Aviation and Airport Management BA (Hons) Top-up

Overview (NV)

BA (Hons) Top-up and Transfer

Course length
1 year full-time (top-up), 2 years full-time (Level 5 transfer)
UCAS code
Fees (Home/EU)
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Airlines welcomed more than 4.5 billion passengers in 2019, while global cities, ‘mega-regions’ and emerging destinations have experienced phenomenal growth in aviation development. Devised in response to these trends, our Aviation and Airport Management degree top-up course will build on your previous knowledge of the industry and give you the tools to help get your career flying in this dynamic sector.

Developed through working with global aviation ground operations specialist Swissport, our top-up degree will further enhance your understanding of the global aviation environment and the contribution of the aviation industry to national economies. Studying at a recognised Institute of Travel and Tourism Centre of Excellence, you’ll also have access to University College Birmingham’s stunning new Aviation and Tourism Suite, offering state-of-the-art simulation facilities including a mock plane cabin.

As part of this top-up course, you will have the chance to undertake a project in an overseas destination, examining the impact of aviation connectivity on its overall success and competitiveness. With nearby Birmingham Airport’s £500 million expansion plan to become the ‘Midlands Gateway to the World’, there is also a wealth of practical opportunities right on your doorstep.

What our staff and students say

Why choose this course?

  • Residential visits* - You will be invited to undertake a project overseas to gain a unique insight into the aviation and transport connectivity of a destination, with the essential costs of your trip covered by University College Birmingham. Previous destinations have included Dubai and Istanbul.
  • Specialise your studies – For your final research project, you will be able to gain specialist knowledge of an area of the aviation industry that interests you, as well as improving your independent learning skills and future employment options
  • Enrichment opportunities – Supported by our excellent industry links, you will work on real aviation projects, with an emphasis on problem-solving, decision-making and project management
  • Practical application - In addition to project work, you will also have use of our cutting-edge Aviation and Tourism Suite to put your academic theory into practice

*Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Course-specific facilities

Students on our aviation courses have use of our exciting simulation facilities at our new Aviation and Tourism Suite, featuring a state-of-the-art mock plane cabin. The facilities also include check-in areas, security areas and Galileo GDS system for training students. Find out more.

Kick-start scheme

As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). The scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials or selected items on campus. You might even qualify for an additional £500 per year.

Open days

Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about University College Birmingham and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day. 

Accreditations and Endorsements

  University of Birmingham Accreditation -Partnership Logo Institute of travel and tourism  logo-swissport 

Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers. A typical teaching week at Level 5 will have up to 17 teaching contact hours, with additional optional hours if you take up career-enhancing opportunities offered by University College Birmingham.

  • 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 modules
  • 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
  • Field trip – you will be invited to take part in an overseas residential visit – these visits typically last for 3-5 days

For Level 6, there will be fewer teaching contact hours each week, with a greater focus on independent study towards your final research project.

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. Canvas, our virtual learning platform, provides 24-hour access to learning and support materials.


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 – 34%
  • Practical assessment – 33%
  • Independent research project – 33%

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

Level 5 (Year 2)

Academic: A relevant HNC, Certificate of Higher Education or a higher level qualification in the areas of Aviation Operations, Air Transport Management or Air Transport Operations and Tourism, with 120 credits.

Level 6 (Year 3)

Academic: A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of Aviation Operations, Air Transport Management or Air Transport Operations and Tourism, with 240 credits.

EU/international students

Academic: European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered. Applicants will need to have achieved 60 for Year 2 or 120 for Year 3 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 send an email:

EU: euadmissions@ucb.ac.uk

International: international@ucb.ac.uk

Modules (NV)


Level 5

Airport Planning Aviation Operations Management Aviation Pricing and Revenue Management Managing Human Factors in Aviation Aviation Investigations
Plus one option from:
Events Planning Social Media in Aviation and Tourism Tourism Operations Management Tourism Marketing Management Sustainable Aviation Management Voluntary Initiative

Level 6

Plus one option from:

Research option

In the final year, you will have the option of choosing one of the following research modules:

  Please note
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 2020/21. 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.
Placements (NV)

What our employers say

At University College Birmingham, we understand the importance of work placements within academic study, and our employer contacts say they give preference to students with qualifications who also have experience within the field. Our hired@UCB team will assist you in finding a placement that gives you the relevant experience to support your future career plans.

If you do well on your placement, there are additional opportunities available such as recommendation for industry-supported mentoring schemes to guide you through your future career.

Employability (NV)

Graduate careers

Upon successful completion of this top-up course, you will be able to move into a wide variety of jobs in aviation, 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

Graduates who wish to continue their studies can apply to progress onto postgraduate courses at University College Birmingham, such as our MSc in Aviation Management or International Tourism Management. You may also be eligible for a postgraduate loan.


hired@UCB is our 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. Located on the ground floor of Moss House, the hired@UCB team comprises 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 and apprenticeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps – our University recruitment agency 

Find out more about hired@UCB services.

Profiles (NV)

Student profiles


Andrew Smith

BA (Hons) Aviation and Airport Management

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