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Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations)

Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations) (BAVN)

Entry requirements
ATAR 62.70
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
  • 3 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Jan


  • Do you desire to become a pilot? Take your pilot career to new heights, with UniSQ's Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations). You will have the chance to take to the skies in your first year, continue your flight training in your second year and you will only study courses that are directly relevant to your profession, unlike many other Aviation degrees offered.
  • You will study both technical and non-technical Aviation areas and it is these non-technical skills such as multi-crew cooperation, safety management systems and international aviation that makes the difference when you are being interviewed for your first job.
  • In the first year you will study aviation, with the opportunity to experience your first foray into the sky as a pilot.  In the second year you may  conduct the majority of your flying training and then complete the rest of the degree either on-campus or online in your third year. If you join the Qantas Group Future Pilot Program, you will undertake 2 years of study, followed by flight training in your third year.
  • See and experience the aviation industry first-hand by flying in our world-class flight simulator in your first year of study! The first of their kind in Queensland, UniSQ’s simulators are designs based on Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 aircraft. These simulators are able to replicate an entire flight, both normal and abnormal scenarios, while completing checks and procedures just like airline pilots do.
  • Have the opportunity to be considered for the Qantas Group Future Pilot Program, with access to experienced pilots during your degree. Selected students will be invited to complete an intensive twelve week Airline Transition Course. Upon successful course completion, graduates will transition to employment with QantasLink and complete their training under the supervision of QantasLink’s experienced training team and become qualified as First Officers flying the airline’s Dash 8 200/300 or Q400 fleet. To be eligible to be considered for the program, students need to hold a GPA of 5.0 or above for the duration of their studies, and Australian work rights.
  • After completing your first year of study you will be able to undertake your formal flight training with a flight school that is a Registered Training Organisation. You will be responsible for any fees or costs associated with flight training. For the applicable VET registered diplomas (or equivalent), the University will grant eight units of block credit for the second year of the Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations) major. The applicable VET registered diplomas are:
    • AVI50219 – Diploma in Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane)1 or
    • AVI50319 – Diploma in Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Helicopter)1
    Applicants with military and/or international equivalents to these qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. If needed, please contact UniSQ or discuss directly with your proposed aviation registered training organisation.
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Professional accreditation

Once you have successfully completed your flight training, the Australian Civil Aviation Authority will issue your Commercial Pilot Licence. This allows you to fly as a Professional and receive remuneration as a Pilot.

Career outcomes

  • When you graduate, you will be legally qualified to work as a professional pilot.
  • Some airlines offer cadetships or traineeships and the Australian Defence Force also looks for potential pilots.
  • Other aviation careers include flight instructors, tourism operators, large rural farming operations.
  • Our Aviation staff have strong links with Australian Defence Force and industry to provide you with industry networking opportunities.

Entry requirements

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Recent secondary education

Adjusted Entry score including adjustment factors (additional points given in certain circumstances). Unadjusted Entry score not including adjustment factors.
ATAR The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a percentile rank used to assess the results of high-school applicants for undergraduate entry into university. 62.70 62.05


To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English (Units 3 & 4, C), and
  • General Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to a grade C or higher in Units 3 and 4 at high school level (typically studied in Year 12). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

What you will need

To hold a commercial pilot licence (and to begin your training towards a commercial pilot licence in second year) you will have to:

  • obtain a Class 1 medical certificate (from Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA))
  • obtain a UniSQ Aviation uniform.

Please note: Students intending to undertake the Flight Operations major will be required to co-enrol with a specified flight training school. Please contact UniSQ for further information on the application process.

Further admission information

Adjustments are additional points given in certain circumstances that may increase your Rank. Find out if you qualify for any adjustment factor pathways such as educational disadvantage where you live, and subjects you passed.

UniSQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average Ranks for this degree's student cohort from the previous year.

Tafe (VET) qualification

If you have completed a qualification from a TAFE or qualified private provider, you may be able to use these qualifications to meet UniSQ's entry requirements.

Work and life experience

You may be able to use your work experience and other adjustment factors to increase your selection rank and meet UniSQ's entry requirements.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHEPP).

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 24 units.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 8
Major courses (including 8 units of flight training and 2 approved courses) 16
Total 24

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

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Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Fee type Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 8948
Domestic full fee paying AUD 24800

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2024. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Flight training costs

Flight training will be conducted by the University flight training provider, at an additional estimated cost of $80,000, for which eligible students may be able to access a VET Student Loan.

Eligible students undertaking the Diploma of Aviation are able to access financial assistance to cover the cost of flight training through the Higher Education Loan Program. You must be undertaking your flight training with an approved VET Student Loan provider and meet all other eligibility requirements. Further information on the VET Student Loan program is available at Study Assist.

Prior to enrolling in formal flight training, students are required to complete a pilot aptitude test and obtain a Class 1 Medical Certificate issued by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority.  Both of these requirements are offered by external providers and are in addition to the tuition and flight training costs noted in this section.


At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Apply via QTAC

Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:

  • have never studied with UniSQ before, or
  • are a Year 12 student, or
  • want to transfer to UniSQ from another university.
Mode QTAC Codes
Springfield 924771
Toowoomba 904771

Copy your QTAC code and continue through to the QTAC website to complete your application.

Apply through QTAC

If you are applying via QTAC, please check our application closing dates.

Apply directly to UniSQ

You may be able to apply directly to UniSQ if you:

  • are a current or previous UniSQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
  • have recently graduated from TAFE.


If you are:

  • applying to commence through a professional entry, or you are an articulation student (as specified by the articulation, e.g., RAAF), you can apply to start in Trimester 1.
Study period  Application closing date Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Trimester 1, 2024  Monday 22 January Monday 15 January Monday 22 January Friday 26 April 
More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

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