HNC Aeronautical Engineering

L4 Level 4
Part Time
16 September 2024 — 12 June 2026
International Centre for Aerospace

About this course

Aerospace is one of the fastest growing industries in the UK with exciting opportunities to work in Wales and across the world. The sector has seen consistent growth in recent years, and supports a growing number of high-skill, high-value jobs. If you have a passion for aircraft, or you simply wish to develop into an engineer with wide and varied engineering skills applicable across a wide range of industries, then this course is right for you.

The programme will be delivered at our International Centre for Aerospace Training.

Tuition is provided by experienced engineering staff who have relevant industrial experience in the aeronautical engineering sector.

What you will study

This course is ideal for those wanting to progress into aerospace technology management or gain professional recognition, by progressing to Incorporated Engineer Status. The course covers

Year 1 (full time) – level 4:

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project
  • Aircraft Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft Electrical Power and Distribution Systems
  • Airframe Mechanical Systems

The programme is modular in design and students will study the equivalent of 120 credits per academic year (full time equivalent).

  • Teaching methods include lectures, whole group information-giving sessions, workshops, tutorials, practical work, and blended e-learning and group critiques.
  • Assessment for the course is designed, where possible, to simulate the variety of tasks that graduates from the programme may encounter in relevant employment. Where necessary other academic assessment devices, such as a formal examination are also used.
  • The practical work will reflect real-world techniques that practitioners would encounter in the aerospace industry.

Course fee per year

Tuition Fees: £1,920.00

Entry requirements

For students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include 48 UCAS tariff points gained from one of the following: ● A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Engineering (ideally with a Merit profile) ● A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) ● Other related Level 3 qualifications ● An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution ● Related work experience ● An international equivalent of the above.

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

16 September 2024

End date

12 June 2026

Time of day

Day Time

Part Time

7 hours per week


International Centre for Aerospace
Maps & directions

Course code



Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering

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.

Students that successfully complete their level 4 studies can exit with a HNC in Aeronautical Engineering and will be able to progress on to a level 5 HND qualification or to industry employment in the aerospace sector.


International Centre for Aerospace
International Centre for Aerospace

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