Airlines welcomed 4.3 billion passengers in 2018 – up from 3.8 billion passengers in previous years, according to the International Air Transport Association. The 14% increase will see more than 540 million new passengers travelling on both domestic and international routes.
Global connectivity is seen as 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. Within the UK, Birmingham is at the heart of a £110 billion regional economy, with plans to significantly develop the role of Birmingham Airport within the region.
Our Aviation and Airport Management course has been developed in response to these trends, working with global aviation ground operations specialist Swissport to meet the demand for appropriately trained personnel.
Why should I choose this course?
- By taking this top-up, you can continue to develop your academic and practical skills in preparation for a successful career within the industry.
- In association with our industry links, you will work on real aviation projects, with an emphasis on problem-solving, decision-making and project management.
- You will study contemporary aviation issues in-depth, including those that affect airline and airport managers in the current environment.
- The University will help you look for summer work experience within the industry during the summer months to boost your experience.
- You will get to choose an area of the aviation industry that interests you for your research project, which will increase your independent learning skills and future employability.
Teaching & assessment
Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 14 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
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.
You will attend one day per week. The timetable is made up of one module per semester with three semesters in total. The research module is started in semester one and completed in Semester three.
- Smaller group teaching - students are timetabled for a 5 hour session per week
- Tutorials - 1 hour is timetabled per week consisting of a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials.
You will need to apportion approximately 10 hours per week outside of the timetabled hours. Some weeks the amount of time you need for personal study will increase, especially when completing assessments. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.
The following assessment criteria applies to both the full and part-time route and is designed to provide you 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.
Academic: A relevant HND or a foundation degree with 240 credits.
If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email: email@example.com
Academic: European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered applicants will need to have achieved 120 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer)
If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email
Plus one option from:
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated,
the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2019/20. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs,
we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
UCB encourages you to seek industry experience throughout your studies. To complement the industry projects that you will undertake as part of your course, we also work with the aviation and aviation-related providers to offer you a variety of opportunities (paid and voluntary) during the summer months.
For management positions in aviation, 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 provide 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:
- 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.
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
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 and qualified 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
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Aviation and Airport Management
Aviation and Airport Management