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Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (Tayside Aviation) BSc Honours

Gain an academic qualification while you start your career as a professional pilot with our course.
3 years
Takes place at Tayside Aviation in Dundee and via online learning
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,700 (INT) *
See the Fees and funding tab to view Spring term 2020 start fees
Course leader
Keith Buckland

COVID-19 update

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 kept fully informed of any such changes that may be necessary by the team at Tayside Aviation. 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 CPL progression to the final modules (3 &4) at level 6 depends on you being employed as a commercial airline pilot or Flight Instructor.

The current situation in aviation caused by the pandemic may mean 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 a flight instructor and airline pilot

Through a partnership with Tayside Aviation Ltd, our aviation course lets you gain an academic qualification while you develop the technical and practical flying training to begin the exciting first stages of your career as a professional.

Becoming a flight instructor and commercial airline pilot are big challenges and this course provides the opportunity to gain experience in both. In partnership with Tayside Aviation, the premier airline training company in Scotland, you’ll study and carry out pilot training in Dundee.

This course is designed to allow you to study towards your degree while undertaking pilot training. The programme is fully integrated into the initial stages of your career as a flight instructor and commercial pilot.

Incorporating Civil Aviation Authority training, by the end of your second year you'll have gained significant experience as a flight instructor. In year 3 of the degree you can opt to complete the degree by following the flight instructor route or by following the commercial airline route. In both cases you will be actively working as a pilot.

Building your theoretical and practical flying knowledge

At the start of the programme, you'll join Tayside Aviation Ltd and begin the Ground School. You will be building on your existing skills and knowledge having entered the degree with a Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL). 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 as well as practically assessed in your flying training modules. You’ll get the support and guidance you need to gain your frozen air transport pilots licence (ATPL (F)) as part of your course.

The degree programme has been designed to meet the requirements of partner airlines, you’ll gain an aviation qualification as a Flight Instructor as part of your course.

This course is endorsed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Get the support you need to succeed

Our personalised approach gives you the support you need to succeed as a student. While you are an undergraduate or foundation year student, you’ll have a Personal Tutor directly related to your course. If you need support with academic writing, numeracy and library skills, we’ll be sure to provide it. Our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants have studied your subject and can support you based on their own experience.

Depending on your personal interests and career ambitions, you’ll have the unique opportunity to follow one of two employment routes during your final year of study – First Officer or Flight Training Instructor.

*Please note this course is subject to review.

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What will you study on the BSc Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (Tayside Aviation)?

At the start of the programme you will have already gained your Private Pilot's Licence (PPL) and will need to be able to demonstrate that you can reflect on the professional learning you have gained by undertaking the Pilot Review and Professional Development module.

You will then proceed through Ground School and Flying Training and be examined in accordance with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations at the appropriate points and awarded academic credit for completion of:

  • ATPL Theoretical Knowledge units of study which have been embedded within three Level 4 University modules - Flight Operations, Navigation and Aircraft and Air Environment
  • The phases of Flying Training and Flight Instructor training which have been embedded within four level University modules:
    • Basic Flying 1
    • Basic Flying 2 (CPL)
    • Flight Instruction
    • Flight Instruction Standardisation
  • Advanced Flying (IR/MEP) and the Multi Crew Cooperation modules, which combines a CRM course with university study are mandatory

The final two modules are chosen according to your preference in completing the degree either working as a Flight Instructor or as a First Officer with an airline.

The Flight Instructor route has modules: Evaluating and Managing Risk and Threat and Error Management.

If completing the degree while in employment with an airline as a First Officer, the modules would be: Aircraft Specifics and Airline Orientation and Integration.

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.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning – changes for students in 2020
  3. Teaching and learning - typical structure
  4. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Additional costs

How can the BSc Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (Tayside Aviation) 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. The final year of the degree will allow students two options for employment during the programme (subject to interview/assessment).

First Officer
Tayside Aviation has a long standing partnership with Loganair and is their first choice for recruiting professional pilots. Tayside Avation also place students with many other airlines. This degree will enhance and accelerate career progression within the industry. Loganair and other airlines recognise that graduates of this degree will feel more confident and prepared to enter what is a very competitive industry.

Flight Training Instructor
You will also have the option of working as a Flight Training Instructor with Tayside Aviation.

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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