Aeronautical Engineering Diploma

Cornwall College Camborne LEVEL: 3 Engineering

This Level 3 diploma is a full-time program, suitable for people who wish to become engineers or technicians within the aeronautical or service community around the world. It can also be a great starting point for those who perhaps would like a flying career.

Aircraft engineering is concerned with the design, manufacturing and maintenance of flying machines of all shapes and sizes. With lives at risk this is one of the most challenging and diverse industries in the world and with aerospace high on the agenda for Cornwall’s economic growth and prosperity, as seen in the investment in the Aero Hub at Newquay, we have a plane on campus for you to practice your skills on.

It will give you a sound basis to move onto further education at university level or provide employment opportunities that might include Aeronautical engineering in any of the armed forces, working as an aircraft technician in the civil aircraft industry or progressing on to become a European Safety Agency JAR 66 licensed aircraft engineer. Although, many skills and knowledge from this course may be recognized by many other engineering disciplines.


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Ideal if:

You wish to become an engineer or technician within the aeronautical or service community.

You’ll need:

You will normally need to have at least one of the following:

  • Three GCSEs at grade 6 or above including English, maths and science
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering
  • an intermediate GNVQ in a related subject (Merit is desirable)

You’ll learn:

The BTEC Extended Diploma requires the completion of 16 units of study. The program comprises four core units. The course does cover some practical work in airframe repairs and the removal inspection repair and installation of components. Covering in detail many of the systems installed in today's aircraft, big and small.

The course also looks at legislation, documentation, human factors related to aviation but at the same time many of the individual topics are transferrable skills that are recognized by other engineering disciplines.


To learn industry standard techniques that are recognised across all engineering disciplines, by restoring our very own plane!

You’ll love:

We work with the Cornish Aviation Heritage Centre and the Royal Aeronautical Association and offer field trips to get real hands-on experience of what it’s like to work at airports and carry out engineering duties.

You’ll go on to:

University study such as our FdSc Engineering also this route provides suitable UCAS entry tariff points to access an engineering degree at UK universities.

You will also have a sound basis should you wish to go into employment as an engineer or technician within the aeronautical or service community around the world.  You may also wish to progress to aeronautical engineering in the armed forces, or to become a European Safety Agency licensed aircraft engineer.

Careers in this industry 

- Mechanical engineer
- Aircraft mechanic
- Aircraft technician
- Licensed aircraft engineer
- Aircraft handler
- Aircraft operations
- Avionics engineer
- Defence engineer
- Royal Air Force
- Royal Navy
- Army Air Corps


Progression Courses





Aeronautical Engineering Diploma

Start Date

September 2019




2 years


John Goodwin Course Manager - Aeronautical Engineering

John is an expert in aeronautics, he has sent 27 years in the aeronautical engineering sector, first with the Royal Air Force and then supporting the RAF Search and Rescue Force at RAF St Mawgan. John has also worked as a project engineer in the private aerospace sector and as an aviation contractor. In 2014 he joined Cornwall College as a consultant to develop new specialist aeronautical engineering qualifications, which he now teaches.

"The most important thing in aeronautics training is getting enough practical hands-on experience, so we bought a plane!”


*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.