Aircraft Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive
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Higher Education - Foundation Degree Flybe Training Academy based at Exeter International Airport This is a two year, full time programme (five days per week). 2H60 FdEng/AE Click here for info

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This degree is a progression programme from the Flybe Diploma in Engineering and is specifically designed to help meet the growing need for skilled aircraft maintenance engineers. In partnership with Flybe at Exeter International Airport, our fully accredited programme meets the exacting requirements of the Civil Aviation Authority and on successful completion of the Foundation Degree and EASA modules you will have the knowledge and recognition to continue your practical experience within the aircraft industry to ultimately apply for and gain your EASA Part 66 B1.1 Licence. As part of the programme, you will also visit aerospace-related companies such as British Airways, Rolls Royce, Dowty Rotol and Airbus Industries; you will also receive industry approved practical hand skills training in the purpose built basic Engineering Flybe workshop facilities.

The programme balances assignments and examinations in almost equal measure. You will undertake formal lectures and laboratory work.
As a student you will complete an approved course of Maintenance Experience (ME) with specialist mentors from Flybe in their purpose built maintenance facilities within the Flybe hangars with the opportunity for secondment to the mechanical and engine workshops on site, giving live, hands on experience on advanced aircraft systems and new technology. This programme is validated and awarded by Kingston University.

What topics will I study?

  • Aircraft Engineering Fundamentals
  • Mathematics and Physics for Practitioner Engineers
  • Electrical Engineering Fundamentals
  • Aerodynamics and Aircraft Electronic, Digital Systems
  • Academic Skills and Group Work
  • Aircraft Maintenance and Professional Practice
  • Aircraft Systems and Equipment
  • Practical Hand Skills
  • Project and Report Writing
  • Propulsion Systems
  • Aircraft Materials and Hardware
  • Higher Education Study Skills

    Click here to view the Programme Handbook 

What experiences will I get?

Live Aircraft maintenance at a part 145 approved organisation and maintenance facility. 

What are the entry requirements?

This is a progression programme from the Flybe Diploma in Engineering.

To apply you need to have attended and passed the first two years of the Flybe Diploma in Engineering course. If you are shortlisted you will be invited to apply for the foundation degree with Kingston University to complete the 3rd and 4th year of the programme.

What facilities are there?

A new £8.3 million Technology Centre at Monkerton opened in September 2012. The centre combines the training and teaching of aerospace, engineering and automotive students with access to state of the art equipment within world class facilities. You will also have access to a learning resource centre.

What can the course lead on to?

Successful completion of the programme provides you with the knowledge and industry recognition to ultimately apply for the Civil Aviation Authority Engineers B1.1 licence after practical experience on live aircraft. The B1.1 EASA Licence is recognised internationally and allows successful candidates to work on aircraft in repair organisations world-wide. Please note, there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability.

Are there any additional costs?

In addition to tuition fees, all students will have to pay £400 for enrichment activities, workshop materials and licence module handbooks payable at the start of the first year.

What do our students think?

After working in a number of different jobs in several business sectors I decided it was time to change; learn a trade and start a career. I've always had an interest in aviation and fixing things so aircraft engineering was the obvious choice. The course has a fantastic mixture of theoretical and practical material, meaning no two days are the same and are always fun. This course has great reviews, fantastic prospects and an outstanding success rate. I feel this course will unlock my full potential and enable me to the best I can be."


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