Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility Level 3 Aviation Education Programme with Birmingham Airport - Sandwell College

Full Time

Level 3 Aviation Education Programme in partnership with Birmingham Airport (including cabin crew & check-in)

Aviation Education

2 years

Central Campus


Course summary

This Level 3 Aviation Education Programme in partnership with Birmingham Airport is a two-year course aimed at school leavers aged 16+, and gives you the detailed and in-depth knowledge needed to progress to university or into employment in the travel industry.

Course requirements

You must have five GCSEs at Grade 4/C or above, including English and Maths grade 4, or equivalent qualifications (including a full Level 2 qualification in Travel and Tourism). You'll need to attend an interview with the course tutors and be assessed on your level of Maths and English. You'll need to demonstrate a high level of commitment and enthusiasm during the induction process.

This is an in-depth, high-quality foundation course covering a range of topics which are specific to the aviation industry.

You will work towards the following qualifications over two years:

  • NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism (Aviation Pathway)
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to Cabin Crew
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Aviation Operations on the Ground (Check-In)

The main NCFE qualification is the equivalent of 3 A Levels.

Learners will complete 18 units including generic travel units such as:

  • UK as a Destination
  • Specialist Tourism
  • Cruises

You will also study aviation-based units including:

  • Terminal Operations
  • Aviation Communications
  • Health and Safety
  • Commercial Operations

Each year, learners will complete 30 hours of work experience which will allow them to put the theory they have learned into practice. Previous learners have completed placements at companies such as Premier Inn, Co-Operative Travel and Black Country Living Museum.

All learners on our Travel, Aviation and Hospitality courses are required to purchase and wear our travel uniform. Full details are given during enrolment.

During the study programme, learners have the opportunity to participate in study visits to local attractions and employers.

Most trips are subsidised by the college, and are a mixture of day trips and residential visits. Recent study visits have included Dubai, Goa, Florida, a three-day mini-cruise and Alton Towers.

You will be assessed through a variety of ways including role plays, reports, presentations and team work exercises.

There are no external exams on the main programme. However, if you are resitting Maths or English, you will be assessed through exams.

On successful completion of the Level 3 Aviation Education Programme, you will achieve the equivalent of 3 A Levels. You can then apply for university courses in subjects such as Tourism Management, Cruise Management or Aviation Management.

Employment is also an option, as this sector is one of the largest employers in the West Midlands. After successfully completing this course, you can begin your career in the Travel, Aviation and Hospitality industry. Previous students have progressed into employment with major companies such as Birmingham Airport, Emirates, BA and Ryanair.

To discuss your options direct with the course tutor email

[email protected]

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