If you want to qualify as a commercial pilot, this dynamic course covers the many areas of air transport management and prepares you for a successful career as a commercial pilot. It is one of only a few UK universities to have an FNPT II Flight Simulator, which you will use during the final year of your studies, helping you to prepare for the final phase of your flight training.
Unique to the UK Higher Education sector, Bucks New University’s 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.orgK
What will this course cover?
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.
UCAS CODE: N8H4
Unique to the UK Higher Education sector, completing this Bucks New University programme will allow you to obtain a recognised UK Honours degree and a frozen Air Transport Pilot Licence in just three years of full-time study - at a lower cost than doing them separately. 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.
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 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. Our links with the airport also provide great opportunity for seasonal employment and work placements.
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.
Teaching and Learning
Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning. The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.
Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.
Year 1: 46 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||620 hours|
|Independent learning:||730 hours|
Year 2: 49 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||585 hours|
|Independent learning:||615 hours|
Year 3: 20 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||242 hours|
|Independent learning:||958 hours|
You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.
Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.
Balance of assessment
The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose. Assessments are broken down into coursework, written exams or practical. Coursework covers both written work such as essays and reports and practical work such as the preparation of a portfolio and project outputs completed on many art and design programmes. Exams include both formal written exams and in-class time-constrained assessments or TCAs. Practical assessments largely consist of oral presentations and contributions to seminars, and competency-based activities such as clinical or lab skills.
|35 percent coursework||55 percent written exams||10 percent practical|
|25 percent coursework||75 percent written exams||0 percent practical|
|60 percent coursework||25 percent written exams||15 percent practical|
Please note: The percentages above do not include any pass/fail elements as these do not contribute to the overall degree classification. All modules must be successfully completed for credit to be awarded.
You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.
Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.
What are the course entry requirements?
For this course, you'll need at least two A-levels and a GCSE Maths and English at grade C. Our offers usually require a minimum of 96 UCAS points.
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.
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
- Air Transport - Security and Safety
- Airline Management
- Airport Operations
- Management, Leadership and Change
- Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Practical Training
- Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Theory
- Structure and Development of the Air Transport Industry
- Why Airlines Fail
Year 2 Modules
- Air Law
- Aircraft General Knowledge
- Aircraft Performance and Planning
- Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) (optional)
- General Navigation
- Human Performance and Limitations
- Operational Procedures
- Principles of Flight: Aeroplanes
- Radio Navigation
Year 3 Modules
- Aviation Finance and Economics
- Aviation in the Global Context
- Business and Enterprise (optional)
- Human Factors as a Fundamental Concept in Aviation Safety
- Instrument Rating (IR) (optional)
- Multi-Crew Co-operation (optional)
- Research Project (optional)
- Strategic Management
- Sustainability Management
How much does it cost
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.
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.
For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow
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I am finding the course very rewarding and informative. It will give me a greater understanding of the aviation industry, which will give me an advantage in securing a position as a commercial pilot. In a constantly changing industry awareness of the industry is key and the course gives us that knowledge.
The highlights so far have, of course, been flying, and I also pay tribute to the Aviation Society, which has enabled me to attend many industry-related events and build my connections with professionals.