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The aviation industry has grown at a rapid pace. The last 10 years have seen a huge increase in the start up of new low-cost scheduled airlines, an increase in routes offered by network carriers. Along with these developments, the UK has seen a rapid expansion in the growth of regional airports, many of which now serve as hubs for low-cost and charter airlines. This rapid expansion has led to a huge demand for a new, flexibly-skilled workforce.

By completing this course learners will gain a L3 subsidiary diploma in Aviation Operations. Also learners will study additional qualifications in Computer reservations systems - Amadeus and an IATA recognised qualification regarding Airline fares and ticketing

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE English and Maths- or Level 2 equivalent
  • Completion of L2 Aviation course- to Merit grade
  • Unit breakdown, Progression & More...

    Assessment Method

    Via coursework, presentations, online and paper exams and practical role-plays

    Aims of the course

    To enable learners to gain employment in the Aviation Industry or progress onto higher education

    The course aims to fill the skills gaps currently identified within the field of Aviation including: aviation terminology, customer service, destination geography, health & safety and security, team leadership skills and general knowledge of the Aviation industry.

    Progression Opportunities

    After successful competition of this course, you can progress on to university and degree-level study.


    • Lessons, workshops, educational visits to airlines and airports, talks by industry guest speakers and successful students currently working as crew.

    • £50 for trips and visits for the year

    Career Options

    This course equips you for a range of roles in the aviation sector such as trainee manager for an airline or at an airport.

Course Details

Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 09/09/2019
End Date 03/07/2020


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 3,345 p/year
24+ £3,345 p/year
International £9,000 p/year

And Then?

College isn't just about a social life and good grades. Check out what sort of careers this subject can lead to.

Chief executives and senior officials


Aircraft maintenance and related trades


Aircraft pilots and flight engineers


Stephanie Marshall

Stephanie Marshall

The course tutors are amazing and if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have got this job.

Kimberley Cooper

Kimberley Cooper

I’m so glad I chose the path I did – studying such a vocational course at Southwark College was great for my CV, and now I’m doing the job I always wanted to do.

Sarah El-wahabi

Sarah El-wahabi

Airlines aim to build professional and well groomed air crew so in order to pass these interviews you need to look like the part and sell yourself. One of the things I learned at College was how to stand out in these interviews.

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