Aircraft Engineering HNC

UCAS code 014H
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

This HNC is an engineering technician-level course with content similar to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) syllabus for certifying aircraft mechanics within the aviation operations industry.

You will study subjects including aerodynamics, aircraft propulsion systems and aircraft structures and material.



Special features

  • Practical engineering workshop skills to aviation industry standard
  • Content is similar to the knowledge elements of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for aircraft engineering staff
  • Facility to take EASA examinations on-site at Perth College UHI

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above, in Maths or Physics or
  • 1 A level at grade C, in Maths or Physics
  • Plus English at Standard Grade credit level or equivalent
  • Alternatively, NC/NA Engineering at level 6 or equivalent
  • Those with relevant aircraft engineering experience but no relevant formal qualifications will be considered
  • International applicants must meet the IELTS entry criteria as well as meet the UKBA requirements


Access routes

  • NC/NQ Engineering

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Communication: Practical Skills
  • Mathematics and Physics for Aviation
  • Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft Structures and Materials
  • Aircraft Propulsion Systems: Introduction
  • Aircraft Engineering: Graded Unit 1

Option units may include:

  • Electronic Fundamentals for Aviation
  • Electrical Fundamentals for Aviation
  • Practical Aircraft Skills
  • Aircraft Electrical and Electronic Skills
  • Aircraft Maintenance Skills
  • Aircraft Systems: Flight Controls
  • Aircraft Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems


How will I study my course?

  • Full time
  • You will study primarily by way of classroom-based lectures and tutorials at Perth College UHI, and practical workshops at the Air Service Training centre in Scone.

How long will my course last?

  • Full time: 1 year

Where can I study my course?

Start date


How much will my course cost?

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:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17 2017-18*
Full-time per year
£1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN unit) £86 £86

*The Home-Scotland/EU fee has not yet been agreed by the Scottish Government.  The indicative fee level is shown in the table.

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, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17 2017-18
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit) £434 £434

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.

International students

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:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17 2017-18
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit)** £434 £434

 **There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Perth College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful completion of the HNC will allow you to seek employment as an engineering technician or apprentice in the aviation industry.

Can I progress into further study?

Students successfully achieving Grade A in the graded unit and greater than 70% in Maths and Physics on the HNC Aircraft Engineering may progress to year two of the BEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

What our students, graduates and staff say:

"The Aircraft Engineering course from day one combined my awe and bewilderment of aircraft, their systems and technologies they use and made me ambitious for more. With the help and guidance of staff within the Aircraft Engineering department I have succeeded as a mature student and gone on to achieve my BEng First Class Honours degree, changing my career prospects significantly"

Kevin Rooney, Perth College UHI

Apply for Aircraft Engineering HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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