Bachelor of Aviation (Flight)
You’re considered an International student if you are a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand.
Make your dreams of becoming a pilot reality with an innovative aviation degree for international students that includes flight training.
The flight training component is offered in your first year of study through an elective course, Flight Experience. In this course you will log approximately 15-20 hours of dual flight time in a single engine airplane. You will also receive approximately 1-2 hours of solo flight time. Flight training is offered by our partner Flight Training Adelaide (FTA).
In your studies you will also learn aerodynamics, meteorology, navigation and flight planning in ultra-modern facilities. UniSA works in close partnership with industry and you will graduate ready to meet the growing global demand for pilots1.
1 Boeing’s Current Market Outlook 2014-2033
For the flight training component of this degree, you must hold a minimum of a Class II Medical with at least 6 months validity. You must also remain compliant with the Aviation Academy’s Drug and Alcohol Management Plan (DAMP).
You will learn the very latest in aviation theory from academics, industry experts and flight instructors.
We emphasise hands-on, practical knowledge. For example, through our connection with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) information service you can submit flight plans and access the latest aerodrome alerts and weather forecasts.
You will train in our state-of-the-art flight and airport simulators and learn on the latest industry software. Through this degree you will develop an in-depth knowledge of aerodynamics, aircraft power plants and systems, meteorology, navigation, flight planning, computer controlled flight management systems and flight operation technology.
Flight training is offered in your first year of study through an elective course, Flight Experience. In this course you will log approximately 15-20 hours of dual flight time in a single engine airplane. You will also receive approximately 1-2 hours of solo flight time. Flight training is offered by our partner Flight Training Adelaide (FTA).
UniSA has a focus on aviation research, we have developed partnerships and new technologies for industry. We are ranked number one in South Australia for Engineering Research, with assessed research rated well-above world standard (2015 Excellence in Research for Australia). We collaborate with over 2,500 companies worldwide. These extensive industry connections give us a truly competitive edge – our students get real-world skills and contacts.
Our partnership with Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) draws on mutual experience and expertise to deliver quality flight training to our aviation students. FTA teaches from The University of South Australia’s Aviation Academy at Parafield Airport, located near our Mawson Lakes campus.
Over the next 20 years the world's airline fleet will grow at an average rate of 3.6 per cent annually, driving the need for more than 36,700 new airplanes valued at 5.2 trillion dollars. Growth is being driven by emerging markets such as Latin America, Asia-Pacific, low cost carrier and sixth freedom business models1.The 2016 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook projects that 617,000 new commercial airline pilots and 679,000 new maintenance technicians will be needed to fly and maintain the world fleet between now and 20352.
With this growth, it is an exciting time to be planning a career in the aviation industry. Here are some careers to consider:
1 Boeing’s Market Outlook 2013-2032
2 2016 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook
You will undertake general studies in aviation including an introduction to human factors and safety management systems. You will do Flight Training Theory 1 and 2, taught by instructors from the flight training provider. These courses prepare you for CASA Commercial Pilot Licence theory examinations.
As your studies progress you will explore more advanced and theoretical areas including meteorology, law, human factors and aspects of the flight and performance of large aircraft systems. You will also study communication and aviation management. Your technical studies will include aerodynamics, heavy aircraft systems, navigation and risk and safety management.
Flight Experience is part of this degree. If you don’t take up Flight Experience, this course will be replaced by two electives.
For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.
Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:
Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.
Take a look at the global opportunities available.
|Course name||Area and cat no.||Units||Reference|
|First Semester (Study Period 2)|
|Flight Training Theory 1||AERO 1021||4.5|
|Aviation Physics 1N||AERO 1011||4.5|
|Introduction to Aviation||AERO 1022||4.5|
|Aviation Practice||AERO 1020||4.5|
|Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)|
|Flight Training Theory 2||AERO 1023||9|
|Flight Experience||AERO 1026||9||Note(s): 3|
|First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)|
|Advanced Meteorology||AERO 2054||4.5|
|Professional and Technical Communication||COMM 1065||4.5|
|University Elective||4.5||Note(s): 1|
|Aviation Law||AERO 1014||4.5|
|Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, or 6)|
|Introduction to Aviation Management||AERO 1024||4.5|
|Large Aircraft Performance and Planning||AERO 3015||4.5|
|Introduction to Aviation Safety||AERO 1025||4.5|
|Human Factors 1||AERO 1017||4.5|
|First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)|
|Heavy Aircraft Systems||AERO 3014||4.5|
|Advanced Aerodynamics||AERO 2049||4.5|
|Human Factors 2||AERO 2053||4.5|
|Communications and Research Methods||AERO 3013||4.5|
|Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, or 6)|
|Advanced Navigation||AERO 2055||4.5|
|Risk and Safety Management Systems||AERO 3016||4.5|
|Aviation Project||AERO 3012||4.5|
We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.
Nestled in amongst engineering and tech companies in Technology Park, Mawson Lakes has state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. On-campus there are large open green spaces, cafés, wetlands, interactive learning spaces, the largest strong-floor in Australia, a planetarium and a gym. It is 20 minutes from the city centre, easily accessible by bus, train and car. Explore Mawson Lakes >
The UniSA’s Aviation Academy at Parafield Airport is fully equipped for flight training with networked classrooms, simulators housed in climate and sound-controlled rooms, and aircraft maintenance hangars. There is also a student lounge, briefing rooms for one-on-one time with instructors, and a flight planning area.
An operations room is staffed by qualified personnel who maintain a ‘flight watch’ service for all FTA aircraft in the air. Students have immediate access to weather, NOTAMS and other flight planning data as required.
As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.
Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.
Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.
International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:
We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.
Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.
How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.