BTEC Higher Nationals in Aeronautical Engineering (RQF)

BTEC Higher Nationals in Aeronautical Engineering (RQF)


The Higher Nationals in Aeronautical Engineering offer a stimulating and challenging programme of study that you will find both engaging and memorable. They aim to provide you with the core knowledge, skills and techniques that all engineers require, irrespective of future specialism, to achieve high performance in the engineering profession.

Pathways within this qualification

Brochure download button This qualification has been developed in collaboration with industry experts, universities, colleges and students to ensure that it is a programme that will meet the needs of industry, as well as what you would expect to achieve throughout your course.  To help you develop in your chosen specialism, there are a number of pathways, some of which are listed below:

  • Aircraft Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft flight
  • Control Systems

Please note this is a combination of pathways at both BTEC HNC and HND level. Colleges we work with may choose to deliver a selection of pathways, which is why we suggest that you consult with your local college regarding exact options available to you.

We also have BTEC Higher National Qualifications in Engineering or Nuclear Engineering.

Looking for an apprenticeship?

This qualification is also found within the Higher Apprenticeship in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering framework.

Careers after a BTEC Higher National in Aeronautical Engineering

Some typical jobs after completing the HNC* Some typical jobs after completing the HND*
Aerospace Engineering Technician
Aircraft Flight Control Systems Technician
Aircraft Maintenance Certifying Engineer
Automation and Controls Engineering technician
Propulsion Technician
Air Engineering Technician
Aerospace Engineer
Flight Control Systems Engineer
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer
Automation and Controls Engineer
Air Traffic Controller
*These are suggestions of the typical job roles related to this qualification at this level. Pearson does not guarantee employment upon completion, and you will have a responsibility to make sure that you meet the employer’s requirements. 

Industry support and recognition

For years, employers have valued the skills and knowledge that BTEC Higher National students bring to the world of work. That is why students choose to study our programmes.

Specific companies and industry bodies that have made formal statements of support and/or actively hire students who complete BTEC Higher National qualifications. 

  • Leonardo (Helicopter division)
    The company actively recognises the qualification as fit for purpose in preparing learners for a role in the engineering sector.  Learn more (PDF, 0.25MB)
  • Royal Aeronautical Society. The Royal Aeronautical Society recognises that the HNs in Aeronautical Engineering meet the academic requirements for EngTech and support students in progressing in their careers. Learn more (PDF, 118.9KB)


Progression to university

We work with universities in the UK and around the world, explaining the content, structure and purpose of BTEC Higher National qualifications, so that the universities recognise your value and accept applications from you as a BTEC Higher National holder onto a degree programme. We currently have agreements to top-up HNs to over 1200 degrees worldwide and we continue our work to grow this number.

Visit our Pearson Degree Finder to find all the current articulations.

Where to study BTEC HNs in Aeronautical Engineering?

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