Aviation Operations Level 3

With 2,350 jobs at Leeds Bradford International Airport alone and more than 3.4m passengers per annum with a forecast of growth, there is a world of opportunities in the aviation industry, whether you are interested in being a pilot, air traffic controller, dispatcher, cabin crew, ground crew or airline agent.

Course Level:
Level 3
Duration:
1 Year
Campus:
Leeds Bradford Airport
Awarding Body:
BTEC

Our Level 3 courses are A Level equivalent and you will study a range of modules including aircraft performance, marketing in aviation, ramp handling, security, passenger terminal management, aircraft / flight dispatch process and customer service. You will leave the course with a an extensive knowledgebase of the aviation industry.

The best bit is that you get to study at our unique airside campus based at Leeds Bradford International Airport where your learning experience takes place alongside industry. We have extensive industry links with UK and European companies including Jet2.com, Multiflight, Air Malta engineering and Lufthansa Technik engineering. This reflects on our outstanding student progression into the aviation workplace and Degree level study. There is also scope for students to study and work abroad with aviation and travel partners around the world. Thanks to our tutors who have specific training in the aviation industry, we are able to offer students an engaging and varied learning experience to remember.


We offer a range of Level 3 (A Level equivalent) courses which you can click on below. Your results will determine which course is the most appropriate for you.

Subsidiary Diploma (60 Credits)

Entry Requirements

  • 4 GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C) or Aviation Environment (Ground Operations) Level 2 at Distinction
  • English or maths GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C)
  • Clear (DBS) Disclosure & Barring Service check

Modules

  • Aircraft marshalling
  • Aircraft performance
  • Aircraft / flight dispatch process
  • Airport operations
  • Airport security
  • Baggage processing
  • Customer service for aviation
  • Handling air passengers
  • Health & safety in aviation
  • Marketing in aviation
  • Passenger terminal management
  • Ramp handling
  • Security

Academic Progression

  • Aviation Operations Level 3 Diploma (120 credits)
Subsidiary Diploma (60 Credits) + Level 3 Core Maths

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C) including English plus 9-8 (A*-B) in maths
  • Clear (DBS) Disclosure & Barring Service check

Modules

  • Aircraft marshalling
  • Aircraft performance
  • Aircraft / flight dispatch process
  • Airport operations
  • Airport security
  • Baggage processing
  • Customer service for aviation
  • Handling air passengers
  • Health & safety in aviation
  • Marketing in aviation
  • Passenger terminal management
  • Ramp handling
  • Security
  • Core maths

Academic Progression

  • Aviation Operations Level 3 Diploma (120 credits) Technical Baccalaureate
Diploma (120 Credits)

Entry Requirements

  • Aviation Operations Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (60 credits)
  • Clear (DBS) Disclosure & Barring Service check

Modules

  • Aircraft marshalling
  • Aircraft marshalling
  • Aircraft performance
  • Aircraft / flight dispatch process
  • Airport operations
  • Airport security
  • Baggage processing
  • Customer service for aviation
  • Handling air passengers
  • Health & safety in aviation
  • Marketing in aviation
  • Passenger terminal management
  • Ramp handling
  • Security

Academic Progression

Diploma (120 credits) Technical Baccalaureate

Entry Requirements

  • Aviation Operations Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (60 credits) (+ Core Maths)
  • Clear (DBS) Disclosure & Barring Service check

Modules

  • Aircraft marshalling
  • Aircraft performance
  • Aircraft / flight dispatch process
  • Airport operations
  • Airport security
  • Baggage processing
  • Customer service for aviation
  • Handling air passengers
  • Health & safety in aviation
  • Marketing in aviation
  • Passenger terminal management
  • Ramp handling
  • Security
  • Extended project qualification

Academic Progression

Career Progression

Your choices may include:

  • Pilot
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Aircraft Marshall / Dispatcher
  • Airline Customer Service Agent
  • Ground Operations Manager
  • Customer Service Agent

Student
Benjamin Hant

I needed a course that would act as my entry point into university where I would hopefully study to become a pilot. Aviation Operations Level
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I needed a course that would act as my entry point into university where I would hopefully study to become a pilot. Aviation Operations Level 3 was that course. Next year I am following my dream and moving to Buckinghamshire to study Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training. The course helped drive me towards my goal, with help from the ever-present tutors and the abundance of engaging lesson content. I enjoyed the more challenging units such as flight ops, meteorology, dispatch and airfield ops.

Student
Harry Brocklehurst

Travelling to Craven College from Sheffield every day has definitely been worth it. The Aviation Academy is in such a unique position, only metres away
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Travelling to Craven College from Sheffield every day has definitely been worth it. The Aviation Academy is in such a unique position, only metres away from Leeds Bradford Airport. The highlight of the course would have to be the Flight Operations module where we looked at how a flight is planned and prepared from booking right through to stepping foot out of an airport on a return journey.

