Where will this course lead?

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

What will I study?

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

How will this course be delivered?

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.

What qualifications will I get?

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering

How will I be assessed?

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

How do I get a place on the course?

Entry to the course is dependent upon successful interview and meeting the entry requirements

What are 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.

What else do I need to know?

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.

What can I do after this course?

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


Woodlands Campus

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N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds

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Full Time