BTEC Aviation Operations Level 3 Extended Diploma

Course Overview


Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma – 180 credits

The 180-credit BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma extends and deepens the specialist work-related focus of the BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma and the BTEC Level 3 Diploma qualifications. There is potential for the qualification to prepare learners for appropriate direct employment in the vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they clearly wish to enter a particular specialist area of work. It is broadly equivalent to three GCE A Levels.
Some learners may wish to gain the qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment or to progress to a higher education foundation degree, HND or other professional development programme.
Other learners may want to extend the specialist nature of the subjects they studied on the BTEC Level 3 Diploma or another programme of study.
The predecessor quali cation to the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is the Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma accredited onto the National Qualifications Framework, which has the same equivalences, overall size and focus to the revised QCF-accredited qualification.

Course Units

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Aviation Operations (QCF) is a minimum of 180-credit and 1179-guided-learning-hour (GLH) qualification that consists of four mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of a minimum of 180 credits (where at least 161 credits must be at Level 3 or above).


Unit Title Level Credit GLH
Mandatory units
The UK Aviation Industry 3 10 60
Health and Safety in the Aviation Industry 3 7 57
Security in the Aviation Industry 3 4 30
Inter-relationships Within the UK Aviation Industry 3 6 36
Optional units
Development of the UK Aviation Industry Since 1945 3 8 48
Aviation Geography and Terminology 3 6 36
Customer Service in the Aviation Industry 3 7 42
Team Leadership 3 4 30
Managing Conflict in Aviation 3 7 42
Marketing in the Aviation Industry 3 9 54
E-Business for Airlines 3 4 24
Human Resources in the Aviation Industry 3 9 54
Preparation for Employment in the Aviation Industry 3 5 32
Airport and Airline Commercial Operations 3 6 36
Passenger Terminal Management Within the Aviation Industry 3 6 36
Airline and Airport Economics 3 7 42
Environmental Impacts of Aviation 3 10 60
Researching Current Issues in Aviation 3 10 60
Handling Air Passengers 3 4 35
Ramp Handling 3 5 42
Aircraft Dispatch 3 6 49
Onboard Passenger Operations 3 9 54
Aviation Communications 2 4 34
The Principles of Flight 3 2 19
Aircraft Take-o and Landing Performance 3 4 24
Flight Operations 3 5 38
Airfield Operations 3 7 56
Bird and Wildlife Control on Airports and Airfields 3 4 32
Aviation Meteorology for Ground Staff 3 3 27
Aircraft Marshalling 2 2 16
Airport Baggage Processing 2 3 20
Plan the Loading of Aircraft 3 5 45
Airfares and Ticketing 1 2 10 80
Airfares and Ticketing 2 3 10 70

Entry key and information


Entry Requirements:

EIC will need to review the profile of qualifications and/or experience held by applicants, considering whether this profile shows an ability to progress to a higher level qualification.

For learners who wish to enter the HNC or HND programme, the entry profile is likely to include the following:

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • BTEC or other related level 3 qualification or
  • A minimum of 1 A level, grade A* to C or
  • A minimum of 2 GCSE subjects, grades A* to C or
  • Equivalent overseas qualification or
  • Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include work experience.
  • English language proficiency equivalent to at least IELTS 5.5, with a minimum of 5.0 on individual sections for all students who are non-native English speakers, or who have not studied the final two years of school in English.

EU/UK Students without a level 3 qualification will need to successfully pass a Literacy and Numeracy test.

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