BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Engineering Practice

The BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Engineering Practice degree is offered in conjunction with Marshall Aerospace Defence Group and Aviation Skills Partnership, the UK’s largest independent aerospace and defence company, and will be taught at Marshall’s AeroAcademy in Cambridge. AeroAcademy is at the forefront of technical training and industry-led education delivery. The University of South Wales validates the BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Engineering Practice and you will receive your award from the University.

This Aircraft Maintenance Engineering course is recognised by European Aviation Law, as detailed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and gives you access to real aircraft experience. This course will provide you with the industry-standard aircraft maintenance qualification EASA Part-66, as well as a higher education qualification. On completion of the required EASA training, you will be able to apply for a full EASA Part-66 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence following the required period of industry experience. Please note, the Open Days for this course are held at Marshalls. To book a place please email


UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
55Y7 Full-time 3 Years September OFF-CAMPUS S
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
55Y7 Full-time 3 Years September OFF-CAMPUS S

Year one

Year one provides you with basic knowledge of routine mathematical methods, essential scientific principles, and engineering practices. It is your introduction to the use of design tools, manufacturing and workshop techniques, and health and safety protocols. You will also have the opportunity to use industry-standard CAD software.

Course content includes:

  • Materials, Hardware and Maintenance Practices
  • Analytical Skills for Engineers
  • Aerospace Mechanical Science
  • Workshop and Aircraft Practices
  • Human Factors and Legislation

Year two

In the second year you have the opportunity to choose the category of licence you would like to obtain. The Type-B1 licence focuses on the mechanical aspects of the aircraft whereas Type-B2 licence is biased towards the avionic systems used in aircraft design. Depending on the modules chosen, you will begin to explore key areas such as aerodynamics, avionics, flight mechanics and electronic control systems, supported by further mathematics. You will develop a practical engineering base through group work on aircraft design, and understand regulatory and environmental requirements.

Course content includes:

  • Propulsion Systems (for B1)
  • Aeroplane Aerodynamics, Structures and Systems (for B1)
  • Aircraft Aerodynamics (for B2)
  • Propulsion Control (for B2)
  • Electrical Fundamentals
  • Analogue and Digital Electronics

Year three

Year three modules cover a range of subjects based around the business environment. The modules 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 in aeronautical engineering. You will also complete a project in a topic that complements your aspirations and consolidates the study you have undertaken.

Course content includes:

  • Safety and Quality Systems in Aviation
  • Aviation Business and Maintenance Planning
  • NDT techniques and reliability
  • Aircraft Engineering Specifics (Type)
  • Project Management and Engineering Project


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars, in addition to preparing independently for lectures. The course is an intensive study package; you will be required to attend classes for up to 30 hours per week.

Lecturing staff have a wide level of maintenance experience on military and civilian aircraft. This enables them to combine theoretical and practical aspects into your studies.


You will be assessed through assignments, ongoing coursework, 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.


Current facilities available to students comply with EASA regulations and have been approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The suite contains training and practical workshops and laboratories. Each area contains the tools and equipment required to facilitate the instruction of either mechanical or avionic practical tasks as required by the CAA.

You will have access to the following facilities in the workshop engine bay:

  • Cessna 421 left wing: used for schematic use, electrical isolation and general aircraft maintenance familiarisation
  • C-130 centre console wing: used for removal and installation of compass control panel with electrical power backlight test
  • Wide range of airframe components (mostly C130K and H in origin)
  • Some engine components (mostly T56 in origin)
  • Avon 100 engine
  • Allison T56-15A engine
  • Cessna 431 wing (complete with engine)

The AeroAcademy periodically has use of the dedicated apprentice training workshop, enabling you to further develop your work-based skills.

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. This course is only available to UK and EU students who do not require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.


Please note: students interested in this course should attend recruitment events at Marshall and not attend Open Days at the University of South Wales.

Details of the AeroAcademy are available at or by emailing

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

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to include a numerate subject such as Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to include a numerate subject such as Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant Maths, Science or Engineering subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include grade 5 in a numerate subject such as Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE 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 (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)

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: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

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 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.

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 degree 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 could gain employment throughout the UK and across the world with manufacturing companies, commercial airlines and air-taxi operators, flying schools and the armed forces. There is a growing market for maintenance, repair and overhaul of military and commercial aircraft, design and component repair, or you may choose sub-contract work. Typical roles for a graduate of this degree include an Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic/Technician or Licensed Maintenance Engineer, or you may find yourself working in a design office, in technical services or quality departments.

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.