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Aviation Level 3

This is a specialist course that covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the Aviation Industry. It provides you with skills in health, safety, security and communications required to work within an Airport environment. It is recognised by the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Skills and knowledge will be developed through a portfolio of case studies, reports, projects, practical role plays, presentations and discussions. You will be based at the Sutton Coldfield campus in our Aviation classroom which includes a mock up of the interior of a passenger airplane. You will visit a variety of UK airports to further develop your knowledge and understanding of the aviation industry.

Units that you will study include:
• The UK Aviation Industry
• Health and Safety in the Aviation Industry
• Security in the Aviation Industry
• Inter-relationships within the UK Aviation Industry
• Aviation Geography and Terminology
• Onboard Passenger Operations
• Aircraft Dispatch
• Airport Baggage Processing
• Managing Conflict in Aviation

Upon successful completion of the first year you will progress onto the second year.

Course Info

Level 3 - Advanced
Subject Area
Travel & Tourism
Course Type
16-19 Full-Time
Sutton Coldfield College
Next Start Date
Course Length
35 weeks

Entry Requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 4 or above including English and/ or maths. A positive school or college reference demonstrating good levels of attendance and punctuality will also be required.

Delivery and Assessment

Our programme is 100% course work and you will complete practical projects, presentations, reports and assignments. The course work will be completed using a range of assessment methods both individually and in groups to help develop employment skills.


On completion of the course you will have a comprehensive understanding of the key elements and components within the Aviation Industry. The extended diploma is equivalent to 3 A Levels, where you will study 90 credits (1.5 A-Levels) in year one, with the opportunity to progress to year 2 to complete the extended diploma (3 A-Levels). Alternatively, you may wish to consider a career within the Aviaiton industry such as a Passenger Service Agent and upon successful completion of the 2 year course you will have enough UCAS points to study HE programmes at University.

Career Opportunities

  • Airline Cabin Crew
  • Business Travel Advisors
  • Travel Agents
  • Passenger Service Agent