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Aerospace Courses
“ Our staff are friendly and helpful, ensuring your
time here is enjoyable and rewarding

International students ”
at Glamorgan The Faculty of Advanced Technology has students from
all over the world who choose to study a cutting-edge
course and enjoy a new country. Our courses are
taught by multicultural staff with strong international
institutional links. Our staff are friendly and helpful,
ensuring your time here is enjoyable and rewarding.
On our courses, you’ll find a vibrant international
community with students from all over the world,
including Botswana, Cameroon, Norway, Slovakia, For information on a range of topics including fees,
India, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Greece and China. scholarships, accommodation and visas please visit

Industrial Panel for Aeronautical, Mechanical and

Civil Engineering
Within the Faculty, we have the comprehensive panel consisting of representatives from major companies,
including BAMC, Storm Aviation, GEAES, Nordam Europe, TES and BA Avionics. This allows industry to directly
impact on the design of our courses so that you graduate with the skills and knowledge to integrate quickly and
easily into your employment. The companies also assist with ideas for final year projects.

Student profiles
I have always had an interest in Aerospace Engineering The BEng Aeronautical Engineering course is very
and at A-level I chose maths, computing and physics. broad, which is really good as you gain a full insight
into the industry. The social side of the course is great
The facilities here are excellent both on my course and too. The course has been a springboard from which I
socially. The students’ union is great and I’ve made can expand my horizons.
many new friends of all different nationalities.
I now plan to gain employment in the aerospace
On my course I’ve been working on aircrafts, as the industry or study a PhD.
course is very practical and hands on. But you also get
the theory to build up your knowledge and add to Andrew King (right)
your practical skills. The time here has gone really
quickly and I’ve really enjoyed. There is excellent
communication between staff and students. You get
taught through good communication and support. I
now hope to join the RAF.

Craig Thomas (left)

“ The demand for highly skilled engineering

professionals is huge

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International Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT)

– Barry College
Barry College has been involved in education and Education and training
training for the local aerospace industry for over 25
years. It is the only college in Wales, and one of the At the heart of ICAT is the recognised model of
only two FE colleges in the UK, to be Civil Aviation excellent education and training which supports the
Authority (CAA) approved. It has the Welsh Assembly industry. Consequently, ICAT has a wide range of
Government’s recognition as part of a Network of students with varying requirements learning
Excellence in Wales for aerospace education, training simultaneously on one of the full-time, part-time or
and consultancy. flexible learning courses created for their needs.

The location The partnership with the University of Glamorgan has

developed over many years, and now ICAT and the
Based at the heart of the aerospace industry in South University jointly offer the EASA Part 66 Aircraft
Wales, ICAT is ideally located to serve the education, Maintenance Engineer License-based BSc (Hons)
training and consultancy needs of the local industry. degree, HND/HNC in Aerospace Engineering and a
Adjacent to Cardiff International Airport and just a few BEng (Hons) in Aeronautical Engineering.
miles from key players in the industry such as British
Airways Maintenance Cardiff (BAMC), DARA and RAF
St Athan, ICAT offers a central multi-functional base of International recognition
excellence, utilised by the industry for a variety of
purposes. Barry College swept the board at a prestigious award
ceremony, held in front of hundreds of international
dignitaries. The annual ceremony was celebrating the
Aerospace excellence success of students from the United Arab Emirates
(UAE) who have studied in the UK as part of a unique
ICAT’s facilities boast a series of workshops and UAE government-funded project. At the end of the
classrooms with state-of-the-art equipment reflecting award ceremony, three important awards were made –
the needs of the aerospace sector, where high-level Best Overall Student, Best Lecturer and Best College.
technology skills in engineering and avionics are Barry College was awarded all three.
demanded. The provision of two fully serviceable light
aircraft, associated systems, a wind tunnel, avionics, gas
turbine engines, composites and materials testing
equipment underpin the Centre’s Network of
Excellence position. These provisions, together with the
The UK's aerospace industry is the second largest Our courses have been designed and developed with
teaching expertise, enable ICAT to play a major role in
in the world, employing a skilled workforce of industry experts and professionals. They are taught
the education and training of technicians and
over 124,000 people and contributing through a mixture of lectures, online learning and
engineers for the global aerospace sector. ICAT works
significantly towards national economic growth practical lab and workshop training. See page 8 for
in partnership with a diverse range of aerospace
and productivity. details of our new flight simulator. They also involve a
companies, ranging from maintenance, repair and
wide variety of opportunities for work placements,
overhaul to manufacture. The Centre is also an
Glamorgan’s Faculty of Advanced Technology is at the providing you with real-life experience in the
Aerospace Education and Training Resource Centre for
forefront of the latest developments in technology and aerospace industry.
schools and academia, and works with professional
engineering, and we aim to prepare our students for
institutions, government agencies, Aerospace Wales
the fast-paced aerospace industry. With the boom in Wales is the location of EADS, BAE Systems, GE
Forum and careers organisations.
air travel, the demand for highly skilled engineering Aviation, General Dynamics, Raytheon, SELEX Sensors &
professionals is huge and it is predicted that Airborne Systems, QioptiQ, British Airways and Airbus
employment prospects will remain strong; there’s never UK.
been a better time to join such a vibrant and diverse
industry. Study aerospace at Glamorgan and be part of an
innovative and cutting edge learning
The University has well established links with industry environment.
in the UK, so we are able to effectively tailor our
courses to match employers’ needs, making our
graduates more employable. We give our students the
skills to make a difference to the workplace – and to
the world.

