Manufacturing Industry and Energy Management

D. Wharry
1983, Vol. 15, No. 2,

Abstract


A summer school was held in the Faculty of Applied Science of University College Cardiff and was attended by twenty boys and ten girls from firstyear sixth forms mainly in Wales, although a few came from schools in England.

Pre-Course Data

Selections for the course were made according to the criteria expressed in past reports, and resulted in pupils of very high ability, nearly all having achieved five or more grades A in their GCE O-level examinations. One improvement in pre-course status noted before the course began, was that twent~-nine of the pupils were studying some form of A-level mathematics and the 30th were very soon persuaded of the need to try to alter her situation! Twenty-seven were studying physics and twenty-one chemistry. In light of the recent decision of the Council of Engineering Professors to accept an engineering-orientated technology examination as fully equivalent to A-level mathematics or physics as an entry qualification to university courses, it was pleasant to note the presence of our first-ever student currently studying technology for the Diploma of the TEC. Nine were studying A-level biology and one each computer science and English.

It is disturbing to hear that only eight students reported that their schools offered an engineering or other applied science subject. Perhaps this was reflected in the answers to a post-course questionnaire in which the students said the advice they would offer a younger, technologically-minded pupil was to study pure mathematics, physics and chemistry, in that order of preference.

Before the course only five pupils felt that they knew enough about university courses to make a second choice of subject - which they will have to do in the autumn for the UCCA selection. It is inter~sting to note that before the course started twenty-four pupils said they did not know enough about industry to make a career choice, although seventeen already intended to make a career in industry, and only seven expressed the contrary view.

Experience of manufacturing industry figured in seventeen of the replies received, only one having had individual work experience. Five had been on class visits three had talked with the Careers Advisory Service, ten had received careers literature and a dozen had heard visiting speakers from industry.


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