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Aviation Management BSc (Hons) 2017/18 entry

Clearing 2017

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Reasons to make us your clearing choice

  • No. 12 UK University - The Guardian University Guide 2018
  • Awarded Gold in the Teaching and Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • 1st for overseas student experiences in 2015/16 - HESA 2017
  • UK’s top new university - The Guardian and the Complete University Guides 2018
Course code:

HG67

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
6 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017

 

Fees:
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Overview

Does the hustle and bustle of airports thrill you? Aviation Management can teach you the skills needed to be the person in charge of it all!

Fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), this specialised business degree focuses on the dynamic world of airport and airline business operations. It is designed for those potentially seeking a career in some aspect of the management of airlines, airports or air transport services.

We offer a highly immersive experience featuring industry placement opportunities and regular guest lectures, previously from airline CEOs, airline start-up gurus and other senior experts. As well exciting industry field trips overseas, previously to Hong Kong, Canada and the UAE, within the UK past students have visited the Monarch Airlines headquarters at Luton Airport, Birmingham Airport, Heathrow Airport, DHL at East Midlands, Monarch Engineering, the National Air Traffic Services, and many others.

You’ll have access to our cutting-edge educational and industry simulation software and aviation data resources, unique to Coventry at undergraduate level.  You will also have access to our extensive media library of aviation-specific video and audio material on topical subjects, such as the potential location for an extra runway in the London area.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

Fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), which has a presence in more than 30 countries around the world. The course offers full exemption from the educational requirements for Chartered Membership.

What our students say

A mixture of theory and practical work is a great way of learning and the fieldtrips allowed me to put learning into practice.

Ana-Maria Wall, BSc (Hons) Aviation Management, graduated with a first in 2013, now Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance Services at KPMG

Course information

This degree focuses on practical aviation industry operations, placing an emphasis on air transport management as a system of interrelated activities and relationships to ensure safety and security of passengers or goods, increasingly dependent on the critical analysis of complex data and information technology.

As such, we aim to provide a thorough understanding of the aviation industry – the rationales of airport operation management, airport planning and design, airline yield management, airline fleet planning, route management and scheduling, passenger and cargo operations, air transport safety, security and emergency planning, aircraft maintenance, airline strategy, finance and economics, sustainable development of air transport, as well as the real-life strategies for airlines and airport operators at corporate and business levels.

90%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

The programme is structured to assimilate a variety of academic backgrounds, so the first year provides a basic grounding in all aspects of airport and airline business operations, including airline strategy, finance and economics. An understanding of business information technology and international business is provided as background.

Modules

  • Airport Operations and Air Transportation

  • Airline Strategy, Finance and Economics

  • Fundamentals of Aeronautical Engineering

  • International Business and Information Management

  • Professional Development in Aviation Management

  • Business Information Systems

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In the second year, you will focus on the key principles of airline operations, airport passenger and cargo operations, aviation safety, security and emergency planning and aircraft maintenance management, as well as their practical applications at an operations level within the context of various aviation organisations and institutes. The interdependence of the separate areas of air transport, airline terminal functions and logistics operations are explored to provide a depth of knowledge and practical skill in dealing with management problems.

Modules

  • Airline Marketing and Management

  • Aviation Safety, Security and Emergency Planning

  • Airport Operations - Passenger, Cargo and Airfield

  • Operational Research for Aviation Management

  • Transport and Logistics Management

  • Aircraft Maintenance Management

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Following your second year, you will have an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution. Past students have undertaken placements at dozens of locations, such as TUI, PrivateFly, Birmingham Airport, Heathrow Airport, British Airways, Anna.aero, Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Star Alliance.

Overview

During your final year, you will focus on a number of specialist aviation strategic areas, complemented by supporting subjects. At this stage, we take a strategic and international view of the aviation industry and its supply chain issues, investigating current and future issues. For example, in recent years, we have considered the huge impact of events, such as those recently caused by acts of terrorism, health scares and natural disasters, which airlines have no control over and yet which significantly impact upon them and their customers.
The skills of project management are taught and practised as part of a team, as well as within the context of individual research and development. We place particular emphasis on developing your skills in the use of IT systems, analytical techniques and the application of all taught aviation knowledge, which are progressively developed throughout your studies.
The course culminates with your individual research project. Past students have examined the sustainability of long-haul low-cost carriers, the rise and development of all-business-class airlines, and the usefulness nowadays of the in-flight safety demonstration.

