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Bachelor of Aviation - CL09

Whether you have always dreamed of being a pilot, or you love the buzz of a busy airport, our Bachelor of Aviation will help you to launch a successful aviation career. Our versatile degree features a choice of two majors to suit your interests and career goals. The flight operations major, when studied alongside the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations), allows students to satisfy the knowledge requirements to apply for an Air Transport Pilot Licence to prepare you for a career in the airlines. With a national network of flight partners, you will benefit from CQUniversity’s industry partnerships that broaden your career opportunities, and build your connections within the aviation industry.

The airline and airport operations major is structured to develop industry-relevant professional knowledge in airline and airport management and operations. This major includes aviation-specific and industry-relevant studies in airline and airport economics, finance, marketing, operations, resource management, strategic leadership and risk assessment.

DOMESTIC
STUDY MODES

On Campus, Online

RANK THRESHOLD

SR:60 ATAR:60

UNITS/CREDITS

19/144

DURATION

3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Bundaberg, Cairns, Perth, Online

PREREQUISITES

No pre-requisites required

RECOMMENDED STUDY

English (Unit 3 and 4, C), General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods (Units 3 and 4, C), Physics

The Bachelor of Aviation is a versatile degree with options to major in Flight Operations or Airport and Airline Management, preparing you for a career as a pilot, or diverse rolels in airport management. 

The Flight Operations major will prepare you for a career as a professional airline pilot capable of managing a multi-crew environment. In this major, you will study the academic and aeronautical knowledge requirements of the Air Transport Pilot License and Command Instrument Rating. You will build knowledge and skills relating to aerodynamics, navigation, meteorology and flight planning, as well as being introduced to the laws that are relevant to aviation, multi-crew environments and the development and maintenance of a safety management system.

The Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) includes a total of 227.3 hours of flight training. This is broken into 207.3 hours of flight time and 20 hours simulator time. Within your flight time you will have 100 hours of pilot in command time and 46 hours of instrument time. Upon successful completion of your flight training, you should meet the academic requirements to obtain your Australian Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and a Multi Engine Command Instrument Rating (MECIR).

You will be required to gain a "Class 1" medical certificate at your own expense during the first term of your studies. You will also be required to obtain a CASA Aviation Reference Number (ARN) and Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) at your own expense.

You will benefit from our national network of flight partners and industry partnerships. CQUni's partnership with Aviation Australia provides students with the opportunity to undertake a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Multi-Crew Cooperation Course (MCC) in the third year of the Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations). A CASA-approved MCC course is a requirement to operate as a pilot in a multi-crew flight.

The Airline and Airport Operations major will prepare you for a career as an airline and airport professional by providing the core theoretical foundations of aviation operational management and giving you the opportunity to apply your knowledge in a relevant work environment. In this major, you will study a wide range of topics specifically tailored to the airline and airport operations environment, and develop skills in critical thinking, decision making, problem solving and teamwork. You will also develop an understanding of the relationship between human physiology/psychology and the aviation environment by focusing on the function and limitations of the human body. You will be introduced to the application of safety processes and how they are applied within the aviation industry and to the laws that are relevant to airline and airport operations.

Core Units 1 Major Units 18
Electives None Minor Units None

COURSE STRUCTURE
You are required to complete a total of 19 units (flight operations major) or 20 units (airline and airport operations major).

Flight Operations major:
In the first year of your study, you will fly solo in the circuit area of the training aerodrome. You will learn about unmanned aerial vehicles as well as the physics of aviation and basic aeronautics. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of computer programming as well as the laws that are relevant to aviation.

During your second year, you will learn the aerodynamics, aeronautical knowledge, meteorology, navigation, flight planning, and weight and balance required by a commercial pilot. You will learn about the human factors that impact commercial pilots. You will also cover flight planning and navigation both visually and using instruments.

In your third year, you will build on the knowledge and skills relating to aerodynamics, navigation, meteorology, flight planning and other aeronautical knowledge to bring you to the level required for the Air Transport Pilot Licence. In addition, you will learn how to manage a multi-crew environment and develop and maintain a safety management system.

