University of East London

BA (Hons) Airline and Airport Management

The BA (Hons) Airline and Airport Management is a dedicated qualification which will introduce you to various aspects of the exciting aviation, airline and airport industries. Designed with insight from a range of aviation and industry experts, this course highlights the changes and developments within the industry.

You will gain an understanding of the human factors in aviation, airline strategic management, and airport operational management as well as have the opportunity to undertake an internship module. This course will provide a route to improve skills and knowledge for a career in the associated industries. This will help you develop the knowledge and experiences to pursue a career in the operations, planning, security, marketing and management of airlines as well as airports, ground handlers and cargo operators.

Entry Requirements


  • 112 UCAS Points from A Levels - Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
  • We would normally expect students to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths

Other entry routes

  • BTEC Extended Diploma or Diploma, International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
  • Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking, minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening(or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Mature applicants and those with no formal qualifications

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

Ordinarily, UK airlines contribute over £11bn to the economy and support around 200,000 jobs. By focussing on the management of the airport, airline and ancillary businesses you will gain a broad understanding of this exciting industry and establish you to be well equipped for a career in aviation management.

There are employment opportunities such as expert operatives, supervisors, junior managers, creative 'intrapreneurs' and Start-Up Business Entrepreneurs (niche services) have been identified across the airline and airport sectors. 

UEL is connected to a number of trade and professional associations whose membership comprises employers and operatives from across the Hospitality sector. These include: 
•    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) 
•    UK Hospitality 
•    Institute of Hospitality (IOH) 
•    London Food Board 
•    Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) 
•    HR in Hospitality 

Course Details

You'll learn about the dynamics and complexity of the airline and airport industries and their sub-sectors. This will include developing critical thinking skills that utilise knowledge of management principles and practices to airline and airport-based operations and facilities through transferable and sector-specific skills. 
You'll also develop effective management strategies for airport and airline organisations and enterprises and apply financial planning and budgeting skills that will assist in the decision-making processes. This will prepare you for practical business-related studies such as business and marketing plans. Develop and apply various strategies for an airport operator. You'll develop the skills to propose airport operation and management strategies using computer simulation tools and ensure that safety is the overriding objective within the airport industry. You'll also learn how to critically appraise regulatory, economic, professional and political information from various sources throughout the airport industry.

Optional placement year

This course offers the opportunity of a year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge.

There is also the option of a 12 month international internship (between L5 and L6) will be offered to students who are able to participate in working in China, Brazil, Thailand; US; Paris and Marseille.

The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.

Year 1

Personal Skills for Hospitality, Events and Tourism (Mental Wealth)
The Business Environment for Hospitality, Events and Tourism
Concepts and Approaches: The Airline and Airport Industry
Introduction to People, Organisations and Management
Service and Experience Marketing
Understanding Hospitality, Event and Tourism Experiences

Year 2

Airline and Aviation Operations Management
Finance for Hospitality, Events and Tourism
Leadership in Hospitality, Events and Tourism
Professional Practice in Hospitality, Events and Tourism (Mental Wealth)
Airport Management
Aviation Law and Crisis Management
Professional Development in Practice - Internship
Sustainable Tourism Planning and Destination Management

Year 3

Airport Strategy Management
Research Project
Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Experience Economy (Tourism, Hospitality & Events Industries)
Exploring Professional Practice in Hospitality, Events and Tourism (Mental Wealth)
Sustainable Aviation
Airline Revenue Management

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