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  • Type: Aviation Operations
  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Start: September 2018
  • Duration: 1 Year Full-time – Minimum 3 days a week.

Please note that all courses are subject to a minimum application number in order to run

Approval status

Subject to approval by awarding organisation

About the course

Stansted Airport is expanding rapidly resulting in a demand for skilled workers to work within a variety of roles specifically around flight, airside and terminal operations. This programme is specifically designed to help you transition into the workplace at Stansted Airport and will help you to gain an understanding of key airport operations and provide you with the skills and knowledge to be able to progress into a career within the aviation industry. You will also gain an appreciation of the terminology used within the industry as well as check in and dispatch procedures. This is a fantastic opportunity to get your foot in the door with a highly reputable employer.

Entry requirements

You must be either 17 or 18 years old. Minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 4-9 (previously A-C). AS or A Levels are desirable. Interview and reference.

How much does it cost?

Free to those aged 16-18

There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

Awarding Body


Why study?

This course is primarily aimed at individuals that have finished Sixth Form and are keen to transition into sustainable employment at the Airport. We will assist you with the application process for various roles across the airport and will also give you various opportunities to develop your interview skills. Additional course costs of approx. £100 a year will apply. This will cover the cost of educational visits, textbooks, guest speakers etc. Learners will also require the use of an IPAD which can be leased through the college (details to be confirmed at a later date).

Where will this course take me?

You can progress into employment in a range of roles across the airport including Security Officer, Airline Customer Service Agent, General Operative airside, Flight Operations Agent, Cabin Crew and many more. You can also progress to an apprenticeship as a ground specialist followed by a higher apprenticeship as a Ground Operations Manager.

We currently work closely with a number of companies to ensure learners are developing the skills they require to successfully progress into work with a reputable business. Watch out for guest speakers, behind the scenes tours, work experience and apprenticeship opportunities with top companies such as Flightworx, Universal Aviation, Manchester Airport Group, Essex Police, Harrods Aviation, Ryanair, Border Force and many more. Some companies have even committed to guaranteeing interviews for a number of our Trainees on completion of the training programme.

Core modules

The course you will study is the L3 Aviation Operations qualification and consists of 4 Mandatory Units and up to 8 Optional Units. These include:

  • The UK Aviation Industry
  • Health & Safety in the Aviation Industry
  • Security in the Aviation Industry
  • Customer service in Aviation
  • Team Leadership
  • Passenger Terminal Management
  • Flight Operations
  • Aircraft Dispatch

Engagement with Employers is a mandatory element of this qualification. A minimum of 30hours work experience is required as part of this programme

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods include a combination of examinations, project work and written assignments.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

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