Aviation Management & Operations – Pilot Studies FD

Take one step closer to becoming a captain of the sky and benefit from our specialist Pilot Training and Flight Education. This course is designed to arm you with the essential knowledge and skills you need to progress as a pilot in this high flying environment.

The Foundation Degree in Aviation Management and Operations Pilot Studies 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 Pilot Studies is ideal if you are looking to pursue a career in aviation or if you are already employed in the industry and have a specific interest in studying for a Pilot’s Licence. The course has been developed to provide operational knowledge and understanding for those wishing to embark on a career as a pilot or in ground operations management.

You will gain a basic grounding of the aviation industry and study theoretical knowledge for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Private Pilot’s Licence arming you with the ability to progress towards your career as a pilot. Upon successful completion of the course students will have achieved not only the Foundation Degree, but also eight of the nine theory examinations required by the CAA (we are unable to offer Communications exam although this can be arranged separately by you, with our guidance). If you are looking to pursue the practical experience needed to become a pilot, you can register formally with the CAA and complete the required flying training and hours alongside your foundation degree (at your own expense). The College has partnered with PTT Aviation who offer practical flying lessons to complement the classroom-based theory taught on this course. The combination of technical training with development of research and analytical skills will provide a broad base from which to continue learning or job progression.

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 course also includes Work Related Learning modules that introduce realistic work-place  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. 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 one full day and one half day each 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 The Aircraft General & Principles of Flight 20 Closed Book Exam and Report
1 Human Performance & Limitations 20 Closed Book Exam and Case Study Report
1 Air Law (WRL 3) 20 Closed Book Exam and Report


Semester Module Title Credits Formal Assessment
2 Flight performance, planning and procedures 20 Closed Book Exam and Presentation
2 Meteorology (WRL 2) 20 Closed Book Exam and Report
2 Navigation 20 Closed book exam and Flight Plan

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:

  • Pilot
  • Aviation Engineering
  • Aircraft Operations (Airline or General Aviation)
  • Air Traffic Services
  • Airline Route Planning
  • Air/Ground Transportation Management
  • Middle or Senior Management


Your choices may include:

  • Air Transport Management BSc (Hons) Top Up at Craven College (The Aviation Academy)
  • Business Management in the Service Sector BA (Hons) at Craven College

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