Accessibility links

Engineering (Aerospace) BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Hartlepool College of Further Education

Course description

Students who wish to prepare for a career in the Aeronautical industry or progress to Higher Education.
This course typically targets school leavers, however the course is designed for any age with appropriate qualifications, apprenticeship or other related engineering professions.

Course content

The content on this course covers a wide range of topics including theory of flight, aircraft propulsion and avionics. Practical elements such as aircraft maintenance are carried out on two Jet Provosts and a Gazelle helicopter. The learner must complete 18 units to complete the Extended diploma:

First Year Units (Subsidiary Diploma)

  • Applications of Mechanical Systems for Engineering
  • Mathematics for Technicians
  • Electrical & Electronic Principles
  • Theory of Flight
  • Aircraft Propulsion Systems
  • Health, Safety and Welfare
  • Mechanical Principles & Applications for Technicians

Second Year Units (Extended Diploma)

  • Business Systems for Technicians
  • Project
  • Avionics
  • Aircraft Maintenance Practices
  • Aircraft Hydraulic Systems
  • Aircraft Engineering Materials
  • Aviation Electrical Systems
  • Principles and Apps of Electronic Devices and Circuits
  • Further Mathematics for Technicians
  • Aircraft Mechanical Science

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C or an appropriate Level 2 qualification.


A variety of assessment methods are used including assignments, time-constrained assessments and practical exercises.

Future opportunities

The course will prepare students for direct entry into employment in the aeronautical industry or for progression into Higher Education, for example - the HND in Aeronautical, BEng in Aerospace Engineering or an Aviation License.

Further information

During the first year of the course, you may be invited to an Aerospace-related industrial visit. The second year students may be invited to attend a residential in Toulouse to look at the Airbus A380 facility and experience the airport environment behind the scenes.

The college has a progression agreement with Newcastle Aviation Academy and will have visits to their facility at Newcastle Airport. Careers advice will be given on progression into civil aviation.

RAF Leeming hosts second year students to experience an Operational Flying Squadron.


  • You are required to provide your own pens, paper and files for course notes, which are expected to be maintained in an organised and tidy manner
  • A scientific calculator will also be essential
  • You will always be expected to turn up to lectures/tutorials with these materials


  • A range of facilities is provided by the College to support your course, such as:
    • computer hardware and software
    • aircraft hardware
    • laboratory equipment and workshops
  • In addition, protective clothing in the form of overalls, glasses and ear defenders will also be provided

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hartlepool College of Further Education directly.

Last updated date: 03 January 2017
Provider logo

Key information


  • More information
    • It is in one of the town’s most central locations, Hartlepool’s railway station, shopping precinct, retail park, cinema, marina and Historic Quay are all within five minutes walking distance.