motors, ultrasound sensors, embedded systems and programming
• Learning about a range of engineering topics 
• Meeting our students and hearing about being a student at Leeds University
• Taking part in a full social programme including a visit to the multi-activity entertainment centre Xscape in Castleford, and a visit to the impressive Cummins Turbo Technologies plant in Huddersfield.
Will this course suit me?

The course is run by friendly and enthusiastic staff at the University of Leeds.  You will attend some first year undergraduate level lectures which will provide some of the theory that you need for building your wheeled robot and which will give you an understanding of the differences between studying electronic and electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computing at university.  The course will suit you if you are interested in learning more about the disciplines of electronic and electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computing at Leeds University.

What do I need to be suitable?

If you would like to apply to the Headstart course at Leeds you will need to be studying Maths and a science subject, or Maths and Design & Technology.

Studying at the University of Leeds

The University is on a single site a stone’s throw away from Leeds city centre.  The University has recently spent £157m on improving the buildings and facilities for its students and on campus you will find brand new buildings and state-of-the-art facilities alongside impressive older landmark buildings.  The University is home to one of the UK’s top engineering faculties including a new £12.5m building to house energy research, itself a showcase for energy efficiency and low carbon emissions, and a recently completed £2.1m building dedicated to Medical Engineering.

Everything you are likely to need is on campus.  We have impressive student accommodation in a safe environment and our new £12m gym and pool, The Edge, has more fitness facilities than any other UK university.

We have a strong sense of community amongst our students and our award-winning students' union is one of the largest in the country and has over 300 clubs and societies to choose from.

The University is a ten minute walk away from the lively and bustling Leeds city centre.  Leeds is the 'capital' of the Yorkshire and Humber region and a renowned centre for shopping, arts, sport, leisure, entertainment and nightlife.


Course code: 
Course dates: 
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 11:00 to Friday, June 29, 2018 - 16:00
(3 nights residential) Please note these are provisional dates only. To be confirmed.