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Subsidiary Diploma in Aviation Operations in Partnership with East Midlands Airport - Level 3Apply Now »

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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course will give you an in-depth understanding of the aviation industry and prepare you for working in different roles at an airport.

You will hear from guest speakers representing some of the largest air travel organisations. The course also includes visits to airports and the chance to undertake live job applications.

Suitable applicants who are 18 by 30th March 2021 will be guaranteed an interview for employment at East Midlands Airport and there is the potential for work during the summer season leading to employment.

Candidates who are under 18 will be held on a reserve list.

Entry requirements

You will need five GCSEs at grade C (4), one of which must be English or Maths, and at least grade 3 in English/Maths. Alternatively you could have a Level 2 Merit grade in a Travel and Tourism/Cabin Crew qualification and a grade 4 in Maths or English.

Course Content

You will learn about a variety of subjects such as:

  • the aviation industry
  • health and safety
  • security
  • handling air passengers
  • ramp handling
  • aircraft dispatch
  • relationships within the industry

How will I be assessed?

There are practical assessments, assignments and scenarios.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

All students are required to wear a uniform which you can order during enrolment. The cost is approximately £135. 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?

Further Study

You can progress to a Level 4 qualification within the sector.


There are opportunities to secure a wide variety of job roles at an airport.


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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Tayla Barnes

Tayla Barnes

Travel student Tayla embarks on exciting journey with TUI

Derby College travel and tourism student Tayla Barnes is broadening her horizons after landing a full-time job as a travel adviser with TUI, the world's largest travel group.
Tayla, who completes her level 3 course this summer, will be based in Nottingham's busy city centre TUI branch assisting with customers' bookings and inquiries.
Tayla, who is 19 and from Heanor has always liked travel and was delighted to discover her perfect course at Derby College.
Tayla first began her journey with TUI after getting part-time work at the group's Ilkeston branch though college.
She is now looking forward to her travel adviser's role, and, in a few years' time, taking the opportunity to move departments within TUI, perhaps working for its airline or call centres.

I had thought about doing A levels after school but the travel and tourism course at Derby College really appealed to me. I honestly had no idea that such a course existed but once I knew it did, I went along to a college open day and found out as much information as I could.

I enjoy college. The staff are really good – they're always there to help us and the course content is great. I've learned so much, particularly about the business side of the travel industry.

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