Start date

3 year(s) full-time


Program Code


Assumed Knowledge

2022: AUD$ 37,800 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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Degree overview

  • Take the first steps towards becoming a pilot.
  • Receive flight training theory and practical flying from our partner Flight Training Adelaide (FTA).
  • Choose one of four different flying pathways* leading to pilot licenses and ratings such as PPL, CPL, CIR, M/E.
  • Option to get 15-20 hours of flight experience in your first year
  • Use our on-campus 737 simulator.

*Specific entry requirements apply. 



Make your dreams of becoming a pilot reality with an innovative aviation degree. The Bachelor of Aviation (Flight) is the starting point for all international students wanting to fly.

Within the first semester, you’ll be presented with a choice of four flying pathways, each with specific entry requirements. See the Bachelor of Aviation flyer for further details.

Our flagship pathway leads you to pilot licences and ratings to make you entry-level airline ready. This pathway includes co-enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Aviation and transfer to Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot).

Our other flying pathways see you remain in the Bachelor of Aviation (Flight) and undertake Flight Experience, a course in first year where you will log approximately 15-20 hours of dual flight time in a single engine aircraft with the possibility of a solo flight for those who meet the competencies.

For all pathways, flight training is offered by our partner Flight Training Adelaide (FTA), located at Parafield Airport, right beside Mawson Lakes campus. We work in close partnership with industry to ensure you will graduate ready to meet the predicted global demand for pilots1.

1Boeing 20-year Pilot, Technician and Cabin Crew Outlook 2020 - 2039

What you'll need

Specific requirements for the various flying pathways can be found in the Bachelor of Aviation flyer.

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).

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.

Flight Experience is part of this degree. If you don’t take up Flight Experience, this course will be replaced by two electives.

Further detail on the flying pathways (including Flight Experience) and their entry requirements can be found in the Bachelor of Aviation flyer.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Flight Training Theory 1 AERO 1021 4.5
Aviation Physics 1 AERO 1011 4.5
Introduction to Aviation AERO 1022 4.5
Aviation Practice AERO 1020 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, 6)
Commercial Pilot Theory AERO 2064 13.5 Note(s): 6
Professional and Technical Communication COMM 1065 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 7)
Flight Experience AERO 1026 9 Note(s): 3,5 Rule(s): 1
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Communications and Research Methods AERO 3013 4.5
Aviation Physics 2 AERO 1027 4.5
Aviation Law AERO 1014 4.5
University Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, or 6)
Introduction to Aviation Management AERO 1024 4.5
Introduction to Aviation Safety AERO 1025 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Advanced Pilot Theory 1 AERO 2062 9
Risk and Safety Management Systems AERO 3016 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, or 6)
Advanced Pilot Theory 2 AERO 2063 4.5
Large Aircraft Flight Operations AERO 3020 4.5
Aviation Project AERO 3012 4.5
Airline Operations Management AERO 2058 4.5

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, as well as to 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:

  • practical tasks and tests
  • practical assessments (e.g. flight, navigation)
  • 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. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

Why Bachelor of Aviation (Flight)

Why this Degree

The greatest benefit of our aviation offering at UniSA is its flexibility.

Every international student starts in the Bachelor of Aviation (Flight). You’ll then be presented with four flying pathway options, their entry requirements, benefits and career pathways.

Options range from a flagship pathway leading you to be entry level airline-ready, to CPL pathways,  PPL pathways, or even the option of a bachelor degree only. Further detail can be found in the Bachelor of Aviation flyer.

All flight training components are taught by FTA, a world-renowned flying school that trains pilots for Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Qantas, Starlux Airlines and Indigo.

We focus on hands-on, practical knowledge. You will train in our state-of-the-art flight and airport simulators and study 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.

Real-world connections

UniSA has a track record for partnerships and developing new technologies for industry. We are one of Australia's leading universities for Engineering research (UniSA's Engineering research rated well above world-class - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)). 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.

This program offers aviation theory based on the CASA Commercial Pilot and Airline Transport Pilot syllabus. Our partnership with Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) draws on mutual experience and expertise to deliver Commercial Pilot Theory content within this program.

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

Career outcomes

Your career

Within the next 20 years, it is predicted there will be a demand of 837,000 new personnel required in the Asia-Pacific region. Although the aviation industry is currently experiencing a downturn driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, the long-term need remains robust with anticipation of growth to the sector in coming years.1

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 (with further study)
  • corporate and business aviation
  • flight instructor
  • firefighting pilot
  • medical and air ambulance pilot

1Boeing 20-year Pilot, Technician and Cabin Crew Outlook 2020 - 2039

How to apply

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.


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, 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 and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 gainaccess to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest 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 international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

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.

Your study spaces

Your program director

I come from the United States, and am a licensed commercial pilot. My primary research area is in aviation safety, standardisation, and multiculturalism. Before coming to UniSA I conducted aviation safety development research in China and also worked in general aviation business development. My interests include travelling and teaching and, prior to UniSA, I taught at universities in China and the USA.

Dr Steve Leib

Program Director

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Dr Steve Leib

Program Director


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I’ve always enjoyed travelling around in planes since I was young and had always admired people in that field. I chose to study aviation at UniSA mainly because of the program structure and being able to concurrently complete my flight training and university degree together at the same time. I am based at Mawson Lakes Campus, which is a nice area with convenient transport, all necessities easily accessible, and closeby to Parafield Airport where I do my flight training. I've really enjoyed the flexibility of my program and the close interactions between students and staff at UniSA.

Anjelin Lim

Bachelor of Aviation (Flight)

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Anjelin Lim

Bachelor of Aviation (Flight)