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Aviation Management & Operations FD

This programme focuses on the management of the airport, airline and ancillary businesses, providing you with a broad understanding of this exciting industry and training in the core competencies you will need for a career in aviation management.

Based airside at Leeds Bradford Airport, you will study adjacent to an airport which contributes £336m to the local economy each year, which generates 2,350 direct jobs and has 3.6m passengers per annum with strong growth prospects. Many students find employment with Leeds Bradford Airport, whilst others use the airport experience as a basis for global careers.

The Aviation Management & Operations FD is ideal if you are looking to pursue a career in aviation or if you are already employed in the industry wishing to move into management. You can benefit from our connections to local flying schools and our specific aviation skills based academies and courses, which provide you with technical skills, knowledge and attitude which enable you to progress into the Aviation industry.  Your studies are supported throughout by our partnership with and Jet2holidays and other key organisations including Leeds Bradford Airport.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, guest speakers, visits and seminar sessions, which will be supported through group discussion and activities. Alongside course contact hours, you will be expected to undertake 10-12 hours independent study each week such as reading journal articles and books, undertaking research from academic and technical texts and preparing for assessments, presentations or examinations.  Your independent study is supported by the excellent Moodle, an online electronic resource platform managed by your module tutors alongside the Learning Hubs at the Aviation Academy and Aireville Campus and the College’s Specialist Support Centre.  The average class size for this course is 15-20.

You will receive feedback on your formal assessments within four working weeks of the submission date.  You must receive a pass mark of 40 or above in all modules to achieve the Foundation Degree.  Your overall grade for the course and your Foundation Degree classification are based on the marks obtained for all modules.  More information can be found in the Regulations for Awards Validated by The Open University.    

The course includes Work-Related Learning modules that introduce realistic workplace scenarios and case studies. Students are encouraged to secure placement/s within airlines, airports, flying clubs or ground handling agents to help provide operational context to the classroom-based studies.

A Foundation Degree is a nationally recognised qualification in its own right and is equal to the first two years of the full BSc (Hons) course. Once you complete your Aviation Management & Operations FD you can progress onto a third and final year to complete the Air Transport Management BSc (Hons).

The Aviation Academy
Study Location
2 Years (FT)
FT - £6,950
Institution Code
The Open University
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Entry Requirements

  • 48 UCAS tariff points (formerly 120 UCAS points)
  • English & Maths GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C) or equivalent
  • Clear DBS check

Students without necessary qualifications but with relevant work experience are encouraged to apply for an interview.

In addition, if you have a relevant HNC you may be able to transfer credit in certain modules onto the Foundation Degree.

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What you will study

1 • Development of the Air Transport System 20 Report & Presentation
1 • Personal & Professional Development 20 Presentation & Research Project
1 • Managing Customer Service in an Aviation Environment 20 Case Study & Presentation
2 • Airline Operations 20 Report x 2
2 • Health, Safety & Security in Air Transport 20 Audit Report and Presentation
2 • Airport Operations 20 Presentation and Report
1 • Decision Making in Air Transport Management 20 Report
1 • Introduction to Air Transport Economics 20 Closed Book Examination
1 • Principles of Leadership and Management 20 Presentation Including an Academic Poster
2 • Business Development & Marketing in Air Transport 20 Closed Book Examination
2 • Human Resource Management in the Workplace 20 Presentation and Case Study
2 • Project Management 20 Academic Poster and Report

What's Next?

To apply for a full-time higher education programme, please apply via UCAS.

Further Study

  • Air Transport Management BSc (Hons) Top-up (Craven College option)
  • Business Management in the Service Sector BA (Hons) Top-up (Craven College option)


  • Air/Ground Transportation Manager
  • Middle or Senior Manager
  • Airline Route Planner
  • Airline Scheduler