BSc (Hons) Aerospace Technology with Pilot Studies

About the course


This course will give you the skills necessary to support branches of engineering related to the aerospace sector whilst also having the opportunity to gain flying experience necessary for a National Private Pilot’s Licence.

What you will learn

In common with our Aerospace Technology with Management degree, this course has an emphasis on computer-aided engineering including 3D modelling, computer-aided analysis simulation and computer-aided manufacture – combined with pilot studies.  Your practical skills are developed in workshops and well-equipped laboratories while your piloting skills are developed in the second half of the course through the use of the University’s flight simulators and tuition at a nationally recognised flight centre, either in the UK or USA.  There are additional fees for this but at a discounted rate. 

More about the Course

This programme develops a range of skills applicable in different branches of engineering, reinforcing them through practical experience as you work towards obtaining a UK National Private Pilot's Licence.  Flying lessons are offered by a nationally-recognised flight centre.  Whilst this is an additional expense for students on this course they will give University of Hertfordshire students an attractive discounted rate.

In the first year of your BSc Honours degree course in Aerospace Technology with Pilot Studies you will gain a broad grounding in engineering, focusing on technology, information technology and management, including a basic introduction to the aerospace industry.

In your second year you will build on your knowledge of core technologies, IT and management skills as they are applied within the aerospace industry. This includes studying aerodynamics with, wind tunnel testing, design of aircraft structures and components, using commercial standard software used within the aerospace industry. You will also study elements of the PPL ground school syllabus such as meteorology, human factors, air law and navigation topics.

In your final year you concentrate on the application of aerospace technology - including aircraft performance, propulsion, manufacturing, and avionic systems - and key business skills. A project to design a complete aircraft fosters teamwork capabilities where your skills as a pilot will be put to the test in validating the design through the use of a flight simulator. You will also develop specialist knowledge by undertaking a major project on a relevant topic, and have further opportunity for flying. A key element is undertaking all pilot training necessary to take the NPPL examinations at a local flying school.

Why choose this course?

  • This is the ideal course if you are interested in a role that combines technical knowledge with piloting
  • The student with greatest flying performance is awarded a Scholarship, to extend their pilot training after graduation
  • You will have access to excellent equipment: flight simulator, wind tunnels, specialist laboratories and CAE software
  • Provides potential pilots with a high-level qualification for alternative employment in the aerospace sector
  • You can gain access to this course with a broad range of entry qualifications and an enthusiasm for flying

Professional Accreditations

Accredited for Chartered Engineer (IEng) status by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This programme is currently going through the process of re-accreditation with The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).


There are employment opportunities in a variety of areas, ranging from airline operators and large aircraft manufacturers to small aerospace supply chain companies. Jobs vary from Logistics Manager, Quality Engineer, Analyst or Design & Technology Technician. The breadth and flexibility of this course will also open doors to careers in other branches of engineering, technology, computing or business.

Teaching methods

The School has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning with most modules delivered through a combination of traditional face to face teaching and distance learning through the university's StudyNet web based facility. StudyNet allows students to access electronic learning resources, electronic discussion with staff and other students, and, for some modules, submit coursework 24/7 from anywhere in the world! With a heavy emphasis on Computer Aided Engineering, the school has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible. The School also operate an open access laboratory policy of when possible students doing experiments in their own time.

Work Placement

You have the opportunity to spend a year working either in a professional research environment or within industry. The practical experience you gain will be of tremendous benefit both when you resume your studies and when you embark on a career. Students have previously undertaken placements in organisations such as:

  • Inflite Services
  • Virgin Atlantic Engineering
  • British Airways
  • Or numerous smaller companies

Study abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.

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Level 4

Core Modules

  • Aerospace Technology & Industry - 15 Credits
  • Mechanical Experimental Engineering - 15 Credits
  • Engineering Statistics - 15 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Aerospace Design,Test and Certification - 15 Credits
  • Computer Aided Design - 15 Credits
  • Computer Aided Manufacture - 15 Credits


Level 6

Core Modules

  • Instrumentation and Control Systems - 15 Credits
  • Careers Portfolio - 0 Credits
  • Pilot Studies and Flight Planning - 30 Credits


  • Industrial Placement - 0 Credits
  • Year Abroad - 0 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2018 entry 

96 UCAS points.

Minimum of 2 A levels. Engineering or Technology based BTEC Diploma NQF/QCF, Advanced Diploma, or Progression Diploma. 

Access to Engineering or Technology Diploma with merit profile. IB - 96 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at grade 4 or above  (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core). 

GCSE Maths at grade 4 (C), English Language at grade 4 (D) and Science at grade 4 (C) or above

How to apply


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