students using the UWE flight simulator

Professional Course


About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Five days
Block release
Course director:
Wendy Fowles-Sweet
Key fact:
This five day course can count towards the MSc Aerospace qualification.

Page last updated 14 December 2018


The course will provide you with an understanding of current regulations and the historical development and justification for regulations and the extent of regulatory control. The course focuses on civilian airworthiness, but also looks at military airworthiness, with previous guest speaker contributions coming from the MOD and the Military Aviation Authority. The course will also cover Engine Airworthiness, Crash Investigation and Flight Test and will provide you with information on an organisation's responsibilities.

By completing the optional course assessment, this course can contribute towards one or more of the Awards within our Engineering Capability Development Framework. This framework of engineering modules gives participants the opportunity to take a flexible route towards a named Postgraduate Award, such as MSc Aerospace, MSc Professional Engineering or MSc Engineering Management.

Careers / Further study

Airworthiness can be taken as a stand-alone professional short course, or used to build up to a named postgraduate qualification (PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Masters) within our Engineering Capability Development Framework. For a full list of professional short courses please see our Engineering and Aerospace course list.

Our Engineering courses can also contribute to your portfolio of evidence for Chartered Engineering registration. Please refer to the Benefits of Professional Study for more information.

Professional accreditation

This course contributes towards the MSc Aerospace Programme, which is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAS) and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). Both professional bodies also endorse the other professional engineering courses that we offer.

Our Engineering courses can also contribute to your portfolio of evidence for Chartered Engineering registration. Please refer to the Benefits of Professional Study for more information.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for participants wishing to undertake this course as a standalone professional course without the optional module assessment.

Participants wishing to complete the module assessment are expected to have a first degree at 2.2 level or above (or equivalent) or alternatively have industrial experience. We strongly recommend that you speak to the course tutor prior to the course if you are unsure about your suitability to complete the assessment.



The course will cover the following topics:

  • Historical development and justification for regulations
  • Certification requirements: the central issues and procedures
  • Differences between Military and Civilian policies
  • Ministry of Defense's position as both customer and regulator
  • Harmonisation of American and European certification requirements
  • Helicopter regulations
  • Engine airworthiness
  • Problems of collaboration in international consortia
  • Internal structures in design engineering organisations
  • Testing requirements for complex mechanisms
  • Safety standards for light aircraft
  • Accident investigation
  • Maintaining continued airworthiness and safety assessment


Study facilities

The course will also include a site visit to either a manufacturer or maintenance organisation and in the past there have been visits to Airbus UK and British Airways Maintenance Cardiff.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Monday 11 March - Friday 15 March 2019£1,530 (includes optional UWE module accreditation)


UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

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How to apply

How to apply

If you wish to gain university credits by completing the assignment please register for our Engineering Capability Development Framework (If you have already registered, please contact your course administrator directly to make a booking).Enquire Now
If you wish to attend the course without completing the UWE accreditation, please complete our online booking form. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.Enquire Now


For further information

  • Email: For all course queries, please complete the on-line enquiry form above.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86304

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