Where will this course lead?

This full-time course comprises of three related qualifications that combine to provide a pathway to BSc (Hon) in Aircraft Maintenance. The supporting qualifications are HNC and HND and are studied in successive years over three years. The course and its progression pathway are specifically targeted at providing the skills, knowledge and understanding to support a career in the aviation industry in the aircraft maintenance engineering branch. The units of study for the whole programme are also closely aligned with the knowledge and exam elements of the EASA part 147 Aircraft Certificating Engineer licences that are of great advantage in securing employment and establishing a career.

You must also accrue 5 years of practical experience in an aircraft maintenance role on live aircraft in order to be awarded the full licence, and this will only realistically be achieved in employment 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?

The structure and progression pathway for the course is shown below with the modules studied in each year;

In year 1, you will study the following Stage 1 modules:
- Engineering Mathematics*
- Engineering Science*
- Electrical Fundamentals*
- Aircraft Materials and Hardware*
- Aerodynamics*
- Employability Skills+ and Human Factors*

In year 2, you will study the following Stage 2 modules:
- Electronic Fundamentals*
- Aircraft Maintenance* and Professional Practices+
- Aviation Legislation*
- Gas Turbine Engine Science*
- Piston Engine Science*
- Physics of Propellers*

In year 3, you will study the following Stage 3 modules:
- Digital Techniques*
- Electronic Instrument Systems*
- Aircraft Structures*
- Aircraft Systems*
- Advanced Aerodynamics*
- Individual Project

*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.

Solihull College Woodlands Campus is fully equipped to support Aerospace studies including an Aircraft hangar housing a Jetstream aircraft, a Boeing 737 flight simulator, sub-sonic and supersonic wind tunnels, Aircraft Gas turbine engines and engine test equipment, fluid dynamics test equipment and hydro-pneumatics circuit building equipment. For full-time study, student will need to attend 3 days a week. Please enquire about options for part-time study as attendance will depend on securing work in a relevant industry.

What qualifications will I get?

Successful completion of year one is 120 credits at stage 1 nominally level 4 equivalent to Higher National Certificate, year two a further 120 credits at stage 2 nominally level 5 equivalent to Higher National Diploma and year three 120 credit at stage 3 nominally level 6 for a total of 360 credits. You will achieve a BSc (hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering approved by Coventry University.

Successful completion of each year may lead to an award of HNC year 1, HND year two at the discretion of the exam board with 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 EASA modules.

How do I get a place on the course?

In order to gain a place on this course, applicants must meet the entry criteria and attend a formal interview. All are to be submitted via UCAS using the following codes:

INSTITUTION CODE: S26 (Solihull College & University Centre)


CAMPUS: 2 Woodlands

Part Time

Part Time applications are to be made via the college's website www.solihull.ac.uk/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:

- BTEC Level 3 Qualification 96 UCAS Tariff Points (MMM) preferably in Aeronautical Engineering or A-level Equivalent in a relevant subject such as Mathematics/Physics/Chemistry.
- In addition, a Grade C/4 or above in GCSE Maths and English or equivalent will be required.

For Part-time Attendance
- Normally a minimum of two years relevant work experience and a current role in an appropriate Aircraft maintenance setting AND
- A BTEC Level 3 Qualification (MM) or A-level Equivalent in a relevant subject.
- In addition, a Grade C/4 or above in GCSE Maths and English or equivalent will be required.

Other qualifications and combinations of qualifications will be considered and maybe also acceptable - please contact HE.Admissions@solihull.ac.uk

What else do I need to know?

The fees include the lifetime licence to eBooks that support study for the EASA licence modules.

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.

You could continue your studies and apply for an MSc programme at 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.

Working within an aircraft maintenance role for 5 years will enable you to achieve the EASA part 147 licence if you successfully complete the EASA 147 exams which are additional, independent and separate to the assessment for the HNC, HND and BSc top-up Aircraft Maintenance. Failure in the EASA knowledge module exams does not threaten your ability to pass the Degree course.

This course is a full-time programme, and you will be expected to attend 3-4 day per week between the hours of 9-5, timetables will be issued to successful applicants prior to 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/overview

Is there anything else I will have to pay for in order to do this course?

- Required: Scientific Calculator (approx. £10)

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

- Optional: Books: £100 for the year with average book price at £15 to £20

- 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.


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The career paths provided are to give you an idea of the careers that you could progress onto in the future. However, for some, you may need to complete higher level qualifications and gain experience before your dream job becomes a reality. The information provided is to support further research and to generate some initial career ideas when choosing a course. Please check entry requirements to degree courses, apprenticeships, and jobs as this may vary from year to year and across providers. For further advice and guidance, please contact: careers@solihull.ac.uk.
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