Aeronautical Engineering

L3 Level 3
Full Time
30 August 2021 — 17 June 2022
International Centre for Aerospace

About this course

This two-year course, equivalent to two A-Levels is ideal for school leavers who are interested in both Aerospace and Aviation Science including General Engineering.  The course will provide you with the core skills and knowledge required to work as an aircraft fitter or unlicensed engineer in the aviation industry.  The course gives you the fantastic opportunity to learn about various aircraft topics including aircraft systems, materials and hardware, hydraulics, propulsion to position you well for a successful career in aerospace.

The course is approximately 20 hours per week over the course of two years and has the mandatory requirements of gaining knowledge, practical hand skills in both mechanical and electrical/avionic competence as well as a minimum of 5 weeks compulsory work experience in year 2.

By the end of the first year, you will have achieved a nationally recognised Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma qualification. 

You will have some knowledge and basic skills in production or maintenance engineering already, most likely from school during technical / workshop studies or from work-experience.

What you will study

You will have met the pre-requisites of a Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering to be eligible to apply for this course.  As an example, some of those modules that you have achieved will be similar to:

  • Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace (10 credits)
  • Mechanical Principles and Applications (10 credits)
  • Mathematics for Engineering Technicians (10 credits)
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles (10 credits)
  • Business Operations (10 credits)
  • Further Mathematics (10 credits)

    Plus 30 additional credits:

  • Theory of Flight (10 credits)
  • Technical Drawing and CAD (10 credits)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Practices (10 credits)

You will then study the following modules, gaining a full Extended Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering

Extended Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering

  • Engineering Project (20 credits)
  • Principles and Applications of Aircraft Mechanical Science (10 credits)
  • Aircraft Materials and Hardware (15 credits)
  • Aircraft Workshop Principles and Practices (15 credits)
  • Human Factors (10 credits)
  • Aircraft Propulsion systems (10 credits)
  • Gas Turbine Engines (10 credits)
  • Aircraft Hydraulic Systems (10 credits)

To develop your practical skills you will maintain CAVC’s JetStream and Bulldog aircraft as well as developing your hand skills to perform mechanical structural repair and workshop tasks. Subject to funding you may be involved in building a Skyranger two seater aircraft; you will be hands on from the first bolt to seeing the aircraft in flight. Find out more on how to build a Skyranger.

The qualification is assessed by a combination of centre devised practical assessments and assignments covering the topics detailed in the course content.  Your hand-skills in the workshop will be continually assessed and marked. 

Upon successful completion you can progress onto an Apprenticeship, Higher Education or employment where specific practical training will be given. 

By the end of the first year, you will have achieved a nationally recognised Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma qualification.  You could also consider joining the RAF or Royal Navy to become an aircraft engineer or pilot.

Course fee per year

Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £30.00

Kit/Materials: £0.00

Entry requirements

Applicants who hold or are predicated to gain a minimum of 5 GCSE’s – Grade A* to C or equivalent. To include A* to B in a Maths and Science subject, preferably Physics. Are also: - Keen and motivated to work in an engineering environment - Willing to undertake a course of intense training - Have completed tests in basic numeracy, literacy and communication skills and have spatial awareness Would be eligible to apply for this course.

Teaching and assessment

The qualification is assessed by a combination of centre devised practical assessments and assignments covering the topics detailed in the course content. Your hand-skills in the workshop will be continually assessed and marked. 

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

30 August 2021

End date

17 June 2022

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

19.5 hours per week


International Centre for Aerospace
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EAL Level 3 Diploma In Engineering Techn


What our students say

I got the chance to go to France as part of a student exchange project which was really exciting and worked on different aircraft to what we have here at ICAT. The tutors really want you to succeed, everyone is so knowledgeable and it’s a great environment to learn and develop in. 
I’ve started an apprenticeship with Boeing to get my A Licence and this time next year I could be working at Gatwick Airport as well as with military aircraft. There’s so many options for me now and you never know where this can take me. If you’re looking for an engineering course or have an interest in aircraft, I’d say go for it! Get stuck in and you’ll have a great experience.

Aero Case Study
Millie Jones
Former Level 3 Aerospace Engineering Student

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