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Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations)

Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations) (BAVN)
CRICOS: 094756M

Entry requirements
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.

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


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.

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this degree. If your country is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility. 

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.

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: International students intending to undertake the Flight Operations major will be required to co-enrol with a specified flight training school in Toowoomba, Adelaide, or the Gold Coast and may need to relocate for a part of the degree. Please contact UniSQ International Office for further information on the application process.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


If you don’t meet the entry requirements, don’t worry, there are pathway options available to you.

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 international students' first year of study (8 units) in this degree:

Study Mode Cost

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 27400

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.

Flight training costs

After completing your first year of study, you will be able to undertake your formal flight training with the University flight training provider, at an additional estimated cost of AUD 80,000. Please note that the flight training component is conducted by the Qantas Group Pilot Academy, of Flight Training Adelaide (in Adelaide) or Air Gold Coast (at the Gold Coast) and students will require relocation for this.

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

Complete your online application directly to UniSQ.

CRICOS: 094756M

Please note: The flight training component of the Flight Operations major is conducted in Adelaide, South Australia for international students and will require relocation.


You can start your study in Trimester 1.

Study period  Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Trimester 1, 2024  Monday 15 January Monday 22 January Friday 26 April 
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