The University of South Wales’s BEng Aeronautical Engineering degree prepares you for an exciting career in the UK’s aircraft and aerospace industry, the second largest in the world. It was developed in close consultation with industry and professional engineering bodies, including the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), to boost your employability.
Aeronautical engineers apply their knowledge and skills to every aspect of air vehicles, from design, development, manufacture and certification, to maintenance and sustainable operations. The BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering teaches you the engineering principles needed for a career in the aerospace industry, and you’ll gain practical experience on campus in our state-of-the art Aerospace Centre. You’ll also take to the skies with flight test lessons in your final year. Work placements and experience are strongly endorsed to complement your engineering degree, along with visits to sites such as GE Aviation Wales, Airbus and British Airways Maintenance Cardiff (BAMC).
Year one of the Aeronautical Engineering degree provides you with essential scientific principles and engineering practices associated with aeronautical engineering including an introduction to the use of design tools and general manufacturing/workshop techniques. You are also taught industry standard CAD packages and programming language.
In your second year, you will begin to explore key areas such as basic aerodynamics and aircraft performance, supported by further mathematics and engineering materials. You will develop a practical engineering base through group work on aircraft design, understand the regulatory and operational requirements and test the flying and handling qualities of your proposed aircraft design at the engineering flight simulator.
Year three modules offer in depth treatment of core aeronautical subjects. Real aircraft flight test experience is offered as part of the Flight Dynamics module and you are also introduced to advanced computational tools and modelling techniques, which allow you to evaluate and analyse key challenges in aeronautical engineering and formulate sustainable solutions. The year culminates with an individual dissertation project.
*10 credit module
The BEng Aeronautical Engineering is taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions and seminars. You will also need to devote time to self-study, such as conducting research and preparing for your assessments and lectures.
You will also have the opportunity to visit sites such as Rolls Royce, GE Aviation, British Airways Maintenance Cardiff (BAMC) and Airbus, and learn from guest lectures delivered by senior industrialists from the Ministry of Defence, BAMC, Augusta Westland and the RAeS, on current technological advancements in the field. We also encourage our students to take a year out in industry and can help you arrange this through our industrial links.
Modules are assessed through a mixture of exams, coursework and problem-based exercises. Speaking in front of your colleagues also forms part of your assessment in group design and project modules, which will develop your presentation and communication skills. In the final year, you will fly a real aircraft to consolidate your understanding of aircraft behaviour and control principles.
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. It is used extensively in many different aspects of the course, with a particular focus on testing proposed aircraft designs and preparing you for the real flight test exercise.
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
BCC - CDD to include Mathematics and one other Science subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to include Mathematics and one other Science subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant Maths, Science or Engineering subject which must include Maths modules (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include grade 5 in Mathematics and one other Science or numerate subject such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Geography (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)
Pass the Access to Maths, Science or Engineering Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes in a relevant subject (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes in a relevant subject (80 UCAS Tariff Points)
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
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 significant 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 1 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.
The BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering is fully accredited to Incorporated Engineer status by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), which is the fastest growing professional engineering institution in the UK, and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). You can progress to Chartered Engineer status with a period of further learning.
We have links with the regional aviation industry, which includes GE Aviation, BAMC, Nordam Europe, TES Aviation Group, and other members within the Aerospace Wales Forum. Our graduates are in demand in the UK, and in the civil and defence sectors worldwide. Some of the UK-based companies with which our students work include GE Aviation, Storm Aviation, Airbus, BAMC, and TES Aviation.
You may have the opportunity to progress to the MEng course which combines the undergraduate degree (BEng) with a Masters-level qualification. Our MEng Aeronautical Engineering meets the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status in full. The joint accreditation also give you the option to work towards CEng status in either professional body following graduation.
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.