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Aerospace Technology BEng (Hons)


This course runs in 2017/18

The aerospace industry has many exciting opportunities from design and construction to maintenance and operations. This course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to pursue these opportunities.


On this course you will be taught the intricacies of aircraft systems, the various types of system failure and how we can prevent failure in aircraft design. You will be provided with the vital skills needed to work as an aerospace engineer working for an airline or the military.

These skills include problem solving, creativity and innovation, leadership, team working, business acumen and ensuring quality. To do this you will work on fantastic equipment including a Harrier Jump Jet, Flight Simulation Suite and the Mercedes Patronas Wind Tunnel. You will challenge current methodologies and techniques to transform the future of the global aeronautical industry. If you choose this course you can benefit from:

  • Accreditation from the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), meeting in part the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration, and the requirements for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration in full;
  • staff with industrial and research experience in a variety of disciplines such as aerodynamics, flight dynamics and avionics, who bring this into their teaching;
  • previous students have obtained jobs in the military as pilots and engineers, as systems design engineers (Marshalls of Cambridge and Rolls Royce in Derby), and engineers in various aspects of the aerospace industry with companies such as Meggitt, Goodrich, Moog, and HS Marstons;
  • international opportunities, for example some of our students have worked overseas at Airbus in France and Berntrandt in Germany.


Royal Aeronautical Society

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)


Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the accreditors standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.


First year subjects include mechanical and electrical engineering, aerodynamic and aircraft systems, aircraft structures and propulsion systems plus supporting studies in mathematics and practical engineering.

In the second year, you will study aircraft systems, structures, aerodynamics and management in further depth. There will also be modules such as human factors in aerospace and avionics. You will have the option to apply for a one-year work placement or study abroad in a partner institution.

For the final year, the modules will be mainly activity led such as aerospace applications and aerospace industrial studies. Other modules include aerospace technology and real time control. You will also have to plan and deliver your own individual project.


Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars and practical workshop classes. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

You will work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, as you would in professional practice; this means that you can develop professional skills at the same time as you learn the technical content of your degree.


Our Mechanical Engineering courses are ranked 2nd by Guardian University Guide 2018


Learning outcomes are assessed in different ways for each module.

Over the course, a range of assessmentmethods are used such as presentations, laboratorywork, formal examinations, technical reports, in-class test, online quizzes, posters and simulation models. A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed.


In a typical week you will have up to 20 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 5 hours of tutorials each week.

Medium group teaching: 5 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.

Large group teaching: 10 hours of lectures each week.

Personal study: 20 hours each week studying and revising in your own time.

Entry Requirements

Essential Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels: BBB-BCC to include Mathematics and one from Engineering, Physics, or Design Technology. Excludes General Studies.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM-DMM in an engineering subject.

Access: The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits in Mathematics or Physical Science units, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 29 points to include Mathematics and one from Physics, Design Technology or IT at Higher level.

For details of other acceptable qualifications please visit

English as a Foreign Language: IELTS 6.0

This course requires IELTS 6.0. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The course aims to produce graduates with the skills to become engineers, both in aerospace and the wider engineering context.

Previous graduates have gone on to become aircraft engineering officers (both military and civil), design engineers, quality engineers and engineering managers for a wide variety of companies. Our students have also become pilots and worked in the whole spectrum of aerospace careers.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty’s Employability and Placement team, EC Futures, are the proud winners of the Best University Placement Service (UK 2015) presented by the NUE Awards.


Included in the fees:

  • Specified core reading material;
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year;
  • Initial set of safety clothing.

Additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip;
  • Optional personal computer and software: £500+;
  • Optional flying lessons and private pilot’s licence: £7000+.

Find out more about No Hidden Extras here. 

No Hidden Extras is part of our student promise, and by accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University.


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students' employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

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Centre for Global Engagement logoDid you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

The objectives of the programme, in which eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Explore our Global Leaders Programme.

What our students say – Grace Sanders

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Coventry University. The staff are very supportive and friendly. Aerospace facilities are spectacular with the chance to work practically on real aircraft.


Please note that all international visit/opportunities and placements are subject to successful student application and criteria being met. Locations, conferences and work experience are all subject to change. Please contact the Faculty for up to date information.

Course code:
  • 3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich or study abroad

  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Professionally Accredited Programmes

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Sandwich course


Contact Details:

International Office

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