BEng(Hons) Aviation Engineering Top Up

L6 Level 6
Full Time
17 September 2024 — 14 June 2025
International Centre for Aerospace

About this course

Do you have an HND in Aerospace Engineering? If so, this course is a perfect choice to top-up your qualification to an honours degree from Kingston University taught at CAVC ICAT Campus.

This course will further your studies to Level 6 and will include exploring the performance of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft and analysis of their structures, and evaluating materials for aircraft applications.

You'll also study the principles of air transport economics and how they affect management decision-making and project planning and mapping. You'll also undertake group and individual projects on industry-related topics.

What you will study

Airline Economics 30 Credits – The aim of this module is to compare the air transport with that in other sectors and looks to see what makes them function and make a profit or losses.

Aerospace Technology 30 Credits – This module is designed for students from a wide range aerospace related programme. It provides an understanding of the principles of aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, and material science all determine the configuration and performance of fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft.

Individual Project (Aircraft IEng) 30 CreditsThe overarching aim of this Individual Project module is to provide the student with the opportunity to impress. Working on a topic of their choosing, the student, with minimal guidance, should apply approx. 300 hours of individual effort into analysis of a problem and determine the best solution and/or course of action. Analysis can take the from of in-depth comparison of number of already documented potential solutions to the collection and comparison of experimental and theoretical data. The topic investigated should ideally be of an aircraft maintenance or engineering nature.

Aircraft Maintenance Operations 30 Credits – The aim of this module is to encourage independent learning and develop the skills required for those that hold senior post within the aviation industry: particularly in the field of aircraft maintenance. It therefore provides an ideal opportunity for you to develop and demonstrate several practical and transferrable skills.

The module examines many maintenance cost drivers within the industry including, airline logistical support processes, cooperative logistical support strategies before moving on to project planning. As part of a group, you will produce a realistic and cost-effective maintenance solution for an airline operation. Details such as, routes, flight schedules and aircraft details etc are to be provided by your group that involves reviewing a preconceived scenario to determine the exact requirements for planning a successful project. This is done by identifying options and determining costs through research and analysing data collection and formulating evidence-based solutions whilst being able to present your findings.

As part of the project, you will produce a project plan, do a group presentation, produce a substantial written report, and maintain a project logbook.  

Course fee per year

Tuition Fees: £9,250.00

Entry requirements

HND in Aerospace Engineering (Distinction or Merit).

Teaching and assessment methods

This top up degree is a mix of examinations, individual research and presentations.


Whilst studying for this course, you will have access to state-of-the-art resources from Flight Simulators, an Airflow Simulator, a PLC controlled Hydraulic Systems Trainer and a Gas Turbine Engine 

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

17 September 2024

End date

14 June 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

15 hours per week


International Centre for Aerospace
Maps & directions

Course code



BEng Honours Aircraft Engineering Level 46



Career prospects & further study


The UK Aerospace industry remains as number two on the world stage and the largest in Europe with £35 billion turnover, 123,000 direct employees and 3,900 Apprentices.

Progression from this degree can lead to Masters level education and or direct employment into the aviation industry at a management or planning entry level.


International Centre for Aerospace
International Centre for Aerospace

International Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT),
Cardiff Airport Business Park,
Vale of Glamorgan,
CF62 3DP