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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

24+ Loan Amount: 5421.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

If you are interested in entering the busy world of aviation, this one-year programme is for you.  It is designed to enable you to develop your skills for a career in an exciting and fast-moving environment.  

You will gain an overview of the aviation sector, the opportunities it presents, the potential for career progression and the skills needed to succeed.  The course will also support your progress into employment.

You will go on visits to airports and related organisations which will support your understanding and develop your knowledge of the sector as a whole.

Entry requirements

The course is designed for learners who have a minimum of four GCSEs at grade A* - C, including English and Maths (grade 9 - 4).

Alternatively you could have a Level 2 vocational qualification in Aviation and Maths or English GCSE at grade C or Level 2 Functional Maths or English.

Candidates will be invited to College for an interview and a screening test as part of the application process. You will be required to achieve a Level 2 in your entrance screening.

It is essential that you show a commitment to maintaining high standards of attendance and meeting deadlines.

Course Content

During the programme, you will develop your knowledge in

  • Health and safety in the aviation industry
  • Security in the aviation industry
  • Aircraft dispatch
  • Ramp handling
  • Bird and wildlife control on airports and airfields
  • Handling air passengers
  • Aviation meteorology for ground staff
  • Developing and improving the customer service process
  • Team leadership
  • Airfields operations
  • Air cargo ground handling

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be carried out using a variety of methods, including role play, presentations and activities, assignments and controlled assessments.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

All learners are required to wear the standard uniform, which you will be able to order during enrolment.  The cost for the whole uniform is approximately £135.00, which includes a jacket, skirt for ladies and trousers for men, shirt and either a tie or scarf.  You may be able to secure financial support towards the cost of the uniform.

There will also be a nominal charge for trips and visits.

What can I do after this course?


You can go into specialist areas of employment within the aviation sector.  

Alternatively you can take your qualifications to the next level and undertake the Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism.


This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Daniel Johnston

Daniel Johnston

Taking off with a cabin crew career

High-flier Daniel Johnston clinched a cabin crew job with Ryanair – even before completing his Derby College course!

Always interested in seeing more of the world, he progressed so well on the Air Cabin Crew Diploma that he was ideally prepared for the highly competitive Ryanair recruitment process.

Having embarked on his learning journey in 2013, Daniel was amazed at how many unusual opportunities his course offered.

One highlight was a day at the British Airways Training Centre at Heathrow – learning about safety procedures, undertaking role plays in a mock crash simulator and trying out an evacuation slide. Another was a fire training course at East Midlands Airport.

I’ve always wanted to travel – cabin crew is my dream job. When I first joined Derby College, I saw the Diploma as a qualification which could probably lead to a job a few years down the line. Then I got a job before I’d even finished College!

Working with Ryanair will open up so many doors for my future but I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of the College.
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