Aviation case study

Chris Bastin - FdEng Aeronautical Engineering

How did you first hear about Newcastle College?

I‘m originally from Norwich but I knew a couple of people that had completed the course and they had progressed to employment once they had graduated. This was a very important factor in helping me choose the course.

What do you learn on your course?

The second year of my course has more of a practical focus. Once we are taught the principles of aircraft maintenance techniques we can put these into practice in the aircraft hangar on site. It’s extremely beneficial having these excellent facilities at the Aviation Academy and it really helps me combine both theory and knowledge.

Do you receive any additional support from your tutors?

The course tutors all have industry experience and a good set of skills. They’re always on hand should we have any questions about the taught theory or practical sessions. The tutors are continually building relationships with organisations who contribute to the course. They also provide support when it comes to identifying work placement opportunities.

What advice would you give to students looking to apply for the course?

You have to be willing to put the work in if you are to succeed but it’s definitely worth it. The course is hard work but I know that once I graduate there’s a good chance of employment. If you want a degree that prepares you for employment within the aerospace industry then this course is ideal.

What do you plan to do once you graduate?

At the moment I plan to top-up my course with a one-year Honours Degree. However, I know that if I wanted to find employment with my Foundation Degree qualification, the course will have given me the skills to secure a job within the industry.