UNIT INFORMATION
For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

CREDIT TRANSFER INFORMATION
If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

GREATER CHOICES
With the option to major in Flight Operations or Airline and Airport Management, you will have the choice to pursue a career as a pilot or an exciting career in airport management. If you have your sights set on taking your career to the sky, our suite of aviation courses will allow you to gain practical skills needed to gain a range of pilot licenses.

Flight Operations Major
We offer a suite of courses to support your pilot endeavours.

  • Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations) and Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations)
    Study this course combination to gain a Commercial Pilot Licence or Command Instrument Rating. This combination equips you with both academic and aeronautical knowledge and practical skills.
  • The Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations)
    This course prepares you for a career as a professional airline pilot, managing a multi-crew environment. When studied alongside the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) you will satisfy the knowledge requirements to apply for your Air Transport Licence.
  • Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) 
    This course represents the flight training aspect and is available for you to study alongside our Associate Degree or Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations) after you have completed your first term of study.

PRACTICAL LEARNING EXPERIENCES
Both majors feature practical learning experiences to build your skills and knowledge.

Airport and Airline Management Major
In your final year, you will complete an aviation placement to provide you with practical experience in the application of theoretical concepts and knowledge with an industry partner such as the Cairns Airport, Gold Coast Airport, Brisbane Airport and Qantas. Over the course of the unit, you will complete up to 240 hours.

Flight Operations Major

Our unique course structure embeds flight training into your course so you don't need to pay for flight training upfront. The Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) includes a total of 227.3 hours of flight training. This is broken into 207.3 hours of flight time and 20 hours simulator time. Within your flight time, you will have 100 hours of pilot in command time and 46 hours of instrument time. Upon successful completion of your flight training, you should meet the academic requirements to obtain your Australian Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and a Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating (MECIR).

STATE OF THE ART FACILITIES
If you choose to study on campus in Cairns, you will have the opportunity to study at the CQUniversity Cairns Aviation Centre, co-located at the Cairns International Airport. The facility imbeds CQUniversity students within the dynamic aviation industry in North Queensland. If you choose to study our Flight Operations major, you will have access to a twin jet airliner flight simulator located at the Cairns Aviation Centre, or if you choose to study our Airline and Airport Management major you will benefit from a contextual learning environment.

INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS
As an aviation student, you will benefit from CQUniversity’s industry partnerships that broaden not only your career opportunities but your connections and networks.

If you are studying Flight Operations, our partnership with Aviation Australia provides you with the opportunity to undertake a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Multi-Crew Cooperation Course (MCC) in the third year of your Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations). A CASA-approved MCC course is a requirement to operate as a pilot in a multi-crew flight.

You will also benefit from our partnership with Hinterland Aviation that provides a pathway from a pilot career with a regional airline to a major national airline within two years of graduating. Our agreement with Cairns’ regional airline, provides opportunities for you to apply for a position with Hinterland Aviation after graduating from your aviation study with CQUniversity. Then after a period of two years, you will have the opportunity to apply for a position with Virgin Australia.  

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2022Bundaberg, Cairns, Perth
Term 2 - 2021Cairns, Perth
Term 2 - 2022Bundaberg, Cairns, Perth

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2022Available Online
Term 2 - 2021Available Online
Term 2 - 2022Available Online
MajorsUnitsDescription
Airline and Airport Operations19
Flight Operations18
Unit NameCodeDescription
Aviation PlacementAVAT13025Aviation Placement is a 12 credit unit for third-year students who will gain important work experience directly from industry partners, such as Cairns Airport, Gold Coast Airport, Brisbane Airport and Qantas.
Compulsory Residential Schools are required for the laboratory and presentation components in certain units.

RANK THRESHOLD

The rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank required for your application to be considered for entry to this course. 

The rank threshold for this course is: SR 60 | ATAR 60.0


Student Profile
If you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent secondary education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2021.

Institute Profile
To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2021 view our Institute Profile.

When applying, you must demonstrate that you have met the listed Entry Requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements.

After you have applied and enrolled in this course, you will need to be able to meet the Security and Health Requirements as these generally relate to work-integrated learning activities that form part of your course. You will be provided with more information about security and health requirements after enrolling in the relevant units that these relate to. 

