Bachelor of Aviation

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





2 years full-time accelerated
3 years FT equivalent. Online available to Professional Entry Pathways only

Credit points


Indicative fee

$9,500.00* per year (more)
* 2023 indicative annual CSP fee

Entry requirements




Commencing in

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2


  • Any General or Applied English subject (Units 3&4, C)

Assumed knowledge

  • General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods (Units 3&4, C)

About this program

Griffith University has one of Australia's largest and most highly recognised aviation teaching programs. Over the past 25 years teaching in this field, we have built an international reputation for graduates who are industry ready. Our aviation staff have strong industry connections and some are world leaders in aviation research.

The Bachelor of Aviation is a two-year, accelerated degree allowing students to progress more quickly into an aviation career or flying training.

You will be introduced to the sciences underpinning the theory and practice of aviation, including the basic principles associated with each of the different phases of ab initio flying exercises in our virtual reality flight simulators. You will also study courses in areas such as navigation, safety management systems and the human factors. Through the Bachelor of Aviation, you will develop the skills needed for lifelong learning in the evolving aviation environment.

The Bachelor of Aviation together with the Graduate Diploma of Flight Management will allow graduates to be ready to work in the aviation industry as a commercial pilot.

Entry into the program is either via Standard Entry or Professional Entry for those holding a Commercial Pilot Licence (MEIR) or higher. The Trimester 2 intake is only available to students completing a Professional Entry pathway.

Attendance information

Standard Entry pathway

The program is available full-time or part-time. Courses are offered on-campus at the Nathan campus although some courses may be offered in external mode or via the internet (fully online) with no requirements for on-campus attendance. The program includes 3 trimesters and can be taken in an accelerated mode over two years. The program includes Trimester 3 core courses.

As a full-time student you will generally attend 15-20 hours of scheduled classes per week throughout the trimester. Classes may be scheduled during the day and evening throughout the week.

Professional Entry pathway

The Professional Entry pathway is offered on-campus and online. Students will be able to attend lectures and tutorials, access course materials, participate in learning activities, lodge assessment items, as well as access support services via Learning@Griffith. Access to a reliable computer with internet connection is essential.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

It should be noted that this program includes core courses only offered in Trimester 3.

My career opportunities

The Bachelor of Aviation will prepare you for employment in the aviation industry in a variety of areas such as management, research safety and human factors roles. Our graduates have been successful in gaining a range of flying and management positions with organisations such as Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad, Jetstar, Qantas, Regional Express and Virgin Australia as well as Airservices Australia and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Together with the Graduate Diploma of Flight Management, you will be ready for work as a commercial pilot.

The Qantas Future Pilot Program (QFPP) is open to all Bachelor of Aviation students and provides students with mentoring from experienced pilots during their degree. Graduates of the QFPP may be selected to transition to employment with QantasLink.

On completion of both programs (Bachelor of Aviation and Graduate Diploma of Flight Management), you could find employment opportunities in charter work, regional airlines, flight instruction (theory and practical), aerial services (agricultural spraying, aerial surveying and photography), airline and airport management, research, human resources in government organisations such as CASA and the Australian Defence Force (in first officer positions).

Pathways to further study

The Bachelor of Aviation provides a pathway to the following programs:

Commonwealth supported students

  • The indicative fee represents the expected average fee for an annual full-time study load (80 credit points). This is based on average study patterns across courses and the Australian Government's broad discipline areas (student contribution bands). A student's actual annual fee may vary in accordance with his or her choice of majors and electives. The Australian Government sets student contribution amounts on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying undergraduate (domestic) students

These fees are only applicable to domestic students who are not Commonwealth supported including:

  • Full-fee paying domestic students who commenced their program prior to 2009.
  • International students who have been approved to pay domestic tuition fees after obtaining Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency or a permanent humanitarian visa and who have not obtained a Commonwealth supported place.
Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying undergraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Bachelor of Aviation (1517)

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Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.

Further information

Additional fee information

Additional costs

Throughout your program you may be required to pay for the following items:

  • Aviation Uniform: Pilot shirt, epaulettes, shirt/slacks/trousers, tie/belt/shoes

Some courses require extra equipment:

  • Navigation equipment and charts:

    1. Flight Navigation Computer (ASA E6-B or Jeppesen CRP-5 preferred).
    2. Scale Navigation Ruler.
    3. Protractor.
    4. Non-programmable digital calculator.
    5. Planning Chart Australia (PCA).
    6. Brisbane/Sydney Visual Navigation Chart (VNC).
    7. Brisbane/Maroochydore/Gold Coast Visual Terminal Chart (VTC).
    8. World Aeronautical Chart - Brisbane (WAC 3340).
    9. Enroute Chart ¾ (ERC 3/4 low).

  • Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) and En-Route Supplement Australia (ERSA) plus

    10. Visual Terminal Chart (VTC), Brisbane/Maroochydore/Gold Coast
    11. En-Route Chart Low (ERC-L), - covering the Brisbane area
    12. Visual Navigation Chart (VNC), Sydney/Brisbane These are also available through the Airservices online store or a local pilot shop. Use of the Avplan App for iPad (NOT iPhone) with appropriate VFR and IFR subscription will also be sufficient.
    13. Documents/Maps - AIP, ERSA, CAAP 92.1, CAAP 234, CAR, CASR, CAO.