What is special about this course?
This unique new course is the only one of its kind in Scotland and is designed to produce graduate-calibre aircraft maintenance engineers.
The course meets the requirements of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) category B1 or B2 aircraft maintenance engineering licence syllabus (Part-66). Delivered in conjunction with AST, the oldest aviation training organisation of its type in the world, it provides you with the opportunity to obtain a training certificate in addition to an honours degree. This will reduce the amount of live aircraft work experience you must obtain before applying for a category B, aircraft maintenance engineer licence. Obtaining a category B licence is the first step on the path to becoming a certifying, licensed aircraft engineer, a person responsible for signing-off (certifying) the work carried out on aircraft and their systems and equipment.
The course is taught by staff with industrial experience both in military and civilian environments. You will combine academic and technical knowledge, understanding and skills with the personal qualities and leadership skills needed to succeed in this dynamic industry.
In years one and two, you will develop hand and maintenance skills alongside essential academic knowledge in areas such as maths, aerodynamics and propulsion. In the third year, you will be introduced to management and the wider knowledge and skills required by the aviation industry. In your final year you will complete a capstone project which will give you the opportunity to showcase all of the skills you have acquired.
You will be based at Perth College UHI which boasts world-class facilities, including hangar spaces for practical activities that replicate an active commercial maintenance environment. You will also benefit from close links with many companies in the aviation industry within Scotland, the UK and worldwide.
An optional professional training package is offered in year three, for which there is an additional charge of £2,500; this package forms part of the requirements to gain fast-track issuing of a category B License but it is not needed to obtain the degree.
Please note: If you leave after successfully completing the first two years of the course and obtaining your EASA licence, an additional fee of approximately £15,000 will be charged to cover the difference in funding between the full degree and the two-year AST approved programme. If you stay on until the end of year 3 or 4, this fee will not be charged.
- Provides you with the opportunity to obtain a training certificate in addition to an honours degree
- Specifically designed to develop your management and leadership skills
- Taught by staff with a wealth of industry experience and knowledge
- You will benefit from the expertise of the AST, the longest-established aviation training organisation of its type in the world
- Close links with the global aviation industry
- Optional professional training package is offered in the third year of the programme
We offer modern student accommodation in Perth ideally suited to students on this course.
3 Scottish Highers at BCC or above: one of these must be Maths; you must have grade B or above in either Maths, Physics or Engineering Science; OR 2 A levels at grade C or above: one of these must be Mathematics
- National 5 Physics at grade B and National 5 English at grade C OR GCSE Physics at grade B and English at grade C
- Alternatively, Foundation Apprenticeship Engineering level 6, or NC level 6 in an engineering discipline, plus National 5 Physics at grade B and National 5 English at grade C
- Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis
Advanced entry to year three may be possible with:
- An EASA part-66 category B approved course, plus possible bridging (determined on an individual basis) OR
- A full category B Licence
Year 1 - CertHE
Core modules may include:
- Electronic fundamentals for maintenance engineers
- Electrical fundamentals for maintenance engineers
- Materials and hardware for maintenance engineers
- Maths and science for maintenance engineers
- Aviation practical skills 1
- Hangar practices
Year 2 - DipHE
Core modules may include:
- Human factors and aviation legislation
- Gas turbine engine technology
- Applied aerodynamics and propellor technology
- Aviation practical skills 2
You will also choose one option module which may include:
- Fixed wing aircraft systems and structures (turbine)
- Helicopter aircraft systems and structures
- Fixed wing aircraft systems and structures (piston)
- Aircraft avionic systems and structures
Year 3 - BSc
Core modules are:
- Project and management 1
- Aircraft maintenance management
- Aircraft reliability and fault diagnosis
- Leadership in aviation
Option modules may include:
- Aircraft and engine performance 1
- Airline operations and quality management
Year 4 - BSc (Hons)
Core modules are:
- Airworthiness requirements for maintenance engineers
- Aviation safety management
- Sustainable aviation
- Aviation crisis management
- Engineering project and project management (double credit)
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (structured)
- You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorials, laboratory and simulation exercises, practical workshops, field trips, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors
- A significant proportion of the first two years will be spent on practical activities
- An optional professional training package is offered in year three, for which there is an additional charge of £2,500; this package forms part of the requirements to gain fast-track issuing of a category B License but it is not needed to obtain the degree
How long will my course last?
- Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
- Part-time: 8 years @ 20 hours per week
Please note: If you leave after successfully completing the first two years of the course and obtaining your EASA licence, an additional fee of approximately £15,000 will be charged to cover the difference in funding between the full degree and the two-year AST approved programme. If you stay on until the end of year 3 or 4, this fee will not be charged
Where can I study my course?
- Perth College UHI
For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£1,820||£1,820|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£645||£645|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£215||£215|
The Home-Scotland/EU fee rate is set by the Scottish Government and will be confirmed by March 2019.
Rest of UK students
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:
**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500 (2018-19 and 2019-20).
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.
For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year||£12,200||£12,800|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year**||£6,100||£6,420|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)**||£2,034||£2,140|
**There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international. students.
Further information on international course fees.
A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Successful completion of this course will allow you to enhance your career within the aviation industry, particularly the aircraft maintenance sector, or within other sectors including oil and gas, renewables and nuclear.
Can I progress into further study?
On successful completion of the course you may wish to consider progression to our MBA Aviation.
Is there more information available online?
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