BSc (Hons) Air Transport with Private Pilot Training (H490)


Buckinghamshire New University

BSc (Hons) Air Transport with Private Pilot Training

Course Overview

This course teaches you the practical aspects of flying needed for a variety of air transport roles. This programme also attracts mature students and those currently employed within the industry, offering an opportunity to further their skills and knowledge in the aviation sector and the potential for career advancement.

What will this course cover?

During this course you'll acquire specialist knowledge in airline and airport operations, and have the chance to go on a number of educational visits both in the UK and overseas.

We've developed this programme with industry professionals to focus on trends shaping the aviation industry today and in the future. You'll have the opportunity to carry out a substantial work placement within the aviation industry. You'll study modules in air cargo operations and ancillary revenue management, as well as aviation finance and economics.

As you develop a deep understanding of the air transport industry you'll finish the course well qualified to pursue a variety of different careers in this field. We'll give you the theoretical and practical pilot training knowledge to attain a Private Pilot's Licence (PPL). The PPL qualification allows you to continue your flying study at a later date, to achieve a Frozen Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL).


Course Details

Historically, Bucks has been the leader in aviation degrees with pilot training. Our innovative programme of study is unique in UK Higher Education and keeps pace with the continuous changes within the air transport industry. We’ll prepare you with the most up to date knowledge and skills required to work in the aviation field. We are one of only a few UK universities to have an FNPT II Flight Simulator, which you’ll use throughout your time with us for a number of training modules.

People 1st Gold Award In Aviation

We are the only Higher Education institution to have been awarded the People 1st Gold accreditation for our aviation degrees. Being so close to Heathrow, the course attracts a variety of guest lecturers and our links with the airport provide great opportunity for seasonal employment and work placements.

Get your PPL

Through our flight training partner you’ll have the opportunity to train for your Private Pilot Licence during this degree. This gives you the practical experience involved with flying.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.

Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.

The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.

Course Modules

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules:
  • Air Transport - Security and Safety
  • Airline Management
  • Airport Operations
  • Management, Leadership and Change
  • Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Practical Training
  • Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Theory
  • Structure and Development of the Air Transport Industry
  • Why Airlines Fail
Year 2 Modules:
  • Air Cargo Operations
  • Airline and Airport Marketing
  • Airport Management
  • Ancillary Revenue Management
  • Employment Research and Planning
  • Human Resource Management
  • Introduction to Finance and Economics
  • Research Methods
Year 3 Modules:
  • Aviation Finance and Economics
  • Aviation in the Global Context
  • Business and Enterprise (optional)
  • Coordination, Cooperation and Collaboration in the Air Transport Industry (optional)
  • Human Factors as a Fundamental Concept in Aviation Safety
  • Research Project (optional)
  • Strategic Management
  • Sustainability Management

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

  • Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year

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