This qualification is aimed at learners preparing for roles in aeronautical engineering, for example aeronautical engineering technician or aerospace fitter. Learners gain relevant skills and knowledge from studying a range of units, for example in aircraft workshop principles, gas turbine engines, airframe construction and first line maintenance.
You can join this course following a one year Foundation Diploma Engineering
Following successful completion of the Foundation Diploma Engineering, you can progress onto this specialised National Extended Diploma Aeronautical Engineering.
The mandatory units that you will study in this, the second year, of your BTEC level 3 studies are:
- Aircraft Flight Principles and Practices
- Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering
- A Specialist Engineering Project
- Microcontroller Systems for Engineers
- Calculus to solve Engineering Problems
Other units that you study may include:
- Aircraft Workshop Methods and Practice
- Aircraft Gas Turbine Engines
- Aircraft Propulsion Systems
- Airframe Mechanical Systems
- Aircraft Electrical and Instrument Systems
These courses are delivered through classroom teaching, practical workshops and computer based workshops.
You will have the opportunity to complete practical workshops in our aircraft hangar and learn the principles of flight on our 737 flight simulator.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering
The subject units are assessed in a variety of ways; some are assessed by assignments which may involve working in groups or independently and marked by your teachers using awarding body Criteria.
Some assignments are assessed whilst undertaking practical activities and others are written assignments.
Other modules or qualifications will be assessed using externally marked exams
Entry to the course is dependent upon successful interview and meeting the entry requirements
The possession of the Foundation Diploma in Engineering delivered at the College at an overall average of Merit or Distinction grade - together with 90%+ attendance and punctuality. Further, an excellent Solihull College internal reference from your Personal Tutor and a successful selection interview.
If you have a Learning Difference or Disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too.
You will be expected to supply your own stationery such as folders, paper and pens.
You will need to provide appropriate PPE including overalls and boots for the aircraft hangar.
Solihull College offers full time and part time courses for businesses and residents in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry Warwickshire and the whole of the West Midlands.
Apprenticeships are available in a variety of career roles linked to Aeronautical Engineering
You could then move onto a Higher Education Courses such as a BSc Aircraft Maintenance Engineering available at the College or courses at other universities
N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds
Mechanical engineers undertake research and design, direct the manufacture and manage the operation and maintenance of engines, machines, aircraft, vehicle and ships' structures, building services and other mechanical items.
Quality control and planning engineers plan production schedules, work sequences, and manufacturing and processing procedures to ensure accuracy, quality and reliability.
Design and development engineers conceive engineering designs from product ideas or requirements in mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering.
Jobholders in this unit group fit, service, repair and overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies.
Engineering technicians perform a variety of technical support functions to assist engineers with the design, development, operation, installation and maintenance of engineering systems and constructions.
Aerospace Engineering falls under Mechanical Engineering. Mechanical engineers undertake research and design, direct the manufacture and manage the operation and maintenance of engines, machines, aircraft, and vehicle structures, building services and other mechanical items.
CAD Technicians or Draughtspersons prepare technical drawings, plans, maps, charts and similar items.
Maintenance Engineers erect, install and repair electrical and mechanical plant and industrial machinery, fit and assemble parts and sub-assemblies in the manufacture of metal products and test and adjust new motor vehicles and engines.