Bachelor of Aviation - CL09
CQU's Bachelor of Aviation will prepare you to launch a diverse career in one of the most important global economic industries, aviation. 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.
Study the airline and airport operations major and develop specialised knowledge and skills to launch your career in aviation management. Combining theory and industry placement, you will benefit from studying a wide range of units that reflect the dynamic and highly complex nature of aviation operations including airline and airport economics, air freight and air traffic management, finance, marketing, resource management, strategic leadership and risk assessment.
On Campus, Online
3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Bundaberg, Cairns, Online
No pre-requisites required
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 roles in airport management.
Airline and Airport Operations major
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. You will benefit from practical learning experiences throughout your studies including case studies, projects and assessments, and undertake an industry placement in your final unit. If you choose to study on campus in Cairns, you will also benefit from learning in-situ at the Cairns Domestic Airport and experience real-time case studies from your classroom window.
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.
Flight Operations major
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) will provide you with the aeronautical experience required for a career as a commercial pilot. During your study, you will gain the aeronautical experience required to apply for a Recreational Pilot Licence, Private Pilot Licence, Command Instrument Rating, and Commercial Pilot Licence.
You will benefit from our national network of flight partners and industry partnerships. CQU'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.
|Core Units||8||Major Units||13|
Course structureYou are required to complete a 8 core units and either a major in flight operations or airline and airport operations. The flight operations major consists of 13 units, and the airline and airport operations major consists of 15 units.
Flight Operations majorAfter successfully completing Term 1 of Year 1 you will take part in an interview to determine your suitability to apply for the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations). In the second year of your course, you will cover the CASA Commercial Pilot Licence curriculum. 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.
Airline and Airport Operations majorYou will study the core theoretical foundations of aviation operational management including aviation marketing, finance analysis, air freight transportation, resource management and planning and operation. 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 the laws that are relevant to airline and airport operations.
Unit informationFor information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.
Credit transfer informationIf you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.
Greater choicesWith 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.
Practical learning experiencesBoth majors feature practical learning experiences to build your skills and knowledge.
State of the art facilitiesIf 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 partnershipsAs 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 graduate pathway with Skytrans. This pathway provides graduates employment opportunities with a regional airline, fast-tracking opportunities to fly for a national airline.
Our partnerships with Aircraft Australia and Kakadu Air also open up graduate pathways to fly with regional airlines.
|Term 1 - 2024||Cairns|
|Term 2 - 2023||Bundaberg, Cairns|
|Term 2 - 2024||Cairns|
|Term 1 - 2024||Available Online|
|Term 2 - 2023||Available Online|
|Term 2 - 2024||Available Online|
|Airline and Airport Operations||15|
Airline and Airport Operations major is available to International students at the Cairns campus.
After successfully completing Term 1 of Year 1 you will be interviewed to determine your suitability to apply for the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations).
|Airline and airport operations|
Aviation is a multi-faceted industry that plays a pivotal role in the global economy. This major covers the core theoretical foundations of aviation operational management including economics, finance, marketing, operations, resource management, strategic leadership and risk assessment to prepare students to become an aviation professional.
The Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations) 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 Pilot Licence.
|Aviation Placement||AVAT13025||Aviation Placement is a 12 credit unit for third-year students in the Airline and Airport Operations major who will gain important work experience (up to 240 hrs) directly from industry partners.|
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 68 | ATAR 68.0
Student profileIf 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, 2022.
Institute profileTo find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2022 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.
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.
If you are an International student please visit International students English requirements for further information.
Each student will be assessed individually.
For the Flight Operations major, students must be eligible to hold an Australian Security Identification Card.
For the Flight Operations major, Students must be eligible to hold an Australian Class 1 Aviation Medical.
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 in aviation management. Aviation management is a broad and dynamic field and there are unlimited amounts of aviation business administration jobs that are necessary to keep air travel moving safely. This major provides a broad range of skills, both technical and managerial, that will prepare you to become an aviation professional who understands the theory behind airline and airport operations and can apply these principles to a practical work environment for long-term careers in airline and airport management. Graduates may find employment with airlines and related organisations such as airports, government agencies, tourism authorities, freight forwarders, airport ground handling companies, consulting firms, IT firms and air safety authorities.
|2023 Indicative Fees|
|Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee||$9,151.00|
Indicative first-year fee
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Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more.
|New South Wales||ONL: 160914|
|Western Australia||ONL: 150914|
|Queensland||ONL: 852245; CNS: 822241; BDG: 812241|
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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|
|All other states||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 ApplyCQUniBenefit 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.|
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.
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