BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering (Including Foundation Year)

This degree aims at providing you with the knowledge and skills required in the Aerospace Industry.

Flight vehicles are subjected to demanding conditions such as those caused by changes in atmospheric pressure and temperature, with structural loads applied upon vehicle components. Consequently, they are usually the products of various technological and engineering disciplines including aerodynamics, propulsion, avionics, materials science, structural analysis and manufacturing. Because of the complexity and number of disciplines involved, aerospace engineering is carried out by teams of engineers, each having their own specialised area of expertise. 

The course is designed to meet accreditation requirements of the RAeS and IMechE for Incorporated Engineer status. This course will include a live flight experience, which is reinforced with SIM work in Flight Simulator. We have strong links with industry and place considerable emphasis on student projects. We also encourage industrial placements as part of a sandwich year option.

This course is subject to validation.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2022
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
H501 Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A

This degree includes a large amount of mathematical and computational analysis, mixed with practical design and build activities, which are designed to embed the classroom learning. The first year of the course is common with our aeronautical provision allowing you the chance to switch between courses at the end of your first year. Commencing the second year you will study a range of aerospace modules unique to this course, and this thread then continues until the end of your studies.

The course is designed with industry in mind, and opportunities that will arise in the aerospace industry. USW has a strong record of placing graduate engineers in substantive roles upon graduation.

You will develop soft skills through practical design and make activities, and finally, you will study elements of management, business and project management. This will develop your initiative, and effective communication and interpersonal skills, to achieve the high level of technical leadership required in a modern engineering environment. Your new skills will be further tested through group and individual research and design projects. 

The course is delivered on a full time basis, and the typical academic year runs from the end of September to Easter, with Exams in May. Typically modules have between two and three hours of contact time per week, with directed learning and independent study making up the majority of a students study requirements.

We offer a range of guest lectures, Engineering trips and industrial visits during the course.

Teaching

You can study this degree on a full time basis and it also offers a sandwich work placement should you decide this is an appropriate pathway for you.

This aerospace programme is taught through lectures, which are supported by tutorials, practical sessions and seminar groups. Wherever possible, your work will be based on live projects and case studies, with contributions from industry professionals.

Throughout your course, you will engage in activities that help you become self-reliant, self-motivated and resourceful, as well as develop leadership qualities and management expertise.

Assessment

There is a range of assessment methods, such as formal closed book exams, group work, individual projects, oral assessments and laboratory experiments, Exam contribute approximately 30% of all assessments on the course.

The programme of assessment aims to measure the skill and competence of the individual student by means of a structured and integrated approach to a defined coursework schedule.

The assessment strategy has been devised to reflect the diverse nature of the module content with a balance between those modules assessed through assignments, coursework and oral presentations.

Placements

Facilities

Our facilities include:

  • Well-equipped computer rooms using industry standard design and analysis software for Finite Element Analysis and Computation Fluid Dynamics, including SolidWorks, MatLab Ansys & LS-Dyna.
  • Fully equipped engineering workshop, which include 3D printers, water and laser cutters, four axis CNC, a range of general purpose engineering machines for the production of samples for projects
  • We also have composite manufacturing facilities, additive manufacturing facilities, laser scanner, wind tunnel, material testing facilities, non-destructive facilities as well as laboratories with equipment for supplementing teaching in mechanics, dynamics, materials, thermodynamics, fluid-dynamics and control.
  • We currently have a well-equipped Formula Student build area, and a rocketry society.

 

Lecturers

Interim CL is Mr Ewen Constant CEng

The teaching team includes:

All staff profiles and research interests are available via PURE

Support

We have an open door policy, all students are assigned a Personal Academic Coach, and we also run a student to student study skills support system for help with tutorial questions and topics within the department.

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

EE

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

Additional Requirements

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.

 

English Requirements


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 2022 - July 2023 Fees


  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £14000 

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

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.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

UK students

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.

Admissions Statement

The aerospace industry is worth around $300 billion and is expected to approximately double by 2025. In 2021 116,000 people were employed in the industry in the UK.

The industry is changing rapidly and moving towards environmentally friendly fuels which will completely dominate the market in the next few decades. This course was designed with these technological developments in mind so that graduates are equipped for the aerospace industry of the future.

For students interested in a sandwich year, we have a dedicated placement officer within the School of Engineering, this is additional to the universities provision.

Possible career options

Any organisation under the broad umbrella of aerospace engineering, to include design, development, test, manufacture of aerospace systems and components. Including aeronautical engineering applications such as aeroplane components and systems. 

Alternative complimentary engineering organisations, such a seat manufacture, automotive engineering, mechanical and manufacturing industries. Defence systems and military organisations.

What kind of student would this course suit?

This course would appeal to Student interested in a career in the aerospace / aeronautical Industry.

Once the foundations have been laid, you will study cutting edge technology in the field of aeronautics and aerospace engineering.

You will learn to think rationally and creatively, we will teach you to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, for technical and lay audiences.