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UDAAAMFY - BSc (Hons) Airline, Airport and Aviation Management (including foundation year)

Course Specification

Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Science Level Honours
Possible interim awards Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Science, Preparatory Diploma, Preparatory Certificate
Total credits for course 480
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Subject Area Business and Management
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Part-time 6 YEARS 8 YEARS
Full-time 4 YEARS 8 YEARS
Course leader  

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

Airline, airport and aviation management course was developed to introduce the skills and competences that students need to build their careers in the aviation industry through learning about airline, airport operations and the aviation strategic management. The aviation sector has a very complex range of skills that are linked, from the use of the latest technologies to the management of onboard catering and of the successful operation of airlines and airports.

The highly progressive aviation industry provides excellent examples of management and business practice in the sector with highly innovative, competitive and constantly evolving with new technologies. The recent developments of international airports in the globe with advanced aviation management techniques and protocols paved the way to attract highly qualified professionals to the sector. The dynamic management of busy airports such as the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Beijing Capital International Airport and the Dubai International Airport, among others, is a key example of how the industry can be transformational for whole economies. Robots in terminals, automated vehicles on the airfield and baggage-related robots are also gaining traction. The course focuses on providing students with the necessary skills to be able to manage highly technological environments.

Airlines are showing a great commitment to improving the efficiency of their operations, communication and customer satisfaction. They are working on realising the full potential of artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, chatbots optimisation tools etc. Virtual reality and immersive experiences are being developed to change passenger experiences when making reservations and flying. The course aims to equip students with knowledge on how technologies can be used to build distinctive competitive advantages.

The course also focuses on how innovation in the aerospace sector helps in reducing emissions from the aviation sector. The use of composite materials, fuel efficient engines, lighter seats, new technologies in painting etc has greatly reduced the industry’s carbon footprint.
The understanding of the aviation system interactions between airports, airlines, Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP), ground handling companies, maintenance providers etc is promoted on this course. The aviation system is a socio- technical ‘system of systems’ encompassing critical human factors considerations such as usability, training, design, maintenance, safety, procedures, communications, workload and automation. The challenges brought about by the different system interactions are well explored on this course.
The course was developed with industry knowledge and retains a strong link to the practical management skills that the aviation industry requires, and which inform the learning, teaching and assessment strategies. Guest speakers from airlines industry and alumni (former students) are invited to share their practical experience which will support the core teaching and employability focus of this programme. Assessments use relevant case study materials available from industry and scenarios that build confidence about the key issues that the sector faces. To support the teaching and assessments with up-to-date information in aviation data analysis various sector databases are considered.

This course (level 3 to level 6) develops a skills-set and knowledge grounded in Business and Management, exploring amongst others, themes of knowledge management, sustainability and leadership in the context of aviation management. It recognises the importance of today’s global community, which demands graduates with sound business skills and knowledge, appreciation of cultural differences, and comprehension of the variety in governance regulation, legislation and practice. These are the rudimentary necessities for graduates to operate effectively and confidently within multinational organisations such as airlines and airports.

To equip students with this requirement the course develops an understanding of the global business environment in which airlines and airports operate through the study of economics, human resource, marketing and finance. Integral to this course is the development of decision-making skills from the operational to the international strategic levels. Transferable skills that are necessary for a career in aviation are developed through engagement with real life and virtual business issues, enabling the study of key aspects of management and leadership. The course has got a good spread of modules which cover among other things low probability, high impact events such as the current pandemic. The modules cover contemporary industry risk assessment methods, crisis management and corporate short term and long- term planning. Additionally, due to the nature of the course, the learning environment mirrors that of an international organisation where students are encouraged to learn with and from each other about their different backgrounds, cultures and perspectives.

The overall approach to learning and teaching focuses on making students independent learners and developing their confidence to succeed and progress as appropriate. The priority is to engage with the programme via the development of appropriate and inclusive ‘teaching’ styles while acknowledging that some students need additional support for this journey. The delivery patterns are flexible and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis to allow, where required, blended learning and direct delivery. This is to allow for changes in current pandemic situation and onwards.

All staff are periodically trained through continuous professional development programmes, their teaching is reviewed, and have regular reminders of the requirements for good practice in teaching and learning. Module architecture and assessment strategies are reviewed regularly for their robustness to ensure they fulfil the overarching strategy of the university for a supportive educational environment. The drive for independent learning is achieved via the process of introducing ideas in the contact periods (face-to-face and online), stimulating debates and the use of assessment instruments to encourage discovery.

