BTEC Level 5 HND

Quick Facts

Qualification Accreditation Number: 500/8991/2

Course Code : FEHNDA
Course Type : Full-time
Qualification : Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (QCF)
Credits : 240
Duration : 18 Months
Venue : Main Campus

Key features of this qualification:

Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals are designed to provide a specialist vocational program, linked to professional body requirements and National Occupational Standards where appropriate. They offer a strong, sector-related emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding. The qualifications provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in their sector and their national recognition by employers allows direct progression to employment.

A key progression path for Edexcel BTEC HNC and HND learners is to the second or third year of a degree or honors degree program, depending on the match of the BTEC Higher National units to the degree program in question. Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals in Aeronautical Engineering have been developed to focus on:

  1. the education and training of aeronautical engineers/technicians who are employed in a variety of types of technical work, such as aerospace systems design, manufacture, maintenance and technical services areas of the aerospace industry
  2. providing opportunities for aeronautical engineers/technicians to achieve a nationally recognized level 4 or level 5 vocationally specific qualification
  3. providing opportunities for full-time learners to enter employment as engineers/technicians or progress to a higher education vocational qualification such as a full-time degree in the aeronautical engineering fields of electronics, mechanical, mechatronics or related areas
  4. providing opportunities for learners to focus on the development of higher level skills in a technological and management context
  5. providing opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills, techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in working life
  6. providing a significant basis for progression to Incorporated Engineer level, via further learning

Rationale for this qualification

  1. developing a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life and thereby enabling learners to make an immediate contribution to employment
  2. preparing learners for a range of technical and management careers in aeronautical engineering
  3. equipping individuals with knowledge, understanding and skills for success in employment in the aeronautical engineering industry
  4. providing specialist studies relevant to individual vocations and professions within aeronautical engineering and its related industries, in which learners are working or intend to seek employment
  5. enabling progression to an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in aeronautical engineering or related areas.
  6. Check here how this qualification provides professional recognition.

What you will get

Learners studying for Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationalsin Aeronautical Engineering will be expected to develop the following skills during the programme of study:

  1. analyse, synthesise and summarise information critically
  2. read and use appropriate literature with a full and critical understanding
  3. think independently, solve problems and devise innovative solutions
  4. take responsibility for their own learning and recognise their own learning style
  5. apply subject knowledge and understanding to address familiar and unfamiliar problems
  6. design, plan, conduct and report on investigations
  7. use their knowledge, understanding and skills to evaluate and formulate evidence-based arguments critically and identify solutions toclearly defined problems of a general routine nature
  8. communicate the results of their study and other work accurately and reliably using a range of specialist techniques
  9. identify and address their own major learning needs within defined contexts and to undertake guided further learning in new areas
  10. apply their subject-related and transferable skills in contexts where the scope of the task and the criteria for decisions are generally well defined but where some personal responsibility and initiative is required.

Why Level 5

The Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND provides greater breadth and specialization than the Edexcel BTEC Level 4 HNC. Edexcel BTEC HNDs are mode free but are followed predominately by full-time learners. They allow progression into or within employment in the aeronautical engineering sector, either directly on achievement of the award or following further study to degree level.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND in Aeronautical Engineering provides opportunities for learners to apply their knowledge and practical skills in the workplace. Full-time learners have the opportunity to do this through formal work placements or part-time employment experience.

The qualification prepares learners for employment in the aeronautical engineering sector and will be suitable for learners who have already decided that they wish to enter this area of work. Some adult learners may wish to make the commitment required by this qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment in aeronautical engineering or progress into higher education. Other learners may want to extend the specialism that they followed on the Edexcel BTEC Level 4 HNC program. Progression from this qualification may well be into or within employment in the aeronautical engineering sector where learners may work towards Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status. Alternatively learners could progress to degree courses in related engineering areas such as electronics, mechanical engineering or mechatronics.

Program Structure

Following units will be covered in a standard program:

  1. Analytical Methods for Engineers
  2. Engineering Science
  3. Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
  4. Aircraft System Principles and Applications
  5. Aerodynamic Principles and Aircraft Design
  6. Aircraft Communication and Navigation Systems
  7. Construction and Operation of Aircraft Fluid Systems
  8. Aircraft Propulsion Technology
  9. Aircraft Gas Turbine Science
  10. Mechanical Principles
  11. Electrical and Electronic Principles
  12. Engineering Design
  13. Further Analytical Methods for Engineers
  14. Advanced Mathematics for Engineering
  15. Engineering Thermodynamics
  16. Electrical, Electronic and Digital Principles

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