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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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About Broomfield Hall »

Alex Holmes

Alex Holmes

Uniformed Public Services learner is the current international junior archery champion

Alex shoots in the compound bow discipline for Derwent Bowme and is a member of the GB Youth Development Squad and East Midlands Archery Squad. He is currently the international junior champion, East Midlands champion and Derbyshire Champion. He is also a member of the Derbyshire Sport ICON supported athlete programme and is currently training for a competition in France in the New Year ahead of the world trials in Romania next summer.
Alex combines his course at Derby College’s Broomfield Hall campus with around 20 hours training a week and his ultimate goal is to join the RAF. He said: “I started shooting when I was nine and moved to compound bow nearly two years ago."
“During a competition I can shoot up to 288 arrows which requires a lot of muscular endurance and strength."
“Part of my training involves strength and conditioning and I am able to do much of this at College as part of my Uniformed Public Services course which involves a lot of physical activity.

“I train three times a week in the winter and four times a week in the summer season.  Most of my competitions are during the summer which involves me travelling around the country most weekends to get the scores I need to qualify for England and GB.”

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