Aeronautical Engineering - Level 3 (Full-Time)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Aviation

School Engineering

Attendance Full-Time


This course will give you the basic technical skills and knowledge you will need for a career in the aeronautical engineering sector.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2019. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 1 Week
Venue: Aviation Academy

Start Date: September 2019. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Aviation Academy, Newcastle Airport

Who the course is for

This course is ideal for 16 to 18 year olds wishing to pursue a potential career in aircraft maintenance.

Qualification Gained

If you successfully complete the first year of the course you will be awarded a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering.

If you successfully complete both years of the course of will be awarded a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering.

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


Course Content

Your studies will be formed into units that fall into the following subject areas:

  • Health & Safety in the Engineering Workplace
  • Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
  • Electronic & Electrical Principles
  • Applications of Mechanical Systems in Engineering
  • Theory of Flight
  • Aircraft Maintenance Practices
  • Aviation Case Studies & Study Skills

Learning Methods

  • Formal theoretical sessions
  • classroom & hangar based activities
  • Laboratory, workshop & on aircraft activities
  • Visits to areas of vocational interest
  • Workbooks & research projects

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through in class tests, written assignments and controlled assessments. Your performance during practical tasks and activities will also be assessed.

Progression Opportunities

If you meet the following criteria during the 1st year of study you will be able to progress onto the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering:

  • Achievement- Overall Merit grade
  • Attendance- Over 85% for whole course
  • Attitude- Positive & committed to learning

If you successfully complete the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering with the required number of UCAS points you could progress onto:

  • Newcastle College Foundation Degree in Aeronautical Engineering (2 years at Newcastle Aviation Academy)
  • Kingston University Bachelor of Science in Aircraft Engineering (A 3 year partnered Degree at Newcastle Aviation Academy)

Career Opportunities

Aeronautical, or aerospace, engineers design and develop products such as airliners, helicopters, fighter jets, satellites and space vehicles engineers. They also work on components that make up aircraft such as landing gear, engines and electrical/electronic systems also require highly specialised skills.

Aircraft maintenance is another exciting alternative – aircraft engineers can travel the world maintaining, inspecting and servicing aircraft to high international safety standards. Specialising in either mechanics (engines, airframes) or avionics (instrumentation, electrical/electronic equipment) , aircraft engineers work for airlines, maintenance divisions of aerospace manufacturers or specialist aircraft maintenance companies.

Entry Requirements

• 5 GCSEs (grades A*-C or Grade 4-9) or equivalent at pass level including Mathematics, English and a Science (Dual Award/Physics/Chemistry)
• Pass the Aviation Academy entrance assessment (based on maths, physics and logic)
• Satisfactory completion of the school induction programme
• If English is not your first language, you will also need an English language test score of 5.5 or above.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

You will require suitable safety boots and overalls for the practical and on aircraft instructional sessions. You will need to provide these.

You will also require stationery such as A4 folders, paper, pens, pencils, rulers and a scientific calculator.

There are several enrichment activities associated with this programme. To cover these costs, you will be required to pay £50. This will be discussed during induction week.

Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.