Specifically designed for anyone who may have already obtained an EASA Part-66 certification, relevant HND, or equivalent qualification, this one year Aircraft Maintenance Engineering top-up course allows you to gain a full BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering in one calendar year.
Building on your existing knowledge of the aircraft maintenance sector, the BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (Top-Up) course combines a unique blend of academic and practical study in our purpose-built Aerospace Training Centre fully approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). It has been designed in consultation with industry professionals and is continually reviewed to ensure it meets the current professional demands of the aerospace industry.
You will begin your studies in September and you’ll initially undertake three introductory modules to get you up to speed with course content (equivalent to the final year of a full bachelors degree).
Following your introductory modules, you’ll study a range of technical subjects including stability and control, propulsion, aircraft materials and structures, and modelling techniques. Your studies will allow you to evaluate and analyse key challenges in aeronautical engineering and devise cost effective solutions. You will learn about planning, operations, regulations, health and safety, and management, which are important issues within aeronautical engineering. You will also complete a project in a topic of your choice.
The dedicated teaching team strive to ensure that you receive the highest standard of teaching and learning possible. You will be immersed in the field of aerospace and supported by staff who are all industry professionals.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, practical activities and directed study. You will be required to attend approximately two hours per module each week and you will also be expected to carry out additional independent study.
You will be assessed through written assignments, exams and practical assessments.
The aerospace industry has become increasingly competitive and in recognising this, the University has recently invested another £3.3m into its existing aerospace facilities. A two-storey Aerospace Centre extension adds 1,000m2 of practical workshop and laboratory space for engineering students. This includes two aircraft hangars with civil and military aircraft, and a MP521 engineering flight simulator.
The Aerospace Centre is home to a Jetstream 31 Twin Turboprop aircraft, assembled with Honeywell TPE331 Engines and Rockwell-Collins Proline II Avionics, alongside a Jet Provost T-Mk 3 military training jet.
The Centre also includes a gas turbine maintenance workshop, simulated aircraft shell riveting area, hand tools workshops and welding bay, plus clean and dirty composite workshops for specimens and repairs. Dedicated laboratory space for electronic practical tasks, avionics systems, hydraulics and pneumatics also feature providing you with hands-on practical experience.
Our sub-sonic wind tunnels are used for basic aerodynamic instruction, testing and demonstrations on various aerofoil shapes and configurations. Whilst our single-seater, full motion, three axes Merlin MP521 engineering flight simulator can be programmed and simulate any existing aircraft type.
Our EASA-approved facilities have also been fully approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
EASA Part 66 completion certificate, relevant HND or equivalent qualification
This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
Many of the skills you will gain are transferable across the engineering industry. You can gain employment throughout the UK and across the world with manufacturing companies, commercial airlines, air-taxi operators, flying schools, the armed forces and commercial long-haul flights. There is a growing market for maintenance, repair and overhaul of military and commercial aircraft, or you may choose sub-contract work.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.