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Further Education Courses

Our further education pathway provides level-three technical qualifications for prospective pilots, air and space engineers and ground-crew.

These qualifications are the equivalent of two A-levels and provide enough UCAS points to progress onto our IASTI (Newark) Degree Programmes. These degree courses are currently under development with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and they will be live by the time you finish your level-three qualification.

All of our level-three qualifications have been designed in partnership with aviation industry experts and they have been reverse-engineered from specific job roles. This means all of the units within our courses give you the exact knowledge, skills and competencies to be effective in these job roles.

If you don't quite meet the entry requirements for our level-three courses don't worry, you can enrol on our one-year level-two IASTI feeder course. This is an engineering course with elements of the IASTI core curriculum and loads of industry activities and enrichment exercises. This also gives you a chance to re-sit your GCSE English and Maths if you need to. If you succeed in this course and achieve the level-three requirements you can move onto the level-three group the following September.

See level-two course information and apply here

If you're fairly confident of achieving the Level three entry requirements outlined below, then stay on this site and apply for your level 3 pathway.

Level 3 entry requirements: minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, including English Language, Mathematics and an approved Science-based subject. Or, Mechanical Engineering Level 2 at Merit level and English Language and Mathematics at Grade 4 or above.


Common curriculum for all pathways

For the first part of Year-1 students on all three pathways will study a common curriculum designed to familiarise learners with the industry as a whole.

Employers and industry experts have told us that they need staff that understand appreciate the knowledge skills and competencies of a range job roles across aviation.

This level of broad understanding will make our graduates more effective in their careers when they progress.

All IASTI Newark students will also complete the National Citizenship Scheme (NCS)

Designed specially for 16 and 17 year olds, the NCS experience will give you a clearer idea of what you want from your future.

It is designed to unite and empower young people, building your confidence so you can go out there and achieve your dreams, no matter where you’re from or what your background is.

You’ll spend a week in the autumn mixing with a new crowd, and taking on fresh challenges together. Before you know it, you’ll be rooting for each other, as you all tackle your own little hurdles.

Pathways Curriculum

After completing the Common Curriculum our students are streamed into their pathways for the rest of their time at IASTI Newark.

Pilot Pathway

The Pilot Pathway will focus on the theoretical knowledge required for a career as a pilot in commercial or military aviation.

Students will gain a broad understanding of aviation studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Aviation Operations, including; UK aviation industry, health & safety, security, inter-relationships, aviation geography, airline and airport economics and the environmental impacts of aviation.

Throughout the course students will enhance in their use and understanding of English, mathematics and physics as applied within aviation. Students will develop the knowledge and confidence to progress to acquire the skills to become a commercial or military pilot.

After students have graduated they can progress onto the IASTI Newark BSc (Hons) Pilot degree course. 

Engineer Pathway

The City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance course will be focusing on aircraft engineering theory and practical training including subjects such as theory of flight, line and base aircraft engineering, CAA Part 145 maintenance procedures, CAA Part 66 Procedures, aircraft jet engine ground running procedures, human factors within aviation, civil legislation in aviation, aviation mathematics and science for technicians, fundamentals of electronics and avionics systems.

It will also develop your practical hand-skills using specialist aircraft tooling and virtual reality (VR) simulation to carry out maintenance on aircraft systems and structures.

The course is designed to enable the student to gain the required theory qualifications and practical experience to become an Aircraft Fitter/Technician assisting in carrying out routine maintenance on Jet aircraft and leading to a CAA Part 66 A1 Aircraft maintenance licence*

Other options would include the progression to the BSc (Hons) Aviation Engineering degree course.

*Merit or higher required in all C&G Modules and 3 years’ experience required as per CAA Part 66A.30 Basic experience requirements to gain CAA A1 Part 66 AML.

Ground Operations Pathway

The IASTI Ground Operations Pathway focuses on providing students with a broad programme aimed at giving a deeper knowledge base, educational tools, practical experience, confidence, and problem-solving skills necessary for a career as Aircraft Dispatchers . 

The two-year course that leads to employment both in military and commercial aviation, is designed to meet and integrate academic and current industry needs.

Students will work towards a BTEC Level 3 in Aviation Operations and gain a broad understanding of aviation commercial operations, economics, environmental sustainability, safety, security and applied maths and physics. 

The Ground Operations theoretical knowledge will be developed through a range of subjects including, aircraft dispatch, ramp handling, aircraft marshalling, airfield operations, flight operations, aviation communications, baggage processing and load planning, aircraft take-off and landing performance, meteorology, principles of flight, human performance and limitations, customer service and passenger and baggage acceptance. 

Students will enhance their core skills and behaviours through virtual reality training, enrichment and an Individual Career Plan.

After students have graduated they can progress onto the IASTI Newark BSc (Hons) Aircraft Operations degree course, or an apprenticeship in industry.



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