Entry Requirements

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent) or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall & minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

For the Flight Operations major, students must be eligible to hold an Australian Security Identification Card.

Health Requirements

For the Flight Operations major, Students must be eligible to hold an Australian Class 1 Aviation Medical.

Assumed Knowledge

Senior English, Physics and Mathematical Methods.

The Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations) in conjunction with the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) prepares graduates for aviation careers in the air transportation industry as a professional airline pilot. Graduates will have all the aeronautical knowledge and flight training required to hold an Air Transport Pilot Licence, Commercial Pilot Licence with Command Instrument Rating. Graduates may be eligible to apply for cadetship or traineeship offered by some airlines. Graduates may also be eligible to apply for Australian Defence Force positions.

The Airline and Airport Operations major will prepare you for a career as an airline and airport professional.

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Fee Category Commonwealth Supported Place
What is a Commonwealth Supported Place? A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Government so that you are only required to pay a Student Contribution amount rather than tuition fees.
Am I eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place? You are eligible to be Commonwealth supported if you are:
  • an Australian citizen who will undertake in Australia at least one unit of study that contributes to the requirements of your course; or
  • a New Zealand citizen who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study; or
  • the holder of a permanent visa, including a permanent humanitarian visa, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study.

If you are not eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place you will be required to pay tuition fees. Find out more about tuition fees or fees for international students.

Fee Type Student Contribution
What is a Student contribution? As a Commonwealth supported student, you will contribute towards the cost of your education by paying a Student Contribution. The Student Contribution is calculated for each term of enrolment based on the individual units you have enrolled in, not the course you are studying.
What is my Student Contribution?

Your Student Contribution fee is charged per unit of study and is dependent on the Student Contribution Band for each unit. Student Contribution Bands are categorised by study disciplines and help provide an estimate of course fees.

The majority of units within this course fall within Band 2. Some units may fall within Band 1 and/or 3.

Student Contribution amounts for each band provide an estimate of the cost of your course. Your course may consist of units from more than one band so your fees could vary from the indicated amount as units are spread across a number of bands.

You can view fees specific to the course, and units, you are interested in studying by using our Cost Per Unit table.

HECS-HELP and payment options

HECS-HELP is the loan scheme provided by the Australian Government to help eligible Commonwealth supported students pay their student contributions through a loan. Eligible students can use a HECS-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their Student Contribution amount. If you elect to use a HECS-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your Student Contribution amount and repay your HECS-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.

If you are not eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your Student Contribution upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.

Other Fees You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Other study costs You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.

At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships and awards programs.
Our scholarships could help you pay for some or all of your course fees, or even contribute towards your living and study expenses.

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Western AustraliaONL: 150914
VictoriaONL: 1700110671
New South WalesONL: 160914
QueenslandBDG: 812241; CNS: 822241; ONL: 852245

If you apply via a Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC) listed under 'How to Apply', please use the relevant TAC code listed above to complete your application.

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you are studying with one of our partner study hubs.
  • Option 3: Ideal if you have previously studied with CQUni.

Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centreView the table below for the best application option based on where you live.

If you live in Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*
Queensland Apply via QTAC
New South Wales; Australian Capital Territory Apply via UAC
Victoria; Tasmania Apply via VTAC

South Australia; Northern Territory Apply via SATAC
Western Australia Apply via ApplyCQUNI

*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.


Option 2: Want to study with one of our partner study hubs? Apply via ApplyCQUni
Benefit from local support, space, technology and facilities offered by one of our delivery partners.

If you are studying with: Study Support
Murray River Study Hub Access to local study facilities.

ApplyCQUNI


Option 3: If you have previously studied with CQUni, apply direct.
As a past CQUni student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity for this course. To apply direct, your prior study with CQUni must be a completed or partially completed CQUni course or unit including:

  • CQUni’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
  • A CQUni certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.
Apply direct

These new courses being offered by CQUni are very exciting. They will give you everything you need to become an airline transport pilot – except the 1500 flight hours – and help make your move to first officer in a cockpit as seamless as possible.

Steve Thatcher

Foundation Professor and Head of Course

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