The aviation industry is a progressive one and constantly evolving in technologies, processes and protocols. We are looking for adaptable, self-reliant individuals who have a logical approach and a critical mind. Bucks has a long-standing reputation for its aviation degrees and this responsive course reflects the constant changes within this exciting industry.
This programme keeps pace with the continuous changes within the air transport industry, ensuring you graduate with the skillsets this energetic sector demands.
You can choose to study Bucks’ BA (Hons) Airline and Airport Management with Foundation Year, at the University Campus Aylesbury Vale, Uxbridge Campus or High Wycombe Campus, helping you to develop your skills and confidence before progressing onto the degree course based at our High Wycombe Campus.
What will this course cover?
During the first year, you’ll be introduced to the structure and operation of the aviation industry. You’ll establish a foundation in marketing and people management that will be delivered in an industry context. You’ll also study the security and safety aspects of air transportation and begin to look at related finance and economics.
The second year concentrates on developing managerial and analytical skills. Here you’ll explore operations further and look into decision-making processes. You’ll also look at why airlines fail and study key modules in ancillary revenue management and begin preparation for seasonal employment.
In your final year, you’ll carry out an individual project and follow aviation modules that cover globalisation, sustainability, commercial analysis and planning. You’ll graduate with strong leadership and managerial skills and a broad understanding of the airline and airport field.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value, we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
UCAS CODE: N857
Our innovative programme of study is unique to UK Higher Education and keeps pace with the continuous changes within the air transport industry. This ensures you graduate with the most up to date knowledge and skillsets this energetic sector demands.
We have developed our aviation and airline degree programmes with industry experts and attract a number of guest lecturers.
People 1st Gold Award In Aviation
We were the only Higher Education institution to have been awarded the People 1st Gold accreditation for our aviation degrees (2015 - 2017). Being so close to Heathrow, the course attracts a variety of guest lecturers.
Industry work experience
At the end of your second year, you’ll have the opportunity to find seasonal employment within the industry. Our links with the airports provide great opportunities for these placements, which give you an insight into the inner workings of airport and airline operators. This time spent in the professional environment can also help you fine-tune your future career path.
The department continuously pursues new partnerships in order to help you find suitable placements. We run a number of workshops to help you in this process, which include sections on the procedures for work placement feedback and guidance on taking related modules during your seasonal employment.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 80. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course, you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- Developments of the Air Transport Sector
- Air Cargo Operations
- Air Transport - Security and Safety
- Airline and Airport Marketing
- Airport Operations
- Introduction to Finance and Economics
- Professional Skills and Development
- Structure of the Air Transport Industry
Year 2 Modules
- Airline Management
- Airport Management
- Ancillary Revenue Management
- Employment Research and Planning
- Human Resource Management
- Management, Leadership and Change
- Research Methods
- Airline Crisis and Continuity Management
Year 3 Modules
- Aviation Finance and Economics
- Aviation in the Global Context
- Business and Enterprise (optional)
- The Future of the Air Transport Industry (optional)
- Research Project (optional)
- Strategic Management
- Sustainability Management
What are my career prospects
By the time you graduate, you’ll have gained practical work experience and in-depth knowledge of the aviation sector. This will make you highly employable in the aviation and tourism industries and qualified to pursue a career in the operations or marketing areas of airlines, airports, ground handlers and cargo operators. Some of the larger airlines and airports offer a limited number of placements on graduate management training programmes which you will be eligible to apply for too.
Alternatively, you’ll be able to further your studies at postgraduate level.
How will you help me prepare for my future?
Throughout your time with us, we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.
We also help you find employment after graduation.
The Big Deal
At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.
We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK. It’s a big deal!
How much does it cost
- Full-Time Home and EU, September 2019: £9,250 per year
- Full-Time International, September 2019: £12,000 per year
- Full-Time Home and EU, February 2020: £9,250 per year
- Full-Time International, February 2020: £12,000 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student