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Aerospace Technology BEng (Hons)


The aerospace industry has many exciting opportunities from design and construction to maintenance and operations. This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to pursue these opportunities.


On this course you will be taught the intricacies of aircraft systems, the various types of system failure that can occur and the implications of failure. You will be provided with the vital skills needed to work as an aerospace engineer working for an airline or the military.

You will work on a fantastic suite of Merlin flight simulation equipment. You will see what it is like flying a range of aircraft and understand the cockpit and instrumentation. By wearing a special helmet, you will be able to see the environment whilst you are flying, even above your head or between your feet.

If you choose this course you will benefit from:

  • Accreditation by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). Up-to-date information can be found on the Coventry University and Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) websites;
  • staff with industrial and research experience in a variety of disciplines such as aerodynamics, flight dynamics and avionics, who bring this into their teaching;
  • previous students have obtained jobs in the military as pilots and engineers, as systems design engineers (Marshalls of Cambridge and Rolls Royce in Derby), and engineers in various aspects of the aerospace industry with companies such as Meggitt, Goodrich, Moog, and HS Marstons;
  • international opportunities, e.g. some of our current students are working overseas at Airbus in France and Berntrandt in Germany.


First year subjects include: aeronautical engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering, aircraft principles and practice, and aerospace engineering mathematics.

In the second year you will study aerospace technology, aircraft maintenance engineering, avionics and instrumentation, aerospace manufacturing materials and management, human factors in aerospace, and computer-aided design and manufacture.

You will have an option to apply for a one-year work placement, or study abroad in a partner institution.

The final year subjects include: aerospace applications, aerospace technology, aerospace control systems, aerospace industrial studies and an individual project.


Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)


Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the accreditors standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.


Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars and practical workshop classes. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

You will work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, as you would in professional practice; this means that you can develop all of the professional skills at the same time as you learn the technical content of your degree.


An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • formal examinations 30%;
  • coursework, tests, essays 25%;
  • practical or project work 25%;
  • group work etc.15%;
  • presentations, posters etc. 5%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.


In a typical week you will have up to 20 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 5 hours of tutorials each week

Medium group teaching: 5 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: 10 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: 20 hours each week studying and revising in your own time

Entry Requirements

Essential Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language and Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

Typical Offers

A-Levels: BBC to include one from Electronics, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or Design Technology. Excludes General Studies

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DMM in Engineering

Access: The Access Diploma to include 24 Level 3 credits in Mathematics or Physical Science units, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 29 points to include either Mathematics, Physics, Design Technology or IT at Higher level

For details of other acceptable qualifications please click here.

English as a Foreign Language: IELTS 6.0

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The course aims to produce graduates with the skills to become successful engineers and engineering managers, both in aerospace and the wider engineering context.

Previous graduates have gone on to become aircraft engineering officers (both military and civil), design engineers, quality engineers and engineering managers for a wide variety of companies. Students have also become pilots and worked in the whole spectrum of aerospace careers.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Engineering and Computing's own comprehensive package of support, EC Futures, involves a wide range of employer initiatives, course activities, professional guidance and technical work experience programmes to help students ultimately secure the right graduate role.


Included in the fees:

Specified core reading material;
Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year;
Initial set of safety clothing.

Additional costs not included in the fees:

Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip;
Optional personal computer and software: £500+;
Optional flying lessons and private pilot’s licence: £7000+.


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students' employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Click here for further details.


The Faculty of Engineering and Computing has links with many universities around the world.

To increase your employment prospects after graduation we encourage you to study abroad as part of your degree. We will support you in finding a placement anywhere in the world and in seeking financing for that experience.

Placements are currently primarily available in Europe (through the Erasmus scheme), America or Asia.


To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Click here for further details.

Graduate Profile – Andy Bowen

I had a great time at CU! A brilliant social life and a well-organised course ended with full-time employment. Perfect!



Course code:
  • 3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich or study abroad

  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Professionally Accredited Programmes

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Sandwich course


Contact Details:

Recruitment and Admissions Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222

Coventry University is ranked Number 19 for the subject area of Engineering: Mechanical

19th UK University for Engineering: Mechanical