Where will this course lead?

This course, in combination with the follow-on qualifications, HND and BSc, is designed to support you in completing the exam element of the UKCAA/EASA Part 66 Certifiying Engineers License if you already have a job role in a relevant industry. You must also accrue 5 years of practical experience in an aircraft maintenance role in order to be awarded the full training certificate. This can be done alongside your studies or after graduation. In addition, there are many other aerospace relevant jobs which are available to graduates of either the HND or BSc top-up within manufacturing and repair/overhaul in the Midlands. The programme has been aligned to the academic requirements for professional recognition as an Incorporated Engineer when combined with the BSc top-up.

What will I study?

This course builds on the fundamental knowledge developed in the HNC and is designed to support successful completion of the UKCAA/EASA exams required for the UKCAA/EASA Part 66 Certifiying Engineers License training certificate when combined with the following BSc top-up.

You will study the following level 4 modules:

· Engineering Mathematics*

· Engineering Science*

· Electrical Fundamentals*

· Aircraft Materials and Hardware*

· Aerodynamics*

· Employability Skills+ and Human Factors*

*Aligned to EASA modules

The Employability skills and Professional practices elements are required to meet national standards for engineering higher education. We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated, please contact us for the latest information.

How will this course be delivered?

The course is delivered in a variety of ways including face to face in the classroom with lectures, group activities, discussions, and seminars; via practical work; also, on-line resources and activities are used in modules for independent learning; support is provided via one-to-one tutorials.

The Centre for Advanced Aeronautical provision is fully equipped to industry standards including an aviation hangar housing a Jetstream aircraft, a 737 simulator, two wind tunnels, engine test equipment, fluid dynamics test equipment and hydro-pneumatics circuit building equipment. Please enquire about options for part-time study as attendance will depend on securing work in a relevant industry.

HNC - Two Years Part Time - 1 Day per week

What qualifications will I get?

Successful completion of 120 credits Higher National Certificate in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, approved by Coventry University.

How will I be assessed?

A variety of methods of assessment will be used within the programme, including coursework, assignments, examinations, practical hand-skill assessments, experiments, and presentations. Most modules consist of more than one method of assessment. You will be required to sit additional examinations for the UKCAA/EASA modules, the cost of £40.00 per UKCAA/EASA exam.

How do I get a place on the course?

Part Time applications are to be made via the college's website https://www.solihull.ac.uk/uni-level-learner/how-do-i-apply/

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application, we can help with this too. https://www.solihull.ac.uk/uni-level-learner/student-services

What are the entry requirements?

Entrants to the course normally possess the following:

A minimum of two years relevant work experience and a current role in an appropriate workplace setting, and:

A BTEC Level 3 Qualification (MM),

or an A-Level including a C in one relevant subject area such as Chemistry/Physics/Mathematics,

or T-Level - Pass (at C or above)

In addition, a Grade C/4 or above in GCSE Maths and English or equivalent will normally be required.

What else do I need to know?

We have a wide selection of library books and electronic books for you to use for this course. There is no set text. You will be expected to supply your own stationery such as folders, paper, and pens. Connection to the internet is expected, but facilities are available at college to do this if necessary.

Working within an aircraft maintenance role for 5 years will enable you to achieve the UKCAA/EASA Part 66 if you successfully complete the UKCAA/EASA Part 66 exams which are additional, independent, and separate to the assessment for the HNC, HND and BSc top-up Aircraft Maintenance.

Failure in the UKCAA/EASA module exams do not threaten your ability to pass the Degree course.

This course is a part-time programme, and you will be expected to attend 1 day per week between the hours of 9-5, timetables will be issued to successful applicants during induction and enrolment in September of the current Academic year.

If you are applying for financial help from Student Finance England, then you should do this as soon as possible to ensure your funding is in place for the start of your course. https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

You will be required to sit additional examinations for the UKCAA/EASA modules, the fee for these additional exams is £40.00 per exam.

Required: Scientific Calculator (approx. £10)

Required: Overalls and safety boots (approx. £50)

Optional: Printing and binding in the college over and above print allowance (dependent upon page numbers and colour)

Optional: Laptop/Home computer (required for assessment work and accessing software remotely)

Optional: Project based costs may be incurred if components are required which are not available through college stock.

Optional: 3D printing may form part of a project. Where possible, the college will pay for the printing materials. However, for larger designs, a contribution may be required from the student.

Please read our full terms and conditions https://www.solihull.ac.uk/uni-level-learner/policies-and-applicant-information/

For a more detailed information please refer to the course specifications.

Please note that when you enrol you are accepting that the course content and module descriptions are accurate at the time of publishing and that the course content as described is based on what is possible to deliver under the government advice and social distancing rules at that particular time. In the event of changes made to those rules, by national or local government, the College may need to make further alterations to the published course content. By enrolling with the College, you will be confirming that you are content to proceed with the course as detailed at that time and on the basis that the programme may be subject to reasonable change.

What can I do after this course?

You could continue your studies and apply for the BSc top-up Aircraft Maintenance Engineering at Solihull College (approved by Coventry University). The qualification will also provide you with a broad range of Aircraft related Engineering skills which will enable you to progress in your career now and in the future.

The UKCAA/EASA Part 66 qualifications will be accepted by the EASA member states allowing for potential employment overseas.


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