Tuesday 25th March 2008 by C. Freeman
Sixth Former, Hannah Joslin is setting her sights on a career in engineering and she has already had offers from five universities. It is still such a traditionally male-dominated profession that during her time visiting the universities there were only about four other girls attending for interview.
Hannah, who started at Brooke Weston in the Sixth Form, is not sure which area she would like to go into, but she'll probably end up in the aeronautic or automotive industries. She said: 'I'd probably like to work with either planes or cars, designing and developing engines. I've just generally had an interest in engineering, it's always something I've wanted to do.'
Hannah is doing three A-Levels; Economics, Maths, Physics and a Music Technology BTEC and she also plays saxophone and bass guitar in her spare time. She has already been offered conditional places at Warwick, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Newcastle.
Ideally Hannah would like to go to Leeds University to study a four year Masters degree in Engineering (M.Eng) but she also has the option of studying a three year course leading to a B.Eng degree (Bachelor of Engineering). If she takes the four year option at Leeds there is the opportunity of studying abroad in Singapore for a year at an English speaking university.
Hannah said: 'During the second year of study you choose whether you are going to study the three or four year degree. During the third year you plan and design a Formula 1 car and in the fourth year you build and race it. Most of the other universities race their cars in England but Leeds goes away to different countries to race theirs.'
She added: 'I'm not sure what I'd really like to be doing in five years time, I'm not thinking that far ahead. It doesn't bother me that I'll probably be going into a male dominated industry. It just makes me more determined.'