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Undergraduate study
Airline and Airport Management (Top-up)

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


Course overview

Delve into the inner workings of the aviation sector and gain real-world experience of working in an airport with this top-up course. Guest lectures and field trips enable you to witness first-hand how an airport functions, from check-in, security, and consumer shopping, through to managing passengers, VIP lounges and boarding.

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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.

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 – guest lectures and field visits from Teesside International Airport and Newcastle International Airport bring real-life to your studies.
  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.

Professional accreditation

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.


Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

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.

Safety Management in Aviation and Business Resilience

Flying is one of the safest forms of transport. But what happens when tragedy strikes? You explore the chain of events that can lead to disaster in the air and on the ground and will examine human error, accidents, mechanical failure and adverse weather. The success of aviation history
is punctuated with disaster and catastrophe therefore you will 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

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 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.

Undergraduate Business Research Methods Top-up

This module seeks to develop your skills in research methods applicable to business and related areas. It focuses on qualitative and quantitative research methods, and will prepare you for the Undergraduate Business Project 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 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 major airports 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.

Year 2 lets you explore your own interests and deepening your insights as well as having more responsibility for your own learning.

The final year explores more advanced topics within airline and airport management and you develop your awareness of your own responsibility as a future leader in airline and airport management. Finally, you have the opportunity to put your knowledge into action by undertaking a self-managed independent project through the Dissertation module.

How you are assessed

The programme is assessed through a variety of traditional methods including 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.

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

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 2021/22 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 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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