Undergraduate study

Course overview

Air transport is one of the world’s most important industries and its development and service achievements make it one of the most successful contributors to the advancement of modern society. The sector has witnessed unprecedented growth through innovative technology, changing consumer needs and the desire to travel further afield.

In recent years, passenger demand has grown significantly at UK airports resulting in 267 million passengers travelling through them according to the Department for Transport. This historical growth means that graduates with skills in airline and airport management are highly sought after.

The BA (Hons) Airline and Airport Management (Top-up) has been developed in partnership with specialists within the aviation sector. It broadens your knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues with specific reference to enterprise, innovation and disaster management.

This one-year course gives you a broad understanding of national and international developments and issues in aviation. Modules allow you to explore such developments.


Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Air Disaster Management

Flying is one of the safest forms of transport. But what happens when tragedy strikes? This module allows you to explore the chain of events that can lead to disaster in the air and on the ground; examining human error, accidents, mechanical failure and adverse weather. The success of aviation history is punctuated with disaster and catastrophe therefore you explore a range of topical case studies based on real events and determine what went wrong and how such events have shaped the aviation industry today, and how future disasters can be averted.

Business Project

The module comprises a learner-managed business project, the topic area of which will be associated with the your programme area of study. The project will provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your capability to undertake an individual piece of research within a business context.

The project may be an investigation of a relevant issue of academic interest, an investigation of a practical business issue, or a live problem-solving project.

Contemporary Issues in Business Management

You develop an understanding of the challenges faced by organisations and explores the controversies and dilemmas of contemporary management thinking and practice. You study three key interrelated contemporary issues facing businesses - internationalisation; technological innovation and sustainability.

Service Levels and Innovation in Aviation

This module offers you the opportunity to analyse the process of managing and developing innovative products for global passengers within the aviation sector. You assess the nature of products on board and on the ground that not only enhance the passenger experience, but create brand loyalty and increased demand.

Undergraduate Business Research Methods Top-up

The module develops your skills in research methods that are applicable to business and related areas. It is concerned with those disciplines associated with qualitative and quantitative research methods. The module focus enables you to plan for an undergraduate level project.

Assessment is via a presentation (40%) and 3,000 word project proposal (60%) that will describe the rationale of a potential project, state its aim and objectives, provide an outline review of key underpinning literature, an outline of the research/project strategy and secondary and primary data requirements, and outline anticipated milestones in the preparation of the project.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

Modules are taught through seminars, practical workshops and group work. You have the opportunity to co-create resources and collaborate in our state-of-the-art Teesside University Business School, opening September 2018. Senior teaching staff also adopt a range of web-based technologies to deliver module and programme content in order to assess, provide feedback and communicate with you. You also have the opportunity to visit major airports as part of the programme in order to develop your awareness of developments from within the sector.

How you are assessed

The programme is assessed through a variety of traditional methods including one examination, presentations, group work and essays. However, these methods are used creatively and innovatively in order for you to develop your knowledge within the airline and airport sector.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Successful completion of a foundation degree or higher national diploma (or equivalent) in a tourism-related subject or a business course. When applying through UCAS, make sure that you indicate your point of entry as Year 3.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

The UK’s tourism industry has witnessed unprecedented growth during the last decade due to the number of departures and arrivals to and from UK airports. This growth has paved the way for a range of exciting career opportunities that allow you to apply the management technical and business skills gained studying this programme. You could progress into careers including:

  • terminal management
  • passenger services
  • airside and ramp services
  • customer account managers
  • cabin crew
  • communicators and procurement specialists
  • immigration and customs.


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Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£11,825 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 1 year; Top-up Award
  • UCAS code: N833 BA/AAM
  • Typical offer: Foundation degree or HND (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject

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  • Not available part-time

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