Aviation and Airport Management BA (Hons) / FdA

Overview (NV)

BA (Hons)

Course length
4 years (3 years without placement)
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Course length
3 years (2 years without placement)
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The aviation industry is booming. Airlines transported more than 4.5 billion passengers worldwide in 2019, while global cities, ‘mega-regions’ and emerging destinations are experiencing phenomenal growth in aviation development to offer a competitive passenger experience. Airlines and airports are increasingly harnessing new digital technologies to create ‘smarter’ operations, conscious of the global environmental challenges that society faces.

Created in response to these trends and with support from aviation experts, our degree in Aviation and Airport Management will give you the vital tools and skills to help your career ‘take off’ in this soaring and dynamic sector. Learning in our state-of-the-art campus buildings at University College Birmingham, including our new Aviation Suite, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the global and national aviation environment and practices. You will undertake a range of simulated and real-life industry projects, visit national and international airports, network with experts and learn first-hand how the industry functions – providing an excellent foundation from which to pursue a range of aviation careers.

A number of our students have taken up the opportunity to work part-time at Birmingham Airport, and with the airport’s £500 million expansion plan to become the ‘Midlands Gateway to the World’, there are fantastic industry opportunities right on your doorstep throughout your studies and after you graduate.

One of the benefits of our Aviation and Airport Management course is a 48-week paid work placement, giving you a distinctive advantage in a competitive job market when you graduate. Did you know that just over 80% of graduate employers recruit regardless of the degree you have studied, and over 70% of employers state that you stand ‘little or no chance’ of getting a job with them if you don’t have relevant work experience? It is also worth remembering that half of young people your age now go to university, with just over 70% achieving a First or Upper Second Class degree. Your degree is important, but it’s not enough. High quality work experience is essential to ensure you become an industry-ready graduate, so we highly recommend that you choose our four-year degree with placement.

Students studying the FdA will have the option of progressing onto the final year of the BA (Hons).

What our staff and students say


Why choose this course?

  • Paid placement year – In order to gain valuable work experience and see the industry first-hand, you will undertake a 48-week paid placement, during which time you will not incur any tuition fees. For those not wishing to undertake a placement, it is possible to opt out of the placement year and complete a three-year BA or two-year FdA
  • Practical application – In addition to placement, you will put your project management, problem-solving and decision-making skills to the test by working on simulated and real aviation projects, while you will also have the chance to gain further real-world experience through part-time work opportunities
  • Airport visits – Our aviation degree course gives you the chance to visit UK and international airports, meeting various industry experts to gain a unique insight into how major airports have developed ‘smarter’ and more sustainable operations, with the essential costs of your trip covered by the University. Previous students have visited the likes of Dubai, Istanbul, Budapest, Finland, Berlin and Amsterdam
  • Specialise your studies – Our wide range of optional modules helps you broaden your expertise to cover the dynamic environment of the aviation industry. From Aviation Safety Management to Sustainable Aviation Practices or Crisis Communications Management, you will be able to tailor your course to match your career aims
  • Industry approved – We are a recognised Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) Centre of Excellence (covering our tourism and aviation degrees), while our courses have been developed with extensive industry input
  • Enrichment – You may apply for individual membership with a range of professional bodies, offering benefits such as invitations to conferences and industry events to keep you abreast of key trends and developments in the sector

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 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, uniform 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 UCB and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day.

Accreditations and Endorsements

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Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical week will have up to 15 contact hours, with additional optional hours should you decide to take up career-enhancing opportunities offered by UCB.

  • Large group teaching – 4 hours of lectures in lecture rooms per week
  • Smaller group teaching – 5 hours of student-based sessions in smaller groups, focusing on contemporary industry themes, data analysis, application of industry toolkits to a range of scenarios and proposing creative solutions/best practice
  • Tutorials – 3 hours of tutorials per week (involving personal, group, academic and placement sessions each week)
  • Academic and employability support – at least 2 hours per week. You are expected to visit CASE and hired@UCB for support with academic and professional development
  • Industry speaker sessions and employer fairs – approximately 8 hours of specialist input and networking over a semester
  • Field trips and visits – you are also invited to participate on day visits and residential visits, on average 5-8 days per academic year (essential elements of the visit are included within your fees)

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 a range of individual assessments including live industry projects, industry-simulated activities (practical assessments), reports (with given templates), online activities and projects based on student visits.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

  • Coursework – 33%
  • Practical assessment – 67%

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 

BA (Hons)

A-level: An A-level grade profile of CCC.

BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of MMM. This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entry. A minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 96 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.


A-level: An A-level grade profile of CD.

BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of PPP. This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

Apprenticeship: Achieve an advanced apprenticeship (level 3)

Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entry. A minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points will be required.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 56 UCAS Tariff points.

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff-based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry. Please contact admissions@ucb.ac.uk to check your eligibility.

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 2019/20 entry.

EU/international students

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


UCAS Tariff calculator

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

Digital Aviation Dynamic Aviation Environment Employability and Professional Development Flight Route Operations

Year 2

Plus one option from:

Year 3

Year 3/4

Plus one option from:
  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)

Work placement

UCB encourages you to seek industry experience throughout your studies. To complement the industry projects you will undertake, we work with a range of travel and tourism providers to offer a variety of opportunities (paid and voluntary) over a variety of timeframes.

A formal paid 48-week placement is offered as part of your course, along with opportunities for work on a part-time basis and during the summer months. You will not incur tuition fees during the 48-week placement.

All formal placements are dependent on the availability of the employer/role and also on you passing an application/interview process.

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

Please note: Security clearances and airside access are outside the control of UCB. Typically, ground operators may limit airside access to some employees. 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).

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What our employers say

At UCB, 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

Completing this course will open the doors for you to pursue a wide variety of aviation and airport management jobs, from working for international airlines and airports to aviation agencies and international cargo organisations.

You will be able to pursue a career in roles such as:

  • Airport ground handling
  • General aviation operations
  • Airline management
  • Airport administration
  • Corporate aviation management
  • Travel and tourism-based careers (e.g. tourism operators and links with airlines)

BA (Hons) degree graduates who want to continue their studies can progress onto postgraduate study, such as our MSc/PGDip Aviation Management and MSc/PGDip International Tourism Management courses or other postgraduate level courses offered at University College Birmingham, the University of Birmingham or elsewhere.


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.

Based in new facilities 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 - 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. 


Andrew Smith

Aviation and Airport Management

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Hamid Seif

Hamid Seif

Aviation and Airport Management

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Oprah Mushonga

Oprah Mushonga

Aviation and Airport Management

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