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Aeronautical Engineering Level 3

Full-time (Further Education)


Please note: We recommend that you have access to a laptop or Chromebook to enable coursework to be completed digitally at home. There is a dedicated IT Digital Inclusion fund to support those learners who do not have a digital device and are unable to purchase one.

Course Description

This course provides you with the introductory skills and technical knowledge to prepare you for work in a variety of aeronautical engineering roles, in both the Aircraft Service and Maintenance industries.

The technical training is provided in the college full time over two years, including placement time in practical engineering workshops and industrial placements for five weeks.

Entry Criteria

In order to qualify for this course you will need at least one of the following:

  • 5 GCSEs A*- C including 1st Language English or Welsh and Mathematics or Numeracy and a Science subject. Preferably a Grade B in Mathematics (Higher Tier)
  • Successfully completed Engineering Level 2

As part of the application process you will be asked to attend an interview.


The programme will be delivered through a blend of the following:

  • practical workshop sessions
  • classroom sessions
  • student centred work
  • demonstrations
  • discussions
  • tutorials
  • virtual learning environment
  • You will need to complete 150 hours of work experience.

Your programme will include a combination of:

  • Essential Skills qualifications and/or
  • GCSE resits and/or
  • The Welsh Baccalaureate
  • ‘AS Level Mathematics’ Year 1 & ‘A Level Mathematics’ Year 2

Your programme will include a combination of:

  • Essential Skills qualifications and/or
  • GCSE resits and/or
  • The Welsh Baccalaureate
Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate is a valuable qualification which is often studied alongside your Level 3 full-time course.

The qualification is graded A*-E, carrying the equivalent UCAS points at Level 3, and equips you with transferable personal and business skills. It is highly regarded by universities and employers alike.

As part of the qualification, you will learn about Global Citizenship, Enterprise and Employability and take part in community engagement and work experience.

Essential Skills

This may include a combination of Application of Number, Communication, Digital Literacy and Essential Employability Skills

GCSE resits

This may include GCSE Numeracy/Maths and/or Welsh/English Language.

Maths & Welsh/English

If you don't achieve a C or above in Maths and/ or English/Welsh, we will support you to retake these subjects as part of your study programme.


The programme will be assessed through a blend of the following:

  • Practical and written assessments/assignments
  • Presentations and demonstrations
  • Portfolios of work
  • Performance and observation
  • Demonstration of practical skills
  • Online examination


Successful completion of this course gives the following options for progression:

  • a second year to top-up to an Extended Diploma (3 A Level equivalent)
  • Apprenticeship Level 3 in Aeronautical Engineering
  • apprenticeships
  • higher apprenticeships
  • degree apprenticeships
  • University

Other details

Course type: Full-time (Further Education)

Level: 3

Programme Area:

  • Engineering




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