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Aviation Operations (Level 3) at Central College Nottingham

Course description

The airport and airline industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the Travel and Tourism industry both locally and nationally. This qualification is designed for those interested in a career within this exciting sector. If you would like to work in a rapidly expanding industry with the opportunity to travel to a wide range of exciting destinations then this course could be ideal for you.

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma will provide you with a general introduction to aviation and, with our help, you will learn the essential skills, knowledge and understanding required for you to work well as a member of airport or airline staff. The aviation industry is constantly changing, adapting and growing and ground staff have an extremely responsible role in ensuring security, health and safety and high customer service standards are upheld from the initial check-in to boarding the aircraft. The course is taught by experienced professionals who have worked in the aviation industry.

You can choose to study this course over one year leaving with a qualification equivalent to one A level, or over two years for a qualification equivalent to two A levels.

Course content

The Aviation course includes:

  • Passenger Terminal Management
  • Handling Air Passengers
  • Aircraft Marshalling
  • Health, Safety and Security within the Airport
  • Managing Conflict

Entry requirements

One of the following:

  • 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English Language and Maths*
  • A relevant Level 2 qualification including GCSE English Language and Maths* at grade A*-C

*If you do not have GCSE Maths at A*-C, we may accept a Grade D in addition to your 4 GCSEs at A*-C. Functional Skills may be accepted instead of GCSE English and/or Maths. Functional Skills Level 1 is equivalent to GCSE Grade D and Level 2 to GCSE Grade C.

Adults who are aged 19+ with relevant industry experience but without the necessary qualifications are welcome to apply.


Regular assessment through on-going coursework and your progress is monitored via tutorials. Assessment is also carried out overseas on residential trips. Cabin Crew skills are assessed in class and mock cabin. Assignments may include reports, task sheets, role-plays, videos and practicals.

Future opportunities

  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism
  • HND Travel and Tourism or Aviation
  • Part-time language course to complement your qualification

Career Opportunities include:

  • Air Cabin Crew Industry
  • Airport and Airline Operative
  • Airline Retail and Airline Security

Further information

To support your application we will ask you to bring in a school report.

The course will include a one-week residential to a European resort (cost approx. £350). There will also be a trip to Nottingham East Midlands or Heathrow Airport for Cabin Crew training (approx. £35) with various other trips and activities planned. You must wear uniform and purchase a white shirt and black trousers/ skirt and the college aviation scarf or tie costing approximately £8.

Need help with tuition fees, travel or equipment costs? Click here if you are aged 16-18 or here if you are aged 19+

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 June 2015
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