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BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Postgraduate opportunities

MSc Aeronautical Engineering The programme contains the following modules:
Engineering This new MSc Aeronautical Engineering programme is
• Aircraft Materials
• Aircraft Propulsion
ideal for graduates seeking employment in the • Finite Element Analysis
aeronautical sector and for practising engineers from • Computational Fluid Dynamics
About the course Course content the aerospace industries who wish to extend and
update their skills. The award is designed as a
• Heat Transfer and Combustion
• Monitoring and Control
progression from undergraduate studies. You will have • Safety Engineering
The aeronautical engineer applies a wide range of The modules offered on this exciting degree include: access to state-of-the-art engineering analysis software. • Integrated Project Planning and Management
engineering knowledge and skills to the design, An important aspect for employment of postgraduate • Dissertation
development, manufacture, maintenance and Year 1 engineers is the progression to management, so these
operation of flight vehicles and related products. This • Principles of Aeronautical Engineering skills are developed within the award. Course length: Full-time: 1 year/Part-time: 3 years
course will prepare you for a career in the aviation • Mathematics for Engineers
industry. It covers key aspects of aeronautical • Engineering Mechanics
engineering, including aerodynamics, propulsion, • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Principles

• Manufacturing and Materials
aircraft design, manufacturing, avionics and flight
systems. • Thermofluid Mechanics Our courses are taught by a multicultural staff
with strong international institutional links
This course is ideal for enthusiastic students who are
intrigued about engineering, have a passion for flying
and want to make a difference.

Our students are based at the University of Glamorgan

and also the International Centre for Aerospace
Year 2
• Design for Aeronautical Engineers
• Aircraft Systems
• Aerodynamics and Propulsion
• Engineering Materials
• Management and Sustainability
Are you ready to take

Training (ICAT) which is situated near Cardiff
International Airport. You will gain valuable Year 3
control of an aircraft?
knowledge and skills based upon training in the • Aircraft Structures and Materials
relevant engineering principles, supported by practical • Stability and Control Our brand new state-of-the-art Merlin MP521
opportunities to consolidate the learning experience. • Computational Techniques for Aeronautical Engineers engineering flight simulator will enable you to take to
• Aircraft Maintenance Management the skies and put all your theory into practice. Get
• Individual Project ready to experience a realistic navigation simulation
experience like never before!

This exciting facility has a modern flight software and

motion system, which gives you a realistic and accurate
flying experience. You will be able to make changes to
the aircraft’s geometry and flight characteristics, and
assess how this affects handling quality and stability.
Flying is simulated through a screen in the cockpit with
visual reference to the horizon in normal flight and to
the runway during take-off and landing. It’s an
experience you won’t forget.

We have also recently added to our extensive range of

facilities with a £225,000 investment programme,
including a fully equipped wind tunnel for the study of
aerodynamics and an educational gas turbine engine
unit to demonstrate the principles of propulsion.

