Aviation and Airport Management BA (Hons) / FdA

Overview (NV)

BA (Hons)

Course length
3 years full-time
UCAS code
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Course length
2 years full-time
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This course is offered as both a BA (Hons) and FdA. Students studying the FdA will have the option of progressing onto the final year of the BA (Hons) at the end of year 2. 


Airlines expect to welcome 3.6 billion passengers in 2016 – up from 2.8 billion passengers in 2011. The projected 29% increase will see almost 500 million new passengers travelling on domestic routes and 331 million new passengers on international services.

Global connectivity is a key factor in the economic competitiveness of a country, with both business and leisure tourism offering a range of economic opportunities. Global cities, “mega-regions” and emerging destinations are experiencing phenomenal growth in aviation development.

This Aviation and Airport Management course has been developed in response to these trends, specifically in partnership with Swissport, the aviation ground operations specialist, and Airport Placements Ltd, meeting the demand for appropriately-trained personnel.

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Why should I choose this course?

  • You will be introduced to the global aviation environment, the value and scale of the aviation industry and its contribution to national economies.
  • In association with our industry links, you will work on real aviation projects, with an emphasis on problem-solving, decision-making and project management.
  • Visits to airports will be embedded into your study, giving you first-hand experience of how major airports in Europe function and the ability to put academic theory into practice.
  • The University will help you look for summer work experience within the industry during the summer months to boost your experience.
  • You will choose an area of the aviation industry that interests you for your research project, which will increase your independent learning skills and future employment options. 

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Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 17 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)
  • Optional languages - (3 hours per week - if selected)
  • 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 8 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 a 24 hour access to learning and support material.


Assessment is designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and 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.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry Requirements 

Aviation and Airport Management BA (Hons)

Tariff for Februrary 2017 entry: A minimum of 240 UCAS Tariff points.

Tariff for September 2017 entry: A minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A Levels or equivalent. Find out more about the changes to the UCAS Tariff.

Aviation and Airport Management FdA

Tariff for Februrary 2017 entry: A minimum of 140 UCAS Tariff points.

Tariff for September 2017 entry: A minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points from at least one A Level or equivalent. Find out more about the changes to the UCAS Tariff

Non-tariff: Non UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry 

Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions.  

Find out more information on Tariff entry requirements for February 2017 entry and September 2017/18 entry.

EU/international students

For entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.


UCAS Tariff calculator

For February 2017 entry, please use our UCAS Tariff calculator here.

You can use our calculator below to convert your predicted/achieved grades into UCAS Tariff points.  

If your total predicted/achieved points do not meet those outlined above or your qualification(s) do not appear on the UCAS tariff please contact the admissions directly on 0121 604 1040 or email admissions@ucb.ac.uk  

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Qualification Grade Points
Modules (NV)


FdA students will study modules for years 1 and 2. Upon successful completion FdA students will have the option of progressing onto the final year.

Year 1

Aviation Business and Regulatory Environment Aviation Passenger Operations Aviation Professional Practice Developing People in Tourism Tourism Destinations Travel and Tourism Marketing

Year 2

Airport Planning Aviation Operations Management Aviation Pricing and Revenue Management Leading People in Tourism Tourism Investigations
Plus one option from:

Year 3

Aviation Risk Management Contemporary Aviation Issues Enterprise and Innovation Showcase Strategic Aviation Management Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
Plus one option from:
Placements (NV)

Work Placement 

UCB encourages you to seek industry experience throughout your studies. To complement the industry projects you will undertake, we work with the aviation and aviation-related providers to offer a variety of opportunities (paid and voluntary) during the summer months.

For management positions, you will need to obtain experience within a range of aviation functions including customer service, admin roles (which supports students with communication skills and data analysis as well as providing students with more knowledge of the context of aviation) and working in teams.

Please note: Security clearances in aviation are outside the control of UCB. The basic criteria for security clearance is verification of the following four elements:

  • Identity
  • Employment history (past five years)
  • Nationality and Immigration Status 
  • Criminal record (unspent convictions only)

For more information, please check out the Civil Aviation Authority website (www.caa.co.uk

Over the years, we have developed close working relationships throughout the hospitality sector in the UK and internationally. Our hired@UCB team will assist you in finding a paid placement that gives you the relevant experience to support your future career plans.

Employability (NV)


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to move into a wide variety of areas within the industry, including working for international airlines, aviation agencies, in-flight catering companies and international cargo organisations. 

Graduating with this degree will enable you to pursue a career in:

  • Airport ground handling
  • General aviation operations
  • Airline management
  • Airport administration
  • Corporate aviation management

UCB hosts tourism and travel events as part of student enrichment and to promote industry awareness. The University is proud to be an Institute of Travel & Tourism (ITT) Centre of Excellence and staged the ITT Future You On The Road conference in February 2016. 


hired@UCB is our new student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills.

Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, in newly refurbished facilities, the hired team comprises of specialist staff with knowledge and experience of:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency

Find out more about hired@UCB services.

Profiles (NV)

Student profiles

Read what our current students and alumni love about UCB and how we helped them begin their career in industry. 

Oprah Mushonga

Oprah Mushonga

Aviation and Airport Management

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Hamid Seif

Hamid Seif

Aviation and Airport Management

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KIS Data (NV)