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Engineering (Aerospace) BTEC Subsidiary Diploma at Newcastle College

Course description

This course will give you the basic technical skills and knowledge you will need for a career in the aeronautical engineering sector.

Course content

Your studies will be formed into units that fall into the following subject areas:

  • Health & Safety in the Engineering Workplace
  • Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
  • Electronic & Electrical Principles
  • Applications of Mechanical Systems in Engineering
  • Theory of Flight
  • Aircraft Maintenance Practices
  • Aviation Case Studies & Study Skills

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs (grades A*-C) or equivalent at pass level including Mathematics, English and a Science (Physics/Chemistry)
  • Pass the Aviation Academy entrance assessment (based on maths, physics and logic)
  • Satisfactory completion of the school induction programme

If English is not your first language, you will need a Level of English Assessment score of 5.5 or above.


You will be assessed through in class tests, written assignments and controlled assessments. Your performance during practical tasks and activities will also be assessed.

Future opportunities

If you meet the following criteria during the 1st year of study you will be able to progress onto the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering:

  • Achievement- Overall Merit grade
  • Attendance- Over 85% for whole course
  • Attitude- Positive & committed to learning

If you successfully complete the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering with the required number of UCAS points you could progress onto:

  • Newcastle College Foundation Degree in Aeronautical Engineering (2 years at Newcastle Aviation Academy)
  • Kingston University Bachelor of Science in Aircraft Engineering (A 3 year partnered Degree at Newcastle Aviation Academy)


Aeronautical, or aerospace, engineers design and develop products such as airliners, helicopters, fighter jets, satellites and space vehicles engineers. They also work on components that make up aircraft such as landing gear, engines and electrical/electronic systems also require highly specialised skills.

Aircraft maintenance is another exciting alternative – aircraft engineers can travel the world maintaining, inspecting and servicing aircraft to high international safety standards. Specialising in either mechanics (engines, airframes) or avionics (instrumentation, electrical/electronic equipment) , aircraft engineers work for airlines, maintenance divisions of aerospace manufacturers or specialist aircraft maintenance companies. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 April 2016
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