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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.

If you are successfully admitted on to this course you will be expected to find the additional fees for training to complete your Frozen ATPL with one of our accredited pilot training providers. This can cost up to £80,000 spread over the three years of this Degree.

The additional training costs of the programme are not covered by your loan from Student Finance England. For a breakdown of these costs please contact

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.

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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.

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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
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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 96-112.

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.

All students will require at a minimum a Class II Medical in order to undertake their PPL solo, those students wishing to undertake Commercial training will need to gain a Class I Medical prior to enrolling with their selected ATO.  Further information on the requirements of Class I and II Medicals, including approved AME's, can be found on the CAA website.

Every application is considered on an individual basis.

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

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full-time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full-time International: £10,500 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. For more details, visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships 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.

Commercial pilot training
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.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.
Find out more about our fees for international students.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

How do I apply?

For application details please visit

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What are my career prospects?

Boeing forecasts that between 2016 and 2035, Europe's commercial aviation industry will require approximately 104,000 new commercial airline pilots*, 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 Forecasts

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.

At both my airline interviews the Bucks degree provided me with a wealth of knowledge about the larger aviation industry. Allowing me to pick items out depending on the question asked.

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

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