Accessibility links

Aeronautical Engineering Extended Diploma level 3 at Leicester College

Course description

If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme. For learners wishing to enter a career in the aeronautical engineering industry, this course offers the opportunity to study a range of subjects directly related to the principles, design and operation of aircraft. Broadly equivalent to 3 A levels, the Extended Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering also offers a sound background in both mechanical and electrical/electronic engineering and their application to aircraft systems.

Course content

A range of subjects will be studied and assessed during year one of this programme. These include: the science of flight, aircraft electrical and electronic systems, aircraft radar and radio, aircraft instrumentation, human factors in aircraft engineering, engineering design along with core subjects such as engineering mathematics, electrical and mechanical principles. In year two you will undertake a major project which may involve practical work on the College aeroplane, aircraft instrumentation, avionics, aircraft electrical machines, aircraft mechanical science and further engineering mathematics.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. A GCSE in both English and science and one further subject at grade 4 or above (C), in addition you will require a minimum of GCSE maths at grade 6 (B). Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19, who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.


The course involves practical projects and write ups together with written assignments, controlled assessments and presentations.

Financial information

Material fee £150.00. You will be expected to supply and wear personal protective equipment (workshop uniform) when carrying out practical activities in the workshops which should consist of black work boots, plain navy work wear combat trousers, a navy polo shirt and a navy sweatshirt for colder days. There should be no deviation from the colour scheme and the kit would be expected to cost between £45 and £50.

Future opportunities

As this qualification is equivalent to three A levels, once you have successfully completed the course you will be eligible to progress onto higher education courses in the fields of Aeronautical or Aerospace Engineering or a wide range of other Engineering disciplines. Alternatively successful learners may directly enter the Aeronautical Engineering industry in technician or trainee engineer roles.

Further information

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 September 2018
Provider logo

Key information

Contact details