Undergraduate study

Course overview

Aeronautical engineering is a broad discipline including fundamental aspects of mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, materials engineering and design, as well as specialist aerospace topics such as aerodynamics, aircraft systems, flight dynamics, avionics systems and power plants.

The broad content means that successful graduates have multiple career options in both aerospace and other engineering industries.

We have extensive resources for delivering aeronautical engineering including an aerospace workshop with fixed wing and helicopter training aircraft, training rigs/equipment for aircraft systems (including modular radar) and a Rolls Royce RB211 turbofan engine. Other facilities supporting your programme include a flight simulator system, subsonic wind tunnel and aerospace simulation and modelling software. Tuition is provided by experienced engineering staff who have relevant industrial experience in the aeronautical engineering sector.

If you have a passion for aircraft, or you simply wish to develop into an engineer with wide and varied engineering skills applicable across a wide range of industries, then this course is right for you. Successful graduates have multiple career options in both aerospace and other engineering industries.

This course is delivered at Hartlepool College of Further Education and leads to a Teesside University award.


Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Aircraft Propulsion Principles and Technology

This module develop your understanding of the principles of aircraft propulsion and applying this to gas turbine systems and design. You examine the scientific principles that relate to aircraft gas turbines and how they affect the performance of aircraft propulsion engines. You are also consider the aerodynamic and mechanical design of gas turbine engine modules and propellers.

You develop your understanding of the performance parameters of gas turbine engines, the material limitations of engine modules and the information used to monitor engine performance. And you investigate the construction, operation and layout of aircraft engines and engine components.

Analytical Methods for Engineers

You gain fundamental analytical knowledge and techniques to complete the core modules of higher national engineering programmes. It is a base for further study of analytical methods and mathematics, needed for the more advanced option modules. You use fundamental algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and probability, for the analysis, modelling and solution of realistic engineering problems at higher national level.

Automatic Flight Control Systems

You develop your understanding of the function, characteristics and operating parameters of aircraft automatic flight control systems. You also examine the automatic flight control systems that are key to the safe operation of aircraft.

You investigate and carry out a systems analysis on aircraft servo-mechanisms, such as control and indication systems and integrated flight control systems. The behaviour and parameters of auto pilot and auto throttle systems are also investigated, before you look at the characteristics of auto land systems.

Electronic Principles

This module gives you a basic understanding of the physical fundamentals used in electrical engineering, together with specific techniques you need to determine the behaviour of electric circuits.

We cover the fundamentals of electrical circuit theory, analysis of electrical circuits, give you an understanding of simple analogue and digital circuits and an appreciation of their application to engineering problems.

We look at voltage, current, power, energy, resistance and impedance. Also magnetic fields and inductance, electric fields and capacitance, Kirchhoff’s Laws. We examine time varying voltages and currents, effects on inductors and capacitors, sinusoidal voltage and current use of symbolic notation.

You also study power, reactive power and apparent power, circuit analysis techniques, mesh and nodal analysis, transistors and properties of amplifiers.

Our primary method of teaching is lectures supported by laboratory sessions, tutorials, problem solving and directed learning.

You learn how to:

  • understand and use key elements of electrical and electronic theory
  • apply given tools in the solution of well defined electrical and electronic engineering problems
  • apply numerical skills to simple electrical and electronic engineering problems
  • use basic IT tools and specialist software to solve simple electrical and electronic engineering problems.

Engineering Science

You investigate a number of mechanical and electrical scientific principles which underpin the design and operation of engineering systems. This is a broad-based module, covering both mechanical and electrical principles. You gain an overview which provides the basis for further study in specialist areas of engineering.


This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing you to investigate an area of engineering or technology for an extended period.

You receive training in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and you produce a report or dissertation of the work covered. In addition, you give an oral presentation, a poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project.

You develop key skills in research, knowledge application and creation through keynote lectures where appropriate and self-managed independent study. Support is provided through regular tutorial sessions.


