Aeronautical Engineering

With shared resource links to the Future Skills Centre, this full time course is for students with a passion for Aeronautical Engineering.  

  • Course Type School Leaver
  • Subject Area Engineering and Aerospace
  • Qualification Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Aircraft Engineering
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Location Future Skills Centre
  • Course Length 1 year (2 years in total - progressing to the Extended Diploma in the second year)

With shared resource links to the Future Skills Centre, this full time course is for students with a passion for Aeronautical Engineering.  

On this course you will: 

  • Gain theoretical competencies in general engineering principles which underpin the Aeronautical maintenance industry. These units include: Engineering Principles, Engineering Product Design and Manufacture, Manufacturing Secondary Machine Processes
  • Experience practical hand skills in aviation
  • Complete a Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Engineering in year 1
  • Study at the Technology Centre in Year 1 and the Future Skills Centre in year 2  
  • Attain the skills and knowledge to prepare you for a career that has great potential to earn a very competitive salary  

The course contains two units which are externally assessed and count as double weight units. The remaining two units are assessed through written assignment completion.  

This course is ideal if you have a passion for aeronautical engineering and are looking to progress on to an Apprenticeship or on to a Diploma in Engineering.  

Next Steps: You could progress on to the Extended Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering at Exeter College where you will complete aviation specific units such as Gas Turbines and Theories of Flight, or Extended Diploma in Engineering. Then progression on to Level 5 Foundation Degree in Aeronautical Engineering which incorporates the CAA B license or onto an Apprenticeship in Aeronautical Maintenance.

Please note that the Extended Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering mentioned in the above video is no longer on offer and the courses are held at the Future Skills Centre by Exeter Airport.

Entry Requirements

You will need a minimum of grade 4 in English Language and grade 5 in Maths. You will also need grade 4 or above in Science, Double Science or Physics, plus three other GCSEs at grade 4 or above, or equivalent. You need a passion for learning and a keen interest in a hands on engineering career. 

Our Future Skills Centre opened in 2021 near Exeter Airport. The Centre includes provision for school leavers and adult learners and focuses on courses for high-tech jobs in aeronautical, engineering, digital, construction and clean growth.
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