AE90; Short form:
Preston (Campus code: U)
Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. The programme combine the practical and theoretical aspects of flying with the underlying principles of aerospace engineering. The University has excellent aerospace facilities including a full motion simulator and several flight training devices, allowing you to benefit from the practical application of theories taught in the classroom.
While studying for your Aerospace Engineering BEng degree you will undertake ‘Private Pilot License (PPL)’ theoretical studies in your 2nd year, and successful completion of those subjects, determined by passing the Civil Aviation Authorities Private Pilot’s Licence Examinations. These CAA examinations are an essential component of a PPL. These degree programmes do not include the practical flying components of the PPL (typically 45 hours), but we have arrangements with a flight training school who will offer these to you for an additional fee. You can however, fine tune your practical skills using UCLan’s excellent flight simulators.
Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points including Maths and Physics at B. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.
During your studies at the UCLan Preston campus you’ll benefit from our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).
Located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, the EIC provides an integrated space for teaching and research with direct links to industry enabling you to work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners in state-of-the-art facilities.
While studying for your Aerospace Engineering BEng degree you will undertake ‘Private Pilot License (PPL)’ theoretical studies in your 2nd year, and successful completion of those subjects, determined by passing the Civil Aviation Authorities Private Pilot’s Licence Examinations. These CAA examinations are an essential component of a PPL. These degree programmes do not include the practical flying components of the PPL (typically 45 hours), but we have arrangements with a flight training school who will offer these to you for an additional fee. You can however, fine tune your practical skills using UCLan’s excellent flight simulators. Practical flying is not an essential component in order to complete these programmes.
“The teaching is also good as lecturers are immersive in the content they deliver. Topics are often related back to how they are used in the industry." - Mohammed Humayun Rashid
This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry – this comes between the second and third years. You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.
Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first two years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability. The benefit of the experience gained during a placement is often evident in improved performance in the final year of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs.
“If you’re in any doubt about placements, do it! It gives you an idea of being in the industry you have chosen to be a part of. You can make sure it is right for you and gives you an idea of what area within that industry you enjoy, what you don’t like and where the most money is made. That way you can focus your time learning and honing the skills required for that chosen area while the facilities are still available while you are a student.” - Oliver Forbes-Shaw, Industry placement student
"During my time on placement I greatly improved my confidence and ability to work effectively within a team, I also expanded my knowledge of the processes of the production and life cycle of a jet engine. I would highly recommend a placement, the knowledge and experience that can be found will vary but will vastly help with personal development and your university studies." - Kieran Steele, (MEng) Aerospace Engineering student
For those students who would like a future career as a commercial pilot, we offer our integrated MEng programme, which introduces ‘Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL)’ theoretical studies in year four. These are university examinations that are intended to prepare you for sitting CAA ATPL examinations after you have graduated. Again you can make use of our simulation facilities to further develop your flying skills, and practical flying can be arranged at additional cost with our flight training school partners.
These programmes are an ideal way to gain the theoretical training required to obtain a pilot’s license while simultaneously gaining an engineering degree.
This equipment takes the advanced flight training tools found on our large simulators and put them in a multi-screen desktop device. As a student on our aerospace degree courses, you can use these simulators to reinforce your understanding of aircraft flight dynamics and they can be rapidly reconfigured to a wide range of different aircraft types, from civil aircraft, helicopters and even the Space Shuttle!
The composites workshop is used for a variety of activities from research on resin infusion to the development of F3 hovercraft. It is intended to use this also for airframe manufacture.
The FMX’s electric motion platform and wrap-around visual offer fantastic realism and as such, it has been approved for commercial training by the EASA aviation authority. UCLan’s FMX can be configured as two different aircraft types, a Cessna C172, and a Piper Seminole PA44-S and is complete with an instructors station, and an external monitoring and debriefing station.
The student workshop will provide a focus for design and manufacture. This has CNC lathe and milling machines, a five axis laser cutter and a wide variety of machine shop equipment.
Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year
*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.