BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering

The University of South Wales’s BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering degree has been designed to meet the demands of the aerospace maintenance industry and will equip you with the depth and range of knowledge expected of a modern aerospace engineer. We are the only University in the UK that has integrated the industry-standard aircraft maintenance qualification EASA Part-66 with an Honours degree, and deliver it on campus.

On completion of the required EASA training, you will be able to apply for a full EASA Part-66 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer License with just two further years of professional experience (the accelerated route) if you have sourced and completed On The Job training in a CAA approved part 145 organisation and met the attainment and attendance requirements of CAA. Alternatively the non accelerated route requires five years of professional experience.

Study Mode 2017 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 Years September Pontypridd
Study Mode 2018 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 Years September Pontypridd

The BSc Aircraft Maintenance Engineering degree has the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 66 Aircraft maintenance licence fully embedded within the university modules. This allows you the opportunity to obtain this industry recognised qualification whilst you study for your degree. The University of South Wales is the only EASA part 147 UK University currently approved to deliver and award this qualification as part of its BSc Aircraft Maintenance Engineering degree.

Year One

In year one, you’ll study the principles of engineering. You’ll study the basic laws and theories of electrical and electronic fundamentals, aerodynamics, physics, analytical methods, aircraft materials and professional engineering techniqiues.

  • Analytical Method for Engineers
  • Aerospace Mechanics
  • Electrical Fundamentals for Maintenance Engineers
  • Electronic Fundamentals for Maintenance Engineers
  • Professional Engineering Techniques
  • Aerospace Materials and Hardware

Year Two

In your second year, you’ll enhance your knowledge of aircraft materials, hardware, instrumentation systems and human factors, and hone practical and workshop skills. You’ll also study engineering management and issues surrounding the aircraft maintenance industry.

  • Maintenance Practices for B1 licence – 40 credits
  • Aircraft Instrumentation Systems
  • Managing Human Factors
  • Maintenance and Repair of Aircraft Propeller Systems
  • Fundamentals of Business Engineering and Management

Year Three

In year three, you’ll study aircraft structures and systems, gas turbine engines, project management strategies in an aircraft maintenance context, and aviation legislation, and complete a dissertation project.

  • Aero-Structures, Aerodynamics and Systems
  • Aircraft Turbine Propulsion Systems
  • Aviation Legislation
  • Individual Project


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars, in addition to independently preparing for lectures. The course is an intensive study package, you will be required to attend classes for up to 27 hours per week during term time. The first year is mostly based on theoretical aspects of aircraft engineering but there are some elements of practical activities in the avionic modules. The second and third year studies are more mixed with practical activities such as working on the aircraft, carrying out mechanical repairs in the workshop and using composite materials.


You will be assessed through assignments, coursework, ongoing class tests and exams. EASA Part-66 examinations lead to a professional qualification and are governed by European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) rules and regulations.

*Accelerated Route:

The integrated EASA elements require a minimum of 2,400 hours of tuition, including 12 weeks of On-the-Job Training (OJT) at a CAA Part-145 maintenance organisation that has been approved by the University of South Wales. Students must achieve an attendance record of 90% or higher and need to pass EASA examinations at 75% or higher. There may be an additional cost for the OJT depending on the maintenance organisation. Once the criteria above have been successfully met, you will be eligible for a three-year reduction in your professional experience requirement for an EASA Part-66 Licence.
If you do not meet all of the above criteria for the accelerated route, you will transfer to the non-accelerated route and will need five years’ professional experience in order to apply for an EASA Part-66 Licence.

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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).


Craig Thomas, course leader

Kathryn Franklin

Jason Blackwell



Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC to include Mathematics or a numerate subject

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade C and BC at A Level to include Mathematics or a numerate subject.

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit in a relevant Maths, Science or Engineering subject

Typical IB Offer

29 points to include 16 points at Higher Level to include grade 5 in in a numerate subject such as Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry

Typical Access to HE Offer

Maths, Science or Engineering Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 18 Merits and 15 Passes

Additional Requirements

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

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

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.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: £9000
  • Full-time International: £11900

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

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.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
OJT - On the the Job Training British Airways Approved Fee £3000 - £3000
6 weeks in the summer of year 1 and 6 weeks in the summer of year 2 subject to British Airways availability. In 2015-16, British Airways charged a total of £3,000 for the two summer periods, so £1,500 per year, which can be paid in instalments.
Travel & Subsistence £0 - £1000
Dependent on location students will need to pay for travel, accommodation and meals whilst completing on the job training.
OJT - On the Job Training USW Approved Fee £0
Timing and the fee for OJT will be at the company's discretion and subject to availability.

UK and EU students

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

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

This aircraft maintenance engineering degree course offers excellent career opportunities worldwide. The EASA Part-66 Licence qualifies its holders to be selected for further aircraft-type authorisation before being permitted to sign off aircraft for flight. 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.

Our Careers and Employability Service

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.