Modules

  • Aviation Strategy and Planning

  • Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management

  • Project Management

  • Individual Project

  • Optional modules

    1 of the following:

    • Airline Operations and Scheduling 
    • Human Factors in Aviation 

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

2nd

Our hospitality, event management and tourism courses are ranked 2nd in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • Fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), offering full exemption from the educational requirements for Chartered Membership on completion and the opportunity to enrol as a student affiliate during study.
  • Study in our state-of-the-art £55m Engineering and Computing building, with access to significant industry simulation software and aviation data sources, including Airline Business, AirlineOnline, Air Transport World, Arena, Simulate, capstats.com, flightglobal.pro, Apex and airportcharges.com.
  • Regular programme of hosted site visits at major and regional airlines and airports within the UK and overseas, previously to the Airbus A380 Wing Assembly Plant at Broughton, British Airways OCIC and EPIC Operational Centres at Waterside Heathrow, Birmingham Airport, Bristol Airport, Coventry Airport and London Heathrow Airport Terminals 3 and 5.
  • Hear from guest speakers from airlines, tour operators, suppliers and air transport consultancies, which have previously included AAIB, ACL Airport Co-ordination Ltd, Air Transport News, Aviation Security International, NSAI, East Midlands Airport, Birmingham Airport Ltd, Seabury, SSA and York Aviation.
  • Subscription to the industry-standard online news and database service Flightglobal/pro and Routesonline, providing you with news updates from the aviation sector as it happens.
  • Student-run Society for Aviation Management (SAM), which organises a range of social and professional activities, including a recent simulated airport disaster event at Coventry Airport.
  • 94% of students were satisfied with teaching in the latest National Student Survey (NSS) 2016 and 98% said staff were good at explaining things.

Strong employer links with companies such as Flightglobal, PrivateFly and Birmingham Airport.

Our main study themes are: 

  • Airport Operations and Air Transportation: The fundamentals of air transportation, including the functions of an airport and its main operations carried out to support the airport system. The physical and human requirements of an airport will be explored and the management issues identified.
  • Airline Strategy, Finance and Economics: Covers the strategic, financial, and economic aspects which underpin airlines. We will look at their strategies and how they achieve objectives, as well as the demand for airlines together with their costs, revenues, pricing, key industry trends, problems, and developments. 
  • Aviation Safety, Security and Emergency Planning: Current approaches and applicable regulations to aviation safety and security, encompassing Safety Management Systems (SMS), human factors and the use of technology applicable to aircraft, airports, flights and airline operations. We also consider essential procedures for coping with air and ground emergencies, which will include an Emergency Response Planning workshop.
  • Transport and Logistics Management: You will learn the objectives of efficient transportation and supply chain management (SCM), including achieving high productivity, high quality and seamless transfer of information, products and services between each stage of the supply chain and ultimately to the satisfaction of the customer. 

This course can be studied full-time over three years and part-time over six years. This course starts in September and incorporates a wide range of learning and teaching methods as part of our innovative activity-led learning. 

We motivate you to learn through stimulating activity, such as a project, problem, scenario, case study or enquiry in a classroom, laboratory or work setting. This has been proven to engage students and creates challenge, relevance, integration, professional awareness and variety to help you learn technical, personal and professional skills. When considering airline strategy, for example, we use a number of real-life case studies, such as how the Middle East Big Three airlines – Emirates, Etihad and Qatar – are taking on the world and how other airlines may compete better. 

We run an inspiring programme of guest speakers, which in the past has featured: an airline start-up guru and chief operating officer; a security manager; chief fire officer; highly experienced airline scheduling expert; professional and personal development expert; a vice-president of airline route development and Ryanair’s former head of new routes; and the chief operating officer at Birmingham Airport.

We also organise on site visits, with recent students receiving a presentation from BA’s former CEO now head of its parent company at IAG and the CEO of Birmingham Airport, as well as visiting the bmi headquarters at Castle Donnington, Bristol Airport, the DHL Air Cargo Hub at East Midlands Airport, Dublin Airport and UBM Aviation Routes in Manchester. 

You will work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, as you would in professional practice; this means that you can develop all of the professional skills at the same time as you learn the technical content of your degree. 

Teaching methods on this course include:
Lectures, associated seminars and practical workshop classes.

The assessment types are varied throughout the course with both individual and group work assessed using methods, such as presentations, laboratory work, formal examinations, technical reports, in-class test, online quizzes, posters and simulation models.

Each module will have at least one written assignment. An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows: 

  • Coursework, tests, essays: 50%
  • Formal examinations: 30%
  • Practical or project work: 10%
  • Group work, presentations, posters, other placements etc.: 10%

 

In order to qualify for the award of Bachelor of Engineering, a student must satisfy the University requirements of 300 credits. A student who does not wish to progress to a subsequent year of study may apply for an intermediate award of Diploma of Higher Education if they pass a minimum of 240 credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student with minimum of 120 credits.

30% assessed by exams.

