Aeronautical Engineering - FdEng [Full Time]

Level 5 - Foundation Degree or HNCs/HNDs or NVQ Level 5 or Equivalent

Subject Area Aviation

School Engineering

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  H400


This two year course is designed to meet the needs of industry by producing aircraft engineering graduates equipped with the technical knowledge, practical skills and the professional qualities needed to succeed in the aircraft maintenance industry.

The course covers all of the knowledge requirements detailed in the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) category A aircraft maintenance engineering license syllabus by introducing you to the practical application of aircraft engineering along with developing hands-on maintenance skills. The course offers the opportunity to obtain an EASA Part 147 Certificate of Recognition which reduces the amount of work experience required for a license application from three years to one year.

This degree is delivered at Newcastle Colleges’ world class purpose built Aviation Academy at Newcastle International Airport which houses two Jet Provost aircraft, an avionics laboratory, a BAE Jetstream 31 aircraft and a fully functioning Boeing 737 aircraft.

You will be taught by staff who have extensive experience of both civilian and military aircraft maintenance and academic research. You will be encouraged to apply for professional accreditation by staff who are active in both local and national engineering networks. In addition you will be given the opportunity to participate in industrial visits to aircraft manufacturing facilities and complete work experience with leading aircraft maintenance organisations.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 17/09/2018 at 09:00
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Aviation Academy, Newcastle Airport

Work Guarantee

As part of our work ready guarantee you will complete an EASA A licence which will reduce the amount of time required to gain a licence from 3 years to 1 year. You will also be encouraged to apply for student membership with a professional engineering institution.

Who the course is for

This course is designed specifically to set you on the correct path for a career as an aircraft maintenance engineer in the aviation industry. The course provides a higher education funded path to a career as a licensed aircraft engineer as it mirrors the requirements of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 147 approved A licence course.
Alongside academic modules, you will take work-based modules that provide you with hands-on experience of aircraft component and equipment replacement, inspection, condition monitoring, and fault diagnosis and rectification. You will gain an understanding of the work environment and legal requirements relating to the operation of commercial aircraft.

Qualification Gained

On successful completion you will be awarded a Foundation Degree in Aeronautical engineering by NCG.

How to Apply

Apply for September 2018

If you would like to study a degree at Newcastle College this September you can register your interest here. A member of the team will then be in touch with you to discuss your options.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

Course Content

Year 1
• Aeronautical Science
• Materials and Hardware
• Aircraft Electrical and Instrumentation Principles
• Aerodynamics
• Aircraft Piston Engines
• Personal Development
• Academic Study Skills
• Work Related Learning

Year 2
• Aircraft Electrical and Avionic Systems
• Aircraft Structures
• Aircraft Turbine Engine Systems
• Aircraft Mechanical Systems
• Professional Development
• Work Based Learning

Learning Methods

You will learn in a variety of ways including via work-based learning, e-learning and lectures. You will develop relevant engineering skills underpinned with theoretical knowledge in order to obtain employment and succeed in the aircraft maintenance industry. Learning takes place in formal lectures and tutorials backed up with on aircraft practical consolidation lessons and workshop sessions. You will also participate in group work and self-directed study. You will be given opportunities to present group work to your peers developing skills in public speaking and increasing self-confidence.

Assessment Methods


Assessment is carried out through coursework assignments, presentations, practical hand skill assessments, projects, technical reports and exams.
You will be required to sit additional examinations for the EASA modules.

Progression Opportunities

Academic progression is available through our BSc (Hons) Management of Engineering Technologies (Top-Up), BSc (Hons) Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering (Top-Up) or our BSc (Hons) Electrical Electronic Engineering (Top-Up).

Career Opportunities

On completion of the course you will be able to apply for a job as an aircraft engineer; the first step on the path to becoming a certifying licensed aircraft engineer; a person responsible for signing-off (certifying) the work carried out on aircraft and their systems and equipment by themselves or others.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff Points at A-level, BTEC QCF Subsidiary, 90 Credit, National or Extended Diploma; Merits in Level 3 Access to HE Diploma, Advanced Apprenticeship.*
*Must be in Engineering, Maths and/or Science subjects.
Applicants must have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.
Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.
Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 6.0 or the nationally recognised equivalent

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

Please note that for HE programmes that run over 2 years or more, the fees charged each academic year may include a small increase which has been approved by The Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.