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Space Engineering

Since 2012 the National Space Academy has been delivering this unique Level 3 course combining academic rigour with vocational study, all taught within a space context.  The inaugural course, taught jointly with Loughborough College, is now in its 4th year, and new centres in different locations are also delivering the course.  Each centre has a slightly different focus, for example offering different BTEC modules, but the main features of the course at every centre are:

  • A Level Physics
  • A Level Mathematics
  • BTEC Level 3 Engineering
  • Visits to space industry sites
  • Talks from space sector scientists and engineers
  • Opportunities for work experience within the UK space sector
  • Course alumni go on either to university to study Physics or Engineering, or take up places on industrial Higher Apprenticeships at companies such as Airbus Defence and Space and Rolls-Royce

FInd out more about the different centres offering a Space Engineering Level 3 course by looking at the information below


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Salford City College has been offering the Space Engineering course since 2014.  Taught primarily at the Eccles Campus, the Salford Space Engineering course offers a focus on electronics and robotics as well as the other course components.

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Girls in Physics 030 compressed02The Space Engineering course will soon be available in Birmingham at Great Barr School, with the first cohort scheduled to start in September 2016.

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Loughborough College is the home of the original Space Engineering course, and has seen its course alumni move on to excellent places at university or on apprenticeships.  The Loughborough course is partly taught at the National Space Centre in Leicester.

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