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Start date

3 year(s) full-time


Program Code


Assumed Knowledge

2021: AUD$ 39,700 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Degree overview

  • Take the first steps towards becoming a pilot and get 15-20 hours of flight experience with the option to concurrently obtain a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL).*
  • Fly in your first year with our partner Flight Training Adelaide (FTA).
  • 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.

*Specific entry requirements apply. 



Make your dreams of becoming a pilot reality with an innovative aviation degree for international students that includes flight training. The Bachelor of Aviation (Flight) provides a great foundation in the field of aviation practical flight experience. Whilst some airlines prefer you to have a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), other airlines prefer to train you fully via a pilot cadetship program.

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 with the possibility of a solo flight for those who meet the competencies. 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.We work in close partnership with industry to ensure you will graduate ready to meet the growing global demand for pilots1.

1 Boeing’s Current Market Outlook 2014-2033

What you'll need

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.

For further information, download the Bachelor of Aviation (Flight) flyer which provides greater detail about the flight experience course and CPL program entry requirements.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Flight Training Theory 1 AERO 1021 4.5
Professional and Technical Communication COMM 1065 4.5
Introduction to Aviation AERO 1022 4.5
Aviation Practice AERO 1020 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Commercial Pilot Theory AERO 2064 13.5 Note(s): 6
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 1N AERO 1011 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 Note(s): 2
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Airline Transport Pilot Theory 1 AERO 2062 9
Risk and Safety Management Systems AERO 3016 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, or 6)
Airline Transport 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 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:

  • 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. 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

Why Bachelor of Aviation (Flight)

Why this Degree

You will learn the very latest in aviation theory from academics, industry experts and flight instructors.

Our Bachelor of Flight program is designed specifically with international students in mind. This considers the varying requirements of the aviation industry around the world.

We emphasise hands-on, practical knowledge. 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.

Study flight training in your first year 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 with the possibility of a solo flight for those who meet the competencies. Flight training is offered by our partner Flight Training Adelaide (FTA).

Thanks to this close partnership, our students have the option to study FTA's Diploma of Aviation alongside our Bachelor degree.* This combination will help you obtain a CASA CPL-A. 

*Specific entry requirements apply

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

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:

  • 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

1 Boeing’s Market Outlook 2013-2032

2 2016 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook


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 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.

Student services

Student services

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:

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

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.

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, laboratories, and areas 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)