Aviation and Airport Management University College Birmingham


Awarded by: University of Birmingham

  • Course snapshot

The booming UK aviation industry, driven by global business, passenger demand and the opening of new routes, means there is strong demand for graduates with high-level skills and there is a broad range of career options. UCB’s Aviation and Airport Management degree is accredited by the University of Birmingham, one of the world’s leading academic institutions. We have superb industry links so you will get lots of relevant, vocational training.

  • Who’s the course for?

This course is ideal for students who are interested in becoming part of the global development of the aviation industry and are fascinated by global connectivity and economic competitiveness. The BA will appeal to you if you are interested in working for international airlines, aviation agencies, in-flight catering companies and international cargo organisations. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that airlines welcomed 3.6 billion passengers in 2016, so there are opportunities in diverse areas of employment.

  • Why should I study the course?

You will be introduced to the global aviation environment, and learn about the value and scale of the aviation industry and its contribution to national economies. In association with our industry links, you will work on real aviation projects, with an emphasis on problem-solving, decision-making and project management.

Visits to airports will be embedded in your study, giving you first-hand experience of how major airports in Europe function and allowing you to put academic theory into practice.

You will choose an area of the aviation industry that interests you for your research project, which will increase your independent learning skills and future employment options.

  • Great. Tell me some more

The Aviation and Airport Management course has been developed in partnership with experts at Swissport, the aviation ground operations specialist, and Airport Placements Ltd, both of whom have a continual demand for appropriately trained personnel.

Our employment service, hired@UCB, will help you look for summer work experience within the industry to boost your experience.

All assessment is via course work and practical assessment, so there are no exams.

You may also benefit from aviation-themed day visits and a compulsory overseas residential visit, the essential elements being included in your fees.

  • What skills will I gain?

You will focus on an introduction to the global aviation environment, the value and scale of the aviation industry and its contribution to national economies. You will examine strategic decision-making and problem-solving in the aviation industry, with particular focus on managing change within a dynamic and uncertain environment.

  • What about the future?

UCB’s Aviation and Airport Management degree has been developed to meet the needs of employers in preparing you for entry into the aviation industry with specific focus on aviation sales and marketing, general aviation operations, airline management, airport administration or corporate aviation management.
Career pathways could include:

  • Airline management

  • Airport ground handling

  • General aviation operations

  • Airport administration

  • Corporate aviation management

  • Qualification

    Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    9 September 2019

  • Duration

    2 years

Course details


FdA students study the same modules as BA students for Years 1 and 2. Upon successful completion, you will have the option of progressing onto the final year of the BA (Hons).
Year 1: Aviation Business and Regulatory Environment, Aviation Passenger Operations, Aviation Professional Practice, Airline Crew Resource Management, Travel Geography, Travel and Tourism Marketing.

Year 2: Airport Planning, Aviation Operations Management, Aviation Pricing and Revenue Management, Managing Human Factors in Aviation, Aviation Investigations.

Option from: Events Planning, Social Media in Aviation and Tourism, Tourism Operations Management, Tourism Marketing Management, Sustainable Aviation Management, Voluntary Initiative, Modern Languages (Upper Intermediate), Cruise Operations.

Assessment method

  • Teaching
    Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 17 teaching contact hours and additional optional hours if students take up career-enhancing opportunities offered by UCB.

Large group teaching - 5 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
Smaller group teaching - 7 hours of teaching in smaller groups (some computer-based activities) and discussing topics relevant to the module
Tutorials - 2 hours of tutorials (involving personal, group and academic sessions each week)
Industry speaker sessions - (approximately 6 hours of specialist input over a semester)
Optional languages - (3 hours per week - if selected)
Field trips and visits - Students are also required to participate on day visits and a compulsory overseas residential visit (essential elements of the visit are included within the fees) – up to 8 Days

  • 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. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.

  • 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 individual and team-based live projects, industry-simulated activities, online activities and student visits.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

Coursework - 67%
Practical assessment - 33%
Written examination - 0%
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.

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.

Course code N853
Institution code B35
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

International applicants

All non-EU international students can apply directly via our online application forms: https://public.dataharvesting.com/ucb/io/aps/1255/v1/index.php Undergraduate applicants can also apply via UCAS, if they wish to apply to more than one university. The International Admissions team aim to respond to any new application made directly via the online application form within 5 working days of receipt. However, this can vary during peak application periods (particularly January-March) or if the team require additional information to process your application. Applicants who apply to transfer to University College Birmingham on to a second year or final year of a course will have their course mapped for entry and the conditions of entry will be stated on UCAS track. Each application is considered individually and careful consideration is given to all information on your application form, particularly your personal statement, reference and the qualifications you have taken or are in the process of taking. In most cases, a decision to make an offer can be based on this information alone, however we may need to make further enquiries, particularly relating to your immigration status or previous studies in the UK.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 56 points The entry criteria at UCB can be met using different and multiple Level 3 qualifications.

If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040.
A level You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points from 1 A levels (or their equivalent)

We do not specify specific grades in our Admissions offer for A level learners we will look at your total achievement and or predicted grades.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

We do not specify specific grades in our Admissions offer for BTEC learners we will look at your total achievement and or predicted grades.
Access to HE Diploma You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

We do not specify specific grades in our Admissions offer for Access to HE learners we will look at your total achievement and or predicted grades.
Scottish Higher You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

We do not specify specific grades in our Admissions offer for Scottish Higher learners we will look at your total achievement and or predicted grades.

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.

Students who are studying a mixture of qualifications will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications. For example, our standard offer would be - A minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points, from a combination of your Level 3 Qualifications

English language requirements

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

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £10,300 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 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 2019/20, 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