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Aeronautical Engineering Higher National Diploma – C7878

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Course Overview

This is a two-year part-time programme in which a Higher National Certificate (HNC) is completed in year one and Higher National Diploma (HND) in year two. With a career in aeronautical engineering as your chosen route, this level 4/5 course offers a pathway in Aeronautical engineering. The HNC/HND in engineering course is designed to enable students who may have come through a vocational route to progress into higher education, building on the knowledge gained at level 3.

You will be studying over one full day plus one evening per week. This course currently runs on Monday evening, 6pm to 9pm, and all day Tuesday, 9am to 5pm although this may be subject to change for the HNC.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

In year one you will study for the HNC in engineering: all eight units at level 4 must be completed.

Aeronautical engineering units include engineering design, engineering mathematics, engineering science, managing an engineering project (Pearson set project), aircraft aerodynamics, airframe mechanical systems, composite materials for aerospace applications, aircraft electrical power and distribution systems.

Year 2

After successful completion of the HNC in year one, you will study a further eight units at level 5 for the HND in year two.
Aeronautical units include research project (double unit), professional engineering management ( Pearson-set ), further mathematics, aircraft flight control systems, aircraft propulsion systems and technology, aircraft structural integrity, avionic systems, aircraft gas turbine engine design and performance.

Entry Requirements

This course is aimed at students who already have a level 3 qualification (i.e. a level 3 National Diploma/Certificate, level 3 NVQ/VRQ, T-level or similar in related subjects, relevant Access to HE qualification, and GCSE English, maths and science at grade C or above).) or a higher level qualification in an unrelated subject area with a significant mathematical content. You are expected to hold GCSE English and maths at grade 4 or equivalent. We welcome applicants who do not match standard entry requirements but who can demonstrate the ability to study this subject at university level and who can evidence relevant experience. An interview is required to ascertain prior achievement.

How you will be assessed

You will undertake a range of both written and practical assignments, presentations and in-class controlled assessments.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Total Fees: £4110.00


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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Course and Career progression

On successful completion of the first year of the course, you may continue to the level 5 HND in engineering. Once you have achieved the HND (after two years of study) you will be able to apply to study for a further year to obtain a full degree at university. This qualification is well regarded throughout the industry and the academic world. Career opportunities include managerial and technical positions in aeronautical engineering.

What Happens Next

Apply directly to the college via the website . Due to the nature of this programme, you may also be invited to attend an interview. Where necessary, other means of interview (i.e. telephone, web-based, MS Teams) can be arranged.

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