BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (Including Foundation Year)

This course is also offered in the UK under the title BSc (Hons) Aircraft Engineering and Maintenance Systems (Including Foundation Year)

If you don’t have the right qualifications to start our BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering degree, you could start your studies with a foundation year. The extra year will give you the best possible preparation for success on the degree programme.

This aircraft maintenance course is recognised by aviation law, as detailed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), and gives you access to real aircraft experience.

We are the only university in the UK that has integrated the industry-standard aircraft maintenance qualification 'EASA Part 66' with an Honours degree, delivered on a single campus.

On completion of the required EASA training, you'll be able to apply for a full EASA Part 66 and GCAA Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence in just two years, which usually requires five years' professional experience. Additional costs are likely to apply to the required professional experience.*

The University has CAA and CAR 147 approved Maintenance Training Organisation status. This means that our Aerospace Centre on campus is treated as a real aircraft environment, and emulates the same commercial aviation quality control you would expect in the industry worldwide. This approach not only satisfies EASA and GCAA regulations, but will also help you make the transition from the classroom into employment.

You'll also have the option to arrange and undertake practical training all over the world with any University-approved Part 145 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) organisation.

2020/21 update: Blended learning approach for USW 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 pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through 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. 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
Full-time 4 Years September Dubai Campus 1
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 4 Years September Dubai Campus 1

The foundation year primarily focuses on providing the necessary underpinning of the engineering and mathematical methods required to support you throughout the remainder of the degree.

Foundation Year: Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Degree

  • Foundations of Mathematics - 20 credits
  • Applications of Mathematical Skills - 20 credits
  • Foundation Engineering Principles - 20 credits
  • Collaboration in Engineering - 40 credits
  • English for Engineering - 20 credits

Year One: Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Degree

In year one, you'll study the principles of engineering and the EASA B1.1 Basic Knowledge modular structure in greater depth. You'll study the basic laws and theories of electrical and electronic fundamentals, aircraft materials, aerodynamics, physics, analytical methods, and professional practice.

  • Analytical Methods for Engineers- 20 credits
  • Aerospace Mechanics - 20 credits
  • Electronic Fundamentals for Maintenance Engineers - 20 credits
  • Aerospace Materials and Hardware - 20 credits
  • Electrical Fundamentals for Maintenance Engineers - 20 credits
  • Professional Engineering Techniques - 20 credits

Year Two: Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Degree

UK based students who currently study the course BSc (Hons) Aircraft Engineering and Maintenance Systems and meet the criteria set by the CAA can transfer to year 2 of this degree. This route will enable students to apply for their EASA aircraft licence in just two years, which usually requires five years' professional experience. Additional costs are likely to apply to the required professional experience.* From year 2 onwards, this course will be taught in the UK and Dubai. 

In year two, you'll enhance your knowledge of propellers, maintenance practice, instrumentation systems and human factors, and hone practical and workshop skills. You'll also study engineering management and issues surrounding the aircraft maintenance industry.

  • Maintenance Practice for B1 Licence - 40 credits
  • Aircraft Instrumentation Systems - 20 credits
  • Managing Human Factors - 20 credits
  • Fundamentals of Business Engineering and Management - 20 credits
  • Maintenance and Repair of Aircraft Propeller Systems - 20 credits

Year Three: Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Degree

In year three, you'll study aircraft structures and systems, gas turbine engines, aviation legislation, and complete a dissertation project.

  • Aero-Structures, Aerodynamics and Systems - 40 credits
  • Individual Project - 40 credits
  • Aerospace Turbine Propulsion Systems - 20 credits
  • Aviation Legislation - 20 credits
  • Supervised Work Experience (SWE) - 120 credits



The aircraft maintenance engineering course is taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars, in addition to independently preparing for lectures.

Following the inital foundation year, you will be required to attend classes for up to 27 hours per week during term time. The second year is mostly based on theoretical aspects of aircraft engineering but there are some elements of practical activities in the avionic modules. The third and fourth year studies are more mixed with practical activities such as working on the aircraft, carrying out mechanical repairs in the workshop and using composite materials.


You will be assessed through assignments, coursework, ongoing class tests and exams. EASA Part-66 examinations lead to a professional qualification and are governed by European rules and regulations.

*EASA Part 66 Licence: Complete all three years of the degree, attain 90% attendance of the EASA elements, pass EASA modules at 75%, complete 450 hours of approved practical training (additional costs may apply and are at the discretion of your Part 145 host organisation) and you'll be able to apply for an EASA Part 66 Licence after two years' experience. Otherwise, you will need five years' experience.

There may be an additional cost for the practical training depending on the maintenance organisation. Once the criteria above have been successfully met, you will be eligible for a three-year reduction in your professional experience requirement for an EASA Part-66 Licence.

If you do not meet all of the above criteria for the accelerated route, you will transfer to the non-accelerated route and will need five years’ professional experience in order to apply for an EASA Part-66 Licence.


 The University of South Wales Dubai is home to approximately 3,000m2 of purpose-built teaching space over two storeys within the Dubai South Business Park. Here, you can look forward to a fantastic experience on campus that combines academic study with practical training in purpose-built facilities, including our very own aircraft hangar.Training facilities at our Dubai Campus include mechanical principles laboratories, sheet metal working, soundproofed riveting areas, and composite-based equipment to produce sample materials. Dedicated laboratory space for electronic practical tasks and avionics systems is also key in providing a practical experience for our students.

The University has approved Maintenance Training Organisation status. This means that our facilities on campus are treated as a live aircraft environment, and upholds the same commercial aviation quality control you would expect in the industry worldwide. This approach not only meets EASA regulations, but will also help you make the transition from the classroom into employment. You’ll also have the option to undertake on the job training all over the world with any University-approved PART 145 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) organisation.


Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. 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 IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to Higher Education Diploma

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C/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 Dubai website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 5.5 with a minimum score of 5.0 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 Dubai 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 2020 - July 2021 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £65600

  • Full-time International:  £65600 

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: 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.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Students who successfully secure on the job training in industry to work towards qualifying for the accelerated licence, would be expected to pay their own travel costs to and from the venue during the period of placement. The cost of this will of course vary and some students have chosen to pay for accommodation close to their place of work for the duration of their placement. Any fees charged for the practical training will be at the discretion of the EASA Part-145 company and will be the responsibility of the student.

All students

Apply directly if you are a UK, EU or International applicant applying to study at our Dubai campus. 

Admissions statement

This aircraft maintenance engineering degree course offers excellent career opportunities worldwide. The EASA Part-66 Licence qualifies its holders to be selected for further aircraft-type authorisation before being permitted to sign off aircraft for flight. You can gain employment throughout the UK and across the world with manufacturing companies, commercial airlines, air-taxi operators, flying schools, the armed forces and commercial long-haul flights. There is a growing market for maintenance, repair and overhaul of military and commercial aircraft, or you may choose sub-contract work.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW Dubai 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.