Aviation Management & Operations FD

The Aviation Management & Operations FD offers a platform to careers relating to aviation management, cabin crew, pilot studies, air transportation or baggage control. With a wide range of modules you will leave with extensive knowledge of the industry.

The Foundation Degree in Aviation Management and Operations is delivered at Craven College and is validated by The Open University. A foundation degree is a nationally recognised qualification in its own right and is equal to the first two years of a full BA or BSc (Hons) course and a Higher National Diploma.

Course Level:
Level 5
2 Years (FT)
Leeds Bradford Airport
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Validated by:
The Open University


The Foundation Degree in Aviation Management & Operations 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. The Aviation Academy is based at Leeds Bradford Airport, the location of which provides a unique and stimulating learning environment.  The College’s physical proximity to aviation employers is matched by good working relationships which have led to a number of initiatives and developed sustainable relationships with employers, delivering education and training according to their needs. The College works directly with aviation companies including Jet2.com, Swissport and the Airport Authorities to ensure that as a student you have the most current knowledge and opportunities.

The programme focusses on the management of 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.

The course also includes Work Related Learning modules that introduce realistic workplace scenarios and case studies.  It is hoped that students will secure placement/s within airlines, airports, flying clubs or ground handling agents to help provide operational context to the classroom based studies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, guest speakers, visits and seminar sessions, which will be supported through group discusson and activities. Alongside course contact hours, you will be expected to undertake independent study 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 alongside LRC at the Aireville Campus and the College’s specialist support centre.  this appropriate for The Aviation Academy?) Independent studies are supported by Moodle, an on-line electronic resource platform managed by your module tutors.

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 full-time course is studied over 2 years (six 20 credit modules each year), normally over one full day and one half day per week.

The module map provides a list of the modules you will study during the course; six modules (120 credits) are studied at each level.

Level 4

Semester Module Title Credits Formal Assessment
1 Development of the Air Transport System 20 Report and Presentation
1 Sustainability in Aviation (PPD) 20 Presentation and Research Project
1 Customer Service 20 Presentation and Case Study


Semester Module Title Credits Formal Assessment
2 Airline Operations 20 Report x 2
2 Health, Safety and Security in Air Transport (WRL1) 20 Report and Presentation
2 Airport Operations 20 Presentation and Report

Level 5

Semester Module Title Credits Formal Assessment
1 Decision Making in Air Transport Management 20 Report
1 Introduction to Air Transport Economics 20 Closed book examination
1 Route Analysis 20


Semester Module Title Credits Formal Assessment
2 Business Development and Marketing in Air Transport 20 Formal Exam
2 Human Resource Management in the Workplace (WRL2) 20 Research report
2 Project Management in the Aviation Industry (WRL3) 20 Presentation and Research project

Entry Requirements

  • 48 UCAS tariff points (formerly 120 UCAS points).
  • GCSE English & Maths 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.



Your choices may include:

  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Air / Ground Transportation Management
  • Middle or Senior Management
  • Airline Route Planning
  • Airline Scheduling


Your choices may include:

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

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