To become an aerospace engineer, you will need a degree in engineering or aerospace engineering. You’ll also usually be expected to have an A level in Maths. Your degree will usually take around 3 to 4 years to complete. Students can usually choose to complete an additional 12 month work placement as part of the course.
To start an aerospace engineering degree, you usually need three A levels, including Maths and Physics. You may also be required to have five A-C grade GCSEs, including Maths, English and Science. Exact requirements will vary between universities.
An aerospace engineering degree will cover a range of fundamental topics such as engineering disciplines appropriate to the current and future aerospace industry and research area. This includes the mechanics, materials, fluids and sensors and control systems that provide a basis for materials, structures and avionics.
Once qualified, an aerospace engineer will have great career prospects; jobs can be acquired within airlines, the RAF, Corporate Research Companies, the Ministry of Defence, space programmes, and various other aviation companies.