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.
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.
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: 28 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||336 hours|
|Independent learning:||864 hours|
Year 2: 26 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||312 hours|
|Independent learning:||888 hours|
Year 3: 23 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||278 hours|
|Independent learning:||922 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.
|70 percent coursework||20 percent written exams||10 percent practical|
|75 percent coursework||15 percent written exams||10 percent practical|
|50 percent coursework||45 percent written exams||5 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?
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; find out more.
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 Cargo Operations
- Air Transport - Security and Safety
- Airline and Airport Marketing
- Airport Operations
- Introduction to Finance and Economics
- Professional Skills and Development
- Structure and Development 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
- Why Airlines Fail
Year 3 Modules
- Aviation Finance and Economics
- Aviation in the Global Context
- Business and Enterprise (optional)
- Coordination, Cooperation and Collaboration in the Air Transport Industry (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
Dr Adrian Guachalla