Year 2 core modules

Advanced Mathematics for Engineering

This module introduces the concepts you need to successfully analyse engineering problems and apply the relevant numerical methods to solve advanced mathematical problems arising from engineering and technology. You are introduced to further techniques which are relevant to solving engineering problems. Topics include laplace transforms, matrices and solving partial differential equations using numerical methods.

Aerodynamic Principles and Aircraft Design

Aircraft Gas Turbine Science

You develop your understanding of the principles of aircraft gas turbine technology and their application in gas turbine engine modules and systems. You investigate aircraft gas turbine fluids, including the measurement of fluid flow and aerodynamic losses in gas turbine modules. You apply the thermodynamic principles that relate to aircraft gas turbine engines and investigate the importance of thermodynamics in the design of aircraft engines and control systems. The module also provides a basis for further study in aircraft thermofluids.

Aircraft Structural Integrity

You develop the knowledge and techniques necessary to ensure that aircraft are manufactured and maintained in such a manner that the integrity of their structure is assured. In this module you analyse possible causes of aircraft structural failure, including fracture, fatigue and creep. You develop your understanding of bonded repair concepts, enabling them to design and analyse bonded repairs for metal and composite aircraft structures. You also gain the skills needed to assess damage to structural components and produce procedures for the inspection of aircraft structures. Ultimately, you devise and produce manufacturing schedules and manage preventative maintenance programmes.

Business Management Techniques

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the functions, structures and inter-relationships of an engineering business. It enables you to develop and apply the skills of costing, financial planning and control associated with engineered products or services.

The module also teaches you to appreciate the development of the fundamental concepts of project planning and scheduling that can be applied within an engineering organisation.

Materials Engineering

The aim of this module is to provide you with basic background knowledge and understanding of the properties, selection, processing and use of materials.

Mechanical Principles

This module covers a range of mechanical principles which underpin the design and operation of mechanical engineering systems. It includes aspects related to strengths of materials and mechanics of machines. You develop a firm foundation for work in engineering design and as a basis for more advanced study.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You are expected to attend a range of lectures, tutorials and hands-on laboratory/workshop sessions. Programme delivery is at Hartlepool College of Further Education but students have full access to facilities both at Hartlepool College of Further Education and at Teesside University.

The programme provides a number of contact teaching and assessment hours (lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, projects, examinations), but you are also expected to spend time on your own - self-study time - to review lecture notes, prepare coursework assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments.

The first year of study consists of modules totalling 120 credits and each unit of credit corresponds to ten hours of learning and assessment (contact hours plus self-study hours). So, during Year 1 you can expect to have 1200 hours of learning and assessment. The second year of study consists of modules totalling 120 credits, so during year two you can expect to have 1,200 hours of learning and assessment.

How you are assessed

The programme involves a range of types of assessment including coursework assignments and exams.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

One or more of the following qualifications: BTEC National Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in an appropriate subject, or an appropriate GCE A level including maths and science subjects. Other level 3 qualifications may be acceptable. Mature students with related work experience may be exempted normal entry requirements. All students must be competent in English language to a standard equivalent to at least grade 4 (or C) in GCSE English.

Because this course is taught at Hartlepool College of Further Education, this course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Health conditions requiring adjustments
For this particular course, you may need to undertake an occupational health or work-based risk assessment check. If you have a disability, specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism spectrum condition, sensory impairment or medical condition that may require reasonable adjustments during an external placement, in the university or in a clinical practice area, this must be declared as part of the enrolment process. If you are unsure you can contact the relevant admissions or course tutor for guidance.



Career opportunities

There are many roles that HND-qualified employees take on, with the vast majority being technician-level jobs in the aerospace/aeronautical industries or the Royal Air Force.

If you are aiming for a higher degree then by successfully completing your HND Aeronautical Engineering you could seek direct entry to the second year of a BEng or MEng degree or direct entry to a one-year BEng Tech top-up degree. Available progressions routes include:



Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£6,150 a year

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