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School of Chemical and Process Engineering

Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies BSc

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Drawing on our extensive expertise in aircraft design, materials, propulsion, environmental issues and industrial management, coupled with the pilot training facilities and expertise of a professional flying school, our BSc Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies will equip you with a solid science and engineering base and the broader aviation knowledge vital for pilots in the 21st century.

As part of the theoretical knowledge for the PPL module in your first year, you can achieve the CAA ground exam requirements for the PPL. You will then spend ten hours in the air during the summer that follows, making substantial progress towards your PPL. In the second year, you will develop the knowledge needed for the CAA commercial pilot ground examinations.

You will benefit from specialist input throughout the programme through the involvement of professional pilots and senior managers from the aviation industry. Bringing working knowledge of advanced communications and navigation systems, management techniques and strategic thinking, these contributions complement the knowledge base provided by the course.

To support and train you during your studies, you will have access to three state-of-the-art flight simulators including our Airbus A320 flight simulator, Frasca FNPT-2 flight simulator and Merlin Engineering/FNPT-1 motion flight simulator. You will also use our Engine laboratory which has micro-turbojet and micro-turboprop engines.

UCAS code: H460
Industrial placements: Yes
Study abroad: No
Course duration: 3 or 4 years depending on option taken.
Start date: September
Course fees (per year): UK/EU: £9,000; International: £19,000
Information about living expenses and financial support can be found on the University's website.
Scholarships: Scholarships worth up to £8,000 available.


Many of our students see this course as the first step towards gaining a commercial pilot's license (CPL). However airports and airlines offer an extensive range of other opportunities and you will therefore be well placed to launch your career in a wide variety of aviation related areas, such as airport operations and management, air traffic control, non-airline commerical flight operations, flying instruction, technical sales and marketing in aviation related industries. Some students have also been sucessful in obtaining RAF sponsorship.

Recent graduate destinations include:
• RAF Weapons Systems Officer
• RAF Tornado Pilot
• Helicopter Pilot, British Army
• First Officer, Qatar Airlines, flying A340, based in Doha
• First Officer, Aer Lingus, flying A320, based at London Gatwick
• First Officer, British Airways, flying B757/767, based at Heathrow
• First Officer, Ryanair, flying B737, based at Stansted
• First Officer, Flybe, flying B737, based at Heathrow
• Network Executive - IAG Cargo, British Airways
• Senior First Officer and Pilot Technical Instructor, Thomas Cook, flying A320, based at East Midlands
• Second Officer, Cathay Pacific
• Aeronautical Data Analyst, Navtech
• Assistant to Flight information Service Officer, Wolverhampton Airport
• Project Coordinator, Gatwick Airport
• Manufacture Engineering Project Leader, Airbus.

With the help of our Employability team, we will make sure you are given every opportunity to secure a position before you graduate.

Entry requirements

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications. If your qualification does not appear in the list below please contact our admissions team.

A-level: AAA including Mathematics or Physics.

Advanced Diploma: Grade A with an appropriate amount of Mathematics or Physics.

BTEC Extended Diploma: D*DD including an appropriate amount of level 3 Mathematics or Physics.

IB: 35 points overall, with 18 points at higher level to include 5 points in higher level Mathematics or Physics.

Country-specific equivalent qualifications
The Faculty's country-specific equivalent qualifications web page gives you an idea of the types of qualifications we accept.

English language requirement
GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification e.g. IELTS: 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component of listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Our Language Centre provide the Academic English for Undergraduate Studies Pre-sessional course, which is designed to help international students develop their language and academic study skills.

Access to Leeds
We have a policy of welcoming applicants from non-traditional academic backgrounds. If you do not meet our entry criteria above, you may be eligible via the Access to Leeds scheme.

Foundation courses
If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degree, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. The University offers a one-year BSc Studies in Science for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.

Our International Foundation Year (IFY) is intended for international students who do not yet have the formal qualifications required for entry to level 1 of our degree courses.

How to apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS).

Once you have applied and your application has been reviewed by our admissions tutor, suitable applicants will be invited to an applicant day, which we encourage you to attend.

Applicant days are very different from the general university open days you may have attended. Our applicant days give you the opportunity to meet our academic staff and students, take part in group activities, find out more about your course, and to tour the University and the school, which includes demonstrations in our laboratories.

You will also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one discussion with one of our academics. This will give you the chance to have your questions answered, check that it’s the right course for you and your career plans, and find out more about studying at Leeds.

We appreciate that not all applicants are able to attend an interview and in such cases the offer decision will be made based on the information on the UCAS form.

If you require any further information please contact our admissions team,
e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 6542.