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 Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

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 School of Aviation in the Faculty of Science.

The aim of this program is to prepare students for a career in the aviation industry, primarily as a pilot but also as a future manager/pilot. The program prepares the students for the role of professional pilot working either as a single pilot in a general aviation organisation, or as a multi-crew team in an airline. In addition, the student undertakes academic courses in aviation management (including safety) so that they may also take on the role of manager or the dual role of pilot/manager. The parallel program, the 3981 Bachelor of Aviation (Management) prepares students more specifically for careers in the managerial sector of the aviation industry.

Both streams consist 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), Command Instrument rating (Multi-Engine) and Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) theory subjects.

Note: Due to the block training nature of the flight training program, teaching periods might not correspond to standard academic sessions, and students will need to undertake the Professional Pilot Program (flying training) on a full-time basis.


There are now two possibilities for entry: Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (July). Students should make early application prior to obtaining final high school results, to facilitate processing of their application by UNSW Admissions.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

This program aims to prepare students for a career in flying, as a pilot. Upon completion of a Bachelor of Aviation (Flying) in the Faculty of Science at UNSW graduates will:
  • be able to apply their knowledge and skills to collect, analyse and evaluate information;
  • have a thorough understanding of this discipline as a stand-alone discipline and in its interdisciplinary context;
  • be capable of applying their knowledge and training in a practical context (i.e. as a trained pilot);
  • be capable of both independent and collaborative work;
  • display skills relevant to teamwork and leadership;
  • have developed effective oral and written communication skills;
  • have a thorough understanding of ethical practice in the scientific context and in the aviation industry;
  • have developed information and digital literacy.

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) cannot continue in the BAv(Flying). Options are to transfer to the 3981 Bachelor of Aviation (Management) program, to transfer to another UNSW program, or to withdraw from the program. 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  BEES, BIOS, CLIM, ENVS, GEOS, MSCI
 Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences  BABS, BIOC, BIOT, INOV, MICR
 Chemistry  CHEM
 Computer Science  COMP
 Data Science  DATA
 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

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


Progression to Honours is subject to academic performance and the number of places available in the School's Honours program. The School of Aviation offers Honours in both full-time and part-time modes through the science faculty in stream AVIAAH of Program 4500 Bachelor of Science (Honours). Typically students require a minimum overall WAM (weighted average mark) of a credit (65% minimum) for entry into honours, although due to the competitive nature of honours, the level of academic performance required may be higher in some years. Where students have an overall WAM that is less than, but close to, a credit, the School of Aviation may take into consideration a student's academic performance in aviation courses when assessing an application for honours. Students seeking to enrol in honours are required to have completed a total of 144 units of credit and all the requirements for the Bachelor of Aviation (Flying) (including all level I, core courses, and general education requirements). Students who have not qualified for the Bachelor of Aviation (Flying) at pass level will not be permitted to enrol in honours. Admission requirements, as well as the number of places available, are determined by the Head of School or nominee.

Students who are granted admission into Honours after completion of the requirements for the Bachelor of Aviation, will graduate from the Bachelor of Aviation at the end of the three years, and will then apply for entry to the Science Honours Program 4500, Stream AVIAAH.

Students may enrol in Honours on a part-time or full-time basis.

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.


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:  UNSW Fee Website.

Participation and Enrolment Requirements

For this program, students will be required to have

* Class 1 CASA medical certificate
* Australian Aviation Security Identification Card
* Aviation Reference Number
* Passed the CASA English Language Proficiency Interview

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.

Flying Costs

Flying costs are invoiced separately to academic fees, and reflect the additional costs of flying training. Contact the School for details.

Faculty of Science Rules

The Faculty of Science has some rules that relate to all students enrolled in programs offered by the Faculty in relation to recognition for prior learning, general education, course exclusions, study load, and cross-institutional study. All students should read the information contained on the Faculty General Rules and Requirements page in this Handbook.

Related Program(s)

3981 Aviation (Management)

Area(s) of Specialisation