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2020/21 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BEng Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies and Management

Programme code:BEN-AT/PS&MUCAS code:H461
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Professor William Gale Contact

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

- Normally 3 A-levels or equivalent, at grades AAA, including mathematics or physics.
- GCSEs or equivalent in English, mathematics and science are required at grade C (4) or above if not offered at A or AS level.
- Alternative qualifications (eg IB, Foundation Year, Scottish Highers) at a comparable level will be considered.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Chemical and Process Engineering (SCAPE)

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Chemical and Process Engineering (SCAPE)

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:


Programme specification:

The global aviation industry is an interlocking, highly integrated system of engineering (aircraft, engines, airports etc.), people (pilots, ground staff, air traffic controllers etc.) and regulations, procedures and business models. Hence, this programme will give students the knowledge and skills needed to take a highly integrated approach to the global aviation industry. This interdisciplinary programme provides students with exposure to the state of the art, in terms of the relationship between aviation, materials, energy, economics and policy and the system that connects all of these together, leveraging the research strengths of the host school. The programme aims to equip students for the wide range of aviation career destinations our graduates have, whether this be as a:

- pilot with an airline, cargo carrier, the military or a business aircraft;
- manager or entrepreneur in the aviation industry or its global supply chain;
- interdisciplinary project manager with a major manufacturer of aircraft, aero engines, or aircraft systems;
- air traffic controller;
- airline operations specialist;
- regulator or developer of policy in a government department;
- and many others.

In order to reflect the integrated nature of the programme and hence to develop integrated thinking by students and to enhance students’ skills and confidence, a wide variety of teaching methods are used. These include:

- problem-based learning, in which students are given a real world problem to solve, individually or in teams and access knowledge resources to solve this problem, under the guidance of a member of academic staff;
- flipped classes, in which students become familiar with the material in advance of the lecture and contact time is used for discussion and/or to work on problems;
- lectures, which typically include extensive discussion;
- laboratory work is an important feature of the programme - this includes flight simulators that support design work, a complex twin engine aircraft simulator and a simulator based on the Airbus A320, plus an engine laboratory including miniature turbojet and turboprop engines and laboratories for studying aircraft materials;
- extensive individual and group project work, which students find a particular highpoint of their experience at Leeds.

The programme includes Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) ground training in the first year, with 10 hours of PPL-level flying in the summer at the end of the first year. In the second year, students have the opportunity to choose a project that focuses on either aircraft/flight/pilot profession or airline management and to align this with their career. This, together with their selection of a final year group design project, allows students to tailor their studies to their chosen career, without forcing overspecialisation into any one aviation career path, from the many available (e.g. pilots need to be equipped to transition to another aviation career, if they ever fail a mandatory medical).

Variants of the programme offer students with the opportunity to spend a year in relevant industry or internationally, after their second year of study.

Accreditation will be sought from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (but this will not be in place in time for programme launch, as the team visiting will wish to meet with students on the programme and so should not be included in the catalogue at this time).

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

AVIA1010Aviation Engineering Materials10 credits 
AVIA1020Theoretical Knowledge for the Private Pilots Licence20 credits 
AVIA1040Introduction to Aviation20 credits 
AVIA1050Aviation Engineering Science Challenge  credits 
AVIA1060Aviation in the Global Transport System  credits 
CAPE1040Mathematical Techniques 1
Pre-requisite for: AVIA2100
10 credits 

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 10 credits from the following optional modules:

CAPE1050Foundation Mathematics10 credits 
CAPE1060Fundamentals of Process Chemistry10 credits 
CAPE1070Foundation Engineering Physics10 credits 
LUBS1170Introduction to Management10 credits 

CAPE1050 is compulsory for candidates without A-level mathematics or equivalent
CAPE1070 is compulsory for candidates without A-level physics or equivalent

Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

AVIA2000Aircraft 120 credits 
AVIA2060Economics and Management of Air Transport  credits 
AVIA2070Safety Science, Engineering and Management  credits 
AVIA2080Aviation Energy and Environment  credits 
AVIA2090   PFP
AVIA2100Mathematical Techniques for Aerodynamics  credits 
AVIA2110Metallic Materials for Aircraft
Pre-requisite for: AVIA3000
AVIA2120Aviation Individual Project  credits 

Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

AVIA3000Aircraft 220 credits 
AVIA3010Aviation Safety and Reliability30 credits 
AVIA3060Aviation Group Design Project  credits 
AVIA3090Composites and Non-Metallic Materials for Aircraft  credits 

Last updated: 16/05/2019


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