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Other study options

Aerospace Engineering HND/HNC* Engineering Foundation Year

The HND will prepare you for a career in the aerospace If you can’t decide which area of engineering you
industry. It covers key aspects of the industry, including would like to enter, we offer a one year course that
propulsion, avionics, airframe design and maintenance. delivers an appreciation of engineering principles. You
You will gain the skills to become a part of the ever will gain a taste of the subject areas common to
expanding aeronautical workforce. If you successfully aeronautical, civil and mechanical engineering before
complete the course with a high grade you can transfer deciding which degree to pursue.
to the second year of the BEng (Hons) Aeronautical
Engineering degree.

*The HND/HNC courses will run only with viable student numbers. How you will study Career opportunities
You will spend approximately 18 hours per week in The average salary in this sector is 44% higher than the
lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will spend about UK average and 31% above the manufacturing
20 hours per week doing research, studying current average (Society of British Aerospace Companies –
issues and preparing for lectures. Modules are assessed Annual Survey 2007). The sector is also highly research
through a mixture of exams, coursework and problem- and development intensive, fuelled by the tremendous
based exercises. Most of the teaching takes place at the business growth as the global demand for freight and
University of Glamorgan’s Treforest campus, with some passenger travel increases year on year. This course
of the specialist or optional modules taught at ICAT.
Career potential Facilities You will also benefit from guest speakers from
prepares you for a career in all areas of the air
transport industry, which includes the design,
industry. development, manufacture, maintenance and
Career opportunities can be found with aerospace Our aerospace facilities are comprehensive and consist operation of flight vehicles and related products.
employers such as the armed forces, government of laboratories to support the study of aerodynamics,
departments such as the Ministry of Defence (MoD), thermodynamics, materials testing and analysis,

regulatory authorities like the Civil Aviation Authority instrumentation and control, composite and fluid
(CAA), airline operators and small and medium systems. In addition, we have extensive computing
facilities hosting state-of-the-art finite element analysis
The average salary in this sector is 44% higher
employers (SMEs) who provide technical services or
than the UK average

manufacture specialist products for the aerospace and computational fluid dynamics software.
industry, and many more – all these opportunities are
open to you. Careers include the design, manufacture
Essential Information
and operation of aerospace vehicles, major sub-units of
Did you know?
aeroplanes, engines, structural parts, avionics or
Full-time 3 years / Sandwich 4 years /
environmental control systems.
In the third year of our Aerospace course you will Part-time 5 years
take to the skies in a flight test lesson to gain
Aeronautical engineers can specialise in a number of UCAS code H400
practical experience and an appreciation of flying
fields, from design support to improving
and aerodynamics.
manufacturing processes and maintenance, repair and UCAS tariff: Overall points 260-300 from a
overhaul of aircraft, their systems and components. minimum of two A-level passes or equivalent
There is a growing market for the maintenance, repair (including Mathematics and a science or a
and overhaul of military and commercial aircraft. technical based subject). Students must have
Mathematics and English GCSE grade C or above.
Aircraft maintenance engineers work across the globe See the UCAS website at or
for airlines, maintenance divisions of aero-engine for further details on the entry
manufacturers and specialist aircraft maintenance requirements for this course.
companies. They are responsible for carrying out the
The Faculty encourages applications for advanced
maintenance, inspection and servicing of civil aircraft,
standing entry to the BEng course from
specialising in either the servicing and overhaul of
international students with existing qualifications.
engines, airframes and basic electrical systems, or as
Further details of these advanced entries can be
avionics engineers, who maintain instrumentation,
discussed with the individual award leaders.
electrical/electronic equipment, automatic flight
control systems, radar, and radio navigation and
communication systems.

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Did you know?

