Higher Education Pathways

Our Higher Education pathways provide Level 4 (HNC) and Level 5 (HND) technical qualifications for prospective pilots, air and space engineers and travel and tourism management.

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Aeronautical Engineering

The HNC Aeronautical Engineering for England (HTQ) programme is ideal for students wishing to work within the aviation industry. Students firstly study the HNC Aeronautical Engineering and then have the option to progress to the HND Level 5 course.

Designed to help students build technical knowledge and skills, our course focuses on the underlying principles of aeronautical engineering. Students have the opportunity to develop the skills to recognise and alleviate risk, create a safe and efficient operating environment, and assess vital information. With a focus on the future, students can also build transferable skills and learn about the decision-making methods used by industry.

The Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) is at Level 4 (the same as the first year of a UK honours degree). It is an eight-unit qualification which involves studying four mandatory core subjects and a further four specialist subjects. The units have been selected to meet a broad range of local industry needs.

Our aeronautical engineering students will be based in our aviation and engineering classrooms, workshops and emulation zone that keep teaching and learning apace with cutting-edge innovation and discovery including the use of virtual reality technologies and a flight simulator.

We have a strong focus on employability, and our training partners and professional connections can give students the chance to immerse themselves in the industry. Our close proximity to East Midlands Airport, along with other regional aviation partners, means students have the opportunity for networking, seasonal jobs and work placements where available.

At ASI Newark, students learn from skilled lecturers who have a high level of working knowledge, based on industry experience. Their teaching is designed to enable students to gain a deep insight into the latest trends and requirements of the aerospace and aviation sector.

As well as receiving interesting lectures and seminars, students are also supported by personal tutors, module leaders and course leaders. In addition, guest speakers often deliver sessions for students within ASI to enrich their learning. Previously we have welcomed speakers from Jet2, British Airways, EasyJet and East Midlands Airport.

Assessments are mainly by assignment with some testing in the analytical subjects. 

As part of the programme, students can choose to take an optional structured pilot training programme delivered by external partners at an additional cost that could lead to a Private Pilot Licence (PPL). More details can be found here.

This course is a Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ). HTQs are technical qualifications that have been developed by employers and awarding bodies so students can develop the skills that employers want.

On successful completion of the HND, students can top up to degree level with our partner institution, Nottingham Trent University (*subject to validation).

International Travel and Tourism Management

The HNC International Travel and Tourism Management for England (HTQ) programme is ideal for students wishing to work within the aviation and aerospace industry - one of the world's largest employment fields. Students firstly study the HNC International Travel and Tourism Management and then have the option to progress to the HND Level 5 course.

The programme can lead to a fascinating and rewarding career. With high demand for air travel, career opportunities are expected to increase. Course graduates could secure roles that range from aviation management to continuing their flight training to become a commercial airline pilot.

The Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) is at Level 4 (the same as the first year of a UK honours degree). It is an eight-unit qualification which involves studying five mandatory core subjects and a further three specialist subjects. The units have been selected to meet a broad range of local industry needs.

We have a strong focus on employability, and our training partners and professional connections can give students the chance to immerse themselves in the industry. Our close proximity to East Midlands Airport, along with other regional aviation partners, means students have the opportunity for networking, seasonal jobs and work placements where available.

At ASI Newark, students learn from skilled lecturers who have a high level of working knowledge, based on industry experience. Their teaching is designed to enable students to gain a deep insight into the latest trends and requirements of the aerospace and aviation sector.

As well as receiving interesting lectures and seminars, students are also supported by personal tutors, module leaders and course leaders. In addition, guest speakers often deliver sessions for students within ASI to enrich their learning. Previously we have welcomed speakers from Jet2, British Airways, EasyJet and East Midlands Airport.

Assessments are mainly by assignment with some testing in the analytical subjects. 

As part of the programme, students can choose to take an optional structured pilot training programme delivered by external partners at an additional cost that could lead to a Private Pilot Licence (PPL). More details can be found here.

This course is a Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ). HTQs are technical qualifications that have been developed by employers and awarding bodies so students can develop the skills that employers want.

On successful completion of the HND, students can top up to degree level with our partner institution, Nottingham Trent University (*subject to validation).

Expert and experienced tutors

Guided by a group of dedicated teaching staff. View our teaching staff on our staff page to read their bios.

UK Private Pilot Licence (PPL) or Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL)

Our Higher Education Programmes offer an opportunity for students to gain their UK Private Pilot Licence (PPL) or Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL), alongside their academic studies; the balance of practical and theoretical skill is highly sought-after by global aviation industry employers.

Beginning with their placement at a local CAA-approved Declared Training Organisation (DTO), we support students throughout the entire flying training process. Our own flying instructors and subject matter experts (SMEs) are by their side, offering direction and guidance, at all stages of their journey…. Solo flight often happens quicker than you might think!

Further information regarding the PPL and LAPL courses can be found here.

Accommodation in Newark

Although we do not have our own accommodation, there is a plentiful supply located in the town, within walking distance of ASI and both rail and bus stations. 

Private rented flats and houses are available for students aged over 18. Students will have to sign a rental agreement (a legal document) with a landlord usually through a letting agent. ASI Newark cannot arrange private accommodation on a student's behalf.

Prices for rented accommodation start from around £60 per week, depending on facilities.

For help finding privately-rented accommodation please visit our dedicated accommodation page to see a list of providers in the town.

You can also view our Guide to Living in Newark brochure, here.

Find Out More

Find out more information about each course or to apply on the course links above.

Still not sure? Discover more about the Air and Space Institute (ASI) at one of our upcoming Open Days. 

This is your chance to chat to our expert tutors, tour our industry-standard workshops and get the information you need to make the right choices for you. Open Days at ASI

ASI Newark Higher Education programmes, part of Lincoln College University Centre.

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