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Undergraduate study
Aviation and Tourism

Aviation and Tourism FdA

This innovative programme with an excellent bespoke design, one of only a handful in the North of England, offers you the opportunity to combine modules from across the aviation, travel and tourism sectors, with the chance to top-up to a relevant BA (Hons) with a further year of full-time study.


Course overview


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This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Stockton Riverside College.

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Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Analysing Financial Performance

Analysing Financial Performance equips you with techniques that enable you to participate in the analysis and efficient management of the financial resources of an organisation, and cover the planning and budgeting process through to the evaluation of performance. This process includes decision-making based on financial data, preparing budgets and analysing performance against budget, and looking at ways to add value to an organisation.

Aviation Sector Operations

This module provides a brief overview of the structure of the Aviation industry, including the key organisations and their roles. It provides detailed coverage of aviation regulation and legislation. Additionally, key aspects of operations management (such as teamwork and health and safety) are covered.

Introduction to Strategic Marketing in Aviation and Tourism

You focus on the strategic principles of marketing and the relationship to marketing theories. You also focus on a range of topical issues, as well as advertising, public relations, use of technology and brand awareness in marketing.

Managing Human Resources

You gain an understanding of the main theories of Human Resource Management (HRM) and how they are applied within the workplace. You gain theoretical and practical underpinning for the comprehension and analysis of the nature of HRM, including the formal systems devised for the management of people within an organisation.

Personal and Professional Development

You develop your understanding of academic and subject specific skills and acquaint yourself with a range of academic conventions and practices. If you are a work-based learner, you can develop key personal skills. You reflect on your own learning and achievement is developed to assist you to proceed to the next stage of your career. It equips and prepares you to work autonomously and become independent, in preparation for employment and higher level study.

Technology in Aviation and Tourism

This module will enable the learner to develop an appreciation of operational benefits of Information Technology (I.T.) on the travel and tourism industry. It will introduce learners to the fast changing nature of IT, current developments and their effects on the management of information. It will provide learners with the practical skills to make full use of that technology. Learners will examine trends in IT and consider the implications of technological developments upon the industry.


Year 2 core modules

Aviation and Tourism Customer Service Management

Through this module, learners will develop the knowledge and skills needed to manage customer services, through an understanding of organisations promoting a customer focussed culture. Learners will examine the nature of a customer service culture within travel and tourism environments and associated sectors through a detailed evaluation of travel and tourism industry customer service policies and procedures. They will also develop an appreciation of the importance of information gathered from customers and its relevance to improved delivery of services using a range of research methods. Learners will be expected to develop management skills through the creation of a customer service policy and related procedure which will be linked to the placement secured in the Work Related Project module.

Aviation Sector Management

This module enables students to study the aviation sector at a management level. It examines human resource issues, as well as the strategic marketing of the industry. An additional emphasis is placed on the external impacts of the aviation industry, sustainability and environmental impacts.

Global Business Operations in Aviation and Tourism

You focus on the development of the aviation and tourism industry post war. You examine key UK, EU and worldwide organisations and their role within the sectors. Additionally you identify detailed evidence of UK, EU and international trade and business and the effects they have on the aviation and tourism sectors.

Tourism Destination Development

This module will provide students with an understanding of the process of tourism development using local, national and international case studies. Students will be introduced to approaches to tourism planning and the role agents play in this. Regeneration will also be explored using a range of case studies. The need for sustainable tourism will be examined alongside the impacts of development upon the host and guest communities. In addition current issues surrounding the development of special interest tourism will be considered.

Work-related Research Project

This module builds on the learning from the Self Analysis and Career Development module. The learning takes place in the workplace, either the normal place of work or a placement appropriate to the sector of study. The module is project based, mainly. The individual should identify a significant aspect of dysfunction in the organisation, identify the underlying factors and develop proposals for how that problem can be addressed. This will be agreed between the student, the employer and the tutor. The module also builds on the Personal Development Plan which the student produced in the Self Analysis and Career Development module in year one of the programme. The individual will reflect on the original personal development plan, drawing on and analysing the learning they have received throughout the programme together with the development of individual key skills. An updated plan will be produced.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

Your lectures and seminars are delivered by industry specialist staff with current and direct experience from all disciplines of the travel, tourism and aviation sectors. You acquire appropriate background knowledge and develop broader academic skills, with emphasis on a balance of the theoretical requirements and aspects of the sectors and how they can be developed in practical sector settings. You have support from a range of employers particularly with guest lecturers from leaders in their field from airlines, airports, visitor attractions, hoteliers, travel agents and tour operators. This is invaluable to you to be able to apply theory to industry practice and give you a thirst for further knowledge and raised aspirations. Work based learning modules include field trips which can be used as case studies to develop your industry knowledge and continue to develop and support your achievement.

How you are assessed

The knowledge and skills developed through the course are assessed in a variety of ways, using both in-course and end assessments. Methods include reports, essays, projects, case studies, examination, individual or group presentation, group activity and a personal development portfolio. The business related modules will have a travel, tourism or aviation focus and are contextualised to enable learners to focus on their strengths.

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

A typical offer is 40-48 points.
The entry criteria are based on your ability to succeed and can be demonstrated in a variety of ways including:
a range of Level 3 qualifications (NVQ 3, BTEC Award, A Level)
appropriate training through work
English and maths at GCSE grade 4 (grade C) or above (or equivalent).

We also invite you to attend for interview.

Because this course is taught at Stockton Riverside College, we are not accepting applications from international students requiring a Student Visa.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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 study a range of subject-specific and business modules that provide you with excellent balance and flexibility that can lead to a range of careers from across the sector - public sector tourism management, airport management, retail travel management, business, hospitality, and leisure. Recent alumni and current students have secured employment both locally and nationally with leading sector organisations such as Virgin, Jet2, easyJet, British Airways, IAG, Securitas, Teesside International Airport, Manchester Airport Newcastle International Airport, Gatwick Airport, London Heathrow, and leading tour operators in a range of roles from Air traffic control, Aviation regulatory bodies, airline and airport management through to executive travel marketing


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.


Entry to 2022/23 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£6,150 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 2 years
  • UCAS code: N831 FdA/AT
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 40-48 tariff points

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  • Student and graduate profiles

    Hayley Shield

    Hayley ShieldFdA Aviation and Tourism

    The course has a focus on management which enables me to participate in seminars with aviation professionals.

    Meet Hayley

    Elizabeth Jackson

    Elizabeth JacksonFdA Aviation and Tourism

    The course has a focus on management which enables me to participate in seminars with aviation professionals.

    Meet Elizabeth


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