Middlesex University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (Helicopter)

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Course summary

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Overview Why study pilot practice with us Receive comprehensive helicopter training with our degree. We’ll give you the opportunity to get academic credit and qualifications based on your technical and practical flying training. We’ll also help you get plenty of early career practice, preparing you for the world of work. Our course is built around the principle of work-based learning. This means our modules have been designed to target the working and training practices of particular industries, sectors, and employers. All your daily learning as part of your regular training and practice will be assessed and recognised in an academic framework, eliminating unnecessary duplication. Our degree programme is the first of its kind in the UK to make it possible for you to gain a BSc Honours degree at the same time as you complete ‘ab initio’ helicopter pilot training. 'Ab initio' training refers to an airline sponsoring and mentoring a student from the start and throughout, hiring them once the student is type-rated and certified. Develop your practical skills with us The programme incorporates Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulated training, leading to the award of a commercial pilot’s licence (CPL(H)). The Honours level (Level 6) programme prepares you for employment through two different routes. The first route is the Flight Instruction (Helicopter) option while the second is Aircraft Specifics (Helicopter). Don’t worry - you won’t have to decide on your preferred path until third year and you’ll have plenty of advice. You’ll also develop plenty of transferable skills that many employers find desirable. These include working flexibly, communication, IT understanding, and many more. Since you can tailor the degree to best suit your interests, the skills you’ll gain will be highly relevant to future career prospects. This course is endorsed by the CAA. *Please note this course is subject to review.

Course details


Level 4 Initial Theoretical Aviation Knowledge (Helicopter) (20 credits) Introduction to Helicopter Flying (20 credits) Flight Operations (Helicopter) (40 credits) Aircraft and Air Environment (Helicopter) (40 credits) Total - 120 credits Level 5 Basic Flying 1 (Helicopter) (30 credits) Basic Flying 2 (Helicopter) (30 credits) Advanced Flying (Helicopter) (30 credits) Professional Orientation (Helicopter) (30 credits) Total - 120 credits Level 6 Route A Flight Instruction (Helicopter) (30 credits) Flight Instruction Standardisation (Helicopter) (30 credits) Route B Aircraft Specifics (Helicopter) (30 credits) Airline Orientation and Integration (30 credits) Routes A and B Evaluating and Managing Risks (30 credits) Routes A and B Threat and Error Management (30 credits) Total - 120 credits

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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Qualifications To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit: https://www.mdx.ac.uk/study-with-us/international/support-in-your-country Visas and immigration You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our visas and immigration page for further information.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 64 points
Access to HE Diploma P: 45 credits Access pass with 45 credits at Level 3

Visit our general entry requirements page, by clicking on the link below, to see how these points can be achieved from our acceptable level 3 qualifications and the combinations which are welcomed by Middlesex University, including GCSE requirements.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6With a minimum of 5.5 in each component
TOEFL (iBT)72With at least 17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading
PTE Academic51With at least 51 in all components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £11500 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (Helicopter) at Middlesex University - UCAS