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Airline and Airport Management (Top-up)

Airline and Airport Management (Top-up) BA (Hons)

Delve into the inner workings of the aviation sector and gain real-world experience of working in an airport, for an airline, or a global aviation brand with this top-up course. Guest lectures and field trips enable you to witness first-hand how an airports, airlines and regulatory bodies function.


Course overview

Aviation Conference

Our students had the opportunity to discuss space exploration, customer experience, marketing priorities, sustainable objectives and Net Zero with industry leaders.

From check-in, security, and consumer shopping, through to managing passengers, VIP lounges and boarding, this course allows you to walk in the passengers’ shoes to meet the demands of existing and future passengers in a very crowded market.

You examine future airline and airport trends, focusing on the need for airlines to differentiate in a competitive market, and create innovative business models to support global economic growth. You explore the evolution of the industry, and the value of air travel in opening up the world to us, looking at the importance of connectivity and how ambitious aviation strategies can bring together people and places.

Develop your business acumen, vocational expertise and management insight by studying key theories and current practices, including crisis and safety management, consumer and marketing theories, dealing with difficult people, managing teams, counter terrorism, business resilience, and service levels.

This course includes a number of domestic and international trips. They are optional and not included in your tuition fees.

Top five reasons to study airline and airport management with us:

  1. Quality teaching – you are taught by industry professionals who have worked for global brands including Swissport, Lufthansa and British Airways.
  2. Industry input – leading collaborations with national and international sector organisations, which provide a wealth of guest lectures and field visits to facilitate your professional and research opportunities.
  3. Work experience – take part in a range of work experience opportunities including placements and internships with regional, national and global businesses.
  4. Entrepreneurial opportunities: our students have created 500 new business start-ups through Launchpad – a start-up community who provide support and advice for students looking to start a new business venture.
  5. United Nations’ PRME initiative – we’re a proud signatory of the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, which aims to globally raise the profile of sustainability and responsible leadership to equip current and future leaders with the skills to deliver positive change for business and society.
Teesside International Airport
Teesside International AirportYou also benefit from our collaboration with Teesside International Airport who host field trips and guest lectures for our students to provide a rich and immersive learning experience.

Talentview Aviation
Talentview AviationAn employment resource hub for our aviation students to access graduate roles, opportunities and visibility by employers across the UK aviation industry.

Airports Council International (ACI) Europe
Airports Council International (ACI) EuropeAirports Council International (ACI) Europe is committed to the pursuit of excellence in airport management through education and training. Our membership provides the benefits of ACI information, data and sustainability forecasting to our students.

Institute for Travel and Tourism (ITT)
Institute for Travel and Tourism (ITT)We are a member of the Institute for Travel and Tourism (ITT), giving you access to a dedicated ITT Future You Talent Hub, helping to inspire the next generation of travel and tourism experts. As an ITT member you can engage with national and international events and develop your professional network with organisations including British Airways, Advantage, ABTA, Business Travel Association and many more.

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Course details

Course structure


Global Aviation Challenges

Consider the aviation industry's increasingly complex infrastructure, examining the impact of emerging commercial opportunities and challenges from flexibility and sustainability imperatives. You analyse and question theories of modernity and best practice in the consumption of aviation business within macro and regional variabilities.

This is a 30-credit module.

Independent Project

Conduct a business project related to your subject area, allowing you to demonstrate your capability in undertaking an individual piece of research. This may be an investigation of a practical business issue, a relevant issue of academic interest, or a live problem-solving project.

This is a 30-credit module.

Safety Operations and Governance

Explore management issues and decision making connected to safety operations and governance. You focus in-depth on safety management, workplace safety and best practice for civil aviation. Exposure to complex real-world scenarios allows you to develop your problem-solving skills.

This is a 30-credit module.

Service Driven Trends in Aviation

Passenger experience is critical to the aviation industry, with a competitive market meaning organisations must provide elevated services to succeed. You explore how civil aviation providers adapt to meet the priorities of their customers.

This is a 30-credit module.


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 International Business School. 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 aviation organisations as part of the programme in order to develop your awareness of developments from within the sector.

Year 1 focuses on providing you with the necessary underpinning in terms of broad airline and airport knowledge and skills. It introduces key business and management concepts.

How you are assessed

The programme is assessed through a variety of interactive and innovative methods including presentations, debates, peer reviews, co-creation of assets, and essays. The methods used enable you to apply much needed skills at operational and managerial level in aviation.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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

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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

You learn to adapt to new and emerging circumstances, which is essential for a career in aviation. Connect your classroom learning with practical experiences in a professional environment, through field trips and visits with key organisations, gaining the knowledge and employability skills you need to succeed in your chosen career.

Aviation is a truly global sector, offering many opportunities for dynamic and diverse career prospects. These could be working for airports, airlines, or third-party work. Some of these are:

  • aeroplane manufacturing
  • air crew
  • air traffic control
  • airfield operations
  • airline operations
  • airline training
  • airport director
  • airport manager
  • airport operations
  • airport security manager
  • aviation regulation
  • baggage handling
  • border agency
  • cargo management
  • commercial aircraft worthiness
  • freight companies
  • IT services
  • marketing
  • meteorologist
  • procurement.

Visit the UK Civil Aviation Authority to discover more careers in the industry.


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Entry to 2024/25 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£17,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

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

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