Air Cabin Crew Training

Level 2 Diploma

Type of study
Examination board


If you would like to work as a member of air cabin crew, or part of the  airport ground crew team, this course will give you the knowledge and skills you need to succeed.

As a learner you’ll undertake training at the Virgin Atlantic Training base at Gatwick Airport, completing a range of practical exercises including emergency evacuation procedures.

Daily lessons will take place aboard a replica of a Boeing 747 aircraft cabin. You’ll learn aviation operations, airline health, safety and security, emergency procedures, crew room duties and ground operations.  In preparation for interviews with airlines, you’ll also participate in an airline mock interview day at one of our local partnership hotels.


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Air Cabin Crew Training, Level 2 Diploma HSDC-SD-ACCWT

HSDC South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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A Level 1 or Level 2 qualification and at least four GCSEs at grade D or above.

On this course you will study:

  • Introduction to airline/aviation operations
  • Airline health, safety and security
  • Airline emergency procedures
  • Crew room duties
  • Role of air cabin crew (on board)
  • Preparations for employment as air cabin crew
  • Certificate in ground operations
  • Functional skills English/Mathematics

Daily lessons will take place aboard a replica of a Boeing 747 aircraft cabin at South Downs College.

All of your lessons will be delivered by industry experts; our staff have previously worked for a range of airlines including British Airways, Fist Choice and Virgin Atlantic. Two members of the cabin crew teaching team are still working in the industry, one at Southampton Airport and the other works as crew for British Airways.

On the course you will experience a range of teaching methods including; role plays, videos, creating your own presentation.

There is an opportunity to retake your English and Maths GCSEs if you need to whilst studying this course. If you have already completed your GCSEs you may complete the fast track option with the opportunity to fly in the summer.  

Progress will be assessed through a portfolio of evidence, observations, examinations, role-plays and case studies.

Specialist components will be assessed off-site during a residential to the Virgin Atlantic training base at London Gatwick Airport. This will include safety and emergency training procedures in Ditching, Fire & Smoke and Slide Deployment. This is compliant with all UK airlines, approved by Civil Aviation Authority standards. This trip is compulsory and will cost approximately £225.

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I can't believe how this course has changed my life. I now work with Virgin Atlantic and my very first flights were to Orlando, New York and Washington.

Charlotte Andrews, Level 2 Air Cabin Crew


Successful students will be able to apply to work in the Airline Industry, working at an airport or somewhere similar.

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