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Year 9 Courses

For more details of Aston University Engineering Academy please download our parent handbook.

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Year 9 Applications for September 2024

AUEA is a co-educational University Technical College for girls and boys aged 13-19, and admits students in to Year 9 and Year 12 each academic year.

It is expected that ALL applicants for entry to Year 9 believe that specialist engineering focused education in a University Technical College is most appropriate to their child’s needs, and that they support the distinctive ethos, policies and procedures of AUEA.

How to apply

There will be 81 places for students from across Birmingham and the West Midlands to join us in  Year 9  in September 2024.

To Apply complete the online application form.

The closing date for receipt of applications 31st January 2024.  Offers are awarded on 1st March 2024.
If you apply after the closing date your application will be added to the waiting list.

Contact the admissions team if you require any support with your application

To view the presentation from the Year 9 Open Evening (15th November 2023) please click here

Year 9 Apply Here

In-Year Admission 

To register to receive an application form for entry for 2023-24 please contact with your home address details and an AUEA application form and the Local Authority Change of School form will be sent to you in the post.  We are now operating a waiting list. 

Year 9

The 2024 Pupil admission number (PAN) for Year 9 is 81. 

Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admission number, applications will be considered against the criteria set out below. After the admission of pupils with statements of Special Educational Needs where the Aston University Engineering Academy Birmingham is named on the statement, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below:

  • Looked After Children in the care of a local authority;
  • Distance between home address and the nodal point nearest to that address for 50% female students and 50% Male students. Distance will be calculated according to a straight line measurement between the applicant’s home and the nodal / measuring point (as the crow flies). In the event that a tie break situation occurs for the distance criteria, a random allocation tie break will be used. 

The PAN for the year of entry will be divided equally across each of six nodal points across the city. 50% of the allocated PAN from each of the nodal points will be allocated to each gender. Should there be fewer than 50% of applicants for a given nodal point for each gender; the remaining places will be allocated to the applicants living closest to other nodal points of either gender.

The points have been selected to allow access to the Academy for pupils living in a wider area than that local to the school. Railway stations have been selected as the nodal points for their obvious links to engineering, to allow a good geographical spread of points and to encourage pupils to use public transport when travelling to school. There is one nodal point in each of Birmingham’s six area networks.

The points selected are:

  • Hall Green Station
  • Moor Street Station
  • Perry Barr
  • Stechford Station
  • University Station
  • Wylde Green Station

Waiting List

If Aston University Engineering Academy (AUEA)  is oversubscribed in any year group, all unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a waiting list and informed by AUEA.

The list will operate in accordance with the over subscription criteria defined for Year 9 and for Sixth Form and will operate until the end of the academic year. This will be maintained by AUEA.


Aston University Engineering Academy will ensure that parents and relevant children will have the right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel if they are dissatisfied with an admission decision of Aston University Engineering Academy.

The arrangements for appeals will comply with the School Admission Appeals Code. The determination of the appeal panel is binding on all parties.

We will prepare guidance for parents and relevant children about how the appeals process will work and provide them with a named contact who can answer any enquiries they may have about the process.

Further information on the admissions arrangements for the Academy can be downloaded here.

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