University of Hertfordshire - BSc (Hons) Aerospace Technology with Pilot Studies

University of Hertfordshire

BSc (Hons) Aerospace Technology with Pilot Studies

As with our aerospace technology with management degree, this broad-based aviation course has an emphasis on computer-aided engineering – including 3D modelling, computer-aided analysis, simulation and computer-aided manufacture. You’ll develop your practical skills in workshops and well-equipped laboratories, while your piloting skills are developed in the second half of the course through the University’s flight simulators and tuition at a nationally recognised flight centre in the UK or US, at an additional cost. You’ll also take part in group work, which will enable you to develop your team-working skills and improve your employability.

Entry Requirements

UCAS pointsA LevelBTECAccess Course TariffIB requirement

BCC - BBC - Minimum of 2 A levels

MMM - DMM  -  Diploma in engineering or technology basedEngineering or technology diploma with merit profile104-112 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at grade 4 or above

GCSE: Grade 4/C in English Language and 4/C Mathematics

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

Career Prospects

There are employment opportunities in a variety of areas, ranging from airline operators and large aircraft manufacturers to small aerospace supply chain companies. Jobs vary from Logistics Manager, Quality Engineer, Analyst or Design & Technology Technician. The breadth and flexibility of this course will also open doors to careers in other branches of engineering, technology, computing or business.

You’ll find employment opportunities in a range of companies, from airline operators and aircraft manufacturers to small aerospace supply chain firms. Jobs can vary, from managing specialist laboratories and test facilities to the supervision of production lines and project management. It’s also the first step to becoming a professional pilot.

Course Details

The School has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning with most modules delivered through a combination of traditional face to face teaching and distance learning through the university's StudyNet web based facility. StudyNet allows students to access electronic learning resources, electronic discussion with staff and other students, and, for some modules, submit coursework 24/7 from anywhere in the world! With a heavy emphasis on Computer Aided Engineering, the school has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible. The School also operate an open access laboratory policy of when possible students doing experiments in their own time.

What you will learn

In common with our Aerospace Technology with Management degree, this course has an emphasis on computer-aided engineering including 3D modelling, computer-aided analysis simulation and computer-aided manufacture – combined with pilot studies.  Your practical skills are developed in workshops and well-equipped laboratories while your piloting skills are developed in the second half of the course through the use of the University’s flight simulators and tuition at a nationally recognised flight centre, either in the UK or USA.  There are additional fees for this but at a discounted rate. 

More about the Course

This programme develops a range of skills applicable in different branches of engineering, reinforcing them through practical experience as you work towards obtaining a UK National Private Pilot's Licence.  Flying lessons are offered by a nationally-recognised flight centre.  Whilst this is an additional expense for students on this course they will give University of Hertfordshire students an attractive discounted rate.

In the first year of your BSc Honours degree course in Aerospace Technology with Pilot Studies you will gain a broad grounding in engineering, focusing on technology, information technology and management, including a basic introduction to the aerospace industry.

In your second year you will build on your knowledge of core technologies, IT and management skills as they are applied within the aerospace industry. This includes studying aerodynamics with, wind tunnel testing, design of aircraft structures and components, using commercial standard software used within the aerospace industry. You will also study elements of the PPL ground school syllabus such as meteorology, human factors, air law and navigation topics.

In your final year you concentrate on the application of aerospace technology - including aircraft performance, propulsion, manufacturing, and avionic systems - and key business skills. A project to design a complete aircraft fosters teamwork capabilities where your skills as a pilot will be put to the test in validating the design through the use of a flight simulator. You will also develop specialist knowledge by undertaking a major project on a relevant topic, and have further opportunity for flying. A key element is undertaking all pilot training necessary to take the NPPL examinations at a local flying school.

Aerospace technology & industry
Mechanical experimental engineering
Engineering statistics
Career skills development
Introduction to design for technologists
Introduction to manufacturing for technologists
Materials and electrical technology
Computing for business and technology
Introduction to practical safety for engineers
Mathematics for engineering

Aerospace design,test and certification
Computer aided design
Computer aided manufacture
Principles of aircraft systems
Career planning
Thermofluid experimental engineering
Engineering operations management
Simulation and analysis techniques
Air law, navigation and meteorology

Optional modules
Exchange year
Exchange semester

Instrumentation and control systems
Avionics technology
Bsc individual project (aerospace technology)
Aerospace performance and manufacture
Aerospace vehicle design
Pilot studies and flight planning
Piloting experience

Optional modules
Industrial placement
Year abroad
Careers portfolio

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