About this course
If you are interested in a career in the aviation industry, there's no better place to start than at Cardiff and Vale College. All of our Aircraft Engineering students benefit from the outstanding facilities provided by our training centre ICAT (International Centre for Aerospace Training). Ideally located next to Cardiff International Airport, ICAT is a purpose-built aerospace campus and is a recognised centre of excellence in education and training. ICAT has gained approval from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as a Part-147 Aircraft Maintenance Training Organisation.
What you will study
Our ICAT campus is fully equipped with classrooms, laboratories, flight simulators and an aircraft hangar containing a portable Aero Wind Tunnel, hydraulic training rigs and equipment and two aircraft; A Bulldog TMk1 Basic Flying Trainer and a Jetstream TMk2 multi-engine observer trainer aircraft.
Our International Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT) is an EASA IR Part-147 approved centre. This means, by covering the part-66 syllabus, students have the opportunity to gain an additional aviation authority training certificate as well as the honours degree, a crucial step to becoming a certifying licensed aircraft engineer.
Year 1 modules include:
- Mathematics and Physics for Practitioner Engineers
- Electrical Engineering Fundamentals
- Aerodynamics and Aircraft Electronic and Digital Systems
- Higher Education Study Skills and Personal Development
Year 2 modules include:
- Aircraft Material, Hardware and Maintenance
- Aircraft and their Systems
- Practical Engineering Skills and CAD
- Professional Practice for Aircraft Engineers
Year 3 modules include:
- Turbine Engines and Thermodynamics
- Aircraft Maintenance Practices
- Individual Project (Aircraft IEng)
- Air Transport Economics
You will also have the opportunity to train in our Gas Turbines area, which houses a range of Gas Turbine Engines including Rolls Royce RB211 Triple Spool High Bypass ratio engine, Avon Turbojet and Ardour Twin Spool Low By-pass ration engines.
International Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT) Cardiff and Vale College 3 years full time.
Course Code 4Q58
Course fee per year
Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £9,250.00
The minimum standard entry qualifications for the program are:
- 96 UCAS tariff points from three A-levels to include Mathematics and Science (General Studies and native language A-levels are not accepted)
- 96 UCAS tariff points from a BTEC Extended Diploma (180-credit award,MMP) in an engineering subject), to include Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians. BTECs in computing or technology subjects are not accepted.
- HE access course with 60 credits at level 3 in an engineering subject.
- Five GCSEs grade A*to C which must include English Language, Mathematics and a science or technology subject.
- Native language GCSEs, Key Skills Level 2 Communication and Application of Numbers, and IGCSE English as a Second Language are not accepted. Applicants with military and/or civil aircraft maintenance engineering experience or who have completed vocational aircraft engineering courses will be considered on an individual basis. A minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 (min 5.5 in Speaking, Writing, Listening and Reading) or equivalent is required for those for whom English is not their first language.
- Acceptance and confirmation to enrol on the course is held with Kingston University London.
Teaching and assessment
- Written assignments practical assessment work based assessment and written exams
- 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
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- 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.
Time of day
Aircraft Engineering covered the key areas I was looking for; Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Electrics. I progressed onto the BEng Honours Degree from the Level 3 course here at CAVC. The course really opens your eyes to how much goes on inside an aircraft and it highlighted that this was the industry for me.
Career prospects & further study
growth in sector
After achieving their BSc (Hons) Aircraft Engineering, many students will progress onto a career in aircraft maintenance, within an approved maintenance organisation.
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