Drawing on our extensive expertise in aircraft design, materials, propulsion, environmental issues and industrial management, this course will equip you with a solid science and engineering base and the broader aviation knowledge vital for pilots in the 21st century.
You'll benefit from the training facilities and expertise of a professional flying school as you undertake ten hours of flight training, achieve the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ground exam requirements for the Private Pilot's Licence (PPL) and develop the knowledge you need for commercial pilot ground exams. At the same time, you'll gain a strong science and engineering base with modules on topics like aviation engineering materials. You'll also put this knowledge into the context of the aviation industry today and in the future.
You'll be taught be expert academics and experienced professionals, allowing you to develop the knowledge and professional skills to succeed in the aviation industry.
You'll have access to our engine laboratories and state-of-the-art flight simulators, including an Airbus A320 airliner cockpit simulator. If you want to take commercial-level instrument training, you'll also benefit from the use of our CAA approved, complex twin-engine FNPTII aircraft 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'll 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.
Year 2 will incorporate the theoretical knowledge to prepare you for the CAA commercial pilot ground examinations. You'll also learn more about how airlines and airports operate, their economic importance and the practical challenges that arise from commercial, technical, regulatory and political constraints.
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.
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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.
Many of our students see this course as the first step towards gaining a Commercial Pilot's Licence (CPL). However, airports and airlines offer an extensive range of other opportunities and you'll be well placed to launch a career in a wide variety of aviation-related areas.
These could include airport operations and management, air traffic control, non-airline commercial flight operations, flying instruction, technical sales and marketing in aviation related industries. Some students have also been successful in obtaining RAF sponsorship.
Graduates have gone on to work as first and second officers for airlines such as Qatar Airlines, Aer Lingus, British Airways, Ryanair, Flybe and Cathay Pacific, as well as in administrative and management roles at airports such as Gatwick. Others have launched careers in the RAF and the British Army, or worked as project managers or data analysts among other roles for manufacturers such as Airbus and Navtech.
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, and ground instruction at commercial level.
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.
This is incorporated into Year 2 and includes instruction by a CAA-accredited ground instructor, as well as access to study materials for the Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) ground school if you need them. You'll have access to a suitable flight simulator for no extra cost.
Please note that the CAA ATPL ground examinations are for an external qualification which is beyond the University's control. If you choose to sit these examinations, you will be responsible for any CAA mandated revision short course and exam fees. You will also need to have completed your PPL.
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