Engineering - Flybe Diploma
Faculty of Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive
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Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive Level 3 Technology Centre and the Flybe Training Academy 4 years

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

This ground-breaking four year programme is one of a new framework of industry-recognised qualifications and, on successful completion, you will be well on your way to becoming a licenced aircraft engineer.

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What topics will I study?

You will:

  • Gain theoretical and practical competencies in all aspects of aircraft engineering maintenance and repair
  • Complete a Level 3 Diploma in Engineering, a Foundation Degree (FdEng) in Aircraft Engineering  and the academic modules of the EASA Part 66 B1.1 licence  
  • Study at the new Technology Centre in your first year and then progress to the Flybe Training Academy at Exeter International Airport
  • Work on live aircraft as well as in our well-equipped workshops
  • Gain on-the-job training in a real airline environment in Flybe  hangars  and workshops
  • Attain the skills and knowledge to prepare you for a career that has great potential to earn a very competitive salary


What experiences will I get?

You will gain six months maintenance experience on live aircraft.

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: 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.

We would also recommend the following:

  • a good level of basic fitness
  • reasonable near and distant vision (that can be corrected by glasses and contact lenses)
  • ability to move around small, confined spaces and work at height

If you are shortlisted, you are required to complete a medical questionnaire and have an interview, skills test and psychometric test with Exeter College and Flybe.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course provides a full timetable and cannot be combined with other courses.

What facilities are there?

The Technology Centre at Monkerton provides aerospace, engineering and automotive students with state of the art equipment and you will have access to the Flybe Training Academy for practical learning. Click here to find out about travel options to the Technology Centre.

What can the course lead on to?

After successfully completing this two year course, you can apply for our Aircraft Engineering Foundation Degree, preparing you for employment with Flybe or another airline maintenance facility. You may eventually progress to full time employment with airlines within the aviation sector as a licenced engineer.

Are there any additional costs?

You will be required to have safety boots and overalls which are ordered through our supplier. You will be provided with Flybe polo shirts free of charge and a new full uniform in year 2.

All students need to have, drawing equipment and a scientific calculator. You will also have to pay £400 for enrichment activities, workshop materials and licence module handbooks payable at the start of the programme and again at the beginning of year 3.

What do our students think?

I’ve always had an interest in aerospace and engineering. This course combines the two of those together and delivers qualifications that I can go on and use in an industry that I want to work in. The workshop has to be a big highlight learning how to work within the tiny tolerances and learning new hand skills. You get to go on the flight simulator a few times too which is a good laugh."


After working in a number of different jobs in several business sectors I decided it was time to change; learn a trade and start a career. I've always had an interest in aviation and fixing things so aircraft engineering was the obvious choice. The course has a fantastic mixture of theoretical and practical material, meaning no two days are the same and are always fun. This course has great reviews, fantastic prospects and an outstanding success rate. I feel this course will unlock my full potential and enable me to the best I can be."



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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