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This course is taught at Roehampton Vale campus (Kingston University) in Year 1 and KLM UK Engineering (Technical College, Norwich) in Years 2 and 3 OR Newcastle Aviation Academy, Newcastle College

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Aircraft Engineering BSc(Hons)

Where taught Attendance UCAS code Campus code Year of entry
Kingston University (Year 1) and KLM UK Engineering Technical College, Norwich (Years 2 and 3) 3 years full time 4Q58 M 2014 and 2015
Newcastle Aviation Academy, Newcastle College 3 years full time 4Q58 C 2014 and 2015
KLM UK Engineering Technical College, Norwich 3 years full time TBC G 2014 and 2015
KLM UK Engineering Technical College, Norwich* 4 years full time including foundation year 4G49 G 2014 and 2015

Due to Home Office regulations we are only able to take overseas students on the Newcastle College route of this programme.

* It is possible for you to complete the foundation course at KLM UK Engineering Technical College in Norwich and the BSc(Hons) at Newcastle Aviation Academy at Newcastle College.

KLM UK Engineering Technical College 3-year and 4-year course: The foundation year starts in September and the BSc(Hons) starts in June the following year. You will finish the foundation course in time to start the BSc(Hons) in June.

Please note: this course is subject to validation.


Why choose this course?

If you are interested in a career in aircraft engineering maintenance and would rise to the challenge of signing off aircraft as fit to fly, this programme is ideal. If you successfully complete and satisfy the EASA requirements of the course can apply for an EASA aircraft maintenance licence after a further period of work experience. Please note that the work experience does not form part of the course.

The programme is designed primarily to provide a higher education funded path to a career as a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer in the aircraft industry. However, it also provides an alternative to the more commonly found aerospace design courses for those wishing to seek employment in other areas of the aviation industry such as maintenance planning and control, product development, technical services and other support departments.

This programme is the only UK degree that mirrors the requirements of EASA Part-147 approved courses, and it is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society as meeting the requirements for IEng registration with the Engineering Council. Both KLM UK Engineering and Newcastle College are EASA Part-147 approved.

What will you study?

In addition to academic modules, you will take work-based modules that provide you with hands-on experience of aircraft component and equipment replacement, inspection, condition monitoring, and fault diagnosis and rectification. You will also gain an understanding of the work environment and legal requirements relating to the operation of commercial aircraft.

The course covers all of the knowledge requirements specified in the EASA category B1.1 aircraft maintenance engineering licence syllabus (Part 66), introduces you to aircraft practical and maintenance skills, and provides you with opportunities to practise and develop these skills. You will also gain higher education study skills and other interpersonal skills necessary for completion of the course in the first year. You will develop these skills in the second and third years to improve your career prospects and enable you to complete further study.

This course is designed specifically to set you on the correct path for a career as an aircraft maintenance engineer in the aviation industry and to give you the confidence and skills necessary to become a maintenance manager of the future.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Foundation year

  • This core module deals with knowledge and understanding of mathematics, physics and electrical engineering in preparation for higher education study in the field of engineering.

    Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

    • use mathematics to solve fundamental physics and electrical engineering related problems;
      present data in an appropriate format and be able to interpret data presented in different formats;
    • explain what electricity is and how it is produced, define fundamental electrical terms and make basic electrical measurements;
    • define the terms associated with mechanics (statics, kinetics, dynamics and fluid dynamics) and, using fundamental principles, solve simple mechanic problems; and
    • define the terms associated with thermodynamics and, using fundamental principles, solve simple thermodynamic problems.
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  • This core module introduces aerodynamics, flying controls and flight instruments sufficient in order to understand how an aeroplane flies and is controlled and monitored from the cockpit

    Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

    • describe the Earth's atmosphere and the International Standard Atomosphere (ISA);
    • explain the basic operation of analog flight instruments and discuss how the derivation and presentation of flight information has changed over the years;
    • define basic aerodynamic terms associated with aircraft and flight;
    • explain how heavier-than-air vehicles are able to fly and discuss the requirements for steady-stat flight; and
    • list the primary flight controls and explain how they are controlled by the pilot and operate aerodynamically to manoeuvre an aircraft in flight.
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  • This core module introduces aircraft engines and electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic power systems.

    Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

    • explain the theory behind the operation of turbine engines, describe the basic instruction of typical turbine engines and give an overview of engine-related systems;
    • describe how electric, hydraulic and pneumatic power is generated, used and managed on a typical large jet aircraft; and
    • describe the basic monitoring/measuring systems associated with engines and electric, hydraulic and pneumatic power systems on aircraft.
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  • This core module introduces and develops the academic skills required for study at degree level and discusses the personal qualities needed to succeed

    Upon successful completion of this module you will be able to:

    • produce effective notes from a range of typical academic activities;
    • carry out basic research, critically assess data obtained and maintain effective records;
    • produce well-written work;
    • critically evaluate knowledge and skills gained;
    • produce simple effective plans for your personal development and the production of academic work; and
    • manage and record your personal development planning.
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Year 1

  • Mathematics and Physics for Practitioner Engineers
  • Electrical Engineering Fundamentals
  • Aerodynamics and Aircraft Electronic and Digital Systems
  • Higher Education Study Skills and Personal Development

Year 2

  • Aircraft Material, Hardware and Maintenance
  • Aircraft and their Systems
  • Practical Engineering Sklls and CAD
  • Professional Practice for Aircraft Engineers

Year 3

  • Turbine Engines and Thermodynamics
  • Aircraft Maintenance Practices
  • On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Investigate or review a specified topic according to given guidelines with minimal guidance.
    • Obtain accurate, relevant data from a variety of sources using appropriate methods.
    • Draw reasoned conclusions from the analysis of data and present evidence-based arguments to support them.
    • Present data, reasoned arguments and evidence orally and in written form to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
    • Demonstrate that you are capable of using your own initiative and working independently.

     

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  • This module aims to allow you to explore how employers within the air transport industry combines related areas such as aircraft design, maintenance, operations or repair and overhaul in order to make a profit. The module compares the operation of the air transport market with that in other sectors, in particular, looking at standard methods of recording and reporting financial performance.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Assess the potential impact of an airline's business strategy.
    • Discuss the major determinants of air transport supply, demand and cost.
    • Analyse business accounts and, thereby, be able to describe company performance.
    • By means of the appropriate planning and analysis, assess the options open to a business at any stage in its lifecycle.
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