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G04 Bachelor of Science (Aviation)

The Faculty of Computing, Health and Science offers a general Bachelor of Science with a wide range of discipline concentrations and a number of more specialised Bachelor of Science courses providing specifically identified major studies.


Requirements for each of the specific awards offered in the School of Engineering and Mathematics are detailed below.


The more flexible award is described earlier in the Handbook.



This is a three year full-time (or part-time equivalent) program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.


The Bachelor of Science (Aviation) is designed to provide a broad professional education and graduate status for pilots. The course includes essential theoretical and practical elements required for pilot training. It extends beyond licensing requirements and traditional pilot training to prepare graduates for a range of careers within the aviation industry.


The Bachelor of Science (Aviation) has been developed in close consultation with the aviation industry. Core theoretical units in aviation are taught by the Faculty of Computing, Health and Science. Practical flying training is carried out in association with authorised flying schools.


On graduation, students who have completed all the flying units will hold a Commercial Pilot Licence together with either a Command Instrument Rating in a twin-engine or turbine-powered aircraft, or a Flight Instructor Rating. In addition, they will have completed studies in the theoretical component of an Air Transport Pilot Licence.


Note: Students can complete the Bachelor of Science (Aviation) without undertaking any of the practical flying training units. However, the University does not recommend this course of action as all the aviation theoretical units are designed to provide specialist knowledge for a pilot and will be of questionable value to any graduate who does not also hold a flying qualification.



The Bachelor of Science (Aviation) is offered through the School of Engineering and Mathematics on Mount Lawley campus. Flying units are undertaken at Jandakot Airport or other appropriate locations. The course is offered in the full-time and part-time modes but part-time students will be required to attend day classes. In addition selected units are available for external study.



Prior to enrolling in the Bachelor of Science (Aviation) degree program, applicants are strongly advised to undergo an aviation medical examination by a doctor authorised to conduct such examinations by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.


In addition, applicants must have attained a satisfactory performance in a TER mathematics unit or the equivalent. Studies in Physics and Aeronautics are desirable but not essential.


Entry to the Bachelor of Science (Aviation) degree programme is available to applicants who hold Australian Commercial or Air Transport Pilot Licences or who are pilots in the military.  Such applicants may also expect to receive credits for a number or units in the B Sc (Aviation) degree.



Fees apply to all units in this degree except for the three Flying Training units.  However, any costs of flying training must be borne by the student.  Although these costs cannot be precisely determined, it should be anticipated that they would be in the order of $40,000 if all three Flight Training units were completed.

The cost of flying lessons in SCA1111 and SCA2211 are paid on completion of each lesson.  For SCA3211 or SCA3311 the cost for the complete unit is paid as a lump sum before training in the particular unit commences.



The Bachelor of Science (Aviation) is divided into the following four areas taken over three years of full-time study:


a twelve unit Major in aviation

a six unit Minor in a selected area

three Elective units

three Practicum units


Semester 1
SCA1125 Fundamentals of Flight 15
SCA1126 Light Aircraft Engines, Systems and Flight Rules 15
Minor Unit 1
Elective Unit 1 (see section below)
Practicum Unit 1 (see section below) (Full Year unit)
Semester 2
SCA1227 Light Aircraft Performance 15
SCA1228 Navigation and Meteorology 15
Minor Unit 2
Elective Unit 2 (see section below)
Practicum Unit 1 (Continued)
Semester 1
HMS2100 Human Performance in Aviation 15
SCA2223 Advanced Aerodynamics and Jet Engines 15
Minor Unit 3
Elective Unit 3 (see section below)
Practicum Unit 2(see section below) (Full Year unit)
Semester 2
SCA2422 Instrument Flight 15
SCA2224 Aircraft Systems 15
Minor Unit 4
Practicum Unit 2 (Continued)
Semester 1
SCA3321 Professional Aeronautical Attitudes and Techniques 15
SCA3412 Heavy Aircraft Performance 15
Minor Unit 5 (as selected)
Practicum Unit 3 (see section below) (Full Year unit)
Semester 2
SCA3200 Crew Resource Management 15
SCA3612 Advanced Flight Planning 15
Minor Unit 6
Practicum Unit 3 (Continued)

A Minor comprises six units in a field of study that is not Aviation. It is designed not only to broaden the graduate's knowledge, but also to provide some qualification in a career area that might be pursued should the graduate not subsequently pursue a career as a professional pilot.

The Minor can be chosen from any available discipline throughout the University according to a student's own needs and interests. Those that have been most commonly selected are:

  • Business Studies (e.g. Accounting, Finance, Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Professional Computing, Tourism Management, Information Systems Management, Hospitality Management)
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Physical Science
  • Security


    Students are required to select three Elective units. One of these must be a Mathematics unit and another must be a Physics unit.

    The recommended Mathematics unit is MAT1194 Problem-Solving and Modelling for Aviation.

    The recommended Physics unit is SCP1111 Physics of Motion for those who have completed TEE Physics or equivalent orSCP1132 Introduction to Physics for those who have not.

    The remaining elective can be chosen from any available units within the University. However, it is recommended that SCY2105 Aviation Security is chosen.
    PRACTICUM (3 units)

    Students in the Bachelor of Science (Aviation) degree must complete the Practicum component of three units. These are usually Flying Training units but one or more may be replaced with Project units. It is possible to complete this degree without under-taking any Flying Training units. However, because graduates would not have any flying qualifications, this course of action is not recommended.

    Practicum requirements may be completed by selecting one of the following streams:

    SCA1111 Flying Training 1 15
    SCA2211 Flying Training 2 15
    and either:
    SCA3211 Instrument Flying Training 15
    SCA3311 Flight Instructor Rating 15
    SCA1111 Flying Training 1 15
    SCA2211 Flying Training 2 15
    SCA3320 Aviation Project 3 15
    SCA1111 Flying Training 1 15
    SCA2220 Aviation Project 2 15
    SCA3320 Aviation Project 3 15
    SCA1120 Aviation Project 1 15
    SCA2220 Aviation Project 2 15
    SCA3320 Aviation Project 3 15
  • The university strongly recommends that, if possible, at least five flying lessons are undertaken by students before lectures commence. The university can facilitate this at reduced cost. Details should be obtained from the Course Coordinator.
  • Flying Training 1 will ideally be completed by the end of the first academic year, Flying Training 2 by the end of the second academic year, etc. However, in reality students continue flight training in the periods between academic years.
    Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)
    For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes, Graduate Attributes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website:

    Last Updated - Higher Education: 18/11/2004