Course Level: Level 3

Exam Board: Pearson BTEC, City and Guilds and OEM.

Specification Link: Ground Operations & Pilot    Aircraft Maintenance

Entry Requirements: A minimum of 5x grade 6’s, including Mathematics and a 5 or higher in English.

Course Description

LDE UTC and IASTI have teamed up to deliver exciting courses leading to careers within the aviation sector across a network of IASTI courses in the United Kingdom. These industry-led courses will allow you to gain a level 3 qualification and industry certifications that will fast track your chances of working in aviation. 

Due to the industry loaded curriculum content, this course contains up to 30 hours taught delivery per week compared to the average learner studying at 18 hours, therefore these courses are for the passionate, with dedication to achieving their goals.

All learners will start with a common aviation curriculum prior to choosing one of the following three pathways: Aircraft engineering; Aircraft operations; Pilot.

Course Profile

Career Pathways

IASTI Pathway 1 - Aircraft Engineering

The Aircraft Engineering pathway is designed with industry to enable the learner to gain the theory qualifications, practical experience, core skills and behaviours required to become, for example, an Aircraft Engineer. This could be assisting in carrying out routine maintenance on aircraft and, where required, leading to a CAA Part 66 A1 Aircraft maintenance licence*. Other Aircraft engineering roles with progression are available in the commercial or military aviation industry.

The course is focused on all aspects of Aircraft engineering theory and practical training including subjects such as:

·        Theory of flight

·        Line and Base Aircraft engineering

·        CAA Part 145 maintenance procedures

·        CAA Part 66 Procedures

·        Aircraft Jet Engine ground running procedures

·        Human Factors within Aviation

·        Civil legislation in aviation

·        Aviation mathematics and science for technicians

·        Fundamentals of electronics and avionics systems

·        Developing practical hand skills using specialist aircraft tooling

·        Virtual reality simulation to carry out maintenance on aircraft systems and structures

Learners will enhance their core skills and behaviours through a range of education delivery which is complemented by virtual reality, enrichment, and an Individual Aviation Career Plan.

At the end of the 16 - 18 Pathway, learners can then progress to the BSc (Hons) Aviation – Engineering degree or engage straight away with the job market.

*Merit or higher required in all Modules and 3 years’ experience required as per CAA Part 66A.30 Basic experience requirements to gain CAA A1 Part 66 AML.

IASTI Pathway 2 - Ground Operations

The Ground pathway is designed with industry with a focus on providing learners with a cross-training programme that aims to give a deeper knowledge base, educational tools, practical experience, confidence, behaviours, and problem-solving skills necessary for a career, for example, as an Aircraft Dispatcher in either commercial or military aviation. Other Ground operation roles are available.

The learners will gain a broad understanding of Aviation Commercial Operations, Economics, Environmental Sustainability, Safety, Security and Applied Maths and Physics. 

The Ground Operations theoretical knowledge will be developed through a range of subjects including:

·        Aircraft Dispatch

·        Ramp Handling

·        Aircraft Marshalling

·        Airfield Operations

·        Flight Operations

·        Aviation Communications

·        Baggage Processing and Load Planning

·        Aircraft Take-off and Landing Performance

·        Meteorology

·        Principles of Flight

·        Human Performance and Limitations

·        Customer Service and Passenger and Baggage Acceptance

Learners will enhance their core skills and behaviours through Virtual Reality Training, Enrichment, and an Individual Aviation Career Plan. 

At the end of this 16 - 18 Pathway, learners can choose to progress to the BSc (Hons) Aviation – Ground degree or engage straight away with the job market.

IASTI Pathway 3 - Pilot

The Pilot Pathway was created with a focus on the theoretical knowledge and skills required for a career as a pilot in commercial or military aviation. 

Learners will gain a broad understanding of the UK aviation industry with topics like, Health & Safety, Security, Inter-relationships, Aviation Geography, Airline and Airport Economics and The Environmental Impacts of Aviation, and will practice the use and understanding of English, mathematics and physics applied within aviation. This is also complemented with the use of Virtual Reality Training, enrichment, and an Individual Aviation Career Plan.

The learners will also study the theoretical knowledge elements of a pilot’s licence, including:

Principles of Flight          
Aircraft General Knowledge
Aircraft Performance
Air Law
Human Performance and Limitations
Navigation
Flight Planning
Operational Procedures
Meteorology
Communications Pilot Theory
Pilot Practical Skills.  

This course is designed to enhance the learner’s knowledge, core skills, behaviours and competencies required to become a commercial or military pilot.

At the end of the 16 – 18 Pathway, learners can then progress to the BSc (Hons) Aviation – Pilot degree.

Job Opportunities

The aircraft engineer pathway leads onto the BSc (Hons) Aviation – Engineering, or learners may engage straight away with the job market.

The ground operations pathway leads onto the BSc (Hons) Aviation – Ground, or learners may engage straight away with the job market.

The pilot pathway leads onto the BSc (Hons) Aviation – Pilot.