students working on the bodywork of an aeroplane.

BEng(Hons)

Aerospace Engineering (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
H43F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
88
Department:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full-time; Five years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time; Sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Maryam Atoofi
Key fact:
Get on track for our BEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering degree by completing a foundation year. If you're committed to an engineering future and have a less conventional background, this is the course for you.

Page last updated 13 November 2017

Introduction

Why study aerospace engineering?

An aerospace engineering degree involves turning ideas into reality by applying the principles of science and technology to the research, design, manufacture and certification of current and future aerospace vehicles.

If you're fascinated by the history, technology and progress of aircraft and spacecraft into the 21st century, then aerospace engineering could be the degree for you.

Why UWE Bristol? 

BEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering has been designed in response to anincreasing demand for qualified aerospace engineersand withinput from regional aerospace partners.

It'saccredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) to give you the industry relevant skills and graduate attributes needed to become the technical specialists and leaders of tomorrow within the aerospace industry.

This course equips you with industry knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the aerospace design and build process.

Study materials and manufacturing, stress and dynamics, energy and thermodynamics to gain a solid grounding in aerospace engineering principles in your first year. Specialise in your second year through the Systems, Design and Manufacturing pathways.Gain practical experience developing and testing your prototypes in our well-equipped laboratories.

Get an inside track on the industry through regular factory tours and professional briefings from leading aerospace organisations and work on placements to build up valuable experience and professional skills.

Graduate ready to take up your place within the exciting, fast-paced aerospace industry.

Where can it take me?

As a graduate, you'll be set for a career in the aerospace industry.

Job opportunities range from working on the design and manufacture of civil and military aircraft, to working with helicopters and jet engines.

Read why Jana transferred to UWE Bristol to finish her BEng(Hons) in Aerospace Engineering

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

  • Engineering Experimentation
  • Foundation Group Project
  • Foundation Mechanics
  • Foundation Maths, Algebra and Calculus
  • Introduction to Mechatronics.

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into year one.  

Year one

You will study:

  • Stress and Dynamics
  • Design, Materials and Manufacturing
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Energy and Thermodynamics
  • Introduction to Aeronautics.

Year two

You will study:

  • Aerodynamics and Flight
  • Engineering Mathematics 2
  • Project Management
  • Aero-Structures.

You must also choose one of three pathways:

 Design:

  • Design, Materials and CAD/CAM
  • Stress Analysis.

Manufacturing:

  • Design, Materials and CAD/CAM
  • Mechatronics.

Systems:

  • Aircraft Systems, Avionics and Control
  • Mechatronics.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you're studying on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend your third year away from the University on a work or study placement.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • BEng Individual Project
  • Aero-Propulsion.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Business Environment
  • Industrial Placement
  • Engineering and Society.

You will then continue with your chosen pathway.

Design:

  • Structural Design and Inspection
  • Systems Engineering.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Applied Aerodynamics
  • Spaceflight.

Manufacturing:

  • Structural Design and Inspection
  • Managing Advanced Manufacturing
  • Machine Vision.

 Systems

  • Systems Engineering
  • Avionics and Control 3.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Applied Aerodynamics
  • Spaceflight.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Learn through lectures, tutorials and seminars with a programme of laboratory, practical and project work.

You'll design, develop and optimise a model aircraft in the first year Introduction to Aeronautics module. You'll have the opportunity to undertake a flight test course in a real aircraft in your third year and you'll also work in group projects to such as the ImechE Umnanned Aerial System (UAS) Challenge.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
027%73%0%100%
129%71%0%100%
225%75%0%100%
324%76%0%100%

Assessment

You can expect to be assessed through a mix of assignments, exams, continuous assessment and group work depending on the module. In your final year, a project report and presentation will form part of the assessment.

We encourage you to exhibit your final year work at our annual degree show, where you can discuss your work and celebrate your achievements with family, friends and potential employers.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
037%58%5%100%
164%25%11%100%
243%56%1%100%
327%69%4%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

If you choose the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend your third year away from the University on a work or study placement.

We work in partnership with Bristol employers like Airbus, Rolls Royce, GE Aviation and Leonardo Helicopters. We also have strong relationships with smaller companies across the UK.

They provide work placements and graduate employment opportunities for our students. Past students have worked with Airbus, GE Aviation, E-Stress, Rolls Royce, Qinetic and Lockeed Martin.

Get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Read more about our partner employers and how students benefit from their placements.

Fieldwork

Throughout the course, you'll see aerospace engineering in action at a range of facilities.

This includes visits to Airbus, GKN and the National Composites Centre and museums such as the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovil.

In your first year, you'll design and build a model glider aircraft's wings, then race it against the competition.

Study facilities

Apply what you've learned and develop vital professional skills in well-equipped facilities.

Design, model and simulate new aerospace concepts using industry-standard computer-aided design (CAD), Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation and planning software on our extensive PC network.

Test vehicle aerodynamics in our subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels. Develop and test materials using our composite manufacturing facilities and stress and materials laboratories.

Try out designs using our industry standard flight simulator, which you can update with your prototype aircraft's model data to validate its handling qualities and performance.

A mix of traditional and hands-on learning environments helps you quickly take on essential knowledge and skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Read how student Kim tests his solar powered aircraft with cutting-edge facilities.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

This course will prepare you for employment in leading aerospace companies such as Airbus UK, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Leonardo, MBDA, Boeing and GE Systems.

Past graduates have gone into careers in the design and manufacture of civil and military aircraft, helicopters and jet engines.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

Prospects - careers in engineering

The Guardian - what to do with a degree in mechanical engineering

Fees

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the five year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 88
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Grade B/5 or above in Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

The 'Typical offers' information above is only for full-time students entering the foundation year.

We are happy to consider applicants with a mixture of A levels and BTEC qualifications.

We welcome applications from highly motivated students who do not meet the usual entrance requirements given above, but who have gained equivalent knowledge and skills from substantial relevant work or other experience.

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering course.

UWE Bristol's International College

International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

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