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Extended Diploma Aeronautical Engineering


The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering offers huge potential for learners interested in Aeronautical sector.

This program is part of a larger suite of BTEC Engineering qualifications, in a range of sizes, which share the common purpose of helping people to become occupationally ready to take up employment in the Engineering sector at the appropriate level. This can follow either directly after achieving the qualification, or via the stepping stone of higher education at EAU. By studying a BTEC Extended Diploma, learners will be able to develop knowledge, understanding and skills required by the Airspace sector, including essential employability skills, and apply them in real work contexts. This programme is mainly designed for those learners who know in which sector they would like to specialise. Learners can achieve breadth of study through the large core and extensive options, rather than by studying complementary qualifications alongside it.

Why enrol on this programme?

This Diploma provides a well-established route into a variety of specialist Higher Education courses in the aerospace sector and beyond, fully meeting entry requirements for most Engineering courses at EAU, equivalent in size to three A levels.
A range of professional organisations/employers in the sector has also confirmed their support for this qualification. This means it is a highly respected route for those who wish to move into employment in the sector, either directly or following higher study.


The Extended Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering is a dual award programme conferred by Emirates Aviation University and BTEC Pearson, UK.
In UK, UCAS has reviewed the qualification to assess its value for access to higher education and has allocated UCAS points. In addition, several universities in UK have individually confirmed that this Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering fulfils their entry requirements, either on its own or when achieved alongside other qualifications.

Career Prospects

The Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering was designed in close collaboration with industry, it is a High School equivalent vocational qualification, ideal for learners aged 16 + who are interested in an alternative learning environment to High School.
Students graduating from this programme may choose to begin their careers with an airline engineering maintenance facility, aviation maintenance, aviation manufacturing, or engineering services company.  
Successful completion of the Extended Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering qualification will also enable you to progress to an Applied Bachelor Program in a relevant field of study.

The Extended Diploma  is primarily a Technical Level qualification, which has been designed as a full two-year programme of study, enabling learners to develop a substantial common core of knowledge, including an Engineering Project, Mathematics for Engineering Technicians, Theory of Flight Principles and Applications of Aircraft Mechanical Science, and allowing them the maximum opportunity to study in more depth a full range of option areas of their choice, such as Aircraft Maintenance Practices and Aircraft Electrical Devices and Circuits.


Two years.

Mode of Delivery

This programme is offered on full-time semester basis.


A typical two-year study plan

Year Module
First Year
Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
Principles and Applications of Aircraft Mechanical Science
Theory of Flight
Aircraft Electrical Devices and Circuits
Aircraft Workshop Principles and Practice
Aircraft Computers and Electronics Systems
Aircraft Materials and Hardware
Airframe Structural Concepts and Construction Methods
Human Factors in Aircraft Engineering
Second Year
Aircraft Hydraulic Systems
Aviation Legislation
Aircraft Maintenance Practices
Aircraft Gas Turbine Engines
Engineering Project
Airframe Systems
Aircraft Instrument and indicating Systems

The above programme of study is for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change.

Further Studies

Extended Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering enables you to progress to study at the BEng (Hons) in Avionics, Aerospace and Mechanical Technology programs.
It will enable students to progress to Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Licence program and several Engineering and non-Engineering disciplines.

  • Grade 11 or equivalent, minimum cumulative average of 60% including Maths and Physics OR 
    Five IGCSE/GCSE/O-level subjects at grade 'C' or above, including Maths and Physics OR 
    BTEC Qualification: First Diploma Engineering.
  • Original scores for any of the following - TOEFL Paper Based (500); or TOEFL CBT (173); or TOEFL IBT (61); or IELTS (5); or PTE Academic (36) or sit the Emirates Aviation University's English Language Entry Test.
Application Fee* Registration Fee* Tuition Fees (AED)
N/A 2,625 69,017 per year


*Tuition Fees inclusive of VAT 5%

How to Apply?

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