“ Aviation is a dynamic, fast moving and
technologically advanced industry

Demand for new aircraft will exceed 22,000 units up
to 2025 due to increasing demand from the growing
overseas markets in Brazil, India, Russia and China, Course content Essential Information
according to a recent survey conducted by the
Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC). Full-time 3 years
The modules offered on this exciting degree include: Sandwich 4 years
Part-time and distance learning available.
Year 1
• Personal Development Planning, Mathematics UCAS code: H402
• Materials and Hardware, Physics
• Electrical Fundamentals UCAS tariff: At least 220-260 points from a

BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance • Instrument Systems, Management

Year 2
minimum of two A-level passes (including
Mathematics or a numerate based subject) or
equivalent. Students must have Mathematics and
English GCSE grade C or above.
Engineering • Aircraft Aerodynamics
• Gas Turbine Engines
• Basic Aerodynamics
The Faculty encourages applications for advanced
standing entry to the BEng course from
• Propeller – Management and Sustainability
international students with existing qualifications.

About the course Year 3

Further details of these advanced entries can be
discussed with the individual award leaders.
• Project
• Maintenance Practices Note on EASA requirements:
At the end of the degree, if you have attended for at least
Aviation is a dynamic, fast moving and technologically • Turbine Aeroplanes Licence B1.1 – Mechanical • Project Management 2,400 hours of the EASA element, passed all EASA Part 66
advanced industry. This course is recognised by the Civil Engineer Turbine • Human Factors modules at 75% within three (3) attempts and completed 20
Aviation Authority of the UK as an academic • Piston Aircraft – Licence B1.2 – Mechanical Engineer: weeks of approved work experience, you will get a three (3)
• Aviation Legislation year reduction in your experience requirement for an EASA Part
qualification in aircraft maintenance engineering. It Piston Aeroplanes • Management 66 Licence. You are encouraged to arrange the work experience
gives access to real aircraft experience and is a • Turbine Helicopter – Licence B1.3 – Helicopter for yourself while studying the course and staff can help you
with this. If you do not meet this criterion, you will need five (5)
balanced practical and theory-based course for the Engineer years experience before you can get your Licence. Neither
EASA licence and a professional engineering degree • Avionics – Licence B2.0 – Avionic Engineer option will affect your degree.
course for the BSc. For detailed information on EASA, visit:
Aircraft maintenance engineers work across the globe
for airlines, maintenance divisions of aero-engine
manufacturers and specialist aircraft maintenance
The BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering –
Turbine Aeroplanes Licence B1.1 is the only option
How you will study Career opportunities
companies. They are responsible for carrying out available to full-time students at this stage. All the
maintenance, inspection and servicing of civil aircraft, pathways are offered to industrial partners and those You will spend around 27 hours each week in lectures, This course offers excellent career opportunities
specialising in either the servicing and overhaul of already working in such specialist areas. tutorials, workshops and seminars. You will spend worldwide, as the EASA Part 66 Licence qualifies
engines, airframes and basic electrical systems, or as about 20 hours each week doing research, studying holders to be selected for further aircraft-type
avionics engineers who maintain instrumentation – After you successfully complete the course, you must current issues and preparing for lectures. Teaching authorisation before being permitted to sign off
electrical/electronic equipment, automatic flight work for two to five years in an approved aircraft takes place at the University of Glamorgan's Treforest aircraft for flight. You can gain employment
control systems, radar and radio navigation and maintenance organisation (EASA Part 145) before full campus and at ICAT. The pass mark for EASA Part 66 throughout the UK and all over the world with
communication systems. signatory powers can be awarded by EASA. The period Exams is 75%. The EASA Part 66 part of the course is a manufacturing companies, commercial airlines, air-taxi
of time is dependent upon you meeting all EASA Part professional qualification and is governed by European operators and flying schools. Employment also exists
The University of Glamorgan and the International 66 requirements, while studying on this approved EASA rules and regulations. These are detailed under EASA with the armed forces and with commercial airlines on
Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT) jointly offer the Part 147 Part 66 course. These are mandatory EASA Part 147 Rules and regulations. In addition to each Part long-haul flights. You may also pursue a career in
following innovative European Aviation Safety Agency requirements. There are no exemptions from any of 66 multi-choice examination, there is an extra further and higher education for regulators such as
(EASA) Part-66 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence- the EASA Part 66 examinations. You are encouraged to assignment assessed in accordance with University rules the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) or airline operators.
based honours degrees. arrange the 20 weeks of work experience for yourself and regulations. There is a growing market for maintenance, repair and
while studying the course, but staff are available to overhaul of military and commercial aircraft. You may
BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering with: help with this. also choose to undertake sub-contract work.

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