HNC/HND Aeronautical Engineering

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Course Overview

The Higher National Diploma (HND) in Aeronautical Engineering allows students to achieve a qualification equivalent to the first two years of a degree. Taught by industry specialists dedicated to ensuring you acquire the skills and knowledge required to succeed in the sector, the programme offers the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of the various aspects of flight and professional standards.

The programme encompasses 15 units delivered 1 day/week:

Year 1 - 5 units (Sept - Jun)
Year 2 - 6 units (Sept - Jun)
Year 3 - 4 units (Sept - Jun)

For those not wishing to complete the full HND, there is also the option to undertake a Higher National Certificate (HNC) equivalent to the first year of a degree. This encompasses 8 units delivered 1 day/week:

Year 1 - 5 units (Sept - Jun)
Year 2 - 3 units (Sept - Feb)

Please note it is also possible to 'top-up' to an HND in future.

Work Experience & Industry Placements

There is no requirement for work experience or a work placement within an Engineering company, although it is encouraged for those that have not currently employed in the sector. Using our excellent links with local employers we will always support you in finding a suitable placement.

Qualification Gained

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate or Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering.

What Will I Learn

You will study a range of units that will develop your specialist knowledge and skills. Listed below are examples of units that are likely to be studied:

Higher National Certificate:
Engineering Design, Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Science, Managing a Professional Engineering Project, Aircraft Aerodynamics, Aircraft Electrical Power & Distribution Systems, Airframe Mechanical Systems,Turbine Rotary Wing Mechanical and Flight Systems.

Higher National Diploma:
Research Project, Aircraft Flight Control Systems, Professional Engineering Management, Further Mathematics, Aircraft Propulsion Principles and Technology, Advanced Turbines and Flight Systems, Aircraft Structural Integrity.

Please be aware that modules studied may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. Students can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in the course handbook.

Teaching Learning and Assessment

A typical week has around 10 - 12 hours of contact time in taught sessions, plus additional 1-1 support available by student request. As with all HE programmes, students are required to take ownership of their learning and development and should expect to spend time studying and completing assessment tasks with independence outside of lectures.

Course Expenses

For full information about tuition fees please see the 'YCUC Fees' and 'YCUC HE Fees Policy', both available in the 'Policies and Reports' area of our website.

Please note there are no required additional costs for the programme. Although some students may choose to buy their own copies of certain key texts this isn't essential as relevant resources are available through the College's Learning Resources Centre.

How Will I Be Assessed

You will be assessed using a range of methods including presentations, assignments and practical assessments.

Feedback will be provided to you in writing, along with information reflecting your performance and recommendations for improvement.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements are 48 UCAS tariff points from two A levels or equivalent, BTEC Level 3 Diplomas, Access to HE Diploma, International Baccalaureate (with at least 24 points achieved), UCAS tariff points from Scottish Highers or Advanced Highers, UCAS tariff points from the Irish Leaving Certificate and Welsh Baccalaureate are generally accepted. It is highly recommended that these 48 UCAS tariff points come from an Engineering or Science-based discipline, however, applicants from outside of these specialisms with relevant experience will be considered. Grade 4 (C) in GCSE Maths (or equivalent) is required. Grade 4 (C) in GCSE English (or equivalent) and GCSE Physics is highly desirable. Applicants will be invited to attend an admission interview before an offer is made and will be advised of the criteria in advance.

We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over as of 1st September in the academic year of admission) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. Please email university.centre@yeovil.ac.uk to find out more.

International applicants will be required to evidence English language skills - this could be an IELTS score of 5.5, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component, a grade 4 in GCSE English (or equivalent), or having recently completed a Level 3 qualification taught and assessed in the English language. For more information, please get in touch.

How To Apply

Full-time: please apply through UCAS - www.ucas.com. (Campus name: Yeovil College University Centre; Institution code: Y25). There are different options depending on whether you want to study HNC or HND.

If you are interested in studying part-time, please contact Yeovil College University Centre by calling 01935 845454 or emailing university.centre@yeovil.ac.uk.