Aviation Management & Operations – Pilot Studies FD

There will be a global demand for over half a million new airline pilots over the next two decades, to keep pace with the fleet growth of international airlines and the retirement of their current flight crew. 94,000 of these vacancies will be in Europe alone. This course is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to become a pilot in this fiercely competitive industry.

Course Level:
Level 5
2 Years (FT)
Study Time:
1 ½ days/week
The Aviation Academy (leeds Bradford Airport)
UCAS Code:
Institution Code:
Validated by:
The Open University

FT - £6,750
Fees & Funding

Once the College has finalised its proposals for 2020/21 Tuition Fees more information will be published. Any proposals will be in line with Consumer Price Index, our Fee Policy and Government guidelines and requirements. Please note Foundation Degrees are qualifications in their own right and students progressing from a Foundation Degree to a top-up year are subject to a new fee.


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

The Aviation Management & Operations – Pilot Studies FD 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. 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.

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 combination of technical training with the development of research and analytical skills will provide a broad base from which to continue learning or job progression.

The course also includes Work Related Learning modules which introduce realistic work-place scenarios and case studies. Students are encouraged to secure placements 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 discussion and activities. Alongside course contact hours, 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. Independent studies are supported by Moodle, an on-line electronic resource platform managed by module tutors.  The average class size for this course is 15-20.

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 – Pilot Studies FD you can progress to the BSc (Hons) Air Transport Management for a final year.


The module map provides a list of the modules you will study during the course; six x 20 credit modules each year (120 credits) are studied at each level.

Level 4

Semester Module Title Credits Formal Assessment
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


Semester Module Title Credits Formal Assessment
2 Airline Operations 20 Report x 2
2 Health, Safety & Security in Air Transport 20 Audit Report & Presentation
2 Airport Operations 20 Report & Presentation

Level 5

Semester Module Title Credits Formal Assessment
1 Aircraft General & Principles of Flight 20 Multiple Choice Exam & Booklet
1 Human Performance & Limitations 20 Multiple Choice Exam & Case Study Report
1 Air Law 20 Multiple Choice Exam & Report


Semester Module Title Credits Formal Assessment
2 Flight Performance, Planning & Procedures 20 Multiple Choice Exam & Presentation
2 Meteorology 20 Multiple Choice Exam & Report
2 Navigation 20 Multiple Choice Exam, Flight Plan & Rationale Practical Demonstration

Further information on feedback, pass marks and classifications can be found in Regulations for Awards Validated by The Open University.

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.



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