Aviation and Airport Management at University College Birmingham - UCAS

Aviation and Airport Management

University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Birmingham

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Course summary

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Course snapshot Aviation is booming, with airlines transporting more than 4.5 billion passengers worldwide in 2019 and phenomenal growth in aviation development among global cities, 'mega-regions' and emerging destinations. Developed in response to these trends with support from industry experts and accredited by the University of Birmingham, our Aviation and Airport Management foundation degree at University College Birmingham will help you fly in the aviation sector. Studying at a recognised Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) Centre of Excellence, you will be learning in our new state-of-the-art Aviation and Tourism Suite, while you will gain a wealth of experience through a 48-week placement as well as working on real-life industry projects and visiting major airports - a great foundation to help your career take off. Who’s the course for? This course is ideal for anyone interested in becoming part of the global aviation industry, including working for international airlines, aviation agencies and international cargo organisations. Why should I study the course?

  • One of the standout features of our course is a 48-week paid placement, enabling you to gain extensive first-hand experience of the industry and boost your employment prospects.
  • You'll be studying in our brand new Aviation and Tourism Suite, featuring a mock plane cabin and other cutting-edge facilities, while you will apply your skills through a range of simulated and real-life aviation projects.
  • There are a wealth of practical industry opportunities right on your doorstep, with many of our past students having worked part-time at Birmingham Airport.
  • You'll have the chance to visit major UK and international airports to meet experts and gain a unique insight into their operations, with past students having travelled to the likes of Dubai, Istanbul, Budapest, Finland, Berlin and Amsterdam.
Great. Tell me some more Students on our aviation courses have use of our exciting simulation facilities at our new Aviation and Tourism Suite. The suite features a state-of-the-art mock plane cabin, as well as check-in areas and Galileo GDS system for training students. Our course features a 48-week paid placement, during which you will not incur any tuition fees. We work with a range of travel and tourism providers to offer a variety of opportunities, giving you a distinctive advantage in the competitive job market when you graduate. (There is also the option to study the course without the placement year.) What skills will I gain? You will gain an in-depth understanding of the global and national aviation environment and practices. You will develop your project management, problem-solving and decision-making skills through projects, placements and other work opportunities. Our optional modules allow you to build further knowledge in areas such as Aviation Safety Management or Sustainable Aviation Practices. What about the future? Completing this course will enable you to pursue a career in roles such as:
  • Airport ground handling
  • General aviation operations
  • Airline management
  • Airport administration
  • Corporate aviation management
  • Travel and tourism-based careers (e.g. tourism operators, links with airlines)
Upon completion of the foundation degree, you can also progress onto the final year of the full BA (Hons) degree at the end of year two.

Course details


Year 1

  • Digital Aviation
  • Dynamic Aviation Environment
  • Employability and Professional Development
  • Flight Route Operations
Year 2
  • Crew Resource Management
  • Flight Route Planning
  • Industry Live Project
Plus one option from:
  • Aviation Safety Management
  • Revenue and Performance Management
  • Sustainable Aviation Practices
Year 3
  • Work Placement (optional)

Assessment method

Teaching Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers. A typical week will have up to 15 contact hours, with additional optional hours should you decide to take up career-enhancing opportunities.

  • Large group teaching – 4 hours of lectures per week
  • Smaller group teaching – 5 hours of student-based sessions in smaller groups, focusing on contemporary industry themes, data analysis, application of industry toolkits to a range of scenarios and proposing creative solutions/best practice
  • Tutorials – 3 hours of tutorials per week (involving personal, group, academic and placement sessions each week)
  • Academic and employability support – at least 2 hours per week. You are expected to visit CASE and hired@UCB for support with academic and professional development
  • Industry speaker sessions and employer fairs – approximately 8 hours of specialist input and networking over a semester
  • Field trips and visits – you are also invited to participate on day visits and residential visits, on average 5-8 days per academic year (essential elements of the visit are included within your fees)
Individual study In addition, you are expected to commit to approximately 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. Canvas, our virtual learning platform, provides 24-hour access to learning and support materials. Assessment Assessment is designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of assessment methods are used. There is a strong focus on embedding employability and professional skills and knowledge into the course through a range of individual assessments including live industry projects, industry-simulated activities (practical assessments), reports (with given templates), online activities and projects based on student visits. An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:
  • Coursework – 33%
  • Practical assessment – 67%
Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction. Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Travel and Tourism, Institute of

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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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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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 56 points Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required. If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email admissions@ucb.ac.uk.
A level CD UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points
Scottish Higher You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact admissions@ucb.ac.uk to check your eligibility. Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions. Students who are studying a mixture of qualifications will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2BA/BSc - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill FdA/FdSc - Minimum 160 with no less than 150 in any skill
IELTS (Academic)BA/BSc - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
Institution's Own TestBA/BSc - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of B2- with no less than B1+ in in each component

To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

UCB English Language Requirements


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

UK/EU If you are a UK/EU student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2020/21, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625. This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s permitted rise). If you are an English or EU student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England. UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements. More information about UK/EU Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/undergraduate/fees-funding-and-scholarships/full-time-tuition-fees-and-finance/full-time-tuition-fees.aspx International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/international/tuition-fees-and-scholarships.aspx
Aviation and Airport Management at University College Birmingham - UCAS