BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering (Including Foundation Year)
Top in Wales for Aerospace Engineering Guardian University Guide 2023
If you don’t have the right grades to enrol directly on to our BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering degree, you could opt to start your studies with a foundation year. The extra year is intended to give you the best possible preparation for success on the degree pathway. You’ll study introductory modules relevant to the degree course whilst developing key skills for academic study.
The BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering programme was developed in close consultation with industry professional bodies, including and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) to boost your employability.
You’ll study the engineering principles needed for a career in the aerospace industry, and you’ll gain practical experience on campus in our state-of-the-art Aerospace Centre. Weather permitting, you’ll also take to the skies with flight test lessons in your final year.
Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering students rated USW top 10 in the UK for academic support, and assessment and feedback (NSS 2022)
Foundation Year: Aeronautical Engineering degree
The Foundation Year will give you a good understanding of our engineering courses and provide you with a good numerical background to support you throughout the remainder of the degree. Following your initial foundation year, you will progress onto the modules studied as part of your award.
- Foundations of Mathematics - 20 credits
- Further Foundation Maths for Engineers - 20 credits
- Essential Engineering Skills - 20 credits
- Engineering Project - 20 credits
- Foundation Engineering Principles - 20 credits
- English for Engineering (optional) - 20 credits
- Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering (optional) - 20 credits
Year One: Aeronautical Engineering degree
Year one of this engineering programme provides essential scientific principles and practices associated with aeronautical engineering. This includes an introduction to using design tools and general manufacturing/workshop techniques. You will also learn how to use industry-standard CAD packages and programming language.
- Mathematics for Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineers - 20 credits
- Design and Manufacture - 20 credits
- Engineering Computing Applications - 20 credits
- Engineering Mechanics 1 - 20 credits
- Electrical Science - 20 credits
- Thermofluids 1 - 20 credits
Year Two: Aeronautical Engineering degree
In your second year, you'll explore key areas such as thermofluids, basic aerodynamics, aircraft performance and aircraft systems engineering. Year two culminates with the development of a conceptual aircraft design in a team environment, which is tested on our engineering flight simulator.
- Further Engineering Mathematics - 20 credits
- Control and Instrumentation - 20 credits
- Thermofluids 2 - 20 credits
- Engineering Materials - 20 credits
- Aircraft Systems Integration and Performance - 20 credits
- Aeronautical Design - 20 credits
Year Three: Aeronautical Engineering degree
Year three modules include aerodynamics, propulsion and aircraft structures. You'll learn about advanced computational tools and modelling techniques, and produce a dissertation. You'll also have the opportunity to participate in real aircraft flight testing as part of our Flight Dynamics and Control module.
- Individual Project (BEng) - 40 credits
- Engineering Computational Analysis - 20 credits
- Aircraft Structure - 20 credits
- Aerodynamics and Propulsion - 20 credits
- Flight Dynamics and Control - 20 credits
- Supervised Work Experience (SWE) - 120 credits (optional)
The BEng Aeronautical Engineering degree is taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions and seminars. You will also need to devote time to self-study, such as conducting research and preparing for your assessments and lectures.
Students also have the opportunity to visit sites such as Rolls Royce, GE Aviation, British Airways Maintenance Cardiff (BAMC) and Airbus, and learn from guest lectures delivered by senior industrialists and academics from the Ministry of Defence, BAMC, the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and various aerospace industry companies, on current technological advancements in the field.
In the final year, subject to weather conditions and visa requirements, you will fly inside a real aircraft to consolidate your understanding of aircraft static and dynamic behaviour and control principles.
Modules are assessed through a mixture of exams, coursework, simulation and problem-based exercises. Speaking in front of your colleagues also forms part of your assessment in group design and project modules, which will develop your presentation and communication skills.
To successfully progress onto the BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering degree, you will be required to obtain a minimum average of 60% in the following modules: Fundamentals of Flight, Foundation Mechanical Science, Foundation of Mathematics and Foundation Calculus.
The Aeronautical Engineering course is fully accredited to Incorporated Engineer status by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), which is the fastest growing professional engineering institution in the UK and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). What's more, this Aeronautical Engineering programme allows you to progress to Chartered Engineer status with a period of further learning.
We also encourage all students on the Aeronautical Engineering programme to complete a placement as part of their course.
On a sandwich placement, you can spend up to a year working in the industry to apply your new knowledge and learn new skills – it’s a great boost to your CV and can lead directly to employment when you graduate. This is available to students who study at our UK campuses only.
On this BEng Aeronautical Engineering course, UK-based students will have the opportunity to visit sites such as GE Aviation, British Airways Maintenance Cardiff (BAMC), Airbus and SAFRAN Landing Systems, and learn from guest lectures delivered by senior industrialists and academics from the Ministry of Defence, the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and various aerospace industry companies, on current technological advancements in the field.
In the final year, subject to weather conditions and visa restrictions, you will fly inside a real aircraft performing a flight test exercise to consolidate your understanding of aircraft static and dynamic behaviour and control principles. UK-based students have previously visited Egnatia Aviation Approved Training Organization at Kavala International Airport, Greece to complete the flight test exercise.
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. It is used extensively in many different aspects of the course, with a particular focus on testing proposed aircraft designs and preparing you for the real flight test exercise.
- Ilias Lappas, CEng FRAeS, course leader
- Dr Shee-Meng Thai
- Dr Joao Ramos
- Dr Meinwen Taylor
- Dr Rae Gordon
- Dr CK Tan
- Dr Colin Morgan
- Ewen Constant CEng
- Dr Talal Maksoud
- Matthew Jones CEng
- Dr Mohamed Mohamed
- Dr Vishagen Ramasamy
- Dr Zahid Baig
We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement
At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.
If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.
This entry criteria details typical offers, however, USW has a Contextual Admissions Policy and considers eligible applicants on an individual basis. Under the Policy we could make a personalised offer based on aspects of the UCAS application or have results considered individually when you receive them. Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy Statement.
Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.
Typical A-Level Offer
Typical Welsh BACC Offer
Typical BTEC Offer
BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass or BTEC Diploma Pass Pass
Typical Access to HE Offer
Pass Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff points
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 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.
If your current qualifications don't meet the entry requirements for entry onto year 1 of your chosen undergraduate degree, we offer one-year International Foundation Programmes through our pathway partnership with QAHE to help you reach the level required for progression. For more information visit our Pathway website.
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.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course
August 2023 - July 2024 Fees
Full-time UK: £9000
Full-time International: £14400
August 2024 - July 2025 Fees
Full-time UK: TBC
Full-time International: TBC
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Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.
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Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs
Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).
To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK residing applicant, applying for year one 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 and EU students
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK.
We have strong links with the regional aviation industry, which includes GE Aviation, Rolls Royce, BAMC, Nordam Europe, TES Aviation Group, Storm Aviation and other members within the Aerospace Wales Forum. Graduates from our Aeronautical Engineering degree are in high demand not only in the UK, but also in the civil and defence sectors worldwide. Some of the UK-based companies with which our students work include GE Aviation, Storm Aviation, Airbus, BAMC and TES Aviation.
Our Careers and Employability Service
As a Aeronautical Engineering 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.