• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

Course Overview

This programme provides an accessible undergraduate programme for Forces personnel that maps the skills of staff to the characteristics of typical civilian businesses. The degree assists the Military in its drive towards further professionalism and the development of individual competencies. The degree is intended to link and build capability to a group of subjects that will use previous experience and knowledge as the foundation and basis for study.

The programme is designed for commissioned and non-commissioned officers of the UK Armed Forces who are qualified in the trade and branches related to aviation and security. The programme will attract personnel with a specialist interest in the following areas and sub-disciplines:

  • Aviation operations and management
  • Security and resilience
  • Business and management

All of these components are to some extent complementary and considered to be contributing elements to the development of a rounded capability that best utilises and exploits their skills, training and experience.

What will this course cover?

The course includes core modules that explore the structure and development of the Air Transport industry, operations, security and safety. The main requirements of organisational resilience, managing staff, HRM, finance and operations are included. Optional modules are provided for candidates with reference to their career pathway in the HM Forces.

Course Details

The degree uses the University’s success in developing and delivering flexible and applied programmes that allow students to study in the context of real organisations and their current and future operating environments. This programme is for students who wish to apply academic rigour to their professional capability and development, and will allow successful graduates to be differentiated from and more competitive than their peers who may not have taken such an approach.

What are the course entry requirements?

Armed Forces students will be offered two entry points to the programme depending on rank and experience -

Entry Point A (Level 5) - Two Years
Entry Point B (Level 6) - One Year

All students from the subject branches and trades up to and including the rank of Corporal will be eligible to commence the degree at Level 5. Students at Senior NCO rank (Sergeant) and above including commissioned ranks will be able to enter the programme at Level 6. Modules in this programme will include a research project (AI661 - 30 credits) and 3 x 30.

Course Modules

Aviation Route - Year 1 Modules

  • Airline Management
  • Airport Management
  • Managing Staff Performance
  • Operations Management
  • Organisational Resilience

Aviation Route - Year 2 Modules

  • Research Project
  • Strategic Management
  • Aviation in the Global Context
  • Strategic HRM

Resilience Route - Year 1 Modules

  • Operations Management
  • Managing Staff Performance
  • Organisational Resilience
  • Corporate Security Management

Resilience Route - Year 2 Modules

  • Research Project
  • Strategic Management
  • Strategic HRM
  • Strategic Security Management


How much does it cost

Part Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £3,500 per year

Part Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £3,500 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.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

Student Testimonials

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Adrian Hattersley

  • Year studied at Bucks: 2019/20

“The company made a point to mention in my feedback that my degree from Buckinghamshire New University combined with my RAF experience meant that I was 100% the person to fill the skills gap that they currently have."


What are my career prospects

On successful completion of this award, students will find their employment prospects enhanced and their understanding of the subjects covered significantly deepened.

Armed forces personnel will have gained the requisite knowledge and analytical skills to enable them to perform at higher management levels in the Service and the wider military; recent graduates joining civilian life are more likely to be able to obtain employment in various sectors; and importantly will be better equipped to seek promotion.

All graduates will have developed transferable skills that can be used in a wide range of employment roles.

The Big Deal

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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!

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