A career in Aviation And Airport Management


BA (Hons) / FdA

Accredited by the University of Warwick

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4 years FT (3 years without placement)




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Engage with industry through opportunities to visit major airports around the world

Aviation is a huge international industry with key players from globally recognised airlines to futuristic airports. Airlines transported almost 7 billion passengers worldwide in 2022, while global cities, ‘mega-regions’ and emerging destinations are experiencing phenomenal growth in aviation development. New digital technologies are also being harnessed to create ‘smarter’ operations, conscious of the global environmental challenges society faces.

Developed with extensive input from industry experts, our Aviation and Airport Management degree will help your career ‘take off’ in this dynamic sector. Using our state-of-the-art facilities, including our Aviation and Tourism Suite and industry-recognised software, you will gain a deep understanding of the aviation environment and practices through simulated and real-life industry projects, visiting airports, networking with experts and learning first-hand how the industry functions.

Research shows 70% of employers are reluctant to recruit graduates without relevant work experience. One of the benefits of our aviation course is the option of a four-year degree with a 48-week paid work placement, giving you a distinctive advantage in a competitive job market. A number of our students have also worked 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 opportunities on your doorstep both during and after your studies.

Why should I choose this course?

  • WORK PLACEMENT (BA only) – Boost your career prospects and first-hand experience of the industry with a paid 48-week placement, during which you won’t incur any tuition fees
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Put your skills to the test studying in our cutting-edge aviation facilities and working on industry projects, along with opportunities for part-time work
  • ENRICHMENT – Gain unique industry insight through visits to major airports* – past students have visited Dubai, Istanbul, Budapest, Finland, Berlin and Amsterdam (* subject to visa requirements)
  • INDUSTRY APPROVED – Study at an Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) Centre of Excellence, with opportunities to attend conferences and events as well as applying for professional memberships
  • AWARD-WINNING UNIVERSITY – Study at the highest-ranking university in the region according to student choice (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023)

Our facilities

Students on our aviation courses at University College Birmingham have access to outstanding simulation facilities in our new Aviation and Tourism Suite. You will also have the chance to study in our new Digital Creative Studio, where you can learn an array of skills for producing digital content including video and audio.

Aviation and Tourism Suite

Take a look around our Aviation and Tourism Suite, featuring exciting simulation facilities for students on our aviation, travel and tourism courses.

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Course breakdown

Students on the FdA have the option of progressing onto the final year upon completion of the foundation degree.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 3/4

Core Modules

Digital Aviation

Exponential growth in digital technologies over the last decade has had, and continues to have, a significant impact on the aviation industry. These developments have produced a range of digital tools that are used by the aviation industry to enhance the passenger experience, improve marketing methods and empower the consumer. All of these developments will be examined in this module and through a range of innovative activities, you will develop essential digital skills in preparation for future employability.

Dynamic Aviation Environment

This module will examine the dynamic nature of the global aviation environment, the structure of the industry and the laws/regulations linked to airline safety, passenger rights and airline operations. In addition, this module will also analyse how changes in consumers, competition and global forces have impacted the industry and whether the response strategies of airlines and airports have been effective.

Employability and Professional Development

This module will encourage you to consider a range of career paths available to you within the aviation/tourism sectors. You will consider your skills and attributes by auditing your current abilities before mapping them against those you will seek to gain during your course of study. You will have opportunities to enhance your employability and professional skills through assessment scenarios.

Flight Route Operations

This module will introduce you to airline flight operations, in terms of managing commercial flights (from departure to arrival) on a daily basis. It is important to understand how the skies are managed, the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for general flight dispatch, diverted, cancelled and delayed flights.

Core Modules

Revenue and Performance Management

The purpose of this module is to offer insight into the rationale behind the pricing decisions taken by aviation/tourism organisations. It will examine the key sources of revenue and costs typically faced by providers within the industry and how these are managed to achieve profitable outcomes. It ultimately aims to increase students' employability by using up to date case studies and key industry metrics and financial statements to interpret and scrutinise financial results with improved fluency and confidence.

Flight Route Planning

This module will examine the planning process for airlines for new routes, examining their feasibility, capacity, efficiency and potential competitive performance. This module will provide you with an understanding of Standard Operating Practices in route planning, along with airport, meteorology, demand and supply factors.

Industry Live Project

This module will be based on an industry consultancy project with a real client. The context of the project will be based on market or operational research that will support an organisation or destination’s overall performance. This is an excellent opportunity to obtain another form of industry experience and will support you with your career aspirations.

Plus one option from:

Aviation Safety Management

Safety is at the core of the aviation industry and although the number of accidents has fallen over the years, one incident is still ‘one too many’. Safety management systems have been developed by industry to identify hazards, control risks and mitigate adverse impacts. When an accident/incident does occur, the causes have to be determined so that preventative and corrective actions can be implemented.

Crew Resource Management

This module will guide students through aviation Crew Resource Management focusing on the effective and efficient use of employees in operating in the dynamic aviation environment. The aim of this module is to enable students to develop crew resource management knowledge and skills of selected aviation operations. Central to crew resource management are the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). All of the above will support the development of key employability skills.

Sustainable Aviation Practices

We face many global challenges that some experts believe will harm future generations, so we have to respond now. An active global movement is demanding that we deliver more sustainable and ethical practices across all industries, especially aviation. This module will explore the key criteria for sustainability and the innovative practices employed by aviation providers.

Work Placement

Work Placement (optional - for BA (Hons) students only)

You will gain valuable work experience on a 48-week work placement. This is an exciting opportunity to put what you have learned into practice, broaden your experience and demonstrate your abilities to potential employers.

