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Start Dates: Feb,Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:H460
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

The global aviation industry is expanding rapidly, and our close proximity to London Luton Airport – the UK’s fastest-growing major airport - means you can enjoy a truly hands-on approach to learning.

Using the latest interactive teaching technologies, this course equips you with the knowledge and experience you need to establish your career in this field, covering a range of business, leadership and specialist areas including aviation law; business planning and entrepreneurship; crisis management and communication; and aviation safety and security.

With our campus close to London Luton Airport, you have plenty of opportunities to take up work placements with airlines and related organisations, placing you in an ideal position to get real-life experience, build your CV and make contacts for the future.

Why choose this course?

  • Expand your knowledge of the global airline and airport industry with a highly committed and motivating team of teaching experts
  • Learn in small and engaging teaching environments using up-to-the-minute interactive technologies
  • Benefit from a course that uses a hands-on, practical approach, including the use of strategic airline simulation
  • Develop a range of specialist and transferable management skills which are valued by employers and which prepare you for a graduate career in the aviation and airport industries
  • If you wish to step up to higher education, you can take advantage of our Foundation Year, which gives you guaranteed entry to the Undergraduate course
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We support you every step of the way

We offer a Merit Scholarship, worth £2,400* over 3 academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 112 UCAS tariff points or more.

The campus where this course is taught

A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course.

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire.

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

Why study a degree with a Foundation Year?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.

 


Units

  • Business Practice Explored (BSS005-1) Compulsory
  • Managing People In The Airline And Airport Industries (TAL036-1) Compulsory
  • Structure And Development Of The Air Transport Industry (TAL035-1) Compulsory
  • Using Data To Build Business Practice (BSS004-1) Compulsory
  • Airline Revenue Management (TAL052-2) Compulsory
  • Global Airline, Airport And Cargo Operations Management (TAL053-2) Compulsory
  • Marketing For The Air Transport Industry (TAL054-2) Compulsory
  • Operations And Project Management (BSS027-2) Compulsory
  • Strategic Airport Planning & Development (TAL055-2) Compulsory
  • Aviation Law (LAW006-3) Compulsory
  • Crisis Management And Communication (MAR026-3) Compulsory
  • Critical Issues For Airlines And Airports (TAL039-3) Compulsory
  • Managing Safety And Security For Air Transport (TAL040-3) Compulsory
  • Research Methods (TAL034-3) Compulsory
  • Research Project (TAL035-3) Compulsory

In line with the Business School's commitment to practice based education and research informed teaching most of your assessments will focus on the demonstration of these two key areas as they are pivotal to your success within the Aviation and Airport industry. We will want to see that you understand the theory and have developed critical thinking skills which help you evaluate the relevance of what you have learned. To assess this range of integration of theory and skills into sound practice, we use a variety of methods. You will encounter many different kinds, including the ones listed below, some of which are used in combination, and for example a report might be required as an outcome of a time-limited assessment task. Reports: you analyse Aviation and Airport problems and propose solutions. Presentations: present proposals as if to your line manager, a board of directors, or a client. Academic writing: used to demonstrate clear, critical thinking, you might be asked to write an essay or a short summary of a theoretical debate. Appraisals: just as in business, you use appraisals to assess your own learning and to set your personal and academic development objectives. Projects: these are assessed in a number of ways depending on the task defined by our external industry contacts. Typically, you will need to prepare an analysis, report or presentation which is suitable for airport or ground side service organisation, and a longer piece of work which sets out the -behind the scenes work which underpinned the output. It is in the longer work that we expect to see explicitly your application of theory and critical thinking which underpin good academic practice. Exams: as well as conventional exams using set questions and case studies, exams can be the outcome of a group task. You might work on a large task together and then sit an exam to show your individual learning from the task. For all assignments you will have an assignment brief which clearly sets out what is required and you will be given the criteria which your tutors or agency will use to mark your work. In some cases, you will be involved in developing the criteria used to formatively assess work, to grade your own work and to grade the work of your fellow students: this is all part of developing your understanding of the assessment standards and what is needed to do well at a task. You will receive feedback on all your assessments. If you use this feedback well, you will be able to improve your learning and your grades on future assignments.

Reasons to study in the Bedfordshire Business School

  • A BSIS school - Business School Impact System
  • Holder of the Bronze Award among 21 Business Schools in the country for start-up and business growth advice
  • CIPD approved
  • Professional body exemptions, ACCA, AIA

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 96 points with 80 points from at least 2 A level passes
  • At least 96 points with Merit Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction Distinction in the BTEC Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

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Entry Requirements


We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 96 points with 80 points from at least 2 A level passes
  • At least 96 points with Merit Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction Distinction in the BTEC Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details


Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team


This course will prepare you for a range of career opportunities in the aviation and airport industries.

You might consider a graduate position with a major airport, or one of the airport concessions, or work within a junior management capacity.

Equally, the degree opens up the possibility of careers in major local and national/international airports, airlines, or ground service companies.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2021/22 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

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Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2021/22 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra costs for this course

Throughout your course there are opportunities for extra-curricular activities and learning experiences.

These activities are optional but are an important part of the learning experience.

The events are available to both our undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The Department of International Business, Marketing & Tourism support and fund the majority of these activities but there is some need for students to make contributions.

The extra costs are normally £20 - £50 for local events and £75 - £200 for overseas events.

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student