BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering

Do you want to be an aircraft maintenance engineer? The University of South Wales’s BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering degree has been designed to meet the demands of the aerospace maintenance industry and will equip you with the depth and range of knowledge expected of a modern aerospace engineer. This Aircraft Maintenance Engineering course is recognised by European aviation law, as detailed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), 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 obtain a full EASA Part-66 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence in just two years, which usually requires five years’ professional experience.* The University has approved Maintenance Training Organisation status. This means that our Aerospace Centre on campus is 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 opportunity to undertake practical training all over the world with any EASA approved PART 145 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) organisation, that has been approved by USW to carry out practical training.


UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
H402 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
H402 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A

The BSc Aircraft Maintenance Engineering degree has the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 66 Aircraft maintenance licence fully embedded within the university modules. This allows you the opportunity to obtain this industry recognised qualification whilst you study for your degree. The University of South Wales is the only EASA part 147 UK University currently approved to deliver and award this qualification as part of its BSc Aircraft Maintenance Engineering degree.

Year One: Aircraft Maintenance Engineering degree 

In year one, you’ll study the principles of engineering and the EASA B1 Basic Knowledge modular structure in greater depth. You’ll study the basic laws and theories of electrical and electronic fundamentals, 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 

In year two, you’ll enhance your knowledge of aircraft materials, hardware, 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, project management strategies in an aircraft maintenance context, and 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. The course is an intensive study package, you will be required to attend classes for up to 27 hours per week during term time. The first year is mostly based on theoretical aspects of aircraft engineering but there are some elements of practical activities in the avionic modules. The second and third 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 Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) rules and regulations.

* The integrated EASA elements require you to complete three years of the degree, a minimum of 2,400 hours of tuition, including 12 weeks of practical training at a EASA Part-145 maintenance organisation that has been approved by the University of South Wales. Students must achieve an attendance record of 90% or higher and need to pass EASA examinations at 75% or higher.

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 aerospace industry has become increasingly competitive and in recognising this, 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 you 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).


The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to include Mathematics or a numerate subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to include Mathematics or a numerate subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant Maths, Science or Engineering subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include a numerate subject such as Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Maths, Science or Engineering Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes in a relevant subject (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes in a relevant subject (80 UCAS Tariff Points)

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C 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.

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.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £12300 

August 2019 - July 2020 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
OJT - On the the Job Training British Airways Approved Fee £3000 - £3000
6 weeks in the summer of year 1 and 6 weeks in the summer of year 2 subject to British Airways availability. In 2015-16, British Airways charged a total of £3,000 for the two summer periods, so £1,500 per year, which can be paid in instalments.
Travel & Subsistence £0 - £1000
Dependent on location students will need to pay for travel, accommodation and meals whilst completing on the job training.
OJT - On the Job Training USW Approved Fee £0
Timing and the fee for OJT will be at the company's discretion and subject to availability.

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. 

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Admissions statement

This Aircraft Maintenance Engineering programme 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 engineering 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.