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BSc (Honours) Airline and Airport Management with Foundation Year

Year of Entry 2024/25
BSc (Honours)

Airline and Airport Management with Foundation Year

Prepare for take-off on this airline and airport management course – learning how to launch your career in this highly specialised and vibrant industry.

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What is the fee? Home: See fees section below
International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 64 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? A079
When do I start? September 2024
Placement year available? Yes

Course summary

  • Study your foundation year, then progress to the full degree.
  • Develop critical aviation industry skills in sustainability and pricing.

  • Study marketing, digital skills, project and talent management.

  • Collaborate with industry partners to work on live projects.

  • Learn from industry experts and engage with aviation field trips. 

  • Build your professional network through our extensive links with airlines, airports and aviation agencies. 


On this course you’ll learn about the technical aspects of the industry, from aviation law and regulation to safety and security management. You’ll study airlines and airports from both an operational and managerial perspective using specialist simulation software. Whether you plan to work air-side, land-side or directly with airlines, you’ll be fully prepared to hit the ground running.

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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

Our teachers have held senior positions in airline and airport management – bringing a wealth of aviation case studies to support your learning. They’re actively involved in applied and impactful research, so you’ll get to understand the latest trends in the global aviation industry.

At every level of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with the industry. Thanks to our extensive network of external partners, you’ll enhance your learning through expert guest speakers and field trips. 

You learn through

  • lectures, seminars and workshops

  • field trips and site visits

  • talks and resources developed by our accrediting bodies

  • live projects with external organisations

  • independent study and group work


You’ll develop your knowledge of how the aviation industry interlinks with the environment, climate change, regulatory frameworks and the broader sustainability agenda. You’ll also develop your core business acumen in marketing, people management and finance to make sure you’re industry ready.

We believe you learn best when you engage with the industry first-hand to appreciate the complexities, challenges and rewards of working in the airline and airport management sector. In your final year you’ll apply the knowledge you’ve gained in a client-led consultancy project.

You will be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate level employment through

  • access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development

  • access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars, and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments

Course leaders and tutors

Mohammed Yaqub
Mohammed Yaqub
Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer in Events Management at Sheffield Business School. Driven by a personal passion for excellence and professional quality; practising the ideals of cre … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you industry experience to prepare you for your future career – and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. For example, previous students have secured placements with Swissport and Jet2.

Live projects

In every year of your course, you’ll have the opportunity to work on live projects to build your skills and professional experience. 

Recent students have worked on developing high quality and engaging training content across all five airlines within the TUI group – with a focus on digital training. Others have worked on a white paper development – focusing on Bosnia and Herzegovina national airport infrastructure development needs for KK Aviation Consultancy. 

Field Trips

Field trips are an important part of your studies. They're the perfect opportunity to connect with your peers and tutors – as well as to put your theoretical knowledge into context and engage in in-depth discussions about your discipline. Some of the most popular field trips our Airline and Airport Management students have enjoyed have been to local and international airports.

Networking opportunities

You’ll frequently engage with aviation industry stakeholders throughout the course – and many modules include industry guest speakers. You’ll benefit from a close relationship with the industry through our industry and graduate networks – as well as association with the Institute of Travel and Tourism and the Tourism Management Institute.

Future careers

The UK aviation industry is the third largest globally and supports the development of many industries and trade in general. The course prepares you for a number of aviation roles including


  • regulatory authorities

  • safety management

  • security management

  • airline strategy, marketing and sales management

  • airline operations management

  • airfield design, safeguarding and regulatory compliance

  • airport systems, planning and development

  • airport operations management

  • corporate social responsibility

  • air cargo operations and logistics management

  • airspace and air traffic management

  • aviation management consultancy

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for


  • British Airways

  • Jet2

  • TUI Group

  • Birmingham International Airport

  • Doncaster and Sheffield Airport

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course, you work with specialist airline management simulation software.

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 64

This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications excluding general studies For example:

  • CC at A Level
  • MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • Pass overall from a T level qualification with D or E from core
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels and EPQ.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language at grade C or 4 or equivalent
  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent

• Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Contemporary Issues Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Business Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Organisation Management And Delivery 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Organisation Management And Delivery 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Self And Stakeholder Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Practice Of Business In The Events, Food, Hospitality And Tourism Industries Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Academic Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Finance And Data Interpretation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To The Aviation Industry Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Marketing And Consumer Behaviour For The Aviation Industry Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Airline Operations And Pricing Management Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Airport Operations Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Personal And Professional Development Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 4

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Consultancy And Enterprise Challenge Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Safety And Security Management In Aviation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Strategic Management For Airline And Airport Development Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Project Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/2025 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/2024 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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