Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering YR22

Start (w/c): 02/09/2019 Full Time - To be arranged (09:15 to 16:20) Ystrad Mynach

Course Information

The course is aimed at learners who wish to pursue a career in the civil, military or aerospace industries. It may also prepare learners for progression higher education The Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering is 120 credit nationally recognised qualification which is designed to give the learner a specialist work related qualification as well as providing learners with a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the aerospace industry. Alongside this you will also study the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification.

A ‘PP’ in year 2 is the equivalent of an ‘EE’ at A level ie 80 UCAS points A ‘D*D*’ in year 2 is the equivalent of an ‘A*A*’ at A level ie 280 UCAS points

What Will I Learn?

The course content reflects the essential knowledge that is required if you are considering a career in the aerospace industry and will include subjects such as:

Year 1 - The Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering • Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace - Mandatory • Mechanical Principles and Applications - Mandatory • Aircraft maintenance Practices • Theory of flight • Mathematics for Engineering Technicians • Applications of Mechanical Systems in Engineering Aeronautical Level 2 NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations units: • Installing aircraft mechanical fasteners • Producing aircraft details and assemblies

Year 2 - Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering • Engineering Project - Mandatory • Principles and Applications of Aircraft Mechanical Science - Mandatory • Aircraft Materials and Hardware • Inspection and Repair of Aircraft components and structures • Airframe structural concepts and construction methods • Aircraft Hydraulic Systems Aeronautical performing engineering operations units- These are largely practically based and where possible will complement the units above The course also includes; • Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification • 3 Essential Skills at level 3 • 3 level 2 Essential Skills • Work Related Education • Language module • Personal and Social Education • Community Participation • Individual investigation • Wales, Europe and the World • Team Enterprise NB – The above Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification elements will be spread out over the two years of study

A grade C in the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate will attract 120 UCAS Points

Entry Requirements

Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering (containing Aerospace units)

You will be invited to attend an interview, and will undertake an assessment in literacy and numeracy, to establish any support required.


You will be assessed in a number of different ways. The Diploma will be assessed via written course assignments, experiments and practical assignments. A project in year 2 forms a large part of the assessment. To assess the Welsh Baccalaureate elements learners are required to keep a diary of their activities and experiences and complete an Individual Investigation. A work experience and community participation element will also require completion. The performing engineering operations units will require you to complete a series of practical tasks


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Please note: Fees are payable for each year of study. Fees for Part time courses starting September 2019 have yet to be decided. We estimate that they will be confirmed by April 2019.

Additional Fee Notes

You will be required to purchase Uniform (T Shirt and Trousers), safety boots & safety glasses (approx £55). Please discuss this at interview stage with a tutor after you have applied.

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Career Progression

  • On successful completion of this course there are a number of progression routes including progression onto higher education. You may be able to move into Industrial Employment, a Modern Apprenticeship or employment in either civil or military organisations.

Potential Careers

Career Info

  • Mechanical engineer

    Average salary: £36,758

  • Design or development engineer

    Average salary: £36,602

  • Engineering professional n.e.c.

    Average salary: £34,028

  • Aircraft pilot or flight engineer

    Average salary: £76,050


Mechanical engineers undertake research and design, direct the manufacture and manage the operation and maintenance of engines, machines, aircraft, vehicle and ships’ structures, building services and other mechanical items.

Entry Requirements

Mechanical engineers usually possess an accredited university degree. After qualifying, periods of appropriate training and experience are required before membership of a chartered engineering institution is attainable. Incorporated engineers possess an accredited university degree, BTEC/SQA award or an apprenticeship leading to an NVQ/SVQ at Level 4, followed by periods of training and relevant experience.


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