The BSc (Hons) Professional Practice in Advanced Pilot Aviation programme is designed to provide opportunities for experienced and practicing professional pilots who have at least three years experience as a First Officer or above to gain an Honours degree. 'Advanced' pilots are distinguished from those who have just entered the profession as First Officers and this also distinguishes the programme from the BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice for those starting professional pilot training.
This programme will normally run for between 12 to 18 months and students will enter directly at level 6 (the Honours or final level) and make a claim for credit against levels 4 and 5 for having previously successfully completed ground/flying school and achieved an ATPL/ CPL. This degree open to both fixed wing and helicopter pilots. As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.
The programme has been developed through consultation with senior pilot representatives from the sector and with the Aviation Skills Partnership.
The programme is designed to recognise and develop higher-level professional learning that takes place in the context of work undertaken as a commercial airline pilot and integrates required and key aspects of this professional role. Those undertaking the course will be required to reflect on their professional learning as a source of evidence of meeting programme and module learning outcomes. For example, sources of evidence of higher-level professional learning will include the Recurrent Review, Voyage Reports, Air Safety Reports, Safety and Emergency Procedures, Crew and Resources Management. Many aspects of the programme are negotiable to enable it to reflect the specific context of an individual's professional pilot practice. The programme is designed to enable professional pilots to develop a claim for recognition of their prior learning and thus to gain academic credit that can count towards the degree.
The programme includes:
Review of Learning – 15 credits at level 6 The Review of Learning module will provide an introduction to reflective practice and higher-level work-based learning. The module will also support the development of a claim for prior professional learning up to 240 academic credits at levels 4 and level 5.
Negotiated WBL Project (Professional Development Portfolio) – 15 credits at level 6 This module runs throughout the programme and is designed to support the gathering of evidence of ongoing professional development.
Negotiated WBL Project (The Recurrent Review) – 20 credits at level 6 This module will capture the professional learning from the CAA/EASA required Recurrent Review.
Professional Practitioner Inquiry – 30 credits at level 6 This module requires professional pilots to identify a project proposal for an area of their own or others' practice that can be improved and will support the development of appropriate methods of inquiry as a basis for thinking about the kind of improvement that might be made. The module will also support the development of appropriate approaches to designing and planning the final Advanced Pilot Aviation Project.
Negotiated WBL Project (Advanced Pilot Aviation Project) – 40 credits at level 6 This module will have a key role in reinforcing the professional knowledge, understanding, skills and values required for Advanced Pilot Aviation Practice. It will represent a negotiated project or other activity that is specifically designed to enhance an identified area of Advanced Pilot Aviation Practice.
The delivery of this programme will be through a 'blended learning approach', which will incorporate learning and teaching which is primarily based in the workplace. You will be actively engaged in new learning and practical experience through undertaking work-based project activity in the workplace, supported by the employer and workplace mentor. Tutors will support learning through a variety of modes such as formal teaching, workplace experience, on-line and blended learning.
The Recurrent Review will provide the context for reflection and critical evaluation of work-based practice. Learning will be facilitated through engagement with practical and professional activities, including simulated flying of aircraft and other training activities as well as access to on-line and/or face-to-face workshops. Assessment requirements will include reflective reports and logs, presentations, portfolios and work-based project work.
The learning, teaching and assessment approaches used throughout your programme will encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. Middlesex University aims to give you prompt and constructive feedback on your learning as well as opportunities to reflect upon and learn from that feedback. You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches.
Your tutors will provide specific support for your use of the virtual learning platform through myUniHub and the Web Helpdesk will be available provide support when you need it.
Learning resources are available through myUniHub or through the Library 'Libguides' resource area. Access to resources such as essay writing, avoiding plagiarism, referencing techniques etc., are available through myUniHub.
What are the entry requirements for the Professional Practice in Advanced Pilot Aviation BSc?
A current ATPL
At least three years prior experience as a commercial airline pilot as a First Officer or above.
Current employment as a First Officer or above as well as a likelihood of continuing in this role while undertaking the programme.
be able to demonstrate the ability to use the English language in accordance with Appendix 1 to JAR-FCL 1.200. IELTS 6.0 will be required
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
Academic credit for previous study or experience
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
Visas and immigration
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
English language requirements for international students
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Interviews, entrance tests, portfolios and auditions
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.