The BSc (Hons) Professional Practice in Advanced Pilot Aviation programme is designed to provide opportunities for experienced and practising 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 you 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 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.
This module runs throughout the programme and is designed to support the gathering of evidence of ongoing professional development.
This module will capture the professional learning from the CAA/EASA required Recurrent Review.
This module requires professional pilots to identify a project proposal for an area of your 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.
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.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
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.
Pilots undertaking this programme will already be established in a career. However, holding this degree will significantly enhance further employment opportunities in the aviation industry.
Start: October, April
Duration: 3 years
Start: September, January, May
Duration: 3 years
Duration: 3 years