Tabitha Gunstone

Air Transport with Commercial Pilot training

Pilot Training / April 9, 2019

This degree is aimed at those students who wish to obtain a recognised degree in air transport management with a view to pursuing a career in the airline and airport industry. It is particularly aimed at those wishing to qualify as commercial pilots. The BA (Hons) Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training degree reflects the changes inherent in the dynamic aviation industry and prepares students with the skills and knowledge required to work within the aviation field.

The course is equally geared towards fulfilling the needs of mature students, as well as school leavers, with an interest in furthering their academic studies and securing employment as commercial pilots within the air transport industry.

The programme is designed for those students who wish to obtain a BA (Hons) degree in Air Transport whilst simultaneously pursuing a career as a commercial pilot in the airline and airport industry. The programme firstly provides an opportunity for advancement to those already in the airline industry as commercial pilots, who wish to broaden their industry knowledge base and management and analytical skills with a view to enhancing their career prospects. Secondly, graduates of the Foundation Degree in Air Transport Management with Airline Pilot Training, offered in conjunction with our partners Oxford Aviation Academy, willbenefit by upgrading their qualification in preparation for a career as a commercial pilot. This top-up programme is thus designed to meet the needs of students who either are already following or wish to follow a career in the airline industry, initially as commercial airline pilots but with the medium-term objective of being eligible for progression into airline management roles. Potential students will, therefore, wish to enhance their employability by demonstrating leadership and management potential and a wider knowledge of the airline business than is immediately necessary for a pilot.

Academic Requirements

A typical offer will include GSCE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 240-280. This score can be achieved from passes in two 6 unit GCE A-levels/AVCEs or from a pass in a 12-unit AVCE.

Students who wish to enrol onto the course are expected to have a good standard of general education. They should have the equivalent of three good passes at A-level and have passes in GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C or above. Some knowledge of science subjects would be an advantage. Mature students with non-standard qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. All applicants must demonstrate an enthusiasm for flying, a willingness to learn to fly and a commitment to a career in the airline and airport industry. Basic medical fitness to DVLA (driving licence) standard is necessary for any practical flight training, while students proceeding to commercial pilot training need to obtain a CAA class 1 medical certificate.


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