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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Adult Loan Amount: 8583.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This two-year course will give you an in-depth understanding of aviation within the travel industry. It will prepare you for working in a wide variety of different roles within an airport or airline. It will also give you the knowledge to gain employment within the growing aviation freight sector.  In addition it will develop the skills needed to work in the wider travel industry and to help you achieve UCAS credits to progress into higher education.

You will hear from guest speakers representing some of the largest air travel organisations. The course also includes visits to the airport and a variety of other visits. 


Entry requirements

You will need five GCSEs at grade C (4) or above, of which two must be English and Maths. Alternatively you could have a Level 2 Merit grade in a Travel and Tourism/Cabin Crew qualification and a grade 4 GCSE in Maths and English. A keen interest in the subject will also help with understanding. 

Course Content

You will learn about a wide range of subjects.

You will cover a variety of units over two years, for example:

  • The UK Aviation Industry
  • Health and Safety 
  • Security 
  • Inter-relationships 
  • Development of the UK Aviation Industry since 1945
  • Customer Service 
  • Team Leadership
  • Managing Conflict
  • Marketing
  • Passenger Terminal Management
  • Handling Air Passengers
  • Onboard Passenger Operations
  • Communications
  • Marshalling
  • Airport Baggage Processing
  • E-Business
  • Human Resources
  • Preparation for Employment
  • Airport and Airline Commercial Operations
  • Airline Economics
  • Environmental Impacts
  • Current Issues in Aviation
  • Ramp Handling
  • Aircraft Dispatch
  • Take Off and Landing 
  • Flight Operations
  • Airfield Operations
  • Bird and Wildlife Control
  • Meteorology
  • Loading of Aircraft


How will I be assessed?

A wide range of methods will be used - including controlled assessments, assignments/coursework, exams, professional presentations and practical scenarios in role plays. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

All students are required to wear a business suit provided by our supplier. This must be ordered during enrolment, ready for the start of the course. 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 or to higher education within many universities. 


There are opportunities to secure a wide variety of job roles within an airport operator, airline or the wider aviation industry. Skills gained are also relevant for many other roles within the travel industry. 


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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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