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Engineering (Aerospace Engineering) - BEng Hons Degree (Part-time)


This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

The BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering delivers the core and specialist principles of engineering to equip you with the skills required for an exciting career in this future-oriented sector.

You will learn about aircraft, flying and flight systems, and, by the time you graduate, you will have acquired specialist knowledge in aerodynamics, avionics, materials and structures, propulsion and systems integration. You will also have the opportunity to follow an aerospace pathway of your choice, after sampling core engineering subjects.

You will begin your studies at level 4 with core common modules. You will master the essentials, including mathematics and computer-aided design (CAD) which will give you a great advantage in the job market.

At levels 5 and 6, you will gain more insight into subject specialisms. The programmes has been designed to give you the opportunity to explore practical subject areas and to engage in hands-on learning. You will be able to develop your own interests and projects in the field, and prepare for the range of responsibilities you can undertake in the future.

Aerospace engineering is an exciting, cutting-edge field that opens up international prospects. Graduate openings are available in the research, design and development of civil and military aircrafts, missiles, weapons systems, satellites and space vehicles.

Aerospace engineers also work in testing and maintaining aircrafts and systems, and in improving efficiency (speed, weight, fuel consumption). In recent years, aerospace engineering has oriented increasingly oriented towards sustainability, which is reflected by the many roles in the field that address its environmental impact.

  • Course code ET1HE609
  • Duration 3 Years
  • Day/s of week Wednesday and Thursday
  • Time 09:00 - 17:00

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
09 Sep 2024
Bispham Campus
3 Years
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Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

A continuous need for aerospace engineers means there are excellent career opportunities for talented engineering graduates across the sector. These range from the development of new aircraft components to investigating aircraft accidents. Aerospace professionals also take part in flight testing, supervising aircraft development and manufacturing, and researching and developing innovative ideas. You might also want to consider an international career, working with companies in technology innovation for aerospace, or alternatively, postgraduate study and research.

As an aerospace engineer, you will either be based in an office, or a factory environment that includes production hangars and laboratories, which test, produce, develop and research various components. You can expect to work with sophisticated software and tools. Important skills for aerospace engineers are enthusiasm, dedication, stress management and attention to detail. You will most probably develop a very particular set of soft skills that combine fast decision-making and extreme accuracy, since human error in this field can have serious consequences.

Other study options

Aerospace engineers have upper-range starting salaries. At senior level, you can expect to earn between £45,000 and £65,000. If you are aiming for the upper end of this range, you would do well to consider further study at Master’s or research level. This course leads perfectly to such courses, which, though challenging, are rewarded through a wealth of personal and professional development opportunities.

Key information

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 48 UCAS points (excluding Functional Skills) in an appropriate discipline:

  • DD from A levels to include mathematics and a technology, engineering or science-based subject
  • PPP from Extended Diploma, MP from Diploma, MM from 90 Credit Diploma in a science or technology-based subject, including passes in mathematics

The entry criteria for direct entry onto Level 5 of the programme are:

  • HNC or HND with an overall merit grade in: Mechanical, General or Aeronautical Engineering or an appropriate Engineering discipline

Applicants for whom English is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component

Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.

Please note: Where wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is a mandatory requirement of the course, it is the responsibility of the learner to ensure that they are able to wear such equipment. Further information can be obtained at the IAG session which all applicants are invited to or by calling Course Enquiries on 01253 504343.

Qualification obtained

BEng (Hons) Engineering (Aerospace)

Fees and funding

Please click here to find out more about tuition fees for this course.

Extra costs and equipment

You will need your own scientific calculator: we recommend the Casio FFX-91ES (costs start from around £15).

There may also be additional costs to consider, such as optional educational visits and photocopying/printing.

Relevant books, journals and electronic resources can be accessed via the College’s learning resource centres.

At the start of your course, it is highly recommended (but not compulsory) that you apply for student membership through a professional organisation such as IMechE or IET. Some organisations provide discounted student membership, while for others there is no charge.

*Correct as at February 2024

  • IMechE - Affiliate Member*: No charge for an apprentice, college engineering student or undergraduate student studying a STEM degree.
  • IET* - Students and apprentices membership fees (duration of the course or up to five years) £35.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Awarding Body: Lancaster University

Regulatory Body: Office for Students (OfS)

Terms and conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

What will I learn?

Industry placement, field trips and guest speakers

Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

  • Modules at level 5

    Module title Code Credits Optional
    Research Project ET5MD238 20 No
    Professional Engineering Management ET5MD239 20 No
    Further Engineering Mathematics ET5MD240 20 No
    Aircraft Flight Control Systems ET5MD244 20 No
    Materials Properties and Testing ET5MD246 20 No
    Advanced Mechanical Principles ET5MD251 20 No
    Propulsion ET5MD253 20 No
  • Modules at level 6

    Module title Code Credits Optional
    Major Project ET6MD211 40 No
    Professional Engineer ET6MD212 20 No
    Control and Simulation ET6MD213 20 No
    Composite Materials ET6MD217 20 No
    Manufacturing Systems Engineering ET6MD218 20 Yes
    Virtual Engineering ET6MD219 20 Yes

Programme Specification

Download our Programme Specification for this course.

How will I learn?

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.

Expert tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver.

The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Learning Methods

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6
Scheduled 0 370 367
Independent 0 1030 590
Placement 0 0 243
Total 0 1400 1200

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

Assessment Method Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Coursework 0% 82% 61%
Exam 0% 17% 12%
Practical 0% 1% 27%