Aviation at USQ
Hear from our students on what it's like to study aviation with USQ.
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.
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.
The Qantas 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 qantas.com/careers for more information.
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 to that organisation 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:
Applicants with Military and/or International equivalents to these qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.
From 1 January 2017 the federal government replaced the VET FEE-HELP Scheme with the VET Student Loans scheme. The Diploma of Aviation - required for Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations Major) - offered by qualified Flight Schools is recognised for the new Scheme. A VET Student loans fact sheet from the Australian Government can provide the latest information. You should also discuss the current situation directly with your preferred aviation registered training organisation (Flight School).
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.
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:
Once you have successfully completed your flight training, The Australian Civil Aviation Authority will issue your Commercial Pilot Licence, an Instrument Rating, Multi-engine endorsement. This allows you to fly as a Professional and receive remuneration as a Pilot.
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.
Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:
|Commonwealth supported||AUD 10944|
|Domestic full fee paying||AUD 19040|
You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-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.
You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.
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.
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.
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.
Applying directly to USQ:
If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.