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BSc (Hons)
Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training

We have developed this course with our approved flight training partners. This unique programme covers everything from aviation finance and economics, to airline management is highly recommended if you would like a career as a commercial pilot.

Qualification: BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: N8H4

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September


Is this course for me?

If you want to qualify as a commercial pilot, this dynamic course covers the many areas of airline and airport management and prepares you for a successful career as a commercial pilot. We are looking for applicants who can demonstrate an enthusiasm for flying and a strong interest in the aviation industry.

What will this course cover?
This exciting programme of study will allow you to obtain a recognised UK Honours degree and qualify for a ‘frozen’ Airline Transport Pilot Licence. This is the highest commercial pilot category there is. Once you have met the required number of professional experiences, the frozen prefix will be dropped.

Throughout this programme you’ll study key modules in air law, meteorology and instruments alongside broader subjects such as global aviation and airport operations. You’ll take basic theoretical pilot training, while a range of practical and advanced theoretical training modules will be available through our approved provider.

As well as commercial pilot training, this course is structured to equip you with a range of skills for progression into airline management roles. You’ll examine strategic and sustainability management, as well as the structure and development of the industry.

By the time you finish this course you’ll have demonstrated self-reliance and adaptability as well as qualities in leadership and communication. You’ll become a professional, well-trained pilot, ready to tackle the challenges that face the profession today.

Unique to the UK Higher Education sector, our programme will allow you to obtain a university degree and a frozen ATPL in just three years of full-time study - at a lower cost than doing them separately. We are one of only a few UK universities to have an FNPT II Flight Simulator, which you’ll use throughout your time with us for a number of training modules.

You’ll benefit from the experience of our specialist staff and balance academic study with professional qualifications. You’ll become a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society and obtain your Commercial Pilot’s Licence with Instrumental Rating and ultimately your Multi-Crew Co-operation Certificate, known as Frozen ATPL.

People 1st Gold Award In Aviation
We are the only Higher Education institution to have been awarded the People 1st Gold accreditation for our aviation degrees. Being so close to Heathrow, the course attracts a variety of guest lecturers. Our links with the airport also provide great opportunity for seasonal employment and work placements.

Course flexibility
If you are unable to complete any of the commercial pilot training modules, you’ll have the opportunity to transfer onto either the Air Transport with Private Pilot Training or Airline and Airport Management degrees.

Year One

  • Structure and Development of the Air Transport Industry
  • Air Transport- Security and Safety
  • Airport Operations
  • Airline Management
  • Why Airlines Fail
  • Management, Leadership and Change
  • Private Pilot Licence Theory
  • Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Practical Training

Year Two

  • Human Performance and Limitations
  • Communications
  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Air Law
  • Radio Navigation
  • Principles of Flight: Aeroplanes
  • Operational Procedures
  • Meteorology
  • Instruments
  • General Navigation
  • Aircraft Performance and Planning
  • Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)

Year Three

  • Research Project
  • Business and Enterprise
  • Aviation in the Global Context
  • Aviation Finance and Economics
  • Sustainability Management
  • Human Factors as a Fundamental Concept in Aviation Safety
  • Instrument Rating (IR)
  • Multi-Crew Co-operation (MCC)
  • Strategic Management

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GSCE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 240-280.

Some knowledge of science subjects would be an advantage. Mature students with non-standard qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

All applicants must demonstrate an enthusiasm for flying, a willingness to learn to fly and a commitment to a career in the airline and airport industry.

Basic medical fitness to DVLA (driving licence) standard is necessary for any practical flight training, while students proceeding to commercial pilot training need to obtain a CAA class 1 medical certificate.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Full-time Home and EU: £9,000 per year
Full-time International: £9,500 per year

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

The commercial pilot training offered in association with this course incurs substantial additional costs. However, a carefully planned payment schedule will ensure the costs involved are spread across the three-year programme. Full details of the costs involved can be supplied on request.

For fees for international students, visit our international section.

Visit our Why Bucks? section to discover what studying at Bucks could mean for you.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow.

What are my career prospects?

Boeing estimate a global shortage of trained pilots equivalent to 95,000 places in Europe*, so your skills will be in demand. When you have finished this course, and completed all the flight-training modules, you’ll be the proud owner of a Commercial Pilot Licence with instrument rating and a frozen ATPL. This will enable you to apply for First Officer positions with airlines. Our graduates have gone on to become First Officers with a range of airlines including British Airways, Ryanair, EasyJet, Cathay Pacific and Jet 2.

You’ll also have developed a wider understanding of the airline business and be able to pursue a variety of different careers within the aviation industry.

*Boeing 2015 Pilot Outlook

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. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.


My Bucks degree has helped me secure my first full-time job as well as given me skills and a wealth of experience.

Dan Bertorelli


This unique programme has not only enabled me to fuse together my University studies and advanced flight training, but also provided me with solid industry insight, and a strong foundation for a future career on the flight deck.

Darren Palmer

Places for this course are still available in Clearing.

Call our phone line on 0330 123 2023 or apply now

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