BSc (Hons) Aircraft Engineering and Maintenance Systems (Top Up)

The Aircraft Engineering & Maintenance Systems (AEMS) Top-Up course is specifically aimed at those that would like to build on the industry qualifications and experience they already have (such as an appropriate EASA Part-66 certification) and those that hold a relevant HND, or equivalent qualification, to attain an engineering degree.

In many cases, due to reasons such as working full-time, people who would like to study for a degree in their chosen career are unable to do so.

Therefore, the course offers multiple modes of study, with the full-time version taking only one academic year. The part-time route takes two academic years, which consists of 60 credits each year at level 6.

The part-time course will be delivered in two ways - a traditional method, where students attend for one or (possibly) two days a week and a purely online distance learning delivery with no requirement to attend university on a full-time basis.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the advertised delivery method may be different to that advertised. This particularly applies to on-campus lectures.

2022/23 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for delivering our courses in the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to change during the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. Whether you’re on-campus full time, part-time with online study, or full-time online, USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
H406 Full-time 1 Year February Treforest A
H406 Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 2 Years February Online 8
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Online 8
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
H406 Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Online 8

This academic year requires students to undertake a significant aviation maintenance related project which will draw on the previous study/experience. It will also introduce the concept of new and emerging technologies in the aviation industry, alongside the planning and resource management of maintenance activities.

Individual Project

Students will undertake a substantial project requiring them to carry out in-depth research or demonstrate appropriate problem-solving skills related to an aircraft maintenance engineering problem.

Engineering Project Management

Students will gain knowledge and understanding of managing aircraft maintenance projects using standardised models for project management.

Emerging Aerospace Technologies

Students will be given an insight into new and emerging technologies and have the ability to appraise these developments from an engineering perspective.

Aviation Maintenance Resource and Planning Management

During this academic session, students will be able to plan and evaluate maintenance schedules based on available resources in order to ensure the safe, efficient and financially viable aircraft maintenance operations.

Advances in Aerospace Propulsion

Students will be introduced to recent and forthcoming advances in aircraft propulsion technologies, including the investigation of the driving factors behind these developments.


Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, demonstrations, and external visits, as well as both directed (including online learning) and independent study.

On average you can expect to be in classroom-based activities for around 12-14 hours per week

Subject to availability guest lectures will also take place.


The aviation academy operates an open-door policy in providing student support. Students are allocated a Personal Academic Advisor (PAC).


Students will be assessed through examinations and coursework.


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 students 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.

Our EASA-approved facilities have also been fully approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).


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.

Entry to the BSc (Hons) Aircraft Engineering and Maintenance Systems Top-Up will be from applicants who have completed a Higher National Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering or equivalent. Applications from EASA qualified Aircraft Maintenance Engineers with relevant industrial experience (minimum 2 years) will also be considered on an individual basis.

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 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £13800 

  • Part-time UK:  £700 per 20 credits

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International:  £14000 

  • Part-time UK: TBC

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

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

This course addresses the market’s requirement for attaining specialist knowledge in the managerial aspects of aircraft maintenance. This course focuses on the management and planning of line and heavy maintenance scheduling, which is usually a shortfall amongst practicing Aircraft Maintenance Engineers.

Engagement with aviation companies such as Ryanair, British Airways and JMC has produced a large number of employment opportunities for our students.