Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Aircraft Maintenance - Level 3 Diploma

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Course Code: FE0290-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Shoreham Airport Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 1 Year Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance - Level 3 Awarding Body: City & Guilds

Course aims

This course is a continuation of the Level 2 course and gives students the required knowledge to secure a job within an aviation related field or to prepare them for EASA training. 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. 

Entry requirements

Start at Level 3 if you have practical experience in an engineering discipline and at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including maths, science and English.

Entry requirements

Course content

  • Aviation maths and science
  • Electronics and avionics
  • Structural materials and components
  • Aerodynamics
  • Civil aviation legislation
  • Mechanical systems
  • Gas turbines and propellers

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:

  • Four online multi-choice exams (pass mark 65%)
  • Six short essay written exams (pass mark 60%)
  • Written reports and assignments

Further study and future careers

Further study

To become a fully qualified certifying mechanic, you should go on to complete one year’s practical  'on-job-training' in an airline or maintenance repair organisation. 

Future careers include:

  • Airline mechanic
  • Aircraft maintenance engineer
  • Military engineer
Further study and future careers

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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Available opportunities 6% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.

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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