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Professional Aviation Pilot Practice L3 Harris - Commercial Training Solutions (Airline Academy) BSc Honours

Want to become a commercial pilot? Our course offers you the best first step towards your career.
3 years
Takes place at L3Harris Airline and Academy Training Ltd centres and online teaching
£9,250 (UK) *
£14,000 (EU / INT) *
See the Fees and funding tab to view Spring 2020 start fees
Course leader
Sarah Butler

COVID 19: During the current pandemic some aspects of the timing and method of delivery of the programme below may be subject to changes. For example, theoretical face to face teaching may be replaced by online delivery if circumstances such as a second wave of infections require this and practical flying schedules may be suspended or delayed.  However, you will be fully informed of any such changes that may be necessary by the team at L3 Harris. The assessment processes would not be affected, and students would be required to pass the assessments in order to progress.

When you have completed levels 4 and 5 and achieved your ATPL(f) your progression to level 6 depends on you being employed as a commercial pilot or Flight Instructor if you take the FI route. The current situation in aviation caused by the pandemic means that progression into employment at this stage may be delayed. If this is the case your programme will be  interrupted (i.e. frozen) and restarted when you have secured employment.

A path to a career as an airline pilot

Becoming a commercial airline pilot is a big challenge and this course allows you to enhance your career opportunities from cadet right through to captain. In partnership with L3 Harris Airline Academy Training Ltd, a world leading airline training company with headquarters in Crawley, you’ll work towards a qualification based on technical and practical flying experience.

This course is designed to allow you to study towards your degree while undertaking pilot training. In your final year, the programme is fully integrated into the initial stages of your career as a commercial pilot. Incorporating Civil Aviation Authority training, by the end of your second year you'll be awarded with a frozen air transport pilot's licence (ATPL(F)), and by the end of your third year you will have been operating as a First Officer for your chosen commercial airline for a year.

Building your theoretical and practical flying knowledge

Right from the start of the programme you'll join the L3 Harris Airline Academy Training Ltd and take on the Ground School and Flying Training. Through our blended learning approach, you’ll combine knowledge and learning to develop the skills you’ll need when you’re a commercial pilot.

Using a variety of media and online tools, you’ll have access to a host of tools and applications so you can learn through online workshops, blogs, podcasts and more.

You’ll be assessed for your theoretical knowledge in your introduction to flying and ground school, as well as practically assessed in your flying training modules.

This course is endorsed by the CAA.

Supporting your ambitions

We know sometimes you’ll need assistance and support when it comes to your studies. During your time with us you'll get assistance from a Personal Tutor. If you require a little extra help we have Student Learning Assistants and Graduate Academic Assistants on hand.

This is the perfect degree to take while you're undertaking commercial pilot training. Previous graduates have gone on to work with airlines such as EasyJet and Virgin Airlines. This degree enhances your career opportunities from your first day on the job, and gives you more confidence that you can perform in this high stress job.

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What will you study on the BSc Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (L3 Harris Airline Academy)?

At the start of the programme you will join L3 Harris Airline Academy and proceed through 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:

  • The CAA Theoretical Knowledge units of study which have also been embedded within four Level 4 University modules - Aircraft and Air Environment; The Science of Flight; Navigation; Flight Operations.
  • The phases of Flying Training which take place in one or more of L3 Harris flight training bases either in the UK or globally which have been embedded within three Level 5 University modules - Basic Flying 1; Basic Flying 2; Advanced Flying.
  • On completion of the L3 Harris course and the issue of your frozen air transport pilots licence (ATPL (F)), you will take the Jet Orientation and Multi Crew Co-Operation module.
    This will complete the Level 5 programme and you will then proceed to selection and employment with an airline and progress to Level 6 of your programme.

Your Type Rating and Base Training course provides the starting point for Level 6 of the programme, which will be overseen by Middlesex University in partnership with your employer. The remaining University modules at Level 6 relate to your operational practice and employer based training undertaken during the first 6-12 months of your flying career including: Aircraft Specifics; Airline Orientation and Integration; Evaluating and Managing Risks; Threat and Error Management

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Aircraft and Air Environment (30 credits)

Basic Flying 1 (30 credits)

Aircraft Specifics (30 credits)

The Science of Flight (30 credits)

Basic Flying 2 (30 credits)

Airline Orientation and Integration (30 credits)

Navigation (30 credits)

Advanced Flying (30 credits)

Evaluating and Managing Risks (30 credits)

Flight Operations (30 credits)

Jet Orientation and Multi Crew Co-Operation (30 credits)

Threat and Error Management (30 credits)

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:

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.

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How can the BSc Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (L3 Harris Airline Academy) support your career?

This programme allows you to study towards a degree while undertaking pilot training and uniquely, the final year of the programme is designed to be fully integrated with the initial stages of your career as a professional pilot. This will enhance your career progression opportunities through being a cadet to First Officer and thereafter to Captain.

Airlines such as easyJet and Virgin Airlines have recognised that graduates of this degree will feel more confident and prepared to enter what is a very competitive sector.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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