Aeronautical Engineering Extended Diploma

  • Aeronautical Engineering Extended Diploma
  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2022

Entry Requirements:

5 GCSEs grades 4-9 including maths at grade 5 or better and English. Interview and reference.

What's it all about?:

Talented engineers, technicians and managers are vital to the future success of the engineering and aeronautical industries. This course will give you a solid knowledge base as well as supporting you to develop essential hand skills that will enable you to progress into roles such as an aircraft maintenance technician or aircraft fitter. You could also progress to an apprenticeship or onto a higher level of study.

How long is the course?:

2 years – minimum 3 days a week

How much does it cost?:

Free to those aged 16-18

There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

Additional course costs of approx. £100 a year will apply. This will cover the cost of educational visits, textbooks, guest speakers etc.

What will I do?:

The course consists of 8 Mandatory Units and up to 10 Optional Units. These include:

  • Engineering Principles
  • Aircraft Flight Principles and Practice
  • A Specialist Engineering Project
  • Microcontroller Systems for Engineers
  • Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems
  • Electronic Devices and Circuits
  • Aircraft first line Maintenance Operations
  • Airframe Mechanical Systems
  • Aircraft Electrical and Instrument Systems

Engagement with Employers is a mandatory element of this qualification. A minimum of 30hours work experience is required as part of this programme.

What can I do next?:

You can progress to a higher apprenticeship to train as a licensed aircraft engineer, progress on to our HNC/HND programmes or even onto University to study a degree programme. You could also move into employment as a trainee engineering technician or even move into the UK armed forces to train as an aircraft systems technician.


The Aeronautical industry offers many exciting career opportunities and we provide clear pathways to a successful career. The possibilities are vast and with further study and experience you could be earning in excess of 60K a year as an Aviation Safety Certification Engineer, an Aerospace Engineer, Aircraft Fitter, Aircraft Maintenance Technician and many more.

Companies we work with:

We currently work closely with a number of companies to ensure learners are developing the skills they require to successfully progress into work with a reputable business. Watch out for guest speakers, behind the scenes tours, work experience and apprenticeship opportunities with top companies such as, Manchester Airport Group, Harrods Aviation, Ryanair, Kearsley Airways, AEM ltd and many more.

Additional Info:

Additional course costs of approx. £100 a year will apply. This will cover the cost of educational visits, textbooks, guest speakers etc.

All enrolled students at Stansted Airport College will be eligible to lease an apple device to enable them to learn where and when they want. All students will are expected to have use of an IPad for their learning, in the majority of cases through a lease-to-buy scheme.

How to Apply:

Call 01279 868100 and chat with one our friendly Admissions team or ask us a question

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