Level 4/5 Foundation Degree in Aerospace Engineering (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul)

Please note that this course will not run in Sep 17 as the course is not viable due to low student applications.  The university will contacting all existing applicants to offer alternative arrangements.

 

This qualification is run in partnership with Kingston University London with all delivery taking place at AeroAcademy, Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group’s Green House Farm Campus in Cambridge. It will prepare you for an exciting career in the Aerospace Maintenance Repair and Overhaul sector.

This programme is conducted in an industrial setting to prepare you for engineering and management roles in the aerospace industry with emphasis on Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul.

After successfully completing the two-year FdEng you can progress to a Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) (IEng) accredited BSc top-up programme in Aircraft Engineering at Kingston University.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

Aerospace Engineering (MRO) Foundation Degree (UCAS code: H411)

A minimum of 160 points to include 6 unit awards or equivalent.

  • A levels: A-level mathematics and a suitable science subject are required. General Studies is not accepted
  • BTEC: BTEC National Diploma or Certificate in engineering subjects may satisfy the entry requirements provided the student meets the GCSE requirement listed below
  • Access Diploma: Successful completion of an Engineering/Technology Foundation course or Access to HE course and an appropriate level of attainment may satisfy entry requirements
  • Plus: Five GCSEs (grade A to C) including English and Mathematics
  • Successful completion of a Foundation Certificate programme in a relevant discipline

Applicants will have the opportunity to attend an open day to take an induction assessment and attend an interview.

Non-standard entry qualifications

We welcome applications from mature students with live aircraft work experience but possibly lacking in formal qualifications.

Important information for students

Please note that due to site security restrictions, students will be required to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure Scotland for courses delivered at Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (Cambridge Campus).

About the course

The primary purpose of the Foundation Degree programme is to prepare students for engineering and management roles in the Aerospace Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul environment. The thorough grounding in aircraft mechanical, electrical and avionic systems gained whilst on the Foundation Degree programme combined with a familiarity of the legal requirements and the standards and practices followed by MRO organisations will enable graduates to compete effectively for employment within the aerospace industry.

Features of the Field

  • Has been designed to provide students with adequate understanding of Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) organisations (EASA Part 145)
  • Is designed to broaden the knowledge and perspective of students wishing to pursue a career in Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) engineering supervision and management
  • Provides progression and entry to the Royal Aeronautical Society’s IEng accredited BSc (Hons) Aircraft Engineering

You will study the essential facts, concepts, theories and principles that underpin engineering in Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul. In particular, you will look at:

  • The aircraft maintenance and overhaul industry
  • The roles, responsibilities and legal obligations of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul engineers, and the effects of them exercising their engineering judgement
  • Typical aircraft systems
  • Aircraft manuals and documentation, how they are used and how to use them correctly and effectively
  • The need for ensuring a clean working environment, to follow all safety precautions and to have a responsible attitude in respect of flight safety and airworthiness of aircraft

You will also:

  • Attend talks and lectures by experts in the field of aircraft engineering to supplement your learning
  • Gain authentic experience taking part in a range of practical exercises supervising teams of people and also carrying out aircraft engineering related tasks
  • Gain important communication skills, including both oral and technical report writing

Subjects Covered

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Electrical Engineering and Science

The module content is aimed at bringing students to a level of competence in mathematics, applicable physics and electrical fundamentals. Underpinning mathematical laws and methods for manipulation of numbers, basic algebra and trigonometry start the module.
The module recaps basic principles by looking at electrical charge and how electricity is created, before moving on to look at basic electrical cables, connectors, and components in terms of their construction, identification, use, properties and characteristics. Basic circuits are evaluated using relevant electrical laws and explored using simulation in industry standard electronic design software. To explain how inductors work, and in preparation for study of ac and dc machines the principles of magnetism and induction are studied.Magnetism and motion is used as a foundation for the theoretical and practical aspects of ac and dc machines (generator and motors). Alternating current (AC) theory starts by investigating how passive components behave in AC circuits whilst simple circuits containing combinations of resistors, capacitors and inductors are examined through assignment work involving computer simulation of circuits.


Electrical Engineering and Science

The module content is aimed at bringing students to a level of competence in mathematics, applicable physics and electrical fundamentals. Underpinning mathematical laws and methods for manipulation of numbers, basic algebra and trigonometry start the module.The module recaps basic principles by looking at electrical charge and how electricity is created, before moving on to look at basic electrical cables, connectors, and components in terms of their construction, identification, use, properties and characteristics. Basic circuits are evaluated using relevant electrical laws and explored using simulation in industry standard electronic design software. To explain how inductors work, and in preparation for study of ac and dc machines the principles of magnetism and induction are studied.

Magnetism and motion is used as a foundation for the theoretical and practical aspects of ac and dc machines (generator and motors). Alternating current (AC) theory starts by investigating how passive components behave in AC circuits whilst simple circuits containing combinations of resistors, capacitors and inductors are examined through assignment work involving computer simulation of circuits.


Electronic Engineering and Science (Year 1)

The module is aimed at bringing students to a level of competence in electronics and digital techniques. The module starts with continuing development of core mathematics skills prior to investigating the technologies of printed circuit boards. Analogue components (passive, non-passive) then leads into different analogue circuits which are evaluated by the student. Digital logic gates are studied and basic circuits analysed prior to looking at the basis of current computer technology and conversion of one form of data to another.


Mechanical Engineering Principles and Practice (Year 1)

The module introduces the student to three main topic areas. Aircraft materials looks at the use, properties and treatment of many different materials used in aircraft engineering. Aircraft hardware with regards to their properties and characteristics is also discussed. Maintenance practices introduces the student to the theoretical aspects of aircraft maintenance starting with safety precautions and the use of tools, materials, drawings and procedures.There is a workshop element that allows the student to experience the practical side of engineering workshop related tasks.


