Aircraft Engineering HNC

Course code 014H

What is special about this course?

This HNC is an engineering technician-level course with content similar to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) syllabus for certifying aircraft mechanics within the aviation operations industry.

You will study subjects including aerodynamics, aircraft propulsion systems and aircraft structures and materials.



Special features

  • Practical engineering workshop skills to aviation industry standard
  • Content is similar to the knowledge elements of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for aircraft engineering staff
  • Facility to take EASA examinations on-site at Perth College UHI


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above, in Maths or Physics OR
  • 1 A level at grade C or above, in Maths or Physics
  • PLUS English at Standard Grade credit level or equivalent
  • Alternatively, NC/NQ Engineering at level 6 or equivalent OR the completion of a Foundation Apprenticeship Engineering
  • Those with relevant aircraft engineering experience but no relevant formal qualifications will be considered
  • International applicants must meet the IELTS entry criteria as well as meet the UKBA requirements


Year 1 - HNC

You will study the following units:

  • Aerodynamics and flight mechanics 1
  • Aircraft engineering: graded unit 1
  • Aircraft propulsion systems: introduction
  • Aircraft structures and materials
  • Communication: practical skills
  • Engineering mathematics 2
  • Physics for aviation

Optional modules may include:

  • Aircraft electrical and electronic principles
  • Aircraft engineering practical skills
  • Aircraft engineering systems
  • Engineering mathematics 1
  • Statics and strength of materials

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • You will study primarily by way of classroom-based lectures and tutorials at Perth College UHI, and practical workshops

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years 

Where can I study my course?

  • Perth

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2021-222022-23
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2021-222022-23
Full-time per year £6,915 £7,110
Part-time (per HN credit) £461 £474

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2021-222022-23
Full-time per year £7,230 £7,440
Part-time (per HN credit) £482 £496

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Perth College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful completion of the HNC will allow you to seek employment as an engineering technician or apprentice in the aviation industry.

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of this course, you may progress onto the HND Aircraft Engineering course or onto the first year of the BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and Management degree programme.

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I chose Perth College UHI above other universities because of the teaching facilities and the size of the classes. I want to work as an aircraft maintenance engineer and the employability centre is helping with my applications by working with me on my CV and covering letters. As well as being a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths ambassador while studying, I have also managed to reach the finals of The Telegraph STEM awards 2017 for the Power systems challenge sponsored by Rolls-Royce. I was one of the five shortlisted finalists for the Rolls-Royce category.

Qasim Alhaji came to Scotland from Oman specifically to study, starting on the Air Service Training programme, before moving on to the BEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering. He is now in his fourth year of the degree at Perth College UHI.

I was top of the class with the highest grade point average and was also presented with both the UHI Student Research of the Year and the Aircraft Engineering Best Operational Research Project awards. In May 2016, I was offered the Carnegie Trust Postgraduate Scholarship and I'm now undertaking my MSc in Air Transport Operations and Management while working at Glasgow Airport as a flight dispatcher and gate coordinator. I am an ambassador for women in aviation and STEM, and have given numerous careers events presentations and talks promoting aviation, further education and women in engineering.

Rebekah Watson, graduated with a first class honours in Aircraft Engineering from Perth College UHI.

Apply for Aircraft Engineering HNC

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