Course aims

The principal aim of the course is to provide an academically rigorous programme of study that gives student knowledge and understanding of core subjects relevant to business management with emphasis on the international context of business and the management of airlines and airports.

The purpose of the course follows that set out in the QAA benchmarks for Business and Management (QAA, November 2019):

Increasing understanding of organisations, their management, the economy and the business environment [with reference to airline and airport organisations]
Preparation for, and development of, a career in business and management
Enhancement of a wide range of skills and attributes which equip graduates to become effective global citizens

The underlying philosophy of this multidisciplinary course is to provide an education experience that gives a sound academic base focusing on the international business environment of aviation management and that is designed to demonstrate coherence and progression within the different business management disciplines.

The curriculum provides students with an understanding of the international business environment and the techniques, concepts and principles that make businesses successful and efficient in the context of the aviation system. Students will have the opportunity to study the management of international business, acquire real life and virtual business experience and explore the factors that influence business from an international perspective. Students will also be able to develop an appreciation of the wider context of their studies in terms of social and ethical issues and a respect for cultural diversity.

The aims of the BSc Airline, Airport and Aviation Management (including foundation year) are to:

Orientate students to study at university level and provide them with an opportunity to develop their academic and practical skill sin order to progress to further study;

Introduce students to the context of business management and the concepts of dealing with customers.

The overall aims of the full BSc Airline, Airport and Aviation Management (including foundation year) degree course are:
To deliver a contemporary and dynamic programme of study which provides students with the knowledge and skills inherent in the subject to prepare them for a career in the industry by increasing their understanding of organisations, their management, the economy and the business environment.
To enable students to explore and examine key concepts, principles and techniques that make businesses successful and efficient and to link the multi-disciplinary subjects of business management (including aviation management) coherently in the context of the business world.
To develop student’s knowledge of the decision-making process, as well as the social, cultural and ethical environment in which businesses operate, students are provided with opportunities to engage with leading edge themes of business management including sustainability, leadership, globalisation, entrepreneurship, innovation and corporate social responsibility.
To develop students’ academic, intellectual and practical skills and promote their ability to critically analyse, synthesise, and evaluate business management principles in a wide range of appropriate contexts, a central feature of this course is its emphasis on lifelong learning skills, including self-evaluation and reflection, which enable students to make informed decisions about their future professional career.

The degree is organised into four levels with specific aims, as follows:

Level 3 (foundation year) aims to orientate students to study at university level in preparation for further study, introduce them to business contexts and concepts and help them to develop both academic and professional skills.
Level 4 aims to provide the underpinning theoretical principles and approaches inherent in the disciplines of events management, and it develops students’ critical, analytical, and self-reflection skills; it enhances the understanding of the aviation industry and its role within a wider leisure, tourism, travel and business context and how these relate to society.
Level 5 deepens the student’s knowledge in each of the main subjects, such as managing, leading, marketing and decision-making. The aim is to develop their intellectual skills such as understanding and problem solving and to promote their ability to analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate business decisions; provide students with the theory and application of key aviation management concepts, approaches, techniques and skills suitable to the development of a professional career in events management; foster an awareness of the social, cultural, economic and political environment in which the events industry operates, and the strategic implications and broader social responsibilities that this environment generates.
Level 6 aims to utilise the skills and knowledge gained at previous levels and challenge students intellectually and promote independent learning through an individual research project; create graduates who possess the relevant specific skills needed in the industry upon their successful completion of the course (including, but not limited to: time management, prioritisation, numeracy, communication and leadership, as well as life-long learning) and who are capable of driving their career forward.
In addition, students on this course are offered the opportunity to undertake a work placement year prior to completing their final year of study (see point 19 below).

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course, students will be able to: demonstrate confidence, resilience, ambition and creativity and will act as inclusive, collaborative and socially responsible professionals in their discipline (ULO)

Thus, upon graduating with an honours degree in Airline, Airport and Aviation Management, students will typically:

LO1: Have the confidence needed to take leadership decisions in challenging situations

LO2: Possess the necessary communication skills that will help them adopt a global and multicultural perspective in their professional context

LO3: Be cognisant of the effects of the social and environmental effects of their decisions and will remain active citizens of the places they live and work,

LO4: Demonstrate application of creative thinking skills to practical problems, and possess the analytical and organizational skills to translate creative ideas to operational solutions in aviation industry,

LO5: Have a wide knowledge and understanding of the broad range of areas of business and management and the detailed relationships with other businesses between these and their application to practice relevant to the Airline, Airport and Aviation Management.

