Aircraft Engineering

Ayrshire College


Ayr Campus


This course will give you a deeper understanding of many aspects of aircraft systems and the processes required for flight. It involves a mixture of theory and practical work. You’ll also have the advantage of learning in our state of the art Aeronautical Engineering Training Centre and being taught by aviation industry experts.

You will: explore modern aircraft construction, materials, and major component construction methods; investigate aerodynamics, flight mechanics, and the layout of different aircraft types; delve into aircraft propulsion systems, focusing on piston and gas turbine engines; learn about pneumatic and hydraulic power within common aircraft systems; study aircraft avionic systems, covering radio communications, radar, navigation, and automatic flight control; explore physics for aviation, solving engineering problems in solid mechanics, thermofluids, wave motion, and mechanical vibration; focus on human factors and their impact on performance in an aircraft engineering environment; learn about aircraft electrical and electronic principles, covering operational amplifiers, combinational logic and DC networks.

You will also have the opportunity to develop proficiency in the industry-standard CATIA V5 design package.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers, preferably Maths and Physics, plus National 5 English, or NC Aeronautical Engineering, or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. Entry subject to interview.

Progression Routes

HND Aircraft Engineering or employment/apprenticeship.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year



SCQF Level