Buckinghamshire New University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training

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Course summary

As one of the few programmes that allows you to gain a Frozen ATPL as well as a university degree, our BSc (Hons) Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training can help you achieve your dream of becoming a commercial pilot. With over 20 years’ experience in delivering aviation degrees, we have a strong track-record of helping students become confident pilots, with many of our alumni now flying for some of the best airlines across the world. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? We have a strong focus on employability, and our training partners and professional connections give you the chance to immerse yourself in the industry. Our close proximity to Heathrow and other major UK airports – along with their suppliers – means you’re perfectly placed for networking, seasonal jobs and work placements that are available. At BNU, you will learn from skilled lecturers within the School of Aviation and Security who have a high level of working knowledge, based on industry experience. Their teaching will allow you to gain a deep insight into the latest trends and requirements of air transport. As well as receiving top-class lectures and seminars, students are also supported by personal tutors, module leaders and course leaders. In addition, guest speakers often deliver sessions for students within the University to enrich their learning – previously we have welcomed speakers from TUI, British Airways, Ryanair and Gatwick Airport. As part of your studies, you’ll enjoy free membership of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the UK professional association dedicated to the aerospace and aviation industry. As a member, you will be able to participate in a number of exciting industry events, including conferences, guest talks, student competitions, and networking opportunities. If you are interested in the military world, UK students will be eligible to apply for a place in our regional University Air Squadron (part of the Royal Air Force) offering unique access to military flying and adventurous training. In addition to the above, students can also benefit from free Air League memberships that enable you to apply for flying, gliding and engineering scholarships reducing the amount of your ATPL costs. As a BNU student, you will automatically become a member of Bucks Students’ Union giving you access to a wide range of services that we offer for free. You’ll also be able to join the Aviation Society where you’ll have the ability to attend a variety events and experiences. Some examples of what we’ve done in the past include tours of NATS, a Boeing Flight Simulator experience at CAE and a tour at easyJet. What facilities can I use? We’ve invested in a range of state-of-the-art facilities across our campuses to support your learning. We’re one of the very few UK universities to have an FNPT II Flight Simulator and as a student pilot you’ll have exclusive access and will be able to gain vital experience, without leaving the ground. Alongside this, our other specialised simulation facilities allow you to experience real-life airport scenarios, developing your abilities in airfield planning and operations, and crisis and emergency management. What are my career prospects? When you have finished this course, and completed all the flight-training modules, you’ll be the proud owner of a Commercial Pilot Licence with instrument rating and a frozen ATPL. This will enable you to apply for First Officer positions with airlines. When you have completed all remaining elements of your ATPL, you’ll be able to apply for your first role. You could start your type rating by November of your graduation year depending on the airline and be flying commercially by February.

Course details


Year one Professional Skills and Development Air Transport - Security and Safety Airline Management Airport Operations Management, Leadership and Change Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Practical Training Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Theory Structure of the Air Transport Industry Airline Crisis and Continuity Management Year two Air Law Aircraft General Knowledge Aircraft Performance and Planning Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) (optional) Communications / General Navigation Human Performance and Limitations Instruments / Meteorology Operational Procedures Principles of Flight: Aeroplanes Radio Navigation Year three Aviation Finance and Economics Aviation in the Global Context Human Factors as a Fundamental Concept in Aviation Safety Strategic Management Sustainability Management Business and Enterprise (optional) Research Project (optional) Instrument Rating (IR) (optional) Multi-Crew Co-operation (optional)

Assessment method

Theory-based assessments In years 1 and 2, a variety of assessment methods are used including group work, presentations, a case study based on fieldwork, written assignments (generally reports), cumulative exercises, preparation of a handbook, a reflective journal and time-constrained assignments (TCAs). In year 3, assessment is geared to testing criticality, reflection, complex problem solving and decision making using methods that include reports, business and research proposals, case study analysis and examinations. Practical-based assessments Across all 3 years, you will complete your flight training and CAA exams with your chosen flight school. Please visit our course page for a detailed breakdown https://www.bucks.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/bsc-hons-air-transport-commercial-pilot-training

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.






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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

For information about applying to Buckinghamshire New University as an International applicant, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/international

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £14250 Year 1
International £14250 Year 1

Additional fee information

In addition to the tuition fees, there are additional costs to consider for this programme covering flight training, equipment, CAA fees and more. Check out our Approved Training Organisations Factsheet for contact details and approximate costs - https://www.bucks.ac.uk/school-aviation-security/aviation/approved-training-organisations-factsheet

Sponsorship information

Buckinghamshire New University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/financial-support-bursaries-and-scholarships

Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS