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Aircraft Engineering BSc(Hons) top-up: Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching and assessment for this course

Teaching includes lectures, seminars, tutorials and directed independent learning (self-study).

Assessment includes assignments, reports, presentations and formal written examinations. The Aircraft Maintenance Operations module (which contains a significant group project element) and Individual Project module are assessed by coursework only.

If you are a direct entrant student who has no previous experience of higher education (HE) in the UK then the style of the delivery and learning on this course may be rather alien to you. This will be especially so if the only learning you have completed since leaving school has been through vocational training courses. Those who have progressed from a Kingston University foundation degree will have had some experience of HE but the delivery style of the top-up and what is expected of you in terms of learning is quite different to what you will have experienced on the foundation degree; the foundation degree is actually delivered very much like a vocational training course.

In vocational training courses and the Kingston University foundation degree, the 'package' of training that is going to be provided/completed is normally very tightly defined. Course material covering every aspect of the expected learning is provided, all of the material is delivered by members of the course team, time is allocated for the demonstration and practice of practical elements of the course, and you will only be assessed on what is in the package. As a student on such a course, you do not expect to have to learn anything that is not included in the package (although you may have been expected to have completed specific learning prior to starting the course) and you certainly do not expect to be assessed on anything outside the package.

Study on an HE course, especially a degree, is significantly different to this. There is an expectation that you will be proactive in becoming independent learners from day one of your course. And, that by the time you complete your course you will be accomplished independent learners, capable of:

  • identifying shortfalls and/or gaps in your own knowledge and/or experience;
  • taking the action necessary to fill the gaps and make up the shortfalls; and
  • assessing yourself to confirm the gaps have been bridged and the shortfalls covered.

Of course there are also a lot of other personal and employability skills that we expect you to gain whilst on a degree course.

Contact hours for this course

The number of learning hours for each module is determined by its credit weighting. For example, for a 30-credit module there would be 300 learning hours. This would be divided into contact hours (ie time spent with academic staff) and independent learning hours (eg time spent in the studio, library, or workshop with or without technical support).

At Kingston University there is a very strong focus on students gaining a hands-on experience of their discipline and will use their independent study time to strengthen their skills base in these areas.

Full details of modules and credit weighting can be found in the programme specification.

Workload for this course

Coursework is designed to be achieved within the set amount of learning hours for each module and is appropriate to the level of study. We encourage a professional work ethic, which includes how to manage your time. A range of additional support is available to students who require it via the Academic Support Centre and personal tutors.

Teaching, learning and assessment at Kingston University


Our courses are carefully constructed to allow you to build knowledge and skills progressively during your degree programme.

We constantly update our curriculum to ensure that it covers the latest developments in your subject area, including the research and professional experience that your tutors bring to the course.

Our course teams also draw on the wealth of experience provided by our professional contacts and highly successful alumni who feed into the design of our courses and provide masterclasses and workshops to enrich your learning.

Academic skills support

Our courses take a progressive approach to help develop your academic skills through the modules you study.

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing has an Academic Success Centre that will provide one-to-one advice including generic skills such as:

  • essay writing;
  • exam techniques;
  • presentation skills; and
  • research skills.

In addition, the Academic Success Centre will support students with discipline-specific skills such as:

  • computer-aided design;
  • high-level mathematic support;
  • JAVA programming support; and
  • support with laboratory skills.

We also run developmental opportunities for students around personal branding, confidence building and networking.


Assignments are designed not just to test what you know, but to help you develop your knowledge, skills and confidence. 

Because we want you to reach your full potential in every assignment, we build in opportunities for practice and 'feed forward' on assessment tasks so that you will know what you need to do to perform at your best when you submit your work.

When we return your work, we give you clear feedback that will show you what you need to work on next time. You'll have the opportunity to discuss the comments on your work one-to-one with your lecturers and your personal tutor.

Personal tutors

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor – the member of academic staff who will keep a particular eye on your progress throughout your time at Kingston University (and after you graduate) and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.

Your tutor will give you academic guidance and will make sure that you know how to access our other support services if you need them.

Programme specification

A programme specification is a summary of the main features of a programme and provides details of the intended learning outcomes for students. It details the teaching, learning and assessment methods, including the structure of the programme.

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