On successful completion, you should be equipped with the skills to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: the operation of organisations in the aviation industry, the role and practices of the various business functions within those organisations, such as airlines and airports, and their external environment; the processes, principles and practice fundamental to the operation of airports and airlines, as well as facilities that support air transport operations; the processes, principles, and practice fundamental to the operation of airline companies, including elements of engineering practice in the industry; established methods for the analysis and design of solutions for logistics problems and the management of warehouse and inventory logistics function in a variety of national and international contexts; a range of current and emerging engineering and business issues affecting the aviation industry.
  • Undertake a problem analysis and exercise reasoned judgement in assessing business and technical requirements, as well as demonstrate techniques to enable the effective control of an aviation or a logistics system.• Conduct effective problem solving, design and decision making using appropriate quantitative and qualitative skills in the identification, formulation and solution of business and technical problems of aviation and logistics industries.
  • Synthesise requirements and opportunities in order to recommend appropriate aviation management policies.• Conduct research into technical and management issues being familiar with a range of data, research sources, and appropriate methodologies.
  • Apply numeracy and the quantitative skills involved in data analysis, interpretation, and modelling of problems and phenomena in the aviation and logistics industry.• Select and use appropriate methods of information and communications technology for business and engineering applications.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of professional responsibilities, including an understanding of the associated ethical and legal issues such as regulations relevant to flight, air travel, and associated ethical, legal and business concerns, deregulation, privatisation, air service agreements, and aviation law.

100%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

In a typical week you will have up to 20 contact hours of teaching.

This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 6 hours of tutorials each week
  • Medium group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars every week
  • Large group teaching: 8 hours of lectures each week

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week, eg. Revising, using guided handouts, online activities etc.

Aviation management is a global business and to increase your employability and develop you as ‘global graduates’, we encourage you to study abroad as part of your degree. We will endeavour to support you in finding a placement anywhere in the world and in seeking financing for that experience.

Placements are currently primarily available in Europe, America or Asia and previous students have been placed in Sri Lanka with Colombo Airport and Riga with AirBaltic. We have links with several dozen universities around the world for those wishing to study abroad or participate in shorter student exchanges.

As part of the ‘Global Experience in Aviation Management’ Add+vantage module, a group of 20 second year students recently undertook a week-long overseas fieldtrip to Hong Kong visiting its many local industry players, including Cathay Pacific, DHL Hong Kong, Dragonair, and Avesco, Hong Kong’s security provider. On another occasion, they visited Montreal with hosted visits to Aéroports de Montreal, ACI (Airports Council International), Air Canada, Air Transat, Bombardier’s Challenger Facility, IATA, ICAO and Transport Canada together with a visit to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. There are plans for field trips to France and Vancouver/Seattle in coming years.  

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say

A mixture of theory and practical work is a great way of learning and the fieldtrips allowed me to put learning into practice.

Ana-Maria Wall, BSc (Hons) Aviation Management, graduated with a first in 2013, now Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance Services at KPMG

Clearing places available on this course

During Clearing, the tariff points for this course may change. Clearing tariff points will be published 14th August.

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What our students say

A mixture of theory and practical work is a great way of learning and the fieldtrips allowed me to put learning into practice.

Ana-Maria Wall, BSc (Hons) Aviation Management, graduated with a first in 2013, now Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance Services at KPMG

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£14,104 (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

The following are additional costs not included in the fees;

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip
  • Optional personal computer and software: £500+
  • CILT membership fee: £25 per year

What our students say

A mixture of theory and practical work is a great way of learning and the fieldtrips allowed me to put learning into practice.

Ana-Maria Wall, BSc (Hons) Aviation Management, graduated with a first in 2013, now Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance Services at KPMG

Career prospects

The aviation industry is booming with passengers forecast to more than double in the next 18 years. This course will prepare you for a wide range of career options within the aviation industry either in the UK or overseas – from airline and airport management to air transport consultancy, roles with industry suppliers and manufacturers or in international logistics.

When you are ready to find permanent employment, you will also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

100%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DLHE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Previous graduates have obtained jobs with the following companies;

Birmingham Airport, Cluj Avram Iancu International Airport, Coventry Airport, Heathrow Airport and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad.

Our graduates also work for Aegean Airlines, Air Burundi, Air Charter Service, bmi, British Airways, British Airways World Cargo, Cathay Pacific Airways, CityJet, DHL, Eastern Airways, easyJet, Flybe, ExecuJet, Jet2, Lufthansa, Monarch, Pakistan International Airlines, PrivateFly, Star Alliance, Thomsonfly, Universal Aviation and Virgin Atlantic.

A number are employed by aviation regulatory bodies, such as the International Air Transport Association and Pakistan CAA.

£22K

Our graduates earn an average salary of £22,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say

A mixture of theory and practical work is a great way of learning and the fieldtrips allowed me to put learning into practice.

Ana-Maria Wall, BSc (Hons) Aviation Management, graduated with a first in 2013, now Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance Services at KPMG
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.