BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering

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Course Description


This course specialises in aircraft design, especially aircraft structures, materials and aerodynamics. Students will learn CATIA, a computer-aided design package, as well as finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics. Modules along the way include aerospace technology and industry, engineering mathematics, materials and electrical science, mechanical science, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, computer-aided engineering, structural mechanics, control systems, project management and product development.


The Qualifications have developed the learner’s ability to:
• Study the fundamental skills and knowledge required by a modern engineer including principles of flight and aircraft operations.
• Introduced to computer packages commonly used in aerospace industry.
• Learn about the design process through both group design and detail design work, and expand your knowledge of aerodynamics, with wind tunnel experiments.
• Gain excellent work experience, engineering skills and ingenuity to design a complete aircraft in a competitive environment.

Course Information

Course code: AEM6034
Course type: Advanced
Course fee: £23,000 per year
Course duration: 3 years
Course delivery: Campus and work placement
Location: Hertfordshire, United Kingdom


Entry Requirement

The qualification can be offered to Learners from age 18. The Learners need to ensure that they have sufficient capability at the right level to undertake the learning and assessment.

English language requirements
The Qualifications have been designed to be accessible without artificial barriers that restrict access and progression:
• IELTS minimum 5.0- 6.5 overall with no fail.
• Minimum 3A Levels or equivalent qualification.
• Pass 5 GCSE subjects

We consider applicants:
• Who have demonstrated some ability and possess Qualifications at Level 3, for example, ‘A’ Levels or vocational awards.
• Who have spent some time in an organisational role and wish to develop their careers further.
• With professional experience looking to change careers through work-based learning.

Course Contents

• Introduction to Design
This module introduces students to the process of engineering design, and to CAD tools for creating and documenting design solutions. The principles and standard practices of technical drawing and tolerancing are taught. The role and use of CAD in design is taught and practiced, both 3D solid modelling and 2D drafting. The nature of design as a structured process is considered and demonstrated by students undertaking a variety of design exercise and assignments.

• Aerospace Technology & Industry
This module introduces students to the basic design of an aircraft to achieve its functional and performance aims, civil and military aircraft operations. This module includes elements required for PPL Ground School Training.

• Career Skills Development
This module will ensure students are able to utilise the University system for PDP (Personal Development Planning using MAPS (My Active Planning System). Using the PDP processes each student will be able to record and update their own records which will aid monitoring their progress personally and academically. Support will be provided on tools, techniques and good practices through a Study Skills programme, MAPS and relating this to future professional development.

• Introduction to Manufacturing Technology
This module introduces the student to a range of production processes and practice used commonly in the manufacture of products. Students develop a hands-on appreciation of production techniques including turning, milling, fabrication and assembly using manual and computer-controlled plant and machinery. Transferable skills are developed in the application of the processes used to the manufacture of a range of products and subassemblies taking into account design and supply requirements.

Materials and Electrical Science
This module encompasses (i) electrical science (fundamental concepts of electrical units and relationships, basic AC & DC circuit theory, digital systems and electro-mechanical machines) and (ii) engineering materials (classification of materials, mechanical and physical properties, structure of materials, testing, materials selection for metals, polymers and ceramics. Please refer to the teaching plan for a more detailed description.

• Mechanical Science
This module encompasses statics (fundamental concept of units, forces, force systems, free body diagrams, couples, moments, direct & shear stresses, beams, frames, shear force bending moment relationships) and dynamics (quantities and concepts, linear & angular motion, non-constant acceleration, forces and torques, moment of inertia, application of free-body diagrams, work-energy equation, impulse-momentum equation, simple harmonic motion, dynamic mechanisms, engineering vibrations).

Work-based learning Opportunities:
Below are examples of potential career opportunities you could explore:
• Trainee Aircraft Engineer
• Trainee Aircraft Designer
• Trainee Military Aerospace Engineer
• Trainee Data Processing Manager
• Trainee Aerospace Technician


Learners completing this course can progress to:
• Level 7 Master in Aerospace Engineering