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.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
H406 Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A
Full-time 1 Year February 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
Full-time 1 Year February 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

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).


Assessments will be in the form of coursework, including written assignments and presentations.


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 a civil aircraft and an 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 B747-400 Flight simulator. The Centre also includes a gas turbine maintenance workshop, simulated aircraft shell riveting area, hand tools workshops and a 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. While 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).


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 requires applicants to have completed a Higher National Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering or an equivalent level 5 qualification in a relevant subject. Applications from EASA/CAA Part-66 qualified Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, with appropriate licence categories and relevant industrial experience, will be considered on an individual basis, as will other applications of an equivalent nature.

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 

  • Part-time UK:  £740 per 20 credits

August 2024 - July 2025 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £15260 

  • Part-time UK:  £740 per 20 credits

August 2025 - July 2026 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

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.


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.

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.