Craven College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Aviation Management & Operations (with Pilot Studies) FD

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Course summary

The Foundation Degree in Aviation Management & Operations (with Pilot Studies) has been developed to provide operational knowledge and understanding for those wishing to embark on a career as a pilot or in-ground operations management. So, if you are looking to pursue a career in aviation; you are already employed in the industry, or you have a specific interest in studying independently for a Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL), this course will give you valuable insight into key aspects of the mandatory knowledge required. For those who do choose to study independently for their PPL alongside their Foundation Degree, teaching staff are able to advise about companies who offer the PPL. However, to qualify as a PPL holder, a Class 2 medical certificate issued by a CAA Authorised Medical Examiner (AME) is also required. The Aviation Academy is based at Leeds Bradford Airport, the location of which provides a unique learning environment. The College’s proximity to aviation employers is matched by excellent working relationships; facilitating the delivery of education and training according to the needs of both students and employers. The College works with aviation companies including, Swissport and the Airport Authorities. The course also includes Work-Related Learning modules that introduce realistic work-place scenarios and case studies. You will be encouraged to secure placement/s or part-time work with airlines, airports, or ground handling agents to help provide operational context to your classroom-based studies. You will be taught through a combination of lectures, guest speakers, visits and seminar sessions, which will be supported through group discussion and activities. Alongside course contact hours, you will be expected to undertake 10-12 hours independent study each week, such as reading journal articles and books, undertaking research from academic and technical texts and preparing for assessments, presentations or examinations. Your independent study is supported by the excellent Moodle, an online electronic resource platform managed by your module tutors, alongside the Learning Hubs at the Aviation Academy and Aireville Campus and the College’s Specialist Support Centre. The average class size for this course is 15-20. You will receive feedback on your formal assessments within four working weeks of the submission date. You must receive a pass mark of 40 or above in all modules to achieve the Foundation Degree. Your overall grade for the course and your Foundation Degree classification are based on the marks obtained for all modules. More information can be found in the Regulations for Awards Validated by The Open University

Course details


The module map provides a list of the modules you will study during the course; six modules (120 credits) are studied at each level. Level 4 Semester 1 (full-time) Module Title Credits Formal Assessment Development of the Air Transport System 20 Report & Presentation Personal & Professional Development 20 Presentation & Research Project Managing Customer Service in an Aviation Environment 20 Presentation & Case Study Semester 2 (full-time) Module Title Credits Formal Assessment Airline Operations 20 Report x 2 Health, Safety & Security in Air Transport 20 Audit Report & Presentation Airport Operations 20 Report & Presentation Level 5 Semester 1 (full-time) Module Title Credits Formal Assessment Principles of Leadership & Management 20 Presentation inc. Academic poster Decision Making in Air Transport Management 20 Report Business Development & Marketing 20 Exam Semester 2 (full-time) Module Title Credits Formal Assessment Human Resource Management in the Workplace 20 Presentation & Case study Human Performance & Limitations 20 Multiple Choice Exam & Case Study Report Navigation 20 Multiple Choice Exam & Flight Plan & Rationale

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeH462
Institution code C88
Campus nameThe Aviation Academy at Leeds Bradford International Airport
Campus codeA

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We do not accept international student applications.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 48 UCAS tariff points (formerly 120 UCAS points) English & Maths GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C) or equivalent Clear DBS check Students without necessary qualifications but with relevant work experience are encouraged to apply for an interview. In addition, if you have a relevant HNC you may be able to transfer credit in certain modules onto the Foundation Degree.

Additional entry requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6750 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6750 Year 1
Scotland £6750 Year 1
Wales £6750 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Aviation Management & Operations (with Pilot Studies) FD at Craven College - UCAS