HNC AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Awarded By: Pearson
Duration: 1 year full- time, 2 years part-time
Level: Level 4
Last Updated: 21-01-21

Lancashire’s aerospace sector is home to the largest cluster of aerospace activity in the whole of the UK, employing almost 13,000 people.

As part of this HNC you will study eight modules from engineering design, maths and science to aircraft aerodynamics, CAD/CAM and composite materials for aerospace applications.

You will be taught within our state-of-the-art iSTEM Centre, which provides outstanding teaching facilities including a Piper Aztec light aircraft and subsonic wind tunnel. You will also have access to design suites, CAD/CAM software and a 3D printing lab.

You will gain higher level understanding and skills in aircraft engineering, alongside the ability to think creatively and apply your knowledge, particularly when developing designs. You will develop mathematical, analytical and problem-solving skills for dealing with complex issues in the aviation sector.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

On this programme you will study eight modules, comprising of:

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • Managment of a Professional Engineering Project
  • Aircraft Aerodynamics
  • CAD/CAM
  • Airframe Mechanical Systems
  • Composite Materials for Aerospace Applications

HOW WILL I BE TAUGHT?

The course is delivered via a combination of lectures, practical sessions and seminars. Currently we are operating a blended learning model, with some modules taught via online learning methods and other modules delivered remotely. 

You will also have access to our virtual learning environment for additional resources, to support your studies.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

You will be assessed throughout your programme to support your development. These assessments will be both formative and summative in nature. Formative assessments will comprise of class activities and practical tasks on site whilst summative assessment will be made up of a range of assignments throughout your programme of study.

 

WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

Many of our graduates progress already thriving careers by securing promotion opportunities in the workplace. Those new to industry typically progress into employment in the aerospace sector in a variety of roles including Aerospace Technician or Compliance Officer. Alternatively, some choose to further their studies by progressing onto the HND Aeronautical Engineering at Preston’s College. To progress, an additional application needs to be made.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO KNOW?

Awarded by: Pearson

Mode of study: 1 year, full-time, 2 years, part-time

Tuition fees: Full-time - Year 1 (2021/2022) £6,000 Part-time - Year 1 (2021/22) £3,000, Year 2 (2022/23) £3,000)

Minimum numbers required for this course to run: 6

Location: Preston's College, Fulwood Campus (except trips and visits)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Preston’s College operates a flexible admissions policy, welcoming applicants with a wide range of qualifications and/or experience, with each application assessed on its own merit. We also recognise prior learning/attainment (RPL) and experience, meaning it may be possible to map some of your existing qualifications against the modules for the HNC Aeronautical Engineering qualification.

If this applies to you, we will discuss this with you at the interview stage.

For students who have recently been in education, we would expect an applicant to have one of the following:
 

A-Levels: At least two A-Levels in an appropriate subject (equivalent to 72 UCAS points)
BTEC Extended Diploma (or equivalent): Level 3 in Aeronautical Engineering or a similar discipline at grade MMP or higher
BTEC Diploma (or equivalent): Level 3 in Aeronautical Engineering or a similar discipline at grade DM or higher 
Pass Access Course: Access to Higher Education Diploma in a related discipline
International Baccalaureate: H7 = 72 UCAS points
Other qualifications or requirements: An NVQ diploma or equivalent competence qualification.
Applicants with industrial experience, will be considered on a case by case basis for the course.
Plus  
GCSE Applicants must hold a Level 2 qualification in Maths and English
Other qualifications: IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in each skills area)


We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification.

A good application will be taken into account if you do not meet the above criteria.

International students
 
You may need to apply for a Tier 4 visa in order to enter and study in the UK. However, please note that Preston’s College does not hold a Tier 4 Sponsor Licence to support student visa applications.
 

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