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BEng (Honours) Aerospace Engineering with Foundation Year

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Year of Entry 2022/23
BEng (Honours)

Aerospace Engineering with Foundation Year

Full-time Engineering

Gain a degree in aerospace engineering, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £14,415 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 80 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? A026
When do I start? September 2022
Placement year available? Yes

Course summary

  • Study your foundation year, then progress to the main degree
  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of engineering principles and theories.
  • Design, model, simulate, analyse, prototype, construct and manufacture innovative products and aerospace systems.
  • Build proficiency in performance requirements, design and analysis methodologies

Throughout the course you’ll undergo rigorous training at the frontiers of aerospace technology to become a highly-skilled graduate. You’ll be preparing for a successful career in aerospace research and development, manufacturing, product design, testing, service, maintenance or other commercial engineering enterprises.

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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other engineering, maths and physics foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

You’ll experience a variety of learning environments throughout the course. Using a balanced mix of activities, we’ll develop both your knowledge and understanding of complex subjects, helping you develop as a highly-valued aerospace professional.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • laboratory sessions
  • computer-based sessions
  • activity-based learning
  • group work
  • an individual project
  • field trips
  • guest lectures
  • extracurricular activities
  • acting as mentors or student ambassadors

Course leaders and tutors

Tim Spencer
Tim Spencer
Research Fellow

Tim's research at MERI involves the application of theory and simulation techniques for the predictive modelling of real life systems that involve fluids.

Applied learning

Work placements

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a year-long work placement between the second and third years of gthe main degree. It's your chance to work as an engineer or designer, applying what you've learned in a commercial environment. You’ll also learn how the industry works and make valuable connections for your future career.

We have a dedicated and experienced team to help you to find a placement. Our strong links with industry and excellent reputation mean companies actively seek our students for employment. Often students return from their industrial placements with sponsorships and job offers. Previous students have worked in a variety of technical roles for companies including Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Boeing, General Electric, Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems and the Ministry of Defence.

Live projects

As well as your placement, you’ll have opportunities throughout your course to gain extracurricular experience on a variety of projects within the aerospace community. Join our student aerospace societies, space academic network or formula team – or become a student ambassador or peer. You may also be able to experience training programmes such as piloting or computer simulations. 

Networking opportunities

Enrolling on the course means joining a leading community of aerospace students and academics. Our students are renowned in the aerospace industry for their dedication, spirit and sense of teamwork.

Competitions

There are also opportunities to take part in national and international engineering competitions, such as

  • the Heavy Lift Challenge or UAS competition – which involves designing, building and testing a remote-controlled aerial vehicle
  • the SAC (Spaceport America Cup) – a US-based event where universities collaborate to build and fly a rocket
  • Formula Student – where you design and build a race car to test in a competition
  • Engineering Without Borders – a competition to find an engineering solution to a problem in the developing world
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Future careers

Examples of cutting-edge companies graduates could work for include

  • Rolls-Royce
  • Airbus
  • QinetiQ
  • Ministry of Defence
  • RAF
  • European Space Agency
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

We have over 11,500 square feet of cutting-edge teaching space, laboratories and workshops including

  • state-of-the-art technology
  • a precision workshop
  • a digital design centre
  • a subsonic wind tunnel
  • a gas turbine engine
  • a flight simulator
  • engineering software (Ansys, Solidworks, Matlab and Abaqus)
  • CNC machines
  • industrial network and robots
  • 3D prototyping
  • structural and material equipment

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 80

This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:

  • CDD at A Level.
  • MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include a maximum of one AS level, EPQ and general studies

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4
  • Science at grade C or 4

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

We may also accept you, if you have no formal qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying the subject.

Some applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview with the course leader to ensure that the programme is suitable for themselves and their aspirations.

UK students may be able to claim financial support for the course.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Electrical And Electronic Principles Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Engineering Investigations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foundation Mathematics 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Functions And Calculus Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Fundamental Engineering Principles Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Fundamentals Of Materials And Manufacturing Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Practical

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Aerodynamic Principles Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Aerospace Materials And Manufacturing Processes Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Aircraft System And Avionics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Applied Engineering Mathematics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Electro-Mechanical Engineering Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Principles Of Solid Mechanics And Dynamics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Aerospace Numerical Methods And Applications Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Aerospace Structures And Dynamics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Computer Aided Manufacture And Engineering Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Control And Instrumentation For Aerospace Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Professional Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Thermofluid Dynamics (Aero) Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam

Year 4

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Aerospace Structural Integrity Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Aircraft Design Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Aircraft Flight Mechanics And Simulation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Engineering Project Management And Individual Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Propulsion Systems And Aerodynamics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,415 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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