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Aeronautical Engineering - HNC


Aeronautical engineering has excellent career opportunities available for appropriately qualified and skilled personnel. The part-time HNC in Aeronautical Engineering aims to foster the technical and transferable skills required for employment and progression within employment in this specialised field of engineering. The programme is a product of close collaboration with key industry employers.

  • Course code ET1HE620
  • Duration 2 Years
  • Day/s of week Wednesday
  • Time 09:00 - 17:15

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
09 Sep 2024
Bispham Campus
2 Years

Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

The HNC qualified student can progress to study on a full Honours degree by progressing to our BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering, awarded by Lancaster University and delivered here at Blackpool and The Fylde College.

We have well-developed working relationships with a wide range of engineering employers, through which we help and support learners into sustainable employment.

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 appropriate Engineering discipline
  • Mathematics GCSE at Grade B/5 or above and English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above
  • 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

BTEC Higher National Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering for England

Fees and funding

Please visit our finance page for more information on tuition fees and available financial support.

Extra costs and equipment

You will need your own scientific calculator. Other resources required to achieve the learning outcomes of the programme are provided by the College. You should be aware that there may be additional costs to consider such as optional educational visits and photocopying/printing.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: Pearson

Regulatory Body: Office for Students (OfS)

Terms and conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

What will I learn?

  • Modules at level 4

    Module title Code Credits Optional
    Engineering Design ET4MD269 15 No
    Engineering Mathematics ET4MD270 15 No
    Managing a Professional Engineering Project ET4MD271 15 No
    Aircraft Aerodynamics ET4MD285 15 No
    Aircraft Electrical Power and Distribution Systems ET4MD286 15 No
    Airframe Mechanical Systems ET4MD287 15 No
    Composite Materials for Aerospace Applications ET4MD288 15 No
    Turbine Rotary Wing Mechanical and Flight Systems ET4MD289 15 No

How will I learn?

The HNC in Aeronautical Engineering programme combines theoretical and practical elements which are delivered in a number of different ways.  Lectures are the most common technique used, which will offer you the opportunity to engage with other students in your group, and is where the focus is on sharing knowledge through the use of presentations, calculations and case studies.

Another delivery technique which will be used in a number of modules is practical demonstrations, where both production and testing equipment will be demonstrated by the tutor who will be a qualified operator. Tutorials will present you with an opportunity for focused one to one support, where teaching is led by an individual’s requirements.

These are sometimes most effective in the run up to assessment, where tutors can provide you with more focused direction, perhaps based on a formative assessment. Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is an invaluable aid to your studies, acting not only as a repository for taught material but also for the setting of formative assessment such as quizzes. Further reading and research support will also be provided on Moodle VLE, along with a copy of your programme documents, such as the Programme Handbook and Assessment Timetable.

As the majority of students on your HNC in Aeronautical Engineering programme will be employed in the industry, there will be an opportunity to integrate work based learning into the programme. This will add realism, and will give you the opportunity to link theory to practice in a way in which case studies cannot. For example, in the Managing an Engineering Project module, the Project brief may be based on a workplace requirement, which will require work based application of knowledge thereby bringing theory to life through the curriculum.

Learning Methods

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This is an approved Higher Technical Qualification

This Higher Technical Qualification is alligned with the following occupation:

  • Engineering Manufacturing Technician

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

Assessment Method Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
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