Bachelor of Aviation
Prepare your flying career for take-off
Get ready to work in the aviation industry as a commercial pilot. This accelerated degree covers the theory and practice of aviation in only two years. Explore pilots’ decision making and limitations. Understand security, risk and safety.
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What you'll learn
Graduates of the Bachelor of Aviation will:
- have a broad and coherent body of knowledge required in the constantly changing aviation environment
- be equipped with the knowledge and skills for further learning through professional practice, post-graduate studies and/or during flight training.
The Bachelor of Aviation will prepare you for employment in the aviation industry in a variety of areas such as management, research safety and human factors roles. Our graduates have been successful in gaining a range of flying and management positions with organisations such as Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad, Jetstar, Qantas, Regional Express and Virgin Australia as well as Airservices Australia and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
Together with the Graduate Diploma of Flight Management, you will be ready for work as a commercial pilot.
The Qantas Future Pilot Program (QFPP) is open to all Bachelor of Aviation students and provides students with mentoring from experienced pilots during their degree. Graduates of the QFPP may be selected to transition to employment with QantasLink.
On completion of both programs (Bachelor of Aviation and Graduate Diploma of Flight Management), you could find employment opportunities in charter work, regional airlines, flight instruction (theory and practical), aerial services (agricultural spraying, aerial surveying and photography), airline and airport management, research, human resources in government organisations such as CASA and the Australian Defence Force (in first officer positions).
The Griffith University's Undergraduate Programs Admission Policy will apply.
VET qualification: Certificate III
Work and Life
The Professional Entry pathway has two entry points catering for basic and advanced levels of qualifications and experience.
To be eligible for admission with 80 credit points of advanced standing, a student must have the following:
- Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
- Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating (MECIR)
Upon acceptance, students will be granted 80 credit points of advanced standing on the basis of their qualifications and experience.
To be eligible for admission with 160 credit points of advanced standing, a student must have the following:
- Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) [granted in accordance with current CASR Pt 61 provisions or equivalent provisions]
- Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) theory examinations passed (ATPL frozen) AND be currently cleared to line with an airline operating CASR 25 / FAR 25 aircraft type(s)
Upon acceptance, students will be granted 160 credit points of advanced standing on the basis of their qualifications and experience.
Applicants should upload a copy of their pilot licence with their application. If applicable, copies of authorised examination and assessment report/s and a letter from their employer which states that they are cleared to line and that the airline operates CASR 25 / FAR 25 aircraft types should be attached.
English Proficiency Requirements
English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:
- A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
- OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL
- OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)
- OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
- OR a minimum overall score of 176 (no score less than 169) on C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English) or C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)
- OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.
English test results must be no more than two years old.
Applicants should refer to the following University policy for further information:
International students who successfully complete the Direct Entry Program (DEP) will satisfy the English Language requirements for this Griffith degree.
The Direct Entry Program (DEP) is not available for Domestic students.
On campus requirements
Students studying thru the Standard Entry Pathway are required to attend on campus. The program is available full-time or part-time. Courses are offered on-campus at the Nathan Campus although some courses may be offered in external mode or via the internet (fully online) with no requirements for on-campus attendance.”
Credit for previous study or work
Reduce the time it takes to finish your degree. You can apply to Griffith to recognise your prior learning, including:
- Formal learning through courses completed at uni and TAFE.
- Informal learning through workplace experience or volunteer training.
- Non-formal learning through social experiences and hobbies.
Griffith University has one of Australia's largest and most highly recognised aviation teaching programs. Over the past 25 years teaching in this field, we have built an international reputation for graduates who are industry ready. Our aviation staff have strong industry connections and some are world leaders in aviation research.
The Bachelor of Aviation is a two-year, accelerated degree allowing students to progress more quickly into an aviation career or flying training.
You will be introduced to the sciences underpinning the theory and practice of aviation, including the basic principles associated with each of the different phases of ab initio flying exercises in our virtual reality flight simulators. You will also study courses in areas such as navigation, safety management systems and the human factors. Through the Bachelor of Aviation, you will develop the skills needed for lifelong learning in the evolving aviation environment.
The Bachelor of Aviation together with the Graduate Diploma of Flight Management will allow graduates to be ready to work in the aviation industry as a commercial pilot.
Entry into the program is either via Standard Entry or Professional Entry for those holding a Commercial Pilot Licence (MEIR) or higher. The Trimester 2 intake is only available to students completing a Professional Entry pathway.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
As a guide, core subjects in this degree can include:
- Economics in Aviation
- Contemporary Aviation Management
- Safety Management
- Human Factors for Pilots I
Plus there’s a selection of electives to choose from. As part of your application, you’ll be guided through how to get the right degree structure in place for you.
For the award of Bachelor of Aviation (BAvn), you must successfully complete 240 credit points, made up of the core courses AND
- 10 credit points of Level 1 listed electives; 20 credit points of Level 2 or Level 3 listed electives.
For the award of Bachelor of Aviation (BAvn), a student admitted with 80 credit points of advanced standing must successfully complete 160 credit points, made up of the core courses AND
- 100 credit points of listed electives.
For the award of Bachelor of Aviation (BAvn), a student admitted with 160 credit points of advanced standing must successfully complete 80 credit points, made up of the core courses AND
- 50 credit points of listed electives.
This degree may be awarded with Distinction where a student achieves a minimum program GPA of 6.5 with no failed courses. The words 'This award was achieved with Distinction' will be recorded on the testamur.