Student using flight simulator equipment


Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Budi Chandra
Key fact:
Study in the UK’s aerospace hub on a course that has been developed alongside aerospace partners. Learn how to fly on an intensive flying course in the US.

Page last updated 12 September 2017


Why BEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies?

Increasing activity in civilian space flight, unmanned aerial vehicles and the civil aviation sector has led to rising demand for qualified aerospace engineers.

Why study our course?

The BEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies course at UWE Bristol has been designed alongside regional aerospace partners. This means you will be equipped with industry knowledge, as well as an in-depth understanding of the aeronautical design and build process.

Alongside the fundamentals of aerospace engineering, you will study materials and manufacturing processes, stress and dynamics, aerospace design, thermodynamics and fluids. Throughout the course, you will obtain practical experience in developing and testing your prototypes in our well-equipped laboratories.

Real world experience

To reinforce your Aerospace Engineering degree, you will have the opportunity to gain a real insight into the aviation industry through flight training. During this training, you will focus on areas such as navigation, aviation safety, aircraft instrument systems and regulations at a practical level (additional costs apply).

Where it can take you

On graduation, you will 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.

If you successfully complete this BEng, you will have the opportunity to progress onto the postgraduate MEng Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies.

Read Jana's story to see why she has taken time away from Judo to study Aerospace Engineering at UWE Bristol.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



Year zero (Foundation year)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

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

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from our other Engineering and Maths courses, and therefore may be able to transfer to a course in one of these areas at the end of the Foundation year.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Stress and Dynamics
  • Design, Materials and Manufacturing
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Energy and Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Dynamics.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Pilot Studies and Aerodynamics
  • Mathematics for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Aero-Structures.

You will also choose one of the following three pathways.


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


  • Design, Materials and CAD/CAM
  • Mechatronics.


  • Aircraft Systems, Avionics and Control
  • Mechatronics.

There is an option to switch to the MEng course, subject to satisfactory marks at the end of the Year two.

Optional placement year

If you wish to undertake a placement year, you will complete the Industrial Placement module that forms part of the credit for the following year.

Year three

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Aero-Propulsion
  • Systems Engineering
  • BEng Individual Project.

In addition, you will study one of the following optional modules:

  • Business Environment
  • Industrial Placement (for those who complete a placement year).

You will also continue with the specialist pathway you selected in Year two.


  • Applied Aerodynamics
  • Structural Design and Inspection.


  • Materials and Test.

Plus one of the following modules:

  • Machine Vision
  • Competing through Quality
  • International Business in Emerging Markets.


This contains the following compulsory modules:

  • Applied Aerodynamics
  • Avionics and Control 3.

You will be able to exit after Year three with BEng or alternatively continue to Year four to complete MEng Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies.

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

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check


Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

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Students who do a work placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and get higher quality work on graduation. So as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

We work in partnership with employers including Airbus, Rolls Royce, GE Aviation and Agusta Westland and have strong relationships with smaller companies across the UK. These provide work placements and graduate employment opportunities. There are other companies who provide placements for our students. Past students have worked with Airbus, Smith Industries, E-Stress, GE Aircraft and Marshal Aerospace.

Read about placements our students have done with Airbus and Agusta Westland.


Throughout the course, you will see aerospace engineering in action at a range of facilities. This includes visits to organisations ranging from Airbus, GKN and the National Composites Centre, to museums such as the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovil.

On your trip to Cotswold Airport, you can look around aircraft and go into the flight control tower. Later on in your course, you will design and build a model glider aircraft's wings for Wings Week. Then you will get to 'race' it against the competition.

Study facilities

Apply what you've learnt and develop vital professional skills in our state-of-the-art facilities.

  • Design and draw new concepts using CAD, simulation and planning software on our extensive PC network.
  • Test aerodynamics in our subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels. 
  • Develop and test materials using our composite manufacturing facilities, and stress and materials laboratories.
  • Test designs using our state-of-the-art flight simulator, which you can update with model data to test the flight mechanics and aerodynamics of design concepts.

Read Kim's story to see how he is testing his solar powered aircraft using UWE Bristol's cutting-edge facilities.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Pilot studies programme

To reinforce your aerospace engineering degree you will have the opportunity to get a real insight into the aviation industry through flight training. During this training you will focus on areas such as navigation, aviation safety, aircraft instrument systems and regulations at a practical level. 

UWE has excellent links with flight schools in the UK (Bristol Aero and Kemble Flying Clubs, Cotswold Airport) and the USA (NMC Aviation, Michigan). If you meet the flight training requirements (e.g. medical and security checks) you will be eligible to graduate with an Aerospace Engineering (pilot studies) degree. This option is at an additional cost.  For more details on the pilot studies programme please email

Showcase your work

Final year Aerospace Engineering students showcase their work to employers, students and the public at UWE Bristol's annual plan + make degree show.


Careers / Further study

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Indicative Additional Costs

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

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


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 with Pilot Studies 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.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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