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A perfect fit for someone that has an interest in aviation, our BA (Hons) Airline and Airport Management degree will help give you the knowledge and practical experience to pursue a successful career in this field. With over 20 years’ experience in delivering aviation degrees, we have a strong track-record of helping students meet the contemporary needs of this global industry.
The course has been developed with input from industry professionals and continues to respond to the ongoing changes taking place within the sector. With London and South East airports nearby, you’ll be perfectly placed for networking, placement opportunities, and applying for great jobs when you graduate.
Having lecturers that have previously worked in aviation was fantastic because they were able to provide us with real knowledge and an idea of what it is really like, rather than what may be regarded as simply teaching from a textbook.Sarah Clarke
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
Why study this subject?
A degree in airline and airport management will help propel you into the world of aviation. The courses focuses on developing your business management skills, tailored to the requirements of working with airlines and airports.
There are a wide range of roles that this degree could take you, including working at airports, airlines, ground-handlers, cargo operators, aviation tech companies, consulting firms, government bodies, among many others.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
The aviation industry never sleeps, and we’ve designed our BA (Hons) Airline and Airport Management degree to help you become part of this exciting world.
We have a strong focus on employability, and our training partners and professional connections give you the chance to immerse yourself in the industry. Our close proximity to Heathrow and other major UK airports – along with their suppliers – means you’re perfectly placed for networking, seasonal jobs and work placements that are available.
You will learn from skilled lecturers within the School of Aviation and Security who have a high level of working knowledge, based on industry experience. Their teaching will allow you to gain a deep insight into the latest trends and requirements of airline and airport management.
As well as receiving top-class lectures and seminars, students are also supported by personal tutors, module leaders and course leaders. In addition, guest speakers often deliver sessions for students within the University to enrich their learning – previously we have welcomed speakers from TUI, British Airways and Ryanair.
At BNU, we recognise roles in this field are hands-on – that’s why you’ll take part in simulated learning experiences throughout the course using our specialised facilities. You’ll also be able to use our library to support your studies, whether you’re looking for the resources you need or just a quiet place to study.
As part of your studies, you’ll enjoy free membership of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the UK professional association dedicated to the aerospace and aviation industry. As a member, you will be able to participate in a number of exciting industry events, including conferences, guest talks, student competitions, and networking opportunities.
As a BNU student, you will automatically become a member of Bucks Students’ Union giving you access to a wide range of services that we offer for free. You’ll also be able to join the Aviation Society where you’ll have the ability to attend a variety events and experiences. Some examples of what we’ve done in the past include tours of NATS, a Boeing Flight Simulator experience at CAE and a tour at easyJet.
What will I study?
Throughout the course, you’ll complete a mix of aviation and business modules.
During the first year, you’ll be introduced to the structure, operation and security aspects of the aviation industry, as well as, establishing a foundation in marketing and finance delivered in an industry context.
The second year focuses on developing your managerial and analytical skills, where you’ll explore operations further and look into decision making processes. You’ll also look at why airlines fail and study key modules such as people management and ancillary revenue management, before beginning preparation for seasonal employment.
In your final year, you’ll carry out an individual project and follow aviation modules that cover globalisation, sustainability, commercial analysis and planning. You’ll graduate with strong leadership and managerial skills and a broad understanding of the airline and airport field.
How will I be taught and assessed?
Throughout the course, students will be taught through a series of lectures, interactive seminars, workshops, small-group activities, debates, case studies and e-learning materials.
In your second year, we encourage students to undertake industry employment over the spring/summer as part of the Employment Research and Planning module. Students are supported with CV preparation, development of interview techniques and mock assessment days.
You will be assessed in a way that mirrors the requirements of the aviation industry, with assessment methods including:
- group work
- case study based on fieldwork
- written assignments (generally reports)
- cumulative exercises
- preparation of a handbook
- reflective journal
- time-constrained assignments
The University also has a dedicated academic skills centre, Student Learning and Achievement, which can provide additional support in areas such as presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing, research for essay preparation and how to prepare effectively for examinations in addition to being assigned a personal tutor from the academic team.
What facilities can I use?
We’ve invested in a range of state-of-the-art facilities across our campuses to support your learning. Our specialised simulation facilities allow our students to experience real-life airport scenarios, developing their abilities in airfield planning and operations, and crisis and emergency management.
On top of services that BNU provides, we are also members of or partner with a range of external organisations to bolster your industry knowledge:
- We have access to subscription software packages including CAPA, FlightGlobal and The Fresh Connection, which will greatly assist you in your learning and in the completion of several assessments.
- We are classed as an Educational Establishment with Airports Council International Europe through our membership, giving students free access to the latest aviation news and developments.
- We’re part of the London Heathrow Skills Partnership – this means what you study is influenced by the UK’s largest airport and you’ll be one of the first to hear about opportunities. It also helps us give you an up-to-date picture of what is going on in the industry throughout your studies.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 88 - 112
A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. Please refer to the Programme Specification at the bottom of the Course Details tab for the full breakdown of core and optional modules, as well as the credits needed to complete your degree. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Structure of the Air Transport Industry
Air Cargo Operations
Air Transport - Security and Safety
Airline and Airport Marketing
Introduction to Finance and Economics
Developments of the Air Transport Sector
Professional Skills and Development
Year 2 Modules
Ancillary Revenue Management
Airline Crisis and Continuity Management
Management, Leadership and Change
Employment Research and Planning
Human Resource Management
Year 3 Modules
Research Project (optional)
Business and Enterprise (optional)
The Future of the Air Transport Industry
Aviation in the Global Context
Aviation Finance and Economics
What are the tuition fees
Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023
£9,250 per year
Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023
£14,250 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising and skilled leaders and support you in your search to find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
By the time you graduate, you’ll have gained practical work experience and an in-depth knowledge of the aviation sector. This will make you highly employable in the aviation and tourism industries, and qualified to pursue a career in the operations or marketing areas of airlines, airports, ground handlers and cargo operators. Some of the larger airlines and airports offer a limited number of placements on graduate management training programmes which you will be eligible to apply for too.
You might apply for a graduate scheme to get experience in different departments. Or, if you’re keen to keep learning, you could stay on at Buckinghamshire New University and study one of our postgraduate degrees, such as:
- MSc Aviation Security
- MSc International Aviation Regulation and Law
- MSc Aviation Operations and Management
- MSc Organisational Resilience