• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

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 RAF 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 RAF who are qualified in the trade and branches related to the Air Traffic Controller, Flight Operations, Air Battlespace Management, Police and Regiment specialisms. 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.

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.

Overall workload

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: 25 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 297 hours
Independent learning: 903 hours

Year 2: 19 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 226 hours
Independent learning: 974 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.

Year 1

60 percent coursework 40 percent written exams 0 percent practical

Year 2

80 percent coursework 20 percent written exams 0 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?

RAF 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

Module Map

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:

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: £3,000 per year 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.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

How do I apply?

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

Teaching team

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    Mr Wayne Palmer



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.

RAF 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.

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