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Aviation Management & Operations FdSc

The Aviation Academy
Study Location
2 Years (FT)
Costs (per year)
Institution Code
Hull University
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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 that 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 FdSc 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 will benefit from our connections to local flying schools and our specific aviation skills-based courses, providing you with technical skills, knowledge and attitude which will 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. We have an exciting new partnership with Hields Aviation based on the same site, which offers our new degree students two free flying lessons, and thereafter a 10% discount on flying lessons. This is an amazing opportunity to start your training towards a Private Pilot’s Licence.

Entry Requirements

  • 64 UCAS tariff points
  • English & Maths GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C) or equivalent
  • Clear Disclosure Scotland or DBS check
  • Students without the 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.

What you will study

  • Air Transport Development provides you with the knowledge required to understand how the industry developed and how it fits together to form a seamless air transport system. Assessed by a report and presentation (20 credits)
  • Personal & Professional Development serves as an introduction to study at this level. This module will helps you to identify, practise and reflect on study techniques, academic research and written work and is assessed by a presentation and research project (20 credits)
  • Customer Service Management in an Aviation Environment provides you with a fundamental understanding of the customer service environment of airlines and airports, its relative importance to the organisations concerned, the methods used to evaluate its impact and how it might be managed effectively. Assessed by a academic poster and written report (20 credits)
  • Airline Operations allows you to understand the characteristics of different airline operational models and you will discover the rationale behind aircraft choices and why airlines operate to some destinations but not to others. Assessed by report and presentation (20 credits)
  • Health, Safety & Security focuses on the need to acquire specialist health, safety and security knowledge specific to the aviation industry and is assessed by an audit report and presentation (20 credits)
  • Airport Operations will make you aware of the complex nature of airport operations and how the myriad of different organisations involved work together to ensure a safe, secure and efficient system. Assessed by a written report & group presentation (20 credits)
  • Human Resource Management will develop your practical knowledge and develop skills through case studies of human resource management in a range of different organisational settings within the aviation industry. Assessed by a presentation and case study (20 credits)
  • Business Development & Marketing give you an understanding of the way in which air transport organisations develop their business.  You will analyse operating environments, set objectives and goals, determine strategy and develop tactics for airlines and airports. Assessed by a written report and group presentation (20 credits)
  • Decision Making in Air Transport Management provides an understanding of the key management issues and emerging threats facing airlines and airports, the practises used to manage them and the impact on users. Assessed by a written report (20 credits)
  • Principles of Leadership & Management focuses on the theories that have shaped the understanding of leadership and management and how it supports and provides guidance to action for managers and leaders, to help secure their business and its success within the aviation industry. Assessed by a presentation and an academic poster (20 credits)
  • Project Management introduces key concepts and functions of project management, including assessing the viability, managing the performance and evaluating a project. Assessed by an academic poster and written report (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Aviation Economics introduces you to the economics of air transport by exploring costs, revenues, the factors that impact on them and how they are managed. Current trends and developments within the aviation industry will be utilised to highlight the significance of economic theory within air transport. Assessed by a portfolio (20 credits)

You will receive feedback on your formal assessments within four working weeks of the submission date.  Your overall grade for the course and your Foundation Degree classification is based on the marks obtained for the modules studied in year 2 of the course. More information can be found here: Student Information > Regulations

How you will study...

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 College attendance, you will be expected to undertake 10-12 hours of 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 online resources managed by your module tutors, alongside the Learning Hubs at the Aviation Academy and Aireville Campus and the College’s Study Support Team. Average class sizes for HE courses are usually between 6 and 15 students.

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 have completed your Aviation Management & Operations FdSc you may progress onto a third and final year to complete the Air Transport Management BSc (Hons).

What's Next?

Further Study

  • Air Transport Management BSc (Hons) Top-up (Craven College option)


  • Air/Ground Transportation Manager
  • Middle or Senior Manager
  • Airline Route Planner
  • Airline Scheduler
To apply for a full-time higher education programme, please apply via UCAS.
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