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Old Scholar and engineering student, Brandon Lee (2015), is changing gears and heading to Cambridge University in October.

Brandon, who completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Years 11 and 12 and was awarded 2015 IB Dux of St Peters, is very excited about the prospect of studying engineering at one of the world’s most prestigious universities.

‘The course is for four years. I will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Engineering and a Masters of Engineering,’ he explained.

Brandon received the Cambridge offer in January after a rigorous selection process that began last October. He made an initial application to The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), a UK-based organisation operating the application process for British universities.

‘Last October, I applied through UCAS and I had to do an additional admissions test in Brisbane in November,’ he explained.

‘In December, I had the opportunity to do a remote interview and I finally got the decision half way through January. It was a very drawn out process.’

When Brandon starts his course in October, he will have the benefit of completing eighteen months of undergraduate Engineering studies at the University of Queensland (UQ) and hopes to secure an internship before he starts at Cambridge.

‘I am planning to finish off the first semester at UQ until June and then hopefully apply for some internships somewhere around Australia, Hong Kong, or England, because having that experience is very important.’

Brandon, who also tutors IB and QSA students at St Peters, has his sights set on a career in mechanical engineering in the automotive industry.

‘The move to Cambridge will hopefully culminate in something I want to do in Europe,’ Brandon said.

‘I would like to work for one of the big automotive companies like BMW or Mercedes. Cars would be an ideal career for me… either in research and design or the nitty-gritty of engines and production.’