Aircraft Engineering HNC

UCAS code 014H

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

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation in Perth ideally suited to students on this course.

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/NQ Engineering at level 6 or equivalent OR the completion of a Foundation Apprenticeship Engineering
  • 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

 

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Aerodynamics and flight mechanics 1
  • Aircraft electrical and electronic principles
  • Aircraft engineering: graded unit 1
  • Aircraft engineering practical skills
  • Aircraft engineering systems
  • Aircraft propulsion systems: introduction
  • Aircraft structures and materials
  • Communication practical skills
  • Engineering maths 1
  • Engineering maths 2
  • Physics for aviation
  • Statics and strength of materials
  • Thermofluids

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. From September, where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised in line with the Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available. The theory elements will primarily be delivered online through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online induction at the start of the course. International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must access scheduled classes on-campus.
  • Full-time
  • You will study primarily by way of classroom-based lectures and tutorials at Perth College UHI, and practical workshops

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 1 year

Where can I study my course?

  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,915

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 while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £7,020 £7,230

Funding

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 B in the graded unit may progress to year two of:

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

I chose Perth College UHI above other universities because of the teaching facilities and the size of the classes. I want to work as an aircraft maintenance engineer and the employability centre is helping with my applications by working with me on my CV and covering letters. As well as being a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths ambassador while studying, I have also managed to reach the finals of The Telegraph STEM awards 2017 for the Power systems challenge sponsored by Rolls-Royce. I was one of the five shortlisted finalists for the Rolls-Royce category.

Qasim Alhaji came to Scotland from Oman specifically to study, starting on the Air Service Training programme, before moving on to the BEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering. He is now in his fourth year of the degree at Perth College UHI.

I was top of the class with the highest grade point average and was also presented with both the UHI Student Research of the Year and the Aircraft Engineering Best Operational Research Project awards. In May 2016, I was offered the Carnegie Trust Postgraduate Scholarship and I'm now undertaking my MSc in Air Transport Operations and Management while working at Glasgow Airport as a flight dispatcher and gate coordinator. I am an ambassador for women in aviation and STEM, and have given numerous careers events presentations and talks promoting aviation, further education and women in engineering.

Rebekah Watson, graduated with a first class honours in Aircraft Engineering from Perth College UHI.

Apply for Aircraft Engineering HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021

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