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Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma Aeronautical Engineering

Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma Aeronautical Engineering

Course Code: L3AERO Duration: 2 Years Attendance: Full Time Location: Farnborough Campus Start Date: 06/09/2021    


About the course

This course is ideal for School Leavers who want to pursue a career in aeronautical engineering. It is equivalent to three A Levels and provides a route into university or higher education.

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering has a work related focus and prepares students for employment in the aeronautical engineering sector or to progress to higher education and a vocational degree programme. It is broadly equivalent to 3 “A” Levels.

The course consists of units which have a credit value which should provide a combined total of 180 credits to achieve the BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (formerly National Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering).

Students will take mandatory units and pre-selected optional units which reflect the modern aeronautical industry.


Start as a college student, finish as a graduate

After successfully completing this course you also benefit from the chance to stay with us at University Centre Farnborough. This gives you a path to graduating with a degree or higher education course without the costs of moving away, all while studying in a familiar and supportive environment.

Higher education courses you may be interested in studying with us after your School Leavers course:

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If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

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Your course

What modules are covered?

Mandatory units

  • Principles & Applications of Aircraft Mechanical Science
  • Theory of Flight
  • Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
  • Engineering Project

Typical optional units could be chosen from the list below which is not prescriptive.

  • Human Factors in Aircraft Engineering
  • Aircraft Materials and Hardware
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Engineering Design
  • Electrical Electronic Principles
  • Aircraft Gas Turbine Engines
  • Aircraft Workshop Principles & Practice
  • Aircraft Hydraulic Systems
  • Aircraft Maintenance Practices
  • Further Engineering Mathematics
  • Theory of Flight

How will I be assessed?

All units are internally assessed using a strict set of grading criteria and a summative unit grade awarded at pass, merit or distinction. Successful students will be awarded an overall triple grade e.g. DDD, DMM MMP based on points boundaries.

In line with the new BTEC National, there will be a written examination at the end of year 1 for the Engineering Principles unit

Functional Skills

Functional skills are practical skills in English, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Mathematics that allow individuals to work confidently, effectively and independently in life. The Programme Manager for each area will discuss the most appropriate Functional Skill for each student.

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Your future

What Next?

Students will leave the college with a broad portfolio of qualifications that will enable progression to work at a technician level and advanced modern apprenticeship, or go on to higher education at Degree level.

Bostonair Offer

As per EASA Regulations, all personnel working for a Part 145 maintenance organisation on large aeroplanes must have valid and approved Human Factors, Fuel Tank Safety Phase 1&2 and Electrical Wiring Interconnecting Systems (to the relevant Target Group) training.

Bostonair are offering 50% off all training for Farnborough College of Technology students to help give you a flying start with your career.

Simply head over to our website at www.bostonairtraining.com, add the courses you require into your basket and enter FTCDIS into the coupon box to receive your discount. Bostonair are an approved training organisation (UK.147.0085) and our courses meet the compliant syllabi requirements for organisations around the globe. If you need any further assistance or information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at enquiries@bostonairtraining.com or give us a call on 0044 (0)1482 679757

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Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

From School

  • Five GCSEs at grades 9-4
  • To include English and maths GCSEs at 9-4

From College

  • Relevant level 2 qualification at merit grade or higher
  • English and/or maths at level 2 or higher
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