The BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (Helicopter) is a programme for helicopter pilots delivered through a partnership between the Helicentre Aviation Academy (HAA) and the Institute for Work Based Learning at Middlesex University. The degree gives you the opportunity to gain academic credit and a qualification based on your technical and practical flying training and early career practice. The partnership also works with wider industry support from the Aviation Skills Partnership
Helicentre Aviation Academy is a well established Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Approved Helicopter Training Organisation and Commercial Helicopter Operator based at Leicester Airport and specialising in Utility Operations and Commercial Air Transport. The Academy also specialises in placement of selected graduates into flying roles within the company as well as the provision of graduate helicopter pilots to industry. The Institute for Work Based Learning is an international leader in the field of professional practice and university level work-based learning.
.The programme has been designed specifically to incorporate all of the CAA regulated training leading to the award of a commercial pilots licence (CPL(H)) and to provide a framework for recognising the learning achieved during the first stages of operational practice. The Honours level (Level 6) programme is tailored to meet the requirements of employment and offers two different routes, including qualification as a helicopter Flight Instructor and so that on completion of the programme you will have a Degree which is highly relevant to your current employment and enhances future career prospects. As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.
The principle of work-based learning is to build courses around the working and training practices of particular industries, sectors or employers, so that the learning that occurs every day as part of your normal training and practice can be assessed and recognised in an academic framework without the need for unnecessary duplication. In this way, this degree programme makes it possible, for the first time in the UK, to gain a BSc Honours degree at the same time as completing 'ab initio' pilot training.
A key advantage of this integrated degree is that individuals have full access to student finance, which is usually denied to pilots undergoing training. For further information visit the website of the Student Finance Company. Please be aware that in addition to standard undergraduate fees there are additional charges made for the programme to cover the costs of flying experience. The additional charges vary dependent on current total helicopter flying hours, where applicable, and other categories of CAA pilot licences held.
All additional charges made to cover the costs of flying experience are excluded from the definition of tuition fees as described in Section 41(1)(B) and (c) of the 2004 Higher Education Act.
At the start of the programme you will join HAA and proceed through Initial training, Ground School and Flying Training. You will be examined in accordance with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations at the appropriate points and awarded academic credit for completion of:
On completion of the CPL (H) course and the issue of your licence you will take the Professional Orientation module, which combines a CRM course with university study. This will complete Level 5 of the programme.
You will then proceed either to the Flight Instructor Course or to employment with an operator, selecting appropriate modules from the Level 6 options to complete your degree programme.
If you elect to progress to the Flight Instructor (FI) course with HAA you will pursue Route A of the degree programme at Level 6. Two university modules encompass the FI course, Flight Instruction (Helicopter) and Flight Instruction Standardisation (Helicopter). Once you are qualified as an instructor you will continue in employment and complete the remaining two University modules, Evaluating and Managing Risks and Threat and Error Management, which relate to your operational practice and employer based training undertaken during the first 6 months of your instructing career.
If, on achievement of your CPL (H), you proceed directly to employment as a helicopter pilot with an operator, you will follow Route B to complete the degree programme. Two modules, Aircraft Specifics (Helicopter) and Airline Orientation and Integration, relate to entry to employment with a specific operator and detailed content of these modules will be determined in consultation with the employing operator. The remaining two University modules, Evaluating and Managing Risks and Threat and Error Management, relate to your operational practice and employer based training undertaken during the first year of your operational flying career.
BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (Helicopter)
Initial Theoretical Aviation Knowledge (Helicopter)
Basic Flying 1 (Helicopter)
Flight Instruction (Helicopter)
Aircraft Specifics (Helicopter)
Introduction to Helicopter Flying
Basic Flying 2 (Helicopter)
Flight Instruction Standardisation
Airline Orientation and Integration
Flight Operations (Helicopter)
Advanced Flying (Helicopter)
Routes A & B
Evaluating and Managing Risks
Aircraft and Air Environment (Helicopter)
Routes A& B
Threat and Error Management
The CAA, in accordance with EASA requirements, prescribes the curriculum for helicopter pilot training, and the assessment of your technical and flying training is also regulated by the Authority. These requirements are fully integrated into your programme of study and are described in the module narratives in the programme handbook. The Helicentre Aviation Academy (HAA) Blades Pro Training Handbook explains in further detail how this part of the programme will be taught.
The learning, teaching and assessment approaches used throughout your programme will encourage you to be actively involved in your learning and to co-operate with other students. Both HAA and Middlesex University aim 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, particularly at Level 6 when you enter the employment phase of your degree programme.
Blended learning approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning where you are engaged in all aspects of your learning and assessment. Your programme will require your participation in learning activities and engagement with your peers both individually and collaboratively. Learning activities will therefore occur both within and outside the classroom and in the workplace.
Your Level 6 programme will be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools through myUniHub (e.g. online workshops, blogs, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which will allow you flexible access to a diverse range of resources and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers. Not confined by time and space you will be able to take part in online discussions and learning activities from wherever you are studying. 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.
The work-based modules at Level 6 are all designed to include a degree of negotiation concerning the specific approach to learning, teaching and assessment adopted between you, your employer and your tutor.
By engaging with e-learning you will also be developing skills that are highly valued by employers. These include, but are not limited to: working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise. The University's Learning Resource Centre has a designated Work-based Learning librarian to assist with resourcing and supplying learning support material. 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.
Initial Theoretical Knowledge, Introduction to Helicopter Flying, Ground School and Flying Training modules
At level 4 and 5 all modules up to and including Advanced Flying (Helicopter) are assessed in accordance with the CAA / EASA regulatory requirements. Please note that these requirements have been fully integrated into the module learning outcomes and your achievement for the degree qualification will be wholly measures in relation to these outcomes.
Assessment process for Initial Theoretical Knowledge, Introduction to Helicopter Flying, Ground School and Flying Training modules
The results from CAA / EASA regulated assessments will provide evidence of the achievement of the respective module learning outcomes These modules will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis and will not contribute to your final degree classification.
The Professional Orientation module at Level 5 and all other work-based Level 6 modules are assessed in consideration of the achievement of the relevant module learning outcomes. The Professional Orientation module will be graded Pass/Fail; Level 6 modules will be graded on the University's 20 point scale and will count towards your Honours degree classification.
The following entry criteria for admission onto the BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (Helicopter) programme incorporate the Helicentre Aviation Academy Training programme entry criteria:
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Candidates who are successfully shortlisted will be invited to attend a formal Assessment Day at Helicentre Aviation Academy premises in Leicester. Entry to the programme is conditional on passing assessment at interview stage.