The Level 5  Higher Nationals Diploma (HND) is a two year course. During your first year you will study a Level 4 Higher Nationals Certificate (HNC). Upon successful completion of the first year, you will progress onto the second year to study the Level 5 HND which will then enable you to progress onto Level 6 Degree Top-Up programme at many Universities.

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Full-time. 5 pm to 8 pm + autonomous study.


Level 4 and level 5 (240 credits)


18 to 24 month

The courses are open all year round and students can register in any month, as soon as there is a place.


 €420,00 per month.  

Tuition fees exclude registration fees  €490.00 


Classroom and project classes. It also includes online classes.


1 Month in USA 

1 Month in Portugal

Two-year course in Portugal + 1 Year UK

The role of Aerospace and Aircraft Engineers or Marine Engineers and Boat Designers is crucial in our environment which is advancing rapidly at the leading edge of technical development.

This course is for students who wish to pursue a career in engineering with an interest in aerospace engineering. 

The purpose of Higher Nationals in Aeronautical Engineering is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting, individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the rapidly evolving aeronautical sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications also aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.

The Higher Nationals in Aeronautical Engineering is divided into two parts, as follows:

  • Higher National Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering – Level 5

  • Higher National Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering – Level 4

Due to the recent increase in demand for both professional engineers and aircraft engineers in particular, Prime College is now offering this course as a pathway into the aerospace industry. On completing the course successful students will be eligible to either progress on to higher education programmes or apply for industry apprenticeship schemes in the civil and military sectors to train as licensed aircraft engineers.

Higher Nationals are recognized by employers around the world for their emphasis on developing practical skills alongside specialist knowledge and understanding of an industry or sector. With their strong focus on technical skills, they help to address the high-level technical skills shortage that's an important issue in the UK and globally.

The Higher National Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering provides its learner the realistic and appropriate career-related opportunities worldwide for 21st-century employment markets. 

Engineers in any field share many skills i.e. those used for design, development, manufacture, application of products, mechanics, systems, and planning. Much common knowledge is applicable to many fields.

Why Choose Aeronautical Engineering?

A career in Engineering offers the chance to work in fields as diverse as Transport, Maintenance, Service Industries, Agriculture, Civil Engineering, Autosports, Manufacturing, Tourism Aviation, ESA; NASA, Militar, etc.

In Aeronautical Engineering students are encouraged to develop a range of important skills which are transferable to any walk of life. 

The course is designed to replicate the Aeronautical Engineering working environment, therefore you will gain a broad understanding of Aeronautical Engineering and be able to study selected areas in more depth. Have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way. Follow a programme of study which enables progression to both higher education and employment within the business. Develop personal, learning, and thinking skills, which are highly valued by employers and universities. Gain confidence through developing independent learning skills.


Higher National Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering

The Level 5 HND in aerospace engineering requires two years’ study with Prime College. Throughout the course, you will be required to complete 15 core subjects, optional and specialized modules.

To achieve the qualification, a student must have completed units equivalent to 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 and scored at least a pass in 105 credits at level 4 and 105 credits at level 5, amounting to 210 + credits.

You will study the following units:

YEAR 1 - Level 4 HNC

Unit 1 - Analytical Method for Engineers - 15 Credits 

Unit 2 - Aerodynamic Principles & Aircraft Design -  15 Credits

Unit 3 - Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation -  15 Credits

Unit 4 - Aircraft Propulsion Technology -  15 Credits

Unit 5 - Health, Safety & Risk Assessment in Engineering -  15 Credits

Unit 6 - Aircraft Communication and Navigation Systems -  15 Credits

Unit 7 - Advanced Computer Aided-Designing Techniques -  15 Credits

Unit 8 - Aircraft Structural Integrity -  15 Credits

YEAR 2 - Level 5 HND

Unit 9: Aircraft System Principles and Applications -  15 Credits

Unit 11: Electrical and Electronics Principles -  15 Credits

Unit 12: Aerodynamic Principles, Stability & Performance -  15 Credits

Unit 13: Business Management Techniques -  15 Credits

Unit 14: Engineering Science -  15 Credits

Unit 15: Materials Engineering -  15 Credits

Unit 16: Advanced Machine Tools -  15 Credits

Unit 17: Principles and Applications of Aircraft Fluid Systems -  15 Credits

Total Credits: 240

Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate Courses (Level 4 and 5)

Level 4 courses come in the form of 1st year of a bachelor's programme or HNC (Higher National Certificate).

The Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of some sector-specific skills and experience through the specialist units, with the opportunity to pursue a particular interest through the appropriate selection of optional units. This effectively builds underpinning core skills while preparing the student for more intense subject specialization at Level 5. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study, and workplace activities. 

In this course, students will learn to fly a plane through a simulator and, simultaneously, if they are interested in taking a pilot course that we offer at our college.

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering come in the form of the 2nd year of a bachelor's programmes or an HND (Higher National Diploma). Depending on the type of associate degree a student may be able to start their 3rd year of bachelors (The course must be the same as the one they are applying for). Higher National Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering – Level 5.

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering offers students a pathway designed to support progression into relevant occupational areas or onto the degree-level study. This pathway is linked to Professional Body standards (where appropriate) and can provide progression towards professional status or entry to the later stages of an appropriate degree. Holders of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma will have developed a sound understanding of the principles in their field of study and will have learned to apply those principles more widely. Through this, they will have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. They will be able to perform effectively in their chosen field and will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making.

Why study abroad ?

Life Experience in Graduate Course ( Level 6)

Level 6 courses are the final component of a bachelor’s degree.

Studying abroad may be one of the most beneficial experiences for a college student. By studying abroad, students have the opportunity to study in a foreign nation and take in the allure and culture of a new land: 

For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually, you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Take this opportunity to travel the world with no commitments but to study and learn about new cultures. Studying abroad is an experience unlike any other.

Students who successfully completed Higher National Diploma in Aeronautical Engineer qualification can progress onto Degree Top-Up programme at many Universities  with whom Prime College has a partnership such as BEng Aerospace Systems Engineering Priory St, Coventry University, BEng Aerospace Technology Coventry University, BA/BSc (Hons) Open University; BSc (Hons) Engineering and Management Studies University of Portsmouth; BSc (Hons) Aerospace Technology with Management; BSc (Hons) the University of Hertfordshire, BSc (Hons) Aerospace Technology with Pilot Studies University of Hertfordshire, etc

The Graduate Course can be in the following fields:

  • Aerospace Engineering

  • Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering

  • Motor Vehicle Engineering


Teaching and Administrative Services

The college gives high priority to both teaching and administrative services. It employs suitably qualified academic personnel who are dedicated to carrying out teaching responsibilities with care & professionalism. The college also has an experienced administrative team to oversee the overall administration of the college.

College policies are closely aligned to the UK's Quality Code for Higher Education, for quality education. We are committed to providing our students with a quality education experience that benefits their learning and development as individuals.

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