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Start Date

3 year(s) full-time


Program Code

434141 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time


Assumed Knowledge

Entry Scores
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Year 12 (ATAR-based): 69.00
Year 12 (Grades-based): B,B,B
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Degree overview

  • 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.
  • Study the Graduate Diploma in Aviation concurrently, and prepare for your Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) exams.
  • South Australia’s only degree in Aviation.



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 as part of your studies with our partner FTA and learn aerodynamics, meteorology, navigation and flight planning.

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.

On-campus teaching for this program is based at the Mawson Lakes campus. Only 20 minutes from the city centre with easy parking. The Mawson Lakes campus is also accessible by bus and train with the Mawson Lakes train station only a short walk.

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

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 Commercial Pilot Theory, 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.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Introduction to Aviation AERO 1022 4.5
Introduction to Aviation Management AERO 1024 4.5
Professional and Technical Communication COMM 1065 4.5
Aviation Law AERO 1014 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4)
Aviation Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 2,6
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Flight Training Theory 1 AERO 1021 4.5 Note(s): 3,4,9
Aviation Practice AERO 1020 4.5
Introduction to Aviation Safety AERO 1025 4.5
Aviation Physics 1 AERO 1011 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Commercial Pilot Theory AERO 2064 13.5 Note(s): 7,8,9
Aviation Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Theory on Navigation & Aircraft Systems AERO 3022 4.5
Theory on Aircraft Performance & Flight Planning AERO 3021 4.5
Undergraduate Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Aviation Project 1 AERO 3013 4.5
Advanced Pilot Theory AERO 2063 4.5
Aviation Physics 2 AERO 1027 4.5
Safety and Risk Management for Aviation Professionals AERO 3016 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Airline Operations Management AERO 2058 4.5
Large Aircraft Flight Operations AERO 3020 4.5
Aviation Project 2 AERO 3012 4.5
Aviation Elective 3 4.5 Note(s): 2,5

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
  • 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 (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. 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 – via the Graduate Diploma in Aviation.

Real-world connections

UniSA has a track record for building partnerships and developing new technologies for industry. 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.

UniSA has partnered with QantasLink to offer an exciting professional engagement program and employment pathways to one of the world’s leading air groups (see below for more details)

We also host regular University-wide career expos and employment forums through our Career Service, as well as alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Qantas Group Future Pilot Program

The Qantas Future Pilot Program is an opportunity for the University’s best aviation students to gain special industry-based training and network with Qantas pilots while progressing through the Bachelor of Aviation – Pilot.  Students who successfully complete the program will be assessed upon graduation with the possibility of being fast-tracked to a career as a pilot by joining QantasLink as a First Officer

Hear from Sam Rogers, Aviation student

Sam Rogers talks about his experience studying UniSA's Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot) and Graduate Diploma in Aviation, where he completed flight training at UniSA's Aviation Academy.

UniSA Video

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

Here are some careers to consider:

  • Professional airline Pilot
  • Charter pilot
  • Military careers
  • Aircraft maintenance
  • Aircraft manufacturing
  • Remote pilot
  • Air traffic management

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

Industry facts


Boeing predicts an additional 602,000 commercial airline pilots will be needed worldwide between now and 2041

(2022 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook)


Commercial air traffic is expected to recover to 2019 levels by 2024

(2022 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook)


By 2038, global air travel transport is forecasted to support 143 million jobs and contribute $6.3 trillion to the global economy

(Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders 2022)

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

Alternative Pathways

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:
International students interested in this program should contact UniSA International enquiries at International@unisa.edu.au.


This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


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

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 sports and fitness facilities, 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 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:

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

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 modern facilities including 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 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

Additional info


Practical flight training is taught through the Graduate Diploma in Aviation (LGAN), which is studied concurrently with the Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot) (LBAN). The flight training courses are delivered by FTA at the UniSA Aviation Academy based at Parafield Airport.

Your program director

I’m an academic leading the UniSA’s aviation program. I teach courses and conduct research into aviation, especially on airlines and airports. My colleagues and I work on projects across all aspects in aviation, thereby enabling relevance and connections with the industry. Our aviation team comprises of experts in specific aviation sub-sectors such as flight operations, human factors, airport management and accident investigation. Both our industry collaboration and technical knowledge enable our coursework and materials to be distinctive in satisfying the needs of the ever-changing industry and ensuring academic excellence.

AsPr Paul Lee

Program Director

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AsPr Paul Lee

Program Director


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What others are saying

UniSA was the obvious choice because it was one of the few universities in Australia – and the only in the state – to
offer an aviation degree. As someone who is fascinated by airplanes, I have thoroughly enjoyed discovering the mysteries of the aviation industry.

Joshua Chin

Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot)
Flight Instructor | Flight Training Adelaide


Joshua Chin

Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot)
Flight Instructor | Flight Training Adelaide

Before my instructor sent me on my first solo flight, I was feeling quite nervous, but knowing that I was in control of the aircraft with no one sitting beside me was an experience I'll never forget. Watching yourself grow as a professional pilot is truly an amazing feeling.

Alexi Currie

Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot), Graduate Diploma in Aviation
Second Officer | Cathay Pacific Airways

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Alexi Currie

Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot), Graduate Diploma in Aviation
Second Officer | Cathay Pacific Airways

I think I grew a passion for aviation from a young age, flying to different islands around the Eyre Peninsula with my dad, who had his Private Pilot's Licence. One of my most memorable experiences from my course was definitely my first solo flight. I went up with my instructor and did a few circuits with him, then we landed, he got out of the plane, left it to me, and I took off and did the circuit by myself. It was a surreal feeling being in total control of the plane.

Sam Rogers

Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot), Graduate Diploma in Aviation

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Sam Rogers

Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot), Graduate Diploma in Aviation