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Construction: CAA-Approved Drone Operator Licence (Part-time)

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course starts in January 2024. Lesson days and times are to be confirmed, but you will attend for 3 hours a week for 14 weeks.

Entry requirements

  • You must be over 19 years old to study this course
  • There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but you must have an interest in the use of drones.

You will achieve

Certificate of Competency A2CofC
General Visual Line of Sight Certificate (GVC)

Course overview

Drones are becoming very popular, both as a hobby and for use commercially, but there are various rules and regulations that drone operators must follow. On this drone course you will complete nine units to help develop your competency to operate a drone, and through a theory exam and a practical flight assessment you will achieve the A2 Certificate of Competency and the General Visual Line of Sight Certificate.

It is important to note that all drone flights are based on flight safety risk and maximum take off mass (weight of drone) along with the area of operations with increased risk (for example, built up areas). This will determine the required drone operator competency. The A2 Certificate of Competency and The General Visual Line of Sight Certificate (GVC) is required for any drone operator that requires Operational Authorisation (OA) from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to enable them to fly drones up to 25kg in built-up areas and other more challenging locations.

Course content

You will study the following units:

Unit 1 – Air Law and ResponsibilitiesUnit 2 – Airspace operating principlesUnit 3 – Airmanship and Aviation SafetyUnit 4 – Human performance limitationsUnit 5 – MetrologyUnit 6 – Navigation and ChartsUnit 7 – UAS general KnowledgeUnit 8 – Operator responsibilitiesUnit 9 – Operating Procedures

  • Mock Exam
  • Theory Exam (invigilated closed book)
  • Practical Flight Assessment

You will need to bring basic stationery items for the theory sessions. All other equipment is provided.

Construction Centre
Honeywell Lane
S75 1BP

You can use your qualification for either recreational drone flying or for commercial reasons. You may also want to explore other part-time courses for adults.

How much does the course cost?

This course costs £750. There is no funding available for this course so all learners must pay this fee.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

If the course is listed as full fee payable, you will have to pay for the course.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Construction: CAA-Approved Drone Operator Licence (Part-time)

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