LO6: Consistently demonstrate a command of subject-specific skills as well as proficiency in generic skills and attributes.

LO7: Have a view of business and management that is relevant to aviation and influenced by a wide range of learning sources, based on a proactive and independent approach to learning,

LO8: Be distinguished from the basic standard (threshold) of achievement by their enhanced capacity to develop and apply their own perspectives to their studies, to deal with uncertainty and complexity, to explore alternative solutions, to demonstrate critical evaluation and to integrate theory and practice in a wide range of situations.

Principle QAA benchmark statements

QAA Business and Management Benchmark (Nov 2019)

Assessment strategy

The assessment strategy is based on the model of progressive and inclusive curriculum, QAA Subject Benchmark Standards and Learning, Teaching and Assessment Framework, with study skills being introduced, then practiced and finally assessed in one or consecutive modules.

Assessment methods intend to be appropriate to the aims and level of the module and its desired learning outcomes. At level 3, assessments focus on the basic principles of business and skills that will help them to understand business concepts and develop both academic and professional skills.
At level 4, assessments intend to focus on assessing student’s knowledge and comprehension, then assess application and analysis skills at level 5, to finally assess the ability to synthesise and evaluate information, at level 6. Additionally, assessments in level 4 tend to employ forms that students are likely to be familiar with from earlier stages of education (e.g. essays, presentations and tests), while new forms of assessment, more advanced in digital literacy and linked to professional business environment (e.g. blogs, business pitch, report, audit, portfolio, consultancy, etc.) are introduced in levels 5 and 6. The variety of assessments allow for personalisation, with students being given a choice of the object of study.

Before and after the assessment, formative feedback and feed-forward is embedded in the course at all levels, where students can discuss draft work and early research findings. Modules use varied feedback mechanisms, including oral feedback in taught sessions, written feedback on draft work (eg comments on blog posts), feedback sessions (in-class and online via Blackboard Collaborate), written and audio feedback on the final work and sometimes visual feedback (eg mind maps of feedback on draft work, eg dissertation). The timeline of feedback provision is in line with University policies and standards, and marking schemes for levels 4, 5 and 6 respectively are employed in all modules.
Following completion of the foundation year, the BSc Airline, Airport and Aviation Management (including foundation year) prepares graduates for the challenges of working in the dynamic Aviation industry. As such, the following knowledge and skills will be imparted.
Student learning is organised around direct contact time with the teaching team and directed learning activities. In addition to formal learning activities, such as tutor led interactive sessions, lectures or tutor facilitated workshops. Students are expected to complement this with reading additional materials as directed, such as academic journal articles, press material and textbooks. A range of learning materials will be available via the University’s current VLE (WebLearn).

Transferable skills are introduced and initially developed through compulsory modules at level 4 and via specific core modules at subsequent levels. The study of airline, airport and aviation management, its problem solution processes and decision-making issues means that the core skills of communication, numeracy, information technology, self-management, interpersonal skills and the conduct of research are present in all the core modules on the course. Critical thinking is developed and stimulated throughout the whole curriculum at all levels of study and culminates in the final year Dissertation/Project/Consultancy module.

The development of employability and professional practice skills throughout the course will enable students to record achievement and evidence of personal development planning (PDP) in their progress files.

All assessments (apart from artefacts and written exams) are submitted online via Weblearn/Turnitin to ensure timely submission and monitoring of engagement. Online submission enables anonymous marking and guarantees equal access for all module tutors and external markers to assignments.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

The Careers and Employability Team assists students in obtaining placements tailored to students’ needs and/or circumstances. Its service is targeted to support students before, during and after their placement. Placement preparation workshops or one-to-one interviews run during the year prior to the placement to provide advice and support on aspects such as CVs, job applications, interview technique and job search strategies. Individual support is provided during the placement, complementing the role of academic placement supervisors, and reflection and debriefing workshops are organised in the year following placement. Staff have contacts with potential employers in many business sectors so students will benefit from this network.

