Receive comprehensive helicopter training with our degree. We’ll give you the opportunity to get academic credit and qualifications based on your technical and practical flying training. We’ll also help you get plenty of early career practice, preparing you for the world of work.
Our course is built around the principle of work-based learning. This means our modules have been designed to target the working and training practices of particular industries, sectors, and employers. All your daily learning as part of your regular training and practice will be assessed and recognised in an academic framework, eliminating unnecessary duplication.
Our degree programme is the first of its kind in the UK to make it possible for you to gain a BSc Honours degree at the same time as you complete ‘ab initio’ helicopter pilot training. 'Ab initio' training refers to an airline sponsoring and mentoring a student from the start and throughout, hiring them once the student is type-rated and certified.
The programme incorporates Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulated training, leading to the award of a commercial pilot’s licence (CPL(H)). The Honours level (Level 6) programme prepares you for employment through two different routes. The first route is the Flight Instruction (Helicopter) option while the second is Aircraft Specifics (Helicopter). Don’t worry - you won’t have to decide on your preferred path until third year and you’ll have plenty of advice.
You’ll also develop plenty of transferable skills that many employers find desirable. These include working flexibly, communication, IT understanding, and many more. Since you can tailor the degree to best suit your interests, the skills you’ll gain will be highly relevant to future career prospects.
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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.
Initial Theoretical Aviation Knowledge (Helicopter) (20 credits)
Basic Flying 1 (Helicopter) (30 credits)
|Route A||Route B|
Introduction to Helicopter Flying (20 credits)
Basic Flying 2 (Helicopter) (30 credits)
Flight Instruction (Helicopter) (30 credits)
Aircraft Specifics (Helicopter) (30 credits)
Flight Operations (Helicopter) (40 credits)
Advanced Flying (Helicopter) (30 credits)
Flight Instruction Standardisation (Helicopter) (30 credits)
Airline Orientation and Integration (30 credits)
Aircraft and Air Environment (Helicopter) (40 credits)
Professional Orientation (Helicopter) (30 credits)
Routes A and B
Evaluating and Managing Risks (30 credits)
|Total - 120 credits||Total - 120 credits|
Routes A and B
Threat and Error Management (30 credits)
Total - 120 credits
Duration: 3 years
Start: October, April
Duration: 3 years
Start: January 2020
Duration: 12 - 18 months