Aircraft Engineering Principles (year 1)

The module provides a good grounding in the basic principles of aircraft operation, covering principles of flight, fundamentals of aircraft systems and the conduct and recording of maintenance.It also introduces the students to the basic elements of good academic practice including sourcing and recording of data, effective communication and the benefits of reflection on the learning process. It draws together the strands of all level 4 teaching and learning on this programme.


Aircraft Mechanical (Year 2)

This core module builds on the foundation material delivered at level 4 and gives the student a greater understanding of Turbine powered aircraft, their flight control and operational systems. It will reinforce the use of ATA taxonomy and chaptering of aircraft systems.Work carried out in the airframe and propulsion bay will introduce the students to dismantling/assembly techniques on a variety of aircraft components and equipment, to include fault diagnosis practises, documentation and processes, this module will enhance the student’s system knowledge.


Aircraft Electrical and Avionics (Year 2)

This core module builds on the learning gained in previous modules AE1721 (Electrical Engineering and Science), AE1722 (Electronics Engineering and Science) and AE1724 (Introduction to Aerospace) and then relates it to aircraft ATA electrical and avionics systems. It begins with a revision of the subject matter including electrical generation and aerodynamics and then combines electrical and avionics aircraft systems as a whole, so that the concept of manual and auto flight control is understood. All electrical and avionics systems are considered at block diagram level, including sensing, response and feedback concepts. Instrumentation and display is covered and then students will be introduced to electrical and avionics maintenance practises including fault diagnosis and rectification.Finally, this module provides students with the core skills and knowledge required to work safely in the aircraft MRO engineering workshop environment with a specific emphasise on avionics.


Aircraft Propulsion and Performance (Year 2)

This core module builds on the foundation material delivered at level 4 and gives the student a greater understanding of basic construction, operation and systems of the gas turbine engine and propellers. Students will gain an understanding of factors that affect engine performance, including combustion processes and emissions. Major systems associated with aircraft gas turbine engines such as fuel and lubrication systems, engine control and fire/ice detection and protection systems will also be covered.Students will be introduced to Aircraft performance and the differences in aerodynamics across a range of flight speeds which provides the foundation knowledge for level 6 studies.

Work carried out in the airframe and propulsion bay will introduce the students to removal and installation techniques on a variety of engines and their components and equipment, to include fault diagnosis practises, documentation and processes, this module will reinforce system knowledge.


Management in the MRO Industry

This is a core module of the programme which brings together the skills and knowledge gained in other year 2 modules and frames it in the context of a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Organisation.The module starts with an overview of the organisations responsible for aviation and the relevant legislation, Part 145 is then introduced and how it relates to an MRO organisation. Students will use this knowledge to create their own small part 145 organisation to maintain a single aircraft type producing a Maintenance Organisation Exposition. Finally, preparation for an authentic job interview within an MRO organisation will be carried out.


Assessment

You will be given practical training to develop the hand skills required to operate in an aircraft maintenance environment.

Formative assessment will be carried out throughout the teaching phase utilising a variety of different techniques.

Summative assessment will consist of a mixture of coursework (practical, phase tests, written assignments etc) and final exams.

Completion

Graduates from this programme will have gained significant technical knowledge of aircraft mechanical, electrical and avionic systems, combined with a familiarity with the legal requirements and the standards and practices followed by MRO organisations. This will enable graduates to compete effectively for employment within the industry.

The thorough grounding in aircraft systems gained whilst on the Foundation Degree programme, although not intended to prepare students for the CAA B Licence theory exams, does provide a very good starting point for those students who subsequently intend to extend their knowledge and obtain this qualification.

On successful completion of the foundation degree, you can top up to our Aircraft Engineering BSc (Hons).

A full description of the associated BSc(Hons) top-up programme can be found in the respective programme specification.

How to apply

You will need to apply via UCAS using institution code K84 and course H411.

Further information is available on the Kingston University website.

Course Info

Aerospace Engineering
2 years
Full time
AeroAcademy, Cambridge (Green House Farm Campus)
£6,000

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The Foundation Degree in Aerospace Engineering (MRO) delivered at Marshall Aerospace is an innovative programme that offers students the opportunity to learn in an industrially based setting from staff that have many years of industry experience.
Dr Peter Barrington, Head of Faculty, Kingston University - Foundation Degree in Aerospace Engineering (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Foundation Degree?

Foundation Degrees are higher education qualifications which combine practical work-based learning with academic study.

Foundation Degrees are developed directly with employers. They provide the work skills relevant to a particular sector of industry or public service, and are an excellent way to combine critical thinking and academic skills with practical experience.

When you successfully complete your Foundation Degree you can use the letters FdEng for engineering courses.

How is Foundation Degree connected to an undergraduate degree?

A Foundation Degree is a higher education qualification in its own right. In addition, it is also equivalent to the first two years at university, and there is an option to extend the qualification into a full honours degree.

What qualifications do I need to take a Foundation Degree/Certificate?

Applicants to Foundation Degrees will be expected to have three passes at GCSE grade C or above (including Mathematics and English)and have a minimum of 1 x 6 unit award, including A Levels or vocational equivalents, such as AVCEs / GNVQs, or NVQ Level 3.Entry requirements will be listed within the relevant course information.

How long does it take to study for a Foundation Degree?

You will study for a Foundation Degree full-time, which takes two years to complete.

Where would I study the Foundation Degree?

You would be studying for your Foundation Degree at the AeroAcademy which is part of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group located at Cambridge International Airport.

How do I apply for a Foundation Degree?

To apply for a Foundation Degree you must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Applications for this course should be submitted via UCAS (Institution code K84, course codes H403 and H411).