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Mekenzie Hargreave

The tutors at Craven College are all fantastic. They are willing to help at any moment, no matter what the issue. One tutor in particular
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The tutors at Craven College are all fantastic. They are willing to help at any moment, no matter what the issue. One tutor in particular actually helped me land a role with Jet2 as a Passenger Service Agent, offering me advice before applying and again before my interview. The college itself is a fantastic place to study and one that certainly prepares you for the aviation industry.

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Lucy Sullivan

I attended an Open Event at The Aviation Academy following a recommendation from a friend and found the whole place had an exciting buzz to
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I attended an Open Event at The Aviation Academy following a recommendation from a friend and found the whole place had an exciting buzz to it. This continued throughout the year thanks to the engaging subjects, the supportive tutors and the whole social aspect of the college. Half way through the course I decided I would attend again next year, studying on the Aviation Management and Operations Foundation Degree.

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Casey Gent

This course presents a number of different job opportunities upon completion and that’s one of the main reasons I picked it. There is a more
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This course presents a number of different job opportunities upon completion and that’s one of the main reasons I picked it. There is a more grown-up feel to the college than what you would find at a typical sixth form or school and because of this, you actually want to attend regularly and do well. In the future, I hope to be working within the aviation industry in a role tailored towards Ground Handling.

Staff
Paula Reynier

After completing my BA (Hons) Geography, I worked as Cabin Crew at Virgin Atlantic Airways for 8 years. I joined The Aviation Academy in 2010,
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After completing my BA (Hons) Geography, I worked as Cabin Crew at Virgin Atlantic Airways for 8 years. I joined The Aviation Academy in 2010, teaching across a range of courses from Aviation Operations courses to Degrees as well as providing learner support to students on full-time courses. I've built up an extensive knowledge of the aviation industry which I feel is extremely beneficial for students entering the industry.

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Helen Bosher-Meill

I have been employed at Craven College since 2006 teaching Aviation studies across Level 2 and Level 3. I entered the Travel and Aviation sector
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I have been employed at Craven College since 2006 teaching Aviation studies across Level 2 and Level 3. I entered the Travel and Aviation sector on a trainee programme and quickly progressed into management with the leading industry organisations. Having had a privileged career travelling the world, I was keen to share my experiences with others which was the main driving force behind pursuing a teaching career. In addition to my teaching role, I hold the role as the Progress Coach, where I am responsible for supporting the progress, performance and well-being of all aviation students.

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Neil Wilson

After having spent 25 years working for a commercial airline, I know that the aviation industry is an exciting and dynamic environment in which to
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After having spent 25 years working for a commercial airline, I know that the aviation industry is an exciting and dynamic environment in which to work, and offers job opportunities to individuals with a wide range of different skills and abilities. To be part of a team of dedicated tutors who give students every chance to enter the industry is both rewarding and enjoyable.

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Safiyyah Khan

The course has given me the ability to understand more about the aviation environment and how it works. It has been a positive, enjoyable experience
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The course has given me the ability to understand more about the aviation environment and how it works. It has been a positive, enjoyable experience - one of the highlights for me was partaking in role play using the mock cabin. The Aviation Academy is the place to study - to be treated in a professional, adult manner by understanding, helpful tutors who are able to push you to achieve your dreams.

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Dafydd Jones

The Air Malta trip is a brilliant opportunity to see the theory we have learned put into practice and the units we study have a
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The Air Malta trip is a brilliant opportunity to see the theory we have learned put into practice and the units we study have a great deal of variety. College has given me greater clarity in my plans for the future and has improved my confidence and public speaking skills. I am hoping to do a degree in Air Transport Management and as a transport planner for an organisation like Transport for London or as a flight planner/load controller for an airline or in an airport.

Staff
Susan Mavor

I hold a BA in Applied Social Studies and worked in the social work sector before I embarked on a career in the aviation industry
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I hold a BA in Applied Social Studies and worked in the social work sector before I embarked on a career in the aviation industry as cabin crew with BA. Learning never stops and I am currently studying for my Private Pilot’s Licence. I love teaching and passing on my knowledge and experience to students who are looking to follow me in an aviation career path.

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Sarah Burgess

I always knew that working in the travel and tourism industry was for me and I have been fortunate to work in an exciting and
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I always knew that working in the travel and tourism industry was for me and I have been fortunate to work in an exciting and ever changing industry travelling to many worldwide destinations. Teaching at Craven allows me to pass on this knowledge and passion, helping students to realise their dreams and experience what the world has to offer.

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Roger Styan

I started out qualifying with a Mechanical Engineering BSc (Hons) and building up an extensive knowledge of the aviation industry. I'm an Incorporated Engineer and have worked
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I started out qualifying with a Mechanical Engineering BSc (Hons) and building up an extensive knowledge of the aviation industry. I'm an Incorporated Engineer and have worked extensively in the UK and worldwide. I've worked in aviation ground operations in the UK for over 18 years in both training and management roles for a major ground handling agent before joining TAA as a lecturer.