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Bachelor of Aviation Major Flight Operations (BAVN)


Study Mode
  • On-campus

  • Semester 1 (February)

Number of Units
  • 24 units

  • 3 year/s or part-time equivalent

  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba

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Program Information Set

Take your pilot career to new heights 

Do you desire to fly and become a pilot? With USQ'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. Our Aviation lecturers share your passion for this industry and have many years of experience in the Aviation industry.

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 first year you will study aviation courses as well as take your first foray into the sky as a pilot!  In second year you will conduct the majority of your flying training and then complete the rest of the degree either on-campus or online in your third year. 

Learn in our first-class flight simulator 

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 its kind in Queensland, USQ’s simulator, a narrow body jet, is able to replicate an entire flight, both normal and abnormal scenarios, while completing checks and procedures just like airline pilots do.

Qantas Group Future Pilot Program

The Qantas Group Future Pilot Program is open to aviation students at the University of New South Wales, Griffith University, University of Southern Queensland, Swinburne University of Technology and RMIT University.

The program provides aviation students with access to experienced pilots during their degree, and 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 4.0 or above for the duration of their studies, and Australian work rights. Applications are now open and students can visit for more information.

Flight training

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:

  • AVI50215 – Diploma in Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane)1
  • or
  • AVI50315 – 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 USQ or discuss directly with your proposed aviation registered training organisation.

1 While a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) is a minimum licensing requirement, some employers may require other ratings such as an Instrument Rating or a Flight Instructor Rating in addition to the CPL. Countries and airlines may require an Australian CPL to be converted or transferred and may prescribe other requirements or qualifications.

What you will need

Besides from your favourite pair of aviators, 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))
  • undertake a Pilot aptitude assessment (available commercially) and an interview (through USQ Aviation)
  • obtain a USQ Aviation uniform.

Professional accreditation

Once you have successfully completed your flight training, The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority will issue your Commercial Pilot Licence, an Instrument Rating, Multi-engine endorsement.

When you graduate, you will be legally qualified to work as a professional pilot in Australia. 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.

Securing a role as a commercial pilot is highly competitive. Different countries and airlines may have different requirements for pilots. If you are planning to work as a pilot in a foreign country, you should research and consider the foreign country's and relevant airlines' pilot licence and employment requirements before selecting this major.

Other majors in the Bachelor of Aviation include Aviation Management.

Courses to be studied Units
8 x core courses 8
plus 1 x major (including 8 units of flight training and 2 approved courses) 16
Total 24
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

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

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 11155
Domestic full fee paying AUD 21040

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.

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 $76,010, 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.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

This is the 2019 adjusted OP / Rank for this program.

The lowest OP/unadjusted Rank* to which an offer was made is 19/60. OP/Ranks based upon all offers made in Semester 1, 2019.

Entry Requirements

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

  • English

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA). It is also recommended that you have studied Mathematics A.

Find out more about assumed knowledge.

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

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program 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.

Admission pathways

A number of other pathways are also available if you haven't been able to study previously or don't meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.

*Further admission information

An adjusted Selection Rank is the result of combining additional ranks through special entry schemes for admission.

Special entry schemes for admissions may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your Selection Rank, through the allocation of additional ranks in certain circumstances.

An adjusted Selection Rank is the result of combining additional ranks with a student's OP/Selection Rank. An unadjusted Selection Rank is the student's Selection Rank without any rank adjustments.

USQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average OP/Ranks for this programs' student cohort for Semester 1, 2019.

How to apply

  • Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:
    1. have never studied with USQ before, or
    2. are a Year 12 student, or
    3. want to transfer to USQ from another university.

Please note down the QTAC codes below to complete your application.

  • Alternatively, you may be able to apply directly to USQ if you:
    1. are a current or previous USQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
    2. have recently graduated from TAFE.

QTAC codes

Mode Codes
Springfield 924771
Toowoomba 904771

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Friday 6 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 24 February 2020.

If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.

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.

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