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

Specifically designed for individuals who have already obtained an appropriate EASA Part-66 certification or a relevant HND, or equivalent qualification. This top-up course allows you to gain a full BSc(Hons) Aircraft Engineering and Maintenance Systems in one academic year or two years if studied part-time.

Building on your existing knowledge of the aircraft maintenance sector, the BSc (Hons) Aircraft Engineering and Maintenance Systems (Top-Up) course consists of academic study in our purpose-built Aerospace Centre fully approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)

The course has been designed in consultation with industry professionals and is continually reviewed to ensure it meets the current professional demands of the aerospace industry.

This course is subject to validation.

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

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).


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 2020 - July 2021 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK and EU: 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 and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU 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 students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

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.