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Level: N/A

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Wilson James Aviation Security and Logistics Academy is designed to develop students for a career in aviation security, security guarding or logistics.
Learners in this Academy will study a full-time Protective Services programme at Broomfield Hall while undertaking training and events at East Midlands Airport and other facilities across the country.
There is therefore an additional consideration to be made with regards to transport costs and logistics when you need to travel independently to East Midlands Airport.
To be able to access the full range of training opportunities, students should be 18 years old. Students aged under 18 can still join the Academy but would be unable to access the full training course due to the security restrictions and data protection requirements of this industry.
Students will help to advance security operations and training at a number of airports and will have the opportunity to be interviewed for potential jobs or apprenticeships with Wilson James at the end of the academic year.
The programme provides an opportunity for students to step into seasonal work, having developed important skills while studying academic qualifications in Protective Services to enhance their career prospects.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from individuals who have career aspirations to progress in this industry and who are prepared to meet the expectations of the industry while also studying a full-time Public Services course.

At times, students will need to be available to travel to East Midlands Airport independently. There are excellent transport links to the airport which include the Skylink bus service. The costs of travel need to be considered by applicants.

When travelling to other airports, students will need to be able to get to pick-up points early in the morning: sometimes at 5am to allow for travel times.

Course Content

The Academy programme includes:

  • An extensive programme of aviation security training
  • Guidance and job evaluation from Wilson James training staff
  • Training and development in security procedures and professional practice

All students will study a full-time Protective Services qualification alongside the Academy. For further information regarding the content of these programmes, please see our Public Services course pages.

How will I be assessed?

Students will have regular progress meetings as their specific job roles and actions are monitored by Wilson James training staff.

If students do not fulfil the requirements of their full-time study programme, they may be withdrawn from participation in this Academy.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Students are expected to purchase a uniform to wear at College and for practical sessions. The minimum expectation for this is to have plain black T-shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts etc. A £50 contribution to support the costs of DBS checks, transport, guest speakers, trips and transport should be received by November. In return students will receive free gym membership for the academic year once this payment has been received. 

ID cards should be worn at all times.

Wilson James will provide uniforms where required when conducting event training at East Midlands Airport.

For applicants from outside the region or who travel over distance, the College has residential accommodation if required.

Residential accommodation is based at Broomfield Hall Campus. It is single occupancy with a daily meal allowance included in the Academy fees. For further information about our 'outstanding' Ofsted-rated accommodation provision, please contact maria.banks@derby-college.ac.uk


What can I do after this course?

Further study

The course provides an excellent platform for progression to:
  • Higher-level Public Services courses
  • Apprenticeship opportunities with Wilson James
  • Continuing programmes in the Wilson James Academy
The skills gained on the course are transferable to a wider range of job areas and you will be offered paid employment opportunities at a variety of events throughout the academic year.


This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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Krystal Treadwell

Krystal Treadwell

TV army girl Krystal prepares for first overseas tour of duty

Viewers of Channel Four’s British Army Girls may well remember former recruit Krystal Treadwell.
The ex-Derby College Public Services student was among a group of raw recruits filmed doing their basic training at the army’s Pirbright training centre in Surrey.
And as Krystal herself readily admits she had her fair share of share of ups and downs during what was a very demanding 14 weeks. The fly-on-the-wall documentary, aired in April, gave a fascinating insight into what is expected of the recruits as they prepare to pass out – and what it takes to become a British Army soldier.
Now an army chef, Krystal, who is from Chaddesden, took further army training after Pirbright and is now preparing to go on a six week tour of duty to Africa – her first overseas tour.
And, although she found initial training hard going at times, she is pleased she took the Public Services course at Broomfield before joining up. She especially enjoyed the map reading part of her course, which involved training at Drum Hill near Derby. Krystal found that already having had some navigational experience helped her on army exercises.
She said...

I’m glad I went to Derby College as it set me up nicely for going in the army. The Public Services course is good for your fitness when you’re getting ready to go into the armed forces and all the volunteering you do at college looks great on your CV.

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