Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Aircraft Maintenance - Level 2 Diploma

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Course Code: FE0253-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Shoreham Airport Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 1 Year Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance (Civil Aircraft) Level 2 Awarding Body: City & Guilds

Course aims

This course provides an introduction to aircraft maintenance engineering that will prepare school leavers for entry into an aircraft apprenticeship scheme, or to continue their training onto Level 3. Based at our Shoreham Airport Campus, this course combines 90% theory with 10% practical tasks in the College’s aircraft hangar. The College owns five aircraft, as well as many examples of engines and components, and students enjoy a unique learning experience at a working airport location. Our experienced tutors will prepare you to progress to a career in an aviation related field.

Start at Level 2 if you have GCSE maths and science at grade 4 or above and English at grade 3 or above.

Course content

  • Aviation maths and science
  • Gas turbine engines
  • Propellers
  • Electrics and theory of flight
  • Electrical and avionic systems
  • Airframe construction and systems

Why this course at the MET?

  • Based at a working airfield
  • College hangar containing aircraft, engines and components 
  • Industry-experienced lecturers

Our Shoreham Airport Campus offers a truly unique learning experience; Motorsport, Aero and Motor Vehicle students work in hangars, workshops and high-tech classrooms equipped with the very latest tools, machinery and software.

Surrounded by a busy, working airport and numerous engineering and parts companies, the Shoreham Campus provides a real-world environment in which to study. The tutors and technicians are all industry-experienced, giving them the insight and knowledge needed to prepare you for employment, further study or an apprenticeship. 

The campus has a cafeteria serving hot and cold food, and facilities also include a library, and IT suites for your research projects.


Assessment is via multi-choice exams, short essay written exams and written reports.


Further study or employment

After Level 2, you can progress to Level 3, an apprenticeship or employment

Future careers

  • Airline mechanic
  • Aircraft maintenance engineer
  • Military engineer
Further study or employment

Potential Careers

Aircraft maintenance or related trade

Typical Tasks:

  • Examines drawings, manuals and specifications to determine appropriate methods and sequence of operations.
  • Fits and assembles parts and/or metal sub-assemblies to fine tolerances to make aircraft engines.
  • Replaces engine components or complete engines, installs and tests electrical and electronic components and systems in aircraft.
  • Examines and inspects airframes and aircraft components, including landing gear, hydraulic systems, and deicers to detect wear, cracks, breaks, leaks, or other problems.
  • Maintains, repairs and rebuilds aircraft structures, functional components, and parts.
  • Maintains comprehensive repair logs.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

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ENTRY £30,752

AVERAGE £41,574


Desired Skills:
  • Learning Strategies
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Active Listening
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
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