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Aeronautical Engineering

Aeronautical Engineering HND

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.


Course overview

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.

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Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Aerodynamic Principles and Aircraft Design (HN)

You gain an understanding of aircraft flight principles, including the means by which aircraft are controlled, manoeuvred and stabilised, and examine the requirements of airworthiness. You look at the properties of air and how these relate to the behaviour of aircraft and then investigate the forces that act on an aircraft in flight such as lift, drag and thrust. You also examine the main features that are mandatory for aircraft to fly safely by considering the concept and compliance of airworthiness requirements including the management of aircraft maintenance.

Engineering Design (HN)

You gain experience of carrying out a design project, giving you an appreciation of how design involves harmonising key parameters and blending them into the design solution, and to produce a design report. You cover each stage of the process, including: client brief, planning, design specification, design report and evaluation.

Engineering Maths (HN)

You develop the fundamental analytical knowledge and techniques needed to successfully complete the core modules of Higher National Engineering programmes. We provide you with the knowledge needed for further study of analytical methods and mathematics, required for more advanced option modules. You explore fundamental algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and probability, for the analysis, modelling and solution of realistic engineering problems at Higher National level.

Engineering Science (HN)

You are introduced to the fundamental laws and applications of the physical sciences within engineering and how to apply this knowledge to find solutions to a variety of engineering problems.

You study international system of units, interpreting data, static and dynamic forces, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, material properties and failure, and AC/DC circuit theories.

Managing a Professional Engineering Project (HN)

You are introduced to the techniques and best practices required to successfully manage an engineering project - from identifying a problem, through to finding a solution. You consider the role and function of engineering in our society, the professional duties and responsibilities expected of engineers together with the behaviours that accompany their actions.

You cover: roles, responsibilities and behaviours of a professional engineer, planning a project, project management stages, devising solutions, theories and calculations, management using a Gantt chart, evaluation techniques, communication skills, and the creation and presentation of a project report.


and three optional modules

Aircraft Electrical and Power Distribution Systems (HN)

You develop an understanding of the architecture and components of aircraft power supplies and distribution systems and gain an introduction to the generation and distribution of electrical power in an aircraft. Different methods of generating, supplying, distributing and managing the electrical power required by typical modern aircraft are also investigated, together with the purpose and operation of related components and sub-systems such as contactors, regulators, protection circuits and bus power control units (BPCU).

Airframe Mechanical System Principles (HN)

You are introduced to the mechanics of various systems found within an aircraft. You consider the design and operation of airframe mechanical systems (hydraulic power, landing gear, flight control systems, environmental control systems, protection systems and airframe fuel systems) and how these systems contribute to the safety of personnel, the aircraft airframe and its engines. 

Composite Materials for Aerospace Applications (HN)

You examine the construction of a composite material and how the properties can be adjusted and amended to achieve the changes in properties and performance. You also look at manufacturing methods for aerospace composites and investigate the damage of composites and the various repair.  You gain and appreciation of the cost and performance benefits that the use of composites brings to the aerospace sector.

Turbine Rotary Wing Mechanical and Flight System (HN)

You explore the roles of individual mechanical and electrical rotary wing flight systems and their interrelationships in modern integrated flight controls. You are exposed to the need for Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) and systems methods to overcome airframe fatigue failure.


Year 2 core modules

Further Mathematics (HN)

You are introduced to the concepts necessary for the successful analysis of engineering problems and apply numerical methods relevant to solving advanced mathematical problems arising from engineering and technology

You learn how to use applications of number theory in practical engineering situations, solve systems of linear equations relevant to engineering applications using matrix methods, approximate solutions of contextualised examples with graphical and numerical methods, and review models of engineering systems using ordinary differential equations.

Professional Engineering Management (HN)

Whilst it is essential that a product or service designed by an engineer delivers the performance required in the specification, it is equally important that it contributes to the economic viability of the company and that all aspects of its life cycle are managed in a professional manner.

Research Project (HN)

You are introduced to the skills necessary to deliver a complex, independently-conducted research project within an engineering context. You are required to conduct research in order to produce a project that considers an original objective, explains the critical thinking skills employed in solving engineering problems and reflects upon multiple perspectives in order to reach a balanced and justifiable conclusion, all while employing methods of effective communication.


and four optional modules

Advanced Turbine Rotary Wing Mechanical and Flight Systems (HN)

You are introduced to the atmosphere in which rotary wing aircraft operate in, the scientific principles that underpin flight theory and how the aerodynamic forces are generated throughout all phases and transitions of rotary wing flight. You also look at the specific design features that are essential to maintain stability and directional control.

Aircraft Flight Control Systems (HN)

You gain an understanding of the function, characteristics and operating parameters of aircraft automatic flight control systems and 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.

Aircraft Gas Turbine Engine Science (HN)

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 Propulsion Principles and Technology (HN)

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.

Aircraft Structural Integrity (HN)

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.


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 you have full access to facilities 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 to review lecture notes, prepare coursework assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments. You study modules totalling 120 credits and each unit of credit corresponds to ten hours of learning and assessment (contact hours plus self-study hours).

How you are assessed

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

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

64 points from any combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications. Examples include A-level, BTEC, Access to HE Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, T-Level, or the International Baccalaureate.

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Subject requirements:
Level 3 Mathematics

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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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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 2022/23 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£4,500 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 2 years
  • UCAS code: H410 HND/AE
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 64 points

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