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BA (Hons) Airline and Airport Management with International Foundation Year

  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe / Uxbridge / Aylesbury
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: January 2022

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No need to wait until September! We are offering you the opportunity to fast-track your foundation year into just six months, starting in January and ending in July.

Upon successful completion, you are then guaranteed a place for your chosen degree course, starting in September.

Designed with insight from a range of aviation and industry experts, this course highlights the constant changes within the sector. We have been a leader in aviation degrees and pilot training for two decades and you’ll benefit from our deep and specialised knowledge of aviation and strong links to the industry.
You’ll graduate with more than just an aviation degree – you’ll have what you need to succeed in this dynamic sector.
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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.

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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.   

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At BNU, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why we’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities through our SU – all to enrich your university experience. 

Why study this subject?

A degree in Airline and Airport Management will help give you the knowledge and practical experience to pursue a successful career in airlines, airports, and every other sector of the aviation industry, including ground handlers, cargo operators, aviation technology companies, consulting firms, government bodies and more.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Our lecturers have excellent links with members of the aviation community and they’re perfectly placed to offer you career advice specific to the sector.

With a strong focus on employability, we look at trends in the industry to make sure your knowledge is up-to-date.

We’re located close to Heathrow and other major UK airports which - along with their suppliers - offer our students seasonal jobs and work placements. You’ll be able to learn more about the inner workings of airport and airline operations and fine tune your career goals.

During your final year you’ll also be given the chance to run your own simulated aviation business in our interactive financial management module, and to work on your own project to write a dissertation or a business plan.


BNU aviation students 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.

You can also be able to join the highly active Students’ Union Aviation Society. You’ll get to meet even more people who are passionate about the industry and guest speakers. The Society organises trips to places of interest, events and conferences to help you stand out when you graduate.

Some of our aviation students have produced an aviation-specific blog. Why not check it out! (Please note that the views expressed within this blog are the views and opinions of our aviation students and not those of the University.) Or why not read our blogs or watch vlogs by our student bloggers.

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BA (Hons) Airline and Airport Management

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.


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What will I study?

During the first year you’ll be introduced to the structure and operation of the aviation industry. You’ll establish a foundation in marketing and people management that will be delivered in an industry context. You’ll also study the security and safety aspects of air transportation and begin to look at related finance and economics.

The second year focuses on developing your managerial and analytical skills. You’ll explore operations further and look into decision making processes. You’ll also look at why airlines fail and study key modules in ancillary revenue management and begin 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?

This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

Buckinghamshire New University has over 20 years’ experience in this field and you will be taught by academics who have experience of working in the aviation industry.

You will also benefit from the team’s connections and valuable networking opportunities. Industry-leading professionals often deliver talks and presentations, providing valuable insight into the profession.

Placements Plus

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.

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Useful Documents

BSc (Hons) Airline and Airport Management Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.


This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

English for Academic and Professional Communication

Global Business and Management

Inquiry Based Learning

Year 2 Modules

Structure of the Air Transport Industry

Air Cargo Operations

Air Transport - Security and Safety

Airline and Airport Marketing

Airport Operations

Introduction to Finance and Economics

Developments of the Air Transport Sector

Professional Skills and Development

Year 3 Modules

Research Methods

Airport Management

Airline Management

Ancillary Revenue Management

Airline Crisis and Continuity Management

Management, Leadership and Change

Employment Research and Planning

Human Resource Management

Year 4 Modules

Research Project (optional)

Business and Enterprise (optional)

The Future of the Air Transport Industry

Aviation in the Global Context

Aviation Finance and Economics

Sustainability Management

Strategic Management

How much does it cost

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Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

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, employable and good leaders. We also help you 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.

Graduates can also choose to stay at BNU and study for a postgraduate course, such as our MSc Aviation Security, MSc International Aviation Regulation and Law, MSc Aviation Operations and Management or MSc Aviation Organisational Resilience.

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