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Start Date
February
July

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
LBAN

SATAC Code
434141 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 66.15 (for 2017)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 70.00 (for 2018)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Key features

  • Take the first steps towards becoming a pilot.
  • Study theory and practice at the same time.
  • Gain fundamental knowledge in aerodynamics, meteorology, navigation, flight planning, and aircraft power plants and systems.
  • Access flight simulators and work with the latest industry software.
  • Start flight training from your first year with our partner Flight Training Adelaide (FTA).
  • Study the Graduate Diploma in Aviation concurrently, and prepare for your Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) exams.
  • South Australia’s only degree in aviation.

Snapshot

Snapshot

Make your dreams of being a pilot a reality with South Australia’s first and only aviation degree designed specifically to train pilots.

You’ll start flight training in your very first year with our partner FTA and learn aerodynamics, meteorology, navigation and flight planning in ultra-modern facilities.

Flight training is taught separately to this degree via the Graduate Diploma in Aviation. There are a number of entry requirements that must be fulfilled before you can begin. Please read the Graduate Diploma in Aviation page carefully.

UniSA works in close partnership with industry, you will graduate ready to meet the growing global demand for pilots1.

1 Boeing’s Current Market Outlook 2014-2033

Why Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot)

Why this Degree

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.

You’ll start flight training in your very first year – via the Graduate Diploma in Aviation.

Real-world connections

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 Parafield Airport hangar, located near our Mawson Lakes campus.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

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 models.1 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 2035.2

With this growth, it is an exciting time to be planning a career in the aviation industry. Here are some careers to consider:

  • commercial pilot working for international, national or regional airlines
  • corporate and business aviation
  • flight instructor
  • firefighting pilot
  • medical and air ambulance pilot

1 Boeing’s Market Outlook 2013-2032
2 2016 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook

Industry facts

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Boeing predicts an additional 617,000 commercial airline pilots will be needed worldwide between now and 20351.

12016 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook

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61.34 million passengers were carried by Australian domestic airlines in 2016, an increase of two per cent on 20151.

1Domestic Aviation Activity 2016

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In 2016 there was an eight per cent growth in airline passenger numbers in the Asia-Pacific1.

1International Civil Aviation Organization, 2017

What others are saying

Bachelor of Aviation is for individuals looking at pursuing Aviation as a profession, and so you will be equipped with skills that will enable you to lead and motivate a team, manage threats and errors in your everyday operation and learn about your own performance and limitations. You will gain a rock solid foundation from many experienced people to build an exciting career.

Grant Price, Boeing 777 Captain

Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot)
Employment: Emirates Airlines

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Grant Price, Boeing 777 Captain

Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot)
Employment: Emirates Airlines

The best part of studying Aviation is certainly the thrill of flying, being able to see the world from an ever changing view, being entrusted to pilot an airplane to various airfields around South Australia and beyond, and knowing that the sky is my limit. Sometimes I enjoy it so much that I forget that this hobby of mine is all still a part of my studies.

Joshua Chin

Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot)

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Joshua Chin

Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot)

What you'll learn

What you Learn

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.

Over the course of the degree, you can select up to three electives from the Bachelor of Aviation (Management) degree and other aviation-related electives.

Flight training is done via the Graduate Diploma in Aviation and there are a number of entry requirements that must be fulfilled before you can begin. Please read the Graduate Diploma in Aviation page carefully.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Study hours

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. 

Assessment

Assessment

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:

  • practical tasks and tests
  • essays and assignments examinations
  • an industry-relevant project
  • an oral or online presentation

Global opportunities

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.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
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
Introduction to Aviation Safety AERO 1025 4.5
Human Factors 1 AERO 1017 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Advanced Meteorology AERO 2054 4.5
Professional and Technical Communication COMM 1065 4.5
Aviation Law AERO 1014 4.5
Human Factors 2 AERO 2053 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
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 2
University Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Heavy Aircraft Systems AERO 3014 4.5
Advanced Aerodynamics AERO 2049 4.5
Elective 2 Note(s): 2
Communications and Research Methods AERO 3013 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Advanced Navigation AERO 2055 4.5
Elective 3 Note(s): 2
Risk and Safety Management Systems AERO 3016 4.5
Aviation Project AERO 3012 4.5

I’m an academic in UniSA’s aviation program, I teach courses and conduct research into aviation safety, specifically in standardisation and multiculturalism. My colleagues and I work on projects in aviation safety with airlines and airports, so we maintain a close connection to industry. This really helps us to be certain that the coursework and materials we provide students satisfy the needs of industry and represent academic excellence.

Dr Steve Leib

Program Director

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Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

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.

Mawson Lakes

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 >

Your study spaces

The UniSA hangar 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.

Your study spaces

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads 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, an ideal 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.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

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.

24/7 digital environment

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.

Student services

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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