Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Engineering | Aircraft Maintenance | City & Guilds Diploma Level 3 | Northbrook MET

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

Why this course?

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. This course combines 90% theory with 10% practical tasks in the College’s aircraft hangar.

Surrounded by a busy, working airport and numerous engineering and parts companies, the Shoreham Airport Campus provides a real-world environment in which to study. Our students gain a truly unique learning experience with; Motorsport, Aero and Motor Vehicle students working in hangars, workshops and high-tech classrooms equipped with the very latest tools, machinery and software.

The tutors and technicians are all industry-experienced, giving them the insight and knowledge needed to prepare you for a career in an aviation related field, further study or an apprenticeship. 

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. 

Start dates

September 2020 Apply

Open events

Come along to one our open events to find out more about studying at the MET. You will be able to tour our facilities, meet our tutors, watch demonstrations and speak to current students.

These events take place in October and November from 5-7pm.

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!

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Entry requirements

Start at Level 3 if you have successfully completed the Level 2 Diploma, or have practical experience in an engineering discipline and at least four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) 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

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.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 6% Rise in employment is expected by 2021 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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