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Further Education Courses

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

The qualifications are broadly equivalent to 2-3 A-levels and provide enough UCAS points to progress onto our ASI (Newark) Higher Education Programmes. These courses have been developed with Nottingham Trent University (NTU) to provide a level six degree top-up upon completion of your chosen HNC and HND as part of ASI Newark.

All of our level two and 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 programmes or just like the sound of our level two space and engineering studies pathway, you can enrol on this one-year, level two ASI course.

This exciting new programme is for learners who are intending to work in the aviation, air and space and engineering sectors. You will study specific space units as well as several engineering units to prepare you for your next steps.

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 on to the level-three group the following September.

There will also be a number of enrichment opportunities where you will partake in exciting trips and visits as well as hear from industry guest speakers.

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, an approved 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 aviation industry as a whole.

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

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

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

Designed especially 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.

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Pathways Curriculum

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


The Pilot Aviation Operations 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 by studying a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Aviation Operations, including; the 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 commercial or military pilots.

As part of the enrichment process you will get to fly an aircraft and use our state-of-the-art flight simulator!

After students have graduated they can progress onto the ASI Newark Higher Education programmes which include;


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 progression to onto the ASI Newark Higher Education programmes which include;

*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.


This exciting new programme is for learners who are intending to work in the aviation, aerospace and engineering sectors.

You will study specific ‘space’ units which could include Applications of Space Technology, Exploring Space, The Moon Our Nearest Neighbour, Planetary Landscapes and Life on Mars.

In addition, several engineering units will prepare you for your next steps and these may include Working in Engineering, Principles of Manufacturing Technology and Maintenance of Mechanical Devices and Equipment.

There will also be a number of enrichment opportunities where you will partake in exciting trips and visits as well as hear from exciting guest speakers from the industry.


Travel and Tourism at ASI offers two programmes across Level 2 and 3 designed to prepare students for a career in the aviation industry. The aviation industry is a rapidly growing and exciting sector, and there are many different job opportunities available.

The course will cover a wide range of topics related to aviation and travel and tourism, including, the aviation industry: its structure, history and future, different types of airlines and aircraft, airport operations, customer service in aviation, selling and promoting travel products, travel and tourism marketing.

The course will also cover specific topics related to aviation travel and tourism, such as: air fares and ticketing , baggage handling, passenger safety and security, travel documentation and foreign exchange.


The Level 3 Software Engineering Programme is designed to prepare students for a career in the aviation, aerospace, space and defence sectors.

The course will cover a wide range of topics in software engineering, including:

·       Software development methodologies

·       Programming languages

·       Software design and testing

·       Software engineering principles and practices

·       Software security and safety

Graduates from this course will be in high demand from employers in the aviation, aerospace, space and defence sectors. They can expect to work on a variety of projects, such as developing software for aircraft, spacecraft, and satellites.

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