Aviation (Flying) - 3980

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Science


Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 3 Years

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 3

Max UOC Per Semester: 27

Min UOC For Award: 144

UAC Code: 429500

Domestic Entry Cut-off: N/A  

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Aviation (Major)

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Program Description

The degree of Bachelor of Aviation is offered by the Faculty of Science with input from the Faculty of Engineering.

The aim of this program is to prepare students for a career in the aviation industry. Program 3980 is a Flying stream which gives students the opportunity for flight training. A Management stream is also offered which prepares students more specifically for careers in the managerial sector of the aviation industry - for this Management stream, please refer to program 3981 in this Online Handbook.

Both streams consists of core courses selected from the Faculties offering the program, together with a range of options. The Flying stream additionally includes flight training to a minimum level of Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL) with additional flight training options available dependent upon student progress and requirements.

Note: Due to the block training nature of the flight training program, teaching periods might not correspond to standard academic sessions.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

This program aims to prepare students for a career in flying, as a pilot.

Program Structure

Students must complete a minimum of 144 units of credit for the award of a Bachelor of Aviation (Flying). This 144 UoC is comprised of the following:

Total of 144 UoC
Discipline Specific Core of 132 UoC
126 UoC of core courses in Aviation (Flying) (stages 1, 2 & 3)
6 UoC of Aviation (Flying) Electives
Breadth Component of 12 UOC
12 UoC General Education courses: these courses cannot be Science courses.

Stage 1

Stage 2
  • General Education (6 UOC)

Stage 3
  • General Education (6 UOC)
Choose 6 UOC from:
Note: Students who fail the Professional Pilot's Program (Flying Stream) must transfer to Management Stream. Credit transfer to program 3981 will depend on the stage at which students transfer. Consult the School of Aviation for further details.

Academic Rules

    1. Students enrolled in this program must complete 144 units of credit.

    2. Students must follow the program of study as described in this Handbook, including core (compulsory) courses and electives as specified. The Program Authority, or nominee, must approve any variation to the program.

    3. A maximum of 48 units of credit of level I courses can be taken throughout the entire program, excluding any GEN*#### or other mainstream level I courses taken to fulfil the 12 UoC General Education requirement.

    4. Students must complete 12 units of credit of General Education. Students must follow the UNSW rules for general education. Any course defined as a 'science' course in Table 1, cannot be taken as general education. Any exceptions to these rules must be approved by the Program Authority or nominee.

Table 1: Definition of Science Courses
 Aviation  AVIA
 Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences  BIOS, BEES, CLIM, GEOS, IEST, MSCI,  ENVS
 Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences  BABS, BIOC, BIOT, MICR
 Chemistry  CHEM
 Computer Science  COMP
 Food Science  FOOD
 Materials Science and Engineering  MATS
 Mathematics and Statistics  MATH
 Medical Sciences  ANAT, NEUR, PATH, PHAR, PHSL, SOMS
 Psychology  PSYC
 Physics  PHYS
 Optometry and Vision Science  OPTM, VISN
 Science Faculty  SCIF, BSSM

    5. Students are expected to complete Stage 1 before progressing to Stage 2. Exceptions may be granted with permission of the program authority.


Students seeking to enrol into Honours in Aviation should refer to program 4500 Bachelor of Science (Honours) and the plan page for Aviation (Honours) in this Handbook.

General Education Requirements

Students in this program must satisfy the University's General Education requirements. For further information, please refer to General Education in the Table of Contents (see left hand side of this page).

Academic Rules

See the Academic Rules outlined above.


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Award with Distinction

The Faculty of Science will award a Pass degree with Distinction to students who obtain a minimum WAM of 75 across their program and complete at least 72 units of credit at UNSW. Distinction awards will not be issued to students who continue to enrol in an honours program.

Related Program(s)

3981 Aviation (Management)

Area(s) of Specialisation