Currently it is possible to undertake work placements or internships that are worth 15 credits during or outside term-time. Two modules are offered: ‘Learning Through Work’, which focuses on the learning experience in an employee position for a minimum of 5 weeks (or the equivalent of this part-time); and ‘Creating a Winning Business’ which applies to a taught learning experience where students develop a business plan.

It is also possible to obtain work experience and credit by taking the module 'Professional Experience Year Placement' as a year-long 30 credit option module. This module, also known as internship, normally takes place between levels 5 and 6. This arrangement will be subjected to approval. Students are required to seek further advice on funding implications as the year-long placement module will extend the course duration to four years. The Careers and Employability Team is responsible for assisting students to obtain short placements.

Course specific regulations

PrepCert Airline, Airport and Aviation Management: 60 credits at Level 3
PrepDip Airline, Airport and Aviation Management: 120 credits at Level 3
CertHE Airline, Airport and Aviation Management: 120 credits at Level 4
DipHE Airline, Airport and Aviation Management: 240 credits at Level 5
BSc (unclassified) Airline, Airport and Aviation Management: 300 credits at Level 6 (excluding Project/Dissertation)
BSc (Honours) Airline, Airport and Aviation Management: 360 credits at Level 6 (including Project/Dissertation)

The module requirements are according to the university undergraduate assessment regulations, (see 2.2 Regulations for Undergraduate Assessment)

Modules required for interim awards

PrepCert Airline, Airport and Aviation Management: 60 credits at Level 3
PrepDip Airline, Airport and Aviation Management: 120 credits at Level 3
CertHE Airline, Airport and Aviation Management: 120 credits at Level 4
DipHE Airline, Airport and Aviation Management: 240 credits at Level 5
BSc (unclassified) Airline, Airport and Aviation Management: 300 credits at Level 6 (excluding Project/Dissertation)

BSc (Honours) Airline, Airport and Aviation Management: 360 credits at Level 6 (including Project/Dissertation)

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

Developing reflective practice in students is built into the curriculum, and two specific activities to support this are the introduction of Enhancement Weeks and Personal Development Planning (PDP), which are now an established part of the undergraduate programmes.

Enhancement Weeks are scheduled to enable students to engage in broader course-based activities. These include opportunities for reflective engagement with feedback, career preparation and employability development activities, conferences by and for students, and programme planning advice.

PDP is embedded in activities and assessments to encourage and emphasise reflection on learning goals and outcomes, to plan ways to address students’ learning development needs and to capture their learning achievements. PDP on the course involve a variety of processes and formats as appropriate to the discipline (e.g., learning journals, e-portfolios, annotated sketchbooks, case books, skills audits, reflective commentaries, graduation statements).

For example, with regard to reflective learning, most core modules contain explicit statements concerning the practice and assessment of students’ reflective skills both individually and in groups. A wide range of the course modules also assess the student reflective practice through learning journals or logs contributing to personal development planning and career management. In this way, students will be encouraged to develop specific skills increasing their employability prospects by the end of the course.

Generic and transferable skills are integrated into the context of the aviation industry in a wide range of modules that are delivered centrally. Assessment is customised to focus on research and enterprise in sector-context, which enables the promotion of best practice, such as:
Incorporation of a formative assessment task for most modules at each level
Publication and communication of assessment criteria from the outset of module delivery
Provision of details on feedback, including timing and overall management at module and course levels

Other external links providing expertise and experience


Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development

To prepare students for a career in aviation and enhance life-long learning skills, students will get the opportunity to engage with employers through a variety of mechanisms in core modules at levels 4, 5 and 6, including curricular and co-curricular activities taking place throughout the course. During the course of level 4 students will complete a skills and employability audit, which will feed into the more detailed focus on professional aspirations within the sector.

There is a field course (optional) that involves international travel and visits to airlines and airports overseas. For example, recently, students did travel to the United States of America and United Arab Emirates. The travel arrangement takes students’ circumstances into account and consult the relevant offices to arrange the travel for international students as it invovles visa approval. Alumni visiting the course as guest lecturers also support the programme. A student-led Aviation Society has direct contacts with industry for guest speakers and outside visits.

