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University of Southampton

Aeronautics and Astronautics (3 years)

UCAS Code: H422
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Aerospace engineering
Student score
77% MED
% employed or in further study
94% MED
Average graduate salary
£25k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Typical offer: A*AA, including A*A in Mathematics and Physics, plus a pass in the practical science assessment where applicable. EPQ offer: A*AB, to include Mathematics and Physics at grade A*A, and grade A in the EPQ; plus a pass in the practical science assessment where applicable. Contextual offer: AAB, to include both Mathematics and Physics at grade A; plus a pass in the practical science assessment where applicable. General Studies, Use of Mathematics, Core Mathematics, Thinking Skills and Critical Thinking are excluded for entry.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers

Typical offer: AAA to include Mathematics and Physics. All applicants will be required to have achieved a pass in Mathematics and English at Standard Grade, Grade 3 or National 5, Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/Grade 4.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer: Pass, with overall score of 38 points, with 18 points required at Higher Level, including 13 points from Mathematics and Physics.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 152 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Our courses provide you with the fundamentals of engineering, alongside design modules throughout your degree, which enable you to apply your knowledge and develop the skills you need to become a successful engineer. The first two years are the same across our Aeronautics and Astronautics degrees. This three-year course covers the core subjects of aeronautics and astronautics. You will study aerodynamics, astronautics, and propulsion, in addition to the economic, legal and environmental issues associated with aircraft and spacecraft. In your final year, you will extend your knowledge through advanced aerospace modules, and carry out an individual research or design project. We offer our students a dynamic learning environment; your course will include a combination of lectures, laboratory classes, tutorials, private study, and individual and group projects.


The first year provides a background in engineering science, emphasising aerospace aspects. The second year covers the main aerospace engineering subjects. Towards the end of this year you will take a short course in flight testing, in which experiments are performed on board a Jetstream aircraft. In the third year the course includes an individual project, and allows students to undertake some of our specialist modules in aerodynamics, astronautics, materials, etc. Core and compulsory: Year 1: Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment, Electrical and Electronic Systems, ThermoFluids, Design and Computing, Aircraft Operations and Flight Mechanics. Year 2: Systems Design and Computing, Engineering Management and Law, Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment Part II, Aerodynamics, Astronautics, Engineering Management and Law, Materials and Structures, Propulsion, Mechanics of Flight. Year 3: Individual Project, Aircraft Design, Aerothermodynamics, Aerospace Control Design.

University of Southampton

The campus

The University of Southampton is a place of transformation. Through education and research, innovation and enterprise, we unlock creative potential and provide opportunities that transform the lives of our students, our community, society and the economy. Did you know...Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, is Chair of Computer Science here.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 80%
Student score 77% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
27% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
12% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
460 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
84% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 94% MED
Average graduate salary £25k MED
Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals


Graduates who are senior officers in protective services


Graduates who are engineering professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Just over a thousand UK graduates got a degree in aerospace engineering in 2015. There are a few dedicated employers, unevenly spread around the country, and so there's often competition for graduates looking for their first job - which leads to a relatively high (although improving) early unemployment rate, and a good grade is particularly important for graduates. Sponsorship and work experience can be key if you're after the most sought-after roles in the industry. Starting salaries are usually good and graduates commonly go into the aerospace (yes, this does include manufacture of equipment for satellites and space operations) and defence industries. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.
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