Aeronautical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive
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Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive Level 3 - BTEC Level 3 National Diploma Technology Centre 1 year

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This course offers students with a passion for Aeronautical Engineering the opportunity to study a Level 3 qualification which could lead to employment or further study at University level. With shared resource links to the Flybe Aeronautical academy, students will get the opportunity to also learn about practical skills as an additionality to the course and have the chance of summer work experience on successful completion of the programme. The college week will be spent at the new Technology Centre where you will have access to the very latest in engineering resource covering electronics, CAD and virtual learning materials. Students will also have opportunities to visit sites specific to the aviation industry.

The course consists of ten units, two of which are externally assessed through online test, the remaining eight are assessed through written assignment completion.

What topics will I study?

Mandatory Units

1 Engineering Principles

2 Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team

3 Engineering Product Design and Manufacture

4 Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering

5 A Specialist Engineering Project

48 Aircraft Flight Principles and Practice


Optional Units

19 Electronic Devices and Circuits

50 Aircraft Gas Turbine Engines

51 Aircraft Propulsion Systems Optional units group D 

8 Further Engineering Mathematics 

What experiences will I get?

See above.

What are the entry requirements?

English and maths entry requirements: Grade 4 in English language and grade 5 in maths.
Plus standard entry requirements: Three GCSEs at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.
Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: GCSE grade 4 or above in science, double science or physics. You need a passion for learning and a keen interest in a hands on engineering career.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

What facilities are there?

You have access to the Faculty LRC, cafe as well as student space featuring pool, table tennis, PC and relaxation area. The facility is positioned in the centre of a sustainable area, therefore access to cycle storage and shower facilities are available.

Students will have access to the latest electronics and controlling hardware to stretch and challenge knowledge, alongside this you will have the opportunity to work within the dedicated aeronautical suite at the Flybe Academy.

What can the course lead on to?

This course can lead onto the Flybe programme (subject to space) progression to the Extended Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering. Completion of these courses can lead to either a Foundation Degree or HNC.

Are there any additional costs?

This course has a resource fee cost of £75, this cost covers:

Induction team building activities

One field trip to Aviation based centre

Faculty Polo shirt

Fabrication resources (Aluminium and Steel)

Course starter pack (memory stick, course folder and paper)

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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Past students have excelled at an international aviation maintenance competition.

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