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Aviation Management - BA (Hons) Degree

Please note this course is subject to validation for 2022 entry.

The BA Aviation Management degree is a dedicated aviation qualification which will introduce students to various aspects of the aviation industry. Students will gain an understanding of all aspects of; aviation law, aviation strategic management, airport operations management and, human issues relating to aviation.

The programme will be available in both full-time and part-time modes of study. The full-time programme is dedicated to ensuring that students receive world class training and education in the latest Aviation Management theories and systems to ensure employment in the industry post-graduation. The Part-time mode of study will be a particularly attractive option for people already working within the industry to gain an internationally recognised qualification and to enhance their skills and understanding of the industry as a whole.

The BA in Aviation Management aims to: 

  • Equip the aviation sector with innovative and highly skilled aviation management specialists who have the correct combination of academic knowledge and skills to meet the industry’s current and future needs. 
  • Develop highly skilled graduates capable of adding significant value to companies in the aviation sector. 
  • Develop discipline specific and generic leadership skills that will ensure that our graduates obtain long term and meaningful employment within the sector.

This programme is subject to validation for September 2022 entry and the information provided may be subject to change. All new programmes at the University must undergo validation, the purpose of which is to ensure that the proposed programme is aligned to the University's Mission and its content reflects appropriate levels of academic standards and quality.

Course information on this page relates to 2022 entry

Course Content

Students attending this programme will study a wide range of subject areas namely: 

Year 1 

  • Business and Information Systems 20 Credits 
  • Fundamentals of Aviation Management 20 Credits 
  • Environmental Management 20 Credits 
  • Aviation Operations 20 Credits 
  • Supply Chain and Logistics Management 20 Credits 
  • Aviation Legislation 20 Credits 

Year 2 

  • Aviation Law (Employment) 20 Credits 
  • Aviation Security Management 20 Credits 
  • Quality Assurance 20 Credits 
  • Aviation Safety Management 20 Credits 
  • Financial Management and Economics 20 Credits 
  • Global Marketing 20 Credits 

Year 3 

  • Aviation Law (Transportation of Goods) 20 Credits 
  • Human Factors in Aviation 20 Credits 
  • Project Management 20 Credits Advances in Aviation 20 Credits 
  • Aviation Research Project (Individual) 40 Credits

Learning & Teaching

The modules contained within this course use a wide range of teaching and learning approaches. Standard lectures will be delivered in appropriately equipped laboratories and lecture rooms are supplemented by group discussion and group problem solving exercises and group games in order to consolidate learning and apply theory in to a range of simulated aviation operational environments. Visits to airports and aviation companies as well as guest lectures from experienced managers from within the aviation industry will provide an enhanced view of the practical world of AM. Work placements will enable students to contextualise the learning gained by the student from the theoretical phases of the programme and, will provide the necessary ‘shop window’ to show their skills, knowledge and talents to future employers from within the sector. 

The Aviation Research module will encourage full-time students to work within organisations in order to apply their research work in to a real-life setting. Part time students will be expected to apply their research in their place of work. A significant amount of work will be required by the students through independent learning and self-study. During these periods students will be supported by the Moodle VLE where key texts, study guides and research papers will be available to study. 

Each student will be supported by the allocation of a personal tutor who will provide pastoral support for the student’s time on the course. The Course Director will also provide strategic leadership and direction to the course and will be available to each student who has specific issues regarding course content and structure. The programme will be delivered by experts within their field of study. These will include aviation management specialists as well as operations, logistics and law experts who will impart the latest theories and insights from their respective subject areas.


With the exception of the aviation research project (dissertation), all module assessment is based upon 5,000 words (or equivalent) assessments. These assessments are diverse in nature and will range from the traditional essay to presentations, industry reports and discussion sessions and collaborative investigation projects. The assessment methods are designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of theoretical, applied and professional practice issues. Close engagement with the aviation industry is key to this course and so much of the assessment work will be focused upon industry reports and consultancy projects undertaken with the aviation organisations and, assessment of the work will involve the input of industry experts to ensure that the skills and knowledge learn are relevant to the sector. 

The aviation research project can be presented either as a traditional 12,000word report or in the format of 2 x industry reports that provide a coherent connection between each other (e.g. a detailed literature review followed by a Case study in the same area for instance.

Employability & Careers

It is expected that many graduates from this course will go on to obtain positions within the aviation industry in areas such as: operations and production managers, logistics managers and general managers with a wide-ranging responsibility for all aspects of aviation management. The course provides entry on to a wide range of taught and research degree Masters programmes within the University where graduates can progress on to either an MA, MSc or MRes in order to develop and enhance their knowledge base and area of expertise. 

Close connection with Professional Bodies such as The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) will enable students to work towards chartered status of their institution thus increasing the employability opportunities of the student. It is expected that this programme will obtain accreditation under CILT to provide membership status to our graduates.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Foundation route:

Applicants will preferably have a minimum of five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) and 32 points from at least one A level (or equivalent)


Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), plus 112 points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent).  

Typical offers may include:

  • 112 points from at least two A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma considered as the third subject

  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit

  • 112 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination with Advanced Highers

  • 112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades.  Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4

  • 112 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.        

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Mature students

A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For programme specific enquiries please contact Programme Director, Dr Nicholas Jephson:

Key Course Information

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Management

Course Length:
Three years full-time. 
Five years part-time.

Part-time fees:
Charges are per single module unless specified: undergraduate = 10 credits. Generally students will study 60 credits per year; to obtain a true costing please clarify this by contacting the programme leader directly.


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