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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

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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