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 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.
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.
With a focus on work-based learning, our aviation degree is the first in the UK to give you both a BSc Honours qualification and 'ab initio' 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.
Covering all of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulated training, you’ll be assessed and recognised for your academic achievements as you get to grips with the training and practice that meets the demands of the industry – and future employers.
*Please note this course is subject to review.
Our work-based learning approach lets you study the academic fundamentals of the industry alongside the necessary hands-on working and training practices.
You’ll get the support and guidance you need to gain your frozen air transport pilots licence (ATPL (F)) as part of your course.
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 CAA.
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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We’ve made sure that the skills and knowledge that you’ll gain on your course will not change during the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re applying to start this course or progressing into year one, two or three this autumn, your module information is below.
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 Initial training, 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:
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.
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).
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.
Duration: 3 years
Start: January 2021, October 2021
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Duration: 3 years