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Level 3 Edexcel BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering

This qualification is designed to give you an introduction to the broad range of analytical skills required by an Aeronautical Engineering Technician.

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  • Subject Area: Engineering
  • Mode: Full Time
  • Campus: Weybridge
  • About this course

    This qualification is designed to give you an introduction to the broad range of analytical skills required by an Aeronautical Engineering Technician. You will spend time developing skills and knowledge through a balance of theory and practical lessons, during which you will learn about the theory of flight and aircraft maintenance practices.

    To build on your general skills as an engineer you will study maths and science units at level 3 and you will also gain a strong understanding of materials and health and safety. Towards the end of this course you will be given a taste of more focused elements of Aeronautical Engineering to prepare you for moving onto the Level 3 Edexcel BTEC Extended Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering. The subsidiary diploma is equivalent to one A-level.

    Alongside the main BTEC program you will also study a Performance an Engineering Operation (PEO) to industry standard and you will also take part in work experience and tutorial.


    Where will I be studying?

    The Brooklands name has a long association with the engineering industry and we’re very proud to continue the tradition through our wide range of engineering courses in well-equipped workshops.

    Our excellent engineering facilities comprise several workshops including Aeroplane hanger (including a helicopter rig!) computer facilities and study areas.

    Course Details

    What modules are covered?

    • Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace
    • Aircraft Maintenance Practices
    • Mechanical Principles and Applications
    • Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials
    • Theory of Flight
    • Mathematics for Engineering Technicians

    Who is the course suitable for?

    Those who want to develop their aeronautical skills to become a aeronautical engineering technician or those who are interested in a chance to apply for a Virgin Atlantic Aero Apprenticeship.

    How is the course assessed?

    All units on the main programme are assessed through written assignments, phase tests and practical tasks for which you will be able to achieve pass, merit and distinction grades.

    Are there any extra costs?

    In advance of the course starting students will need to purchase their own Health and Safety equipment (Personal, Protective, Equipment). This will consist of Steel or composite toe safety shoes and overalls. Guidance on this will be provided during the application stage.

    You will also need pens, pencils, ruler, protractor, compass, eraser, line paper and a ring binder.

    Students are allocated a certain amount of free printing, after which a small fee will be incurred.

    Entry Requirements

    What qualifications will I need?

    5 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above, ideally including English and Maths (some subject areas may require higher grades than grade 4 in a specific subject), or for progressing students successful achievement of a level 2 vocational qualification.


    Next Steps

    The natural progression from this course is on to the Level 3 Edexcel BTEC Diploma/Extended Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering. You will be expected as a minimum to have achieved a merit overall and at least a merit in the Maths and Science units to progress.

    Successful students on the subsidiary course will have the chance to apply to progress onto the Virgin Atlantic Aero Apprenticeship.

    Students may wish to seek employment in the future as an Aerospace Engineer/Technician, Civil Engineer, Welder, Mechanic or Vehicle Body Repairer.

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