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Course summary

If you are looking to begin a career in the aviation industry as a pilot, with over 20 years’ experience we can help prepare you for your future career in aviation. You will complete the requirements for a full honours degree alongside completing flight training and ground exams towards achieving your ‘frozen’ Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) or Private Pilot Licence (PPL). This degree has been designed to equip you with wider aviation knowledge in addition to pilot skills to open up an array of future career opportunities, from working in the many ground roles in aviation to continuing training after graduation to complete a Commercial Pilot Licence. We will equip you with the skills and knowledge to help prepare you for the aviation industry. This course has a shared first year across multiple specialisms. After your first year, if you want to study a different specialism you can choose to change between: BSc (Hons) Aviation Management with Commercial Pilot Training in Aeroplanes, BSc (Hons) Aviation Management with Commercial Pilot Training in Helicopters, BSc (Hons) Aviation Management with Private Pilot Training in Aeroplanes, BSc (Hons) Aviation Management with Private Pilot Training in Helicopters. 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 and their suppliers means you’re perfectly placed for networking, seasonal jobs and work placements. At BNU, we recognise roles in this field are hands-on, so you’ll take part in simulated learning experiences throughout the course using our specialised facilities, including our FNPT II Flight Simulator where you’ll be able to refine your skills and keep your reactions sharp once you’ve completed the required training. 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. 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). You 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. ​​​​​​​Opportunity modules are a key part of the BNU curriculum. You’ll choose modules from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health & wellbeing and employment. Opportunity modules are designed to enable you to develop outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline and help you to further stand out from the crowd to future employers. What will I study? Focused modules will develop your skills and prepare you for a successful career in the specialised industry of helicopter aviation. You will study the core subjects relating to aviation in Year One, such as Aviation Operations, Fundamentals of Management and your Private Pilot Licence. In Year Two you will study for your Airline Transport Pilot Licence Theory Exams. This is a 6-9 month full-time course covering a diverse range of subjects such as meteorology, principles of flight and flight planning and flight monitoring. In Year Three you will be look in more depth at subjects directly related to current industry practice such as sustainability, operational management and the aviation business. What facilities can I use? We’re one of the very few UK universities to have an FNPT II Flight Simulator. 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. You'll also have access to the FlightGlobal software package.


Year one Core Modules Aviation Operations Academic and Professional Skills Fundamentals of Management PPL Theory PPL Flying Helicopters Opportunity Modules 2 x 10 credit year one Opportunity modules Year two Core Modules Aviation Economics Aviation Marketing Research Methods Human Factors Optional Modules Project Management OR Aviation Safety and Crisis Management OR Aviation Logistics and Cargo Opportunity Modules 2 x 10 credit year two Opportunity modules Year three Core Modules Sustainability and Ethics in Aviation Extended Independent Work Operational Management in the Aviation Industry The Aviation Business Optional Modules Airline Assessment Preparation Course OR Aviation Strategy and Financial Performance OR Network Planning OR Digital Technology and Innovation in Aviation

Assessment method

You will be taught by professional commercial pilots with many years’ worth of experience and will also benefit from the team’s connections and valuable networking opportunities. Industry-leading professionals often deliver talks and presentations, providing valuable insight into the profession. We take a multi-faceted approach to learning and teaching on this course, delivery can take the form of: lectures seminars workshops work-based learning employer or organisation-based case studies guest speakers live or 'real world' projects guided learning simulations practicals discussion groups virtual forums Every aspect of this course provides the opportunity to learn. We use a range of assessment methods throughout the duration of the course. This is a key feature of the programme as it enables early feedback to be given on your progress. Throughout your three years on this course you will carry out the following assessment activities: coursework presentations learning journals simulation examinations dissertation projects.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £15000 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

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