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.
Students studying the FdA will have the option of progressing onto the final year of the BA (Hons).
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Why choose this course?
- Residential visits* - You will undertake projects overseas that will give you a unique insight into how major international destinations develop their tourism industries. Previous destinations include Dubai, Istanbul, Budapest, Finland and Cyprus. The essential costs of these trips are covered by UCB
- Work experience - The University will help you look for summer work experience within the industry during the summer months to boost your experience
- Specialise your studies - 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
- Enrichment opportunities - In association with our industry links, you will work on real aviation projects, with an emphasis on problem-solving, decision-making and project management
- Practical application - 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
- Develop your knowledge - You will be introduced to the global aviation environment, the value and scale of the aviation industry and its contribution to national economies
*Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.
As part of UCB's ongoing investment, students on this course will have use of exciting new simulation facilities, including a state-of-the-art, mock plane cabin. The facilities, which are due to open in Autumn 2019, will also include check-in areas and Galileo GDS system for training students. Find out more.
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.
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.
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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)
- 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.
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.
Aviation and Airport Management 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 entrance, 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.
Aviation and Airport Management FdA
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.
Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points will be required for entrance.
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 email@example.com 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.
For entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.
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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.
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In the final year students will have the option of choosing one of the following research modules:
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.
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.
All 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 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:
- 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)
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.
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
Graduates who wish to continue their studies can apply to progress to postgraduate courses at UCB such as our MSc in Aviation Management or International Tourism Management. You may 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. Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, 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.
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