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Aerospace Engineering BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Macclesfield College

Course description

This course is a nationally recognised work-related qualification. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. This course will introduce you to and prepare you for the world of work. You do not need to have studied Engineering before but it is important that you have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in engineering and a willingness to explore and communicate new ideas. This course provides a good basis to progress onto a Level 4 qualification, such as a Foundation Degree or Higher National.

Course content

During this course you will study 180 credits in a variety of topics such as:

  • Engineering maths
  • Engineering science
  • Aircraft materials and hardware
  • Theory of flight
  • Exhaust gas turbines
  • Mechanical principles and applications
  • Avionic systems
  • Communications for technicians
  • Aircraft maintenance practices
  • Aircraft workshop principles and practice

Alongside your main programme of study you will also study either GCSE or Functional Skills in English and Maths if you have not achieved a GCSE grade C or above. If you have achieved a grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths, you will engage in extending these skills through a Directed Study Programme.

Entry requirements

For this course you will need to have achieved one of the following:

  • GCSE Maths at grade B or above and a minimum of 3 GCSEs at grade C or above, to ideally include Science and English 
  • Level 2 qualification in an Engineering related subject and GCSE Maths or Level 2 Functional Skills Maths

On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further.


During the course you will carry out a number of assignments and internal or external tests set by the awarding body. You will have the opportunity to produce a work related project that will allow you to creativley use the skills you have learnt.

GCSE and Functional Skills qualifications are assessed through external examination and portfolio work.

Financial information

You will require a pair of overalls and safety shoes/boots for workshop sessions which will be discussed at interview.

Future opportunities

On successful achievement of this course you may wish to apply to study a Level 4 qualification such as a Foundation Degree or Higher National.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 October 2016
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