Aircraft Engineering HND

Course code 114H

What is special about this course?

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

Successful completion of the course will allow you direct access to year three of our BEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering.

Special features

  • You will learn all the practical training you need for an aircraft technician role
  • Individual design projects with access to: 
    • variable speed wind tunnels
    • commercial aircraft flight simulator
    • gas turbine engine

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

Entry to year 1, the HNC Aircraft Engineering:

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above in Maths, Physics or Engineering Science PLUS English Nat 5 pass or equivalent. Applicants with only one of Maths or Physics/Engineering Science at Higher level require the other subject at Nat 5 OR
  • 1 A level at grade C or above in Maths, Physics or Engineering Science PLUS English language at GCSE grade 4 or equivalent. Applicants with only one of Maths or Physics/Engineering Science at Advanced level require the other subject at GCSE grade 4 or equivalent
  • Alternatively, NC/NQ Engineering at level 6 or equivalent OR the completion of a Foundation Apprenticeship Engineering
  • International applicants must meet the IELTS entry criteria as well as meet the UKBA requirements
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply, appropriate industry related experience will be taken into consideration

Entry to year two may be available with an HNC Aircraft Engineering (15 SQA credits).

Year 1 - HNC

Year 1 of this course is the HNC Aircraft Engineering.

Year 2 - HND

You will study the following units:

  • Aerodynamics and flight mechanics 2
  • Aircraft engineering graded unit 2
  • Engineering maths 3
  • Human factors in aircraft engineering

Optional modules may include:

  • Aircraft avionics and electrical systems
  • Aircraft gas turbine engines
  • Aircraft hydraulic and pneumatic systems
  • Engineering maths 4
  • Engineering software applications
  • Strength of materials advanced

How will I study my course?

  • Full time
  • Part time
  • You will study by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom, and practical work.

How long will my course last?

  • Full time: 2 years (HNC + HND)
  • Part time: 4 years (HNC + HND)

Where can I study my course?

  • Perth

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) 2023-24 2024-25
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

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) 2023-24 2024-25
Full-time per year £7,110 £7,110
Part-time (per HN credit) £474 £474

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK 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) 2023-24 2024-25
Full-time per year £7,980 £8,775
Part-time (per HN credit) £532 £585

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Funding

UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your course, you might like to consider careers in aircraft maintenance or aircraft management/operations.

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion, you may wish to progress to the BEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering.

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