This course has helped many graduates to successfully secure positions in organisations like British Airways, Heathrow Airport, Virgin Atlantic, EasyJet, Flybe, Ryanair, Etihad, Emirates, FlyDubai, Vancouver Airport, National Air Traffic Control Services (NATS), Civil Aviation Authority, Motts McDonald, Gatwick Airport Ltd, London City Airport Ltd, Qatar Airways.
Some became entrepreneurs while each year nearly 20 per cent of our graduates successfully apply for postgraduate courses in the UK. Worldwide, demand for aviation management students within the global aviation industry is growing.

Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations & exemptions

You'll be encouraged to obtain membership of the Royal Aeronautical Society membership and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

Career opportunities

Aviation is a global industry so you’ll have a wide range of opportunities available to you on graduation. Well-equipped to become a leader or manager within the aviation industry, you could go on to work in areas such as operations, strategy, planning or regulations within the sector.

Many of our graduates have gone on to work for major airlines and airports such as British Airways, easyJet, London City Airport, London Gatwick and London Heathrow. There are also career opportunities in National Air Traffic Control and the Civil Aviation Authority.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

If you're a mature student with significant work experience, you can apply for this course based on the knowledge and skills you've developed through your professional career to date.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2019/20 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 22 Aug 2019 Last validation date 22 Aug 2019  
JACS codes 100089 (management studies): 100%
Route code AAAMFY

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 03 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
BA3005 Using and Managing Data and Information Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM THU PM
MN3101 Development for Success in Business Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM FRI AM
MN3102 The Context of Business Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM WED PM
MN3104 Orientation for Success in Higher Education Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM TUE PM

Stage 1 Level 03 January start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
BA3005 Using and Managing Data and Information Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM TUE AM
MN3101 Development for Success in Business Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM WED AM
MN3102 The Context of Business Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM MON AM
MN3104 Orientation for Success in Higher Education Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM MON AM

Stage 2 Level 04 October start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CA4050 Air Cargo Services and Operations Core 15 NORTH AUT WED PM
CA4052 Airport Management Core 15 NORTH AUT MON AM
CA4053 Fundamentals of Airline Management and Operation Core 15 NORTH SPR MON AM
FE4455 Understanding the Business and Economic Environ... Core 15 NORTH SPR MON PM
MC4161 Principles of Marketing: for Creative Industrie... Core 15 NORTH SPR THU PM
          NORTH SPR THU AM
MN4063 Understanding and Managing Data Core 15 NORTH AUT TUE AM
          NORTH AUT TUE PM
          NORTH AUT WED AM
          NORTH AUT WED PM
MN4162 Principles of Management (in Aviation Context) Core 15 NORTH AUT MON PM
MN4W53 Learning Through Organisations (Professional Pr... Core 15 NORTH SPR THU AM

Stage 3 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CA5054 Airline Commercial Planning Core 15        
CA5055 Airline Revenue and Pricing Management Core 15        
CA5056 Aviation Psychology and Human Factors Core 15        
CA5057 Safety and Security for Aviation Core 15        
CA5058 Risk and Crisis Management Core 15        
LT5078 Sustainability, Business and Responsibility Core 15 NORTH AUT MON AM
FE5056 Problem Solving: Methods and Analysis Alt Core 15        
MN5070 The Practice of Consultancy Alt Core 15        
MN5W50 Creating a Winning Business 1 Alt Core 15 NORTH AUT WED PM
          NORTH AUT THU PM
          NORTH AUT THU AM
          NORTH SPR THU PM
          NORTH SPR WED PM
          NORTH SPR THU AM
MN5W55 Learning through Work Alt Core 15 NORTH AUT THU AM
          NORTH SPR THU AM
          NORTH SPR WED PM
          NORTH AUT WED PM
LT5091 Cultural Tourism Management Option 15        
MN5072 International Selling and Negotiation Option 15        
MN5073 Developing Inclusive Organisations Option 15        
MN5076 Fundamentals of Project Management Option 15        

Stage 4 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CA6058 Airline and Airport Strategic Management Core 15        
CA6059 Airport Planning and Development Core 15        
CA6060 Financial decision - Making in context for Avia... Core 15        
CA6061 Brand Management in Aviation Core 15        
CA6062 Leading Innovation in the Aviation Industry Core 15        
FE6P04 Dissertation Alt Core 30        
MN6P05 Consultancy Project Alt Core 30        
FE6052 Personal Finance Option 15 NORTH SPR THU PM
LT6091 Service Excellence for Creative industries Option 15