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Aviation – Level 3

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About the course

The Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering course is delivered in two 1-year blocks. Year one is an Extended Certificate in Engineering and covers general engineering units such as engineering principles and product design and manufacture. This makes it a suitable course for those who wish to pursue a career in general engineering at a later point. Year two covers the additional units required for the Aeronautical Diploma and specialises in aeronautical units such as gas turbine engines, propulsion systems and mechanical systems. These units are supported by trips to RAF Cosford and the RAF Museum to view different aircraft types and their component parts and to use facilities such as the wind tunnel.

Topics and units

– Engineering principles
– Engineering product design and manufacture
– Engineering maintenance and condition monitoring techniques
– Pneumatic and hydraulic systems
– Delivery of engineering processes safely as a team
– Specialist engineering project
– Aircraft gas turbine engines
– Airframe mechanical systems
– Aircraft flight principles and practice
– Aircraft propulsion systems

Work placement opportunities: Collins Aerospace, MOOG aircraft group, Radius Aerospace

Careers and progression

Progressing to: A level 3 job role, higher apprenticeship or a degree course with a foundation year
Aspirational careers: Aeronautical engineering technician, aerospace fitter, or aerospace design engineer, working with employers such as the Royal Air Force

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English and maths

Additional information

Students will require:

Steel toe capped safety boots/shoes
Navy blue overalls
Scientific calculator
Notepad/notebook/A4 folder with paper
Suitable pen (black or blue ink)

What to do next

If you are interested in applying for this course, please click ‘apply now‘ on this page or at the top of any page, and create an website account or sign in an account you have already created and complete the application form. 

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Full Time


2 Year


Haybridge Road, Telford


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