If you would like to develop specialist aviation engineering, technical and management skills without taking commercial pilot ground training, this course will equip you with the skills required for a career in management and operations in the aviation industry.
You'll have the opportunity to undertake ten hours of flight training at private pilot level while learning how to manage and finance activities in the aviation industry. You'll also gain a strong science and engineering base with modules on topics like aviation engineering materials and aircraft safety.
You'll benefit from specialist input throughout the course through the involvement of professional pilots and senior managers from the aviation industry. Bringing working knowledge of advanced communications and navigation systems, management techniques and strategic thinking, these contributions complement the knowledge base provided by the course.
You'll have access to our engine laboratories and state-of-the-art flight simulators, including an Airbus A320 airliner cockpit simulator.
You'll be introduced to the key science and engineering principles that underlie aviation studies in Year 1, when you'll also develop the theoretical knowledge you need for the private pilot's licence (PPL) - you can meet the CAA's ground exam requirements as part of your studies. During this year and the following summer you can also spend ten hours in the air, working towards your PPL.
Optional modules will also give you the chance to explore related areas such as process chemistry, management or the broader context of surface and air transport in an evolving economy and society.
In Year 2 you'll learn more about how airlines and airports operate and the practical challenges that arise from commercial, technical, regulatory and political constraints. You'll also gain an understanding of finance and project management in the context of the aviation industry, considering issues such as price and cost analysis and developing the management skills you'll need in your future career.
In your final year you'll learn more about vital issues of safety and reliability in aviation, as well as the health and security issues that affect different elements of the industry. You'll also deepen your understanding of aerodynamics, aircraft design and construction, and work on a team technology project to apply your knowledge to a specific problem in aviation.
Every year of the course gives you hands-on experience of project work. This gives you the opportunity to explore your subject further as well as developing valuable skills in problem solving, communication and teamwork.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAA including Mathematics or Physics.
Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.
GCSE: English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.
The course will equip you with the necessary skills required for a career in management and operations in the aviation industries. If you already hold the PPL, it will help to enhance your employability and credentials.
Graduates have gone on to work as flight planners, air traffic controllers, flight data analysts and aircraft brokers among many other roles. They've secured employment at organisations such as Teeside Airport, Air Canada, NATS, Marshalls, Air Tanker, Eastern Airways, Eurocontrol, Rolls-Royce North America, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Philipp Aviation Consulting and the armed forces.
You'll have access to our dedicated Employability team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, who will provide you with specialist face-to-face support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year-in-industry placements, as well as graduate positions.
You'll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, ongoing support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers. The team also works closely with the University's Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.
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Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
With the help and support of our faculty Employability Team, you can choose to undertake an industrial placement year at one of the 100+ companies that we work with. If you decide to undertake a placement year this will extend your period of study by 12 months and, on successful completion, you will be awarded the 'industrial' variant in your degree title to demonstrate your added experience to future employers.
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This course offers you the chance to undertake flight training at private pilot level, provided by a flying school at an airfield near Leeds.
Your course fees include ten hours of private pilot flight training over Year 1 and the following summer, including aircraft hire, flight instructor fees, flying club membership and ground transport between campus and the training location. Private Pilot Licence (PPL) theory and ground examinations are included in Year 1.
If you're considered ready to fly solo, you'll need to produce a valid UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Class 2 medical certificate to complete your training - we can facilitate you taking the required medical examination if you haven't already done so.
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