University College Birmingham

Aviation and Airport Management Top-up University College Birmingham Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Birmingham


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Course snapshot

With airlines welcoming more than four billion passengers in 2018, highly skilled graduates are in strong demand within the booming UK aviation industry. Developed in response to the latest worldwide trends, UCB's Aviation and Airport Management Top-up course will build upon your skills and knowledge to prepare you for a career in this exciting global industry. Our course is accredited by the University of Birmingham - one of the world's leading academic institutions - while our superb industry links will help you to boost your experience with highly valuable vocational training. We're based at the heart of Birmingham, the centre of a £110 billion regional economy, with plans to significantly develop the role of Birmingham Airport, meaning UCB is playing a key role in providing industry-ready graduates to meet the demands of passenger aviation.

Who’s the course for?

If you're keen on becoming part of the aviation industry's global development, and you're fascinated by global connectivity and economic competitiveness, this course is ideal for you. The course is well suited to anyone who has previously studied a relevant subject and is interested in working for international airlines, aviation agencies, in-flight catering companies and international cargo organisations.

Why should I study the course?

  • This course will help you continue to develop your academic and practical skills while studying contemporary aviation issues in depth, giving you the ideal preparation to forge a successful career in the industry.

  • You'll be able to use our exciting new simulation facilities (opening autumn 2019), including a state-of-the-art mock plane cabin, check-in areas and Galileo GDS system.

  • Our course allows you to specialise through option modules reflecting the dynamic aviation environment, while you'll also undertake an independent research project on a particular field of aviation that interests you.

  • Supported by our excellent industry links, you will work on real aviation projects, while our hired@UCB employability team will help you find valuable work experience to boost your employment prospects after you graduate.

Great. Tell me some more

This course has been developed in partnership with global aviation ground operations specialist Swissport to meet the demand for appropriately trained personnel.

All assessment is conducted through coursework and practical assessment, so there are no exams.

To complement the industry projects you will undertake on the course, we work with aviation and related providers to offer you a variety of paid and voluntary work opportunities during the summer months.

What skills will I gain?

You will further develop your understanding of the global aviation environment, examining strategic decision-making and problem-solving with a focus on managing change within a dynamic, uncertain and competitive field. You will discover how to devise crisis management and recovery plans in response to industry 'shocks', learn about key aspects impacting the future of aviation and how to identify threats or opportunities when developing planning strategies.

Through our range of optional modules, you will also have the opportunity to consolidate your financial planning knowledge, examine tourist destinations within several key contexts, discover how to explore new international marketing opportunities or develop a business proposal.

What about the future?

Our course has been developed to meet the needs of employers in preparing you to enter the aviation industry, with a specific focus on career pathways such as:

  • Airport ground handling

  • General aviation operations

  • Airline management

  • Airport administration

  • Corporate aviation management

You will also have the opportunity to progress onto postgraduate level study, such as our MSc/PGDip Aviation Management course.

Course details


  • Aviation Crisis Management
  • Contemporary Aviation Issues
  • Strategic Aviation Management

Choose one option from:

  • Financial Strategy
  • Destination Management
  • International Marketing
  • Organisational Learning in Tourism

Plus one option from:

  • Research Project
  • Enterprise and Innovation Showcase

Assessment method

  • Teaching - full-time route

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers. A typical teaching week will have up to 14 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
  • 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 eight 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 24 hour access to learning and support material.

  • Teaching - part-time route

You will attend one day per week. The timetable is made up of one module per semester with three semesters in total. The research module is started in semester one and completed in semester three.

  • Smaller group teaching - students are timetabled for a 5 hour session per week
  • Tutorials - 1 hour is timetabled per week consisting of a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials.

Individual study

You will need to apportion approximately 10 hours per week outside of the timetabled hours. Some weeks the amount of time you need for personal study will increase, especially when completing assessments. UCB Online provides 24 hour access to learning and support material.

  • Assessment

The following assessment criteria applies to both the full and part-time routes and is designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways, 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

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

- **Transferring from another university** At University College Birmingham, we consider applications from students who have studied, or are currently studying, a Higher Education course and now wish to transfer universities. - **What do I need to do?** To make an enquiry about studying at University College Birmingham, you will need to complete our online enquiry form -> **** Consideration for advanced entry will be dependent on the modules of your previous course, and how well this matches to the content of the course you wish to transfer to at University College Birmingham. Additionally, the process will be dependent on the number of credits achieved on your current course. Where similar study is apparent, it may be possible for us to award Accreditation for Previous Learning (APL) and, therefore, advanced entry onto a course at UCB will be permitted. Please note; due to the nature of this process, all applications are considered on an individual basis.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Entry requirements

Applicants must have a relevant HND with a Merit profile or a foundation degree with 240 credits.

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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.

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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 - International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here -

Provider information

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