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City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance - Category A (2675-04) at Kingston College

Course description

The Aviation industry is heading towards a skills crisis. Experienced Licenced Aircraft Engineers are in huge demand as many are retiring and leaving the industry. The industry is suffering the effects of a significant period of underinvestment in training and is struggling to find ways to solve a global recruitment crisis.

Kingston College Aeronautical Engineering team are proud to launch a pathway which aims to make successful candidates extremely employable by coupling the first stage of a UK and Europe wide recognised qualification, equivalent to EASA Part 66 Category A licence (modules) with an additional qualification (Level 2 NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations) delivering first class hand skills.

We have a proud history of producing high calibre individuals with a significant number gaining employment with companies such as British Airways, EasyJet, Thompson, Airbus, Bristow Helicopters and many others. Our highly industrially experienced team are committed to providing the right skills and insights required to work in the Aviation industry.

Course content

The units covered by this qualification are as follows:

  • Fundamentals of aviation mathematics and science
  • Fundamentals of aircraft electrics, digital techniques and electronic instrument systems
  • Fundamentals of Aircraft Materials and Hardware
  • Fundamentals of Aircraft Maintenance Practices
  • Fundamentals of Aerodynamics
  • Fundamentals of Civil Aviation Legislation
  • Human factors in aviation
  • Fundamentals of aircraft aerodynamics, structures and systems for turbine engines
  • Fundamentals of aircraft gas turbine engines
  • Fundamentals of aircraft propellers

There will be a focus on examination preparation as candidates will be required to undertake exams in line with CAA requirements.

At the end of the course successful candidates will achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma On-Aircraft Maintenance Category A (2675-04)
  • EAL Level 2 NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in Mathematics or Science and four other GCSEs at a minimum of grade C including English Language; satisfactory references, attendance record and interview will be required. Entry to this programme will also require demonstration of a strong interest in aviation, satisfactory result in our entry and practical assessments.


This programme is only suitable for those able to study independently in addition to normal class times as there are external examinations for each module which must be sat in a CAA Part 147 approved examination centre.

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Future opportunities

Employment in the aerospace industry as an apprentice,  trainee engineering technician which may lead to Licenced Aircraft Engineer status, further training to gain B1 or B2 licences, access to higher education on a relevant programme, or to join the UK Armed Forces to train as an aircraft systems  technician.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us on 020 8268 3073 or email  or ask your school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kingston College directly.

Last updated date: 29 September 2015
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