Let your career as a professional pilot take flight with UNSW's Graduate Diploma in Flying. This one-year diploma covers the necessary training and assessment for your Commercial Pilot Licence and Instrument Rating.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Science
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Graduate Diploma in Flying
Commencing Terms
Term 1
Duration (Full Time)
1 Year(s)

Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Flying is a program designed to meet the needs of graduates wanting a career as a professional pilot. It covers the necessary training and assessment for your Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and Instrument Rating (IR), as well as academic study of the underpinning theory, delivered via four courses in Flying Operations.

You will learn the technical interdisciplinary knowledge required to successfully operate an aeroplane. All classes and training take place at the Flight Operations Unit at Bankstown Airport, starting with a Flight Screening course commencing in September. You can take the Graduate Diploma in Flying as a standalone program, or concurrent with the Bachelor of Aviation (Management).

Flying training is conducted at the UNSW Flying Operations Unit (FOU) at Bankstown Airport. Diamond DA40 and Piper PA44 training aeroplanes are fitted with the Garmin 1000 flight display/navigation systems. The FOU also operates a FRASCA flight training device fitted with the G1000 system, as well as a Pacific Simulator PS4.5 FTD for Multi-Crew Coordination training and an Aerosim flat panel systems trainer for training on Bombardier DASH-8 Q400 aeroplanes. Our ground and flying instructors are all selected, trained and employed by UNSW to ensure that our training is of the highest quality. You’ll be expected to make yourself available on a full-time basis during flying training. Through this intense period of training, you’ll develop the necessary discipline to be successful in your career as a pilot and form life-long friendships.

Why study at UNSW?

UNSW Aviation operates as a school within the Faculty of Science. UNSW is the highest ranked global university with a stand-alone aviation school that offers aviation degrees, operates flight training under its own Air Operator’s Certificate and undertakes research. The School of Aviation has been a leading educator in the industry for over 25 years. If you intend to get your Commercial Pilot License in Sydney, this program allows you to take it concurrently with your study in aviation management. Eighty per cent of our graduates are employed as pilots.

Learn from expert educators
Our courses are written and coordinated by experts with substantial industry experience. Our industry facilitators bring a wealth of aviation experience to their teaching, while our academic staff regularly engage with regulatory authorities, industry bodies and research collaborators. UNSW Aviation educators have come directly from leadership roles in industry, having held senior management positions within organisations such as Qantas, Airservices Australia, CASA, ATSB and the Federal Airports Corporation.

Standards 
UNSW holds an Air Operators Certificate for training issued under CASR Parts 141/142. Safety and quality of training are of first priority. All flying is managed by the University’s Head of Operations and in accordance with a precise syllabus approved by CASA. The Professional Pilot Program includes ongoing monitoring of students and instructors’ proficiency, with student progression being dependent on the attainment of specific achievement levels at the end of each phase.

Gain industry connections through the Pilot Mentor Program
You’ll be assigned an airline pilot as your mentor in your final year, courtesy of the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA). The objective of this program is to provide you with career guidance and consultation about specific airline operations.

Kickstart your career with the Qantas Future Pilot Program
Our pilot recruitment program gives you the opportunity to be mentored by experienced QantasLink pilots. If successful through the selection process, you could transition to a job at QantasLink straight after graduation. New pilots are usually only considered for employment with a commercial airline after spending time flying in the general aviation market, which is most often gained by flying single-pilot charter aircraft or by seeking employment outside of Australia. This program provides a pathway to QantasLink that requires less than the minimum hours required for direct entry as a first officer. This program is only available for students to apply who have Australian citizenship (or New Zealand citizens with special long-term residency in Australia).

 

Program Code
5536
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
48
Indicative Enrolments
31

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Entry requirements

To gain entry to this program, you must have one of the following:

  • a Bachelor of Aviation (Management) at UNSW or equivalent
  • a AQF level 7 bachelor's degree in a cognate discipline
  • have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of 1 year FTE of the Bachelor of Aviation (Management) or Bachelor of Aviation (Flying) program at UNSW or equivalent.

You also need to meet all of the following requirements:

  • have satisfactorily completed flight screening conducted at the UNSW Flying Operations Unit
  • hold an Australian Class 1 Aviation Medical Certificate
  • hold an Australian Aviation Security Identification Card
  • be an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident

Note: A cognate discipline is one commonly used as background in managing flying operations. Cognate disciplines include engineering, physical science, mathematics, psychology or business.

English language requirements​

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

To gain entry to this program, you must have one of the following:

  • a Bachelor of Aviation (Management) at UNSW or equivalent
  • a AQF level 7 bachelor's degree in a cognate discipline
  • have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of 1 year FTE of the Bachelor of Aviation (Management) or Bachelor of Aviation (Flying) program at