Engineering (Aerospace) - BEng Hons Degree
Course Code: ET1HE587
UCAS Code: H400
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.
The entry criteria for Level 4 of the programme are:
A minimum of 48 UCAS points (excluding functional skills) from one of the following:
- 2 A-levels (or equivalent), to include mathematics and a technology, engineering or science-based subject
- a National Certificate, Diploma or Extended Diploma (or equivalent) in a science or technology-based subject, including passes in mathematics
The entry criteria for direct entry onto Level 5 of the programme are:
An HNC or HND with an overall merit grade in Mechanical, General or Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering (or an appropriate Engineering discipline).
At either entry level:
If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of at least 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills. Applicants who can demonstrate relevant work/voluntary experience instead of the above qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and invited to an interview to determine their suitability for the course.
Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.
Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.
Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.
|Assessment Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Level 4 Modules
|Academic and Digital Literacy Science||ET4MD208||20||Mandatory|
|Computer Aided Design||ET4MD209||20||Mandatory|
|Managing a Professional Engineering Project||ET4MD211||20||Mandatory|
Level 5 Modules
|Professional Engineering Management||ET5MD217||20||Mandatory|
|Further Engineering Mathematics||ET5MD220||20||Mandatory|
|Aircraft Flight Control Systems||ET5MD221||20||Mandatory|
Level 6 Modules
|Control and Simulation||ET6MD199||20||Mandatory|
|Advanced Engineering Techniques and Materials||ET6MD201||20||Mandatory|
Teaching and Learning Methods
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.
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.
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.
|Learning Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Industry Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
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.
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