Core Modules

Global Air Transport Management

This module will critique the global air transport sector within its dynamic and turbulent setting. Contemporary global challenges and opportunities will be explored relating to governance, trade agreements, the movement of goods and people, digitisation of practices and aviation’s environmental responsibilities and perspectives. The use of best practice analysis will be utilised in order for realistic and appropriate creative approaches to be proposed in response to the identified challenges facing the air transport sector.

Strategic Change Management

In an increasingly fast-paced and changing global environment, it is more important than ever that a business can navigate its way to a successful future. This module will evaluate different strategic change management tools in supporting businesses to seize new opportunities and treat risks/threats.

Independent Research Project

This module provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your capabilities in researching, planning and delivering an industry-related project. You can either self-select your own topic or choose from a list of contemporary industry projects. This project focuses on cultivating the desired graduate attributes of professionalism, critical enquiry, problem-solving, enterprise, creativity and innovation and in enhancing your professional profile.

Plus one option from:

Managing Human and Anthropometric Factors in Aviation

This module will guide you through the application of human factors examining both airline accidents and human reactions that have prevented disasters. The module will further explore how human factors and anthropometrics in flight deck and cabin design have influenced and moulded modern air safety, giving you the knowledge and skills to conduct aviation operations within an efficient and safe environment.

Crisis Communications Management

In an increasingly turbulent and dynamic global environment, it is more important than ever that businesses and destinations can manage their reputation effectively. This module will examine a range of key public relations and reputation management principles and provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to plan a successful communication campaign (media and public relations) in response to a crisis. Using an omnichannel approach, you will explore the challenges and opportunities that different media channels bring. This will further increase your employability by providing you with experience of the working practices of corporate press agencies or departments.

Smart Tourism and Aviation

This module will explore the increasingly smart approaches taken by destinations and tourism/aviation providers within an increasingly connective and smart world. Challenges and opportunities will be explored across the industries.

The modules listed above for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules – if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements

Aviation and Airport Management BA (Hons)

A-levels: An A-level grade profile of CDD.

T-levels: A T-level graded Pass with a core component of grade C.

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

Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at University College Birmingham for entry. A minimum of 80 UCAS Tariff points will be required.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 80 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.

Aviation and Airport Management FdA

A-levels: An A-level grade profile of DD.

T-levels: A T-level graded Pass with a core component profile less than C.

BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of PP. 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 University College Birmingham for entry. A minimum of 32 UCAS Tariff points will be required.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 32 UCAS Tariff points.

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff-based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry. Please complete our enquiry form here to check your eligibility.

Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to University College Birmingham. 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.

International students

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

Please note: As an International Student, when choosing optional placement, a visa extension may be required.

Key information

Teaching and assessment

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. 


Example of a typical teaching week (up to 15 contact hours): 

  • Large group teaching – 4 hours 
  • Smaller group teaching – 5 hours 
  • Tutorials – 3 hours 
  • Academic and employability support – at least 2 hours 
  • Industry speaker sessions and employer fairs 
  • Field trips and visits 

You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time. 


Estimated breakdown of assessment for this degree course:

  • Coursework – 33%
  • Practical assessment – 67%

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

Tuition fees

UK students

If you are a UK student enrolling on a standard-length Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham, your 2024/25 academic year fee will be £9,250. A half-year tuition fee is £4,625. 

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International students

If you are an international student enrolling on a full-time Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc in 2024/25, your fee for this academic year will be £14,000 per year. If you complete a placement year, there will be an administration fee of £500 for a full year or £250 for a half-year placement.

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Kick-Start Scheme

As a new student studying this course full-time, you will receive £300 per year through our Kick-Start Scheme (UK students only, eligibility criteria applies). This scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You may also qualify for an additional £500 per year.

Find out more about the Kick-Start Scheme here.

Unibuddy Community - meet other students on your course

Starting university is an exciting time, but we understand that it can sometimes feel a little daunting. To support you, you will be invited to join our Unibuddy Community, where you can meet other students who have applied for the same course at University College Birmingham, before you start studying here.

As soon as you have been made an offer, you will be sent an invitation email to complete your registration and join the Unibuddy Community. For more information, check out our Unibuddy Community page.

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Work placements

Work placements are vital for gaining real-life experience and for building your confidence and skills before you finish your course – and they may even lead to a job when you graduate. Our HIRED team can help find the ideal placement for you.

Our four-year BA Aviation and Airport Management course features a 48-week paid placement, during which you will not incur any tuition fees. (There is also the option to study the course without a placement.) Opportunities are also available for part-time work during the summer months.

Please note: All formal placements depend on availability and are subject to an application/interview process. Security clearances and airside access are outside the control of the University. For more information, please visit the Civil Aviation Authority website.

The best part about this course is going abroad and travelling around the UK to see airports and compile reports on them instead of having to search online and read about them. We were able to view them first-hand and do the primary research we needed for the course.

Oprah Mushonga Aviation and Airport Management BA (Hons)

Career opportunities

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Passenger transport manager

Average Salary: £30,000

Sustainability manager

Average Salary: £42,367

Business development manager

Average Salary: £42,500

Transport planner

Average Salary: £32,500

Regional sales manager

Average Salary: £39,716

Airport operations manager

Average Salary: £35,461

Want to take your studies to the next level? Completing the BA (Hons) degree will enable you to move onto our postgraduate courses such as Aviation Management MSc/PGDip or International Tourism Management MSc/PGDip.


We are here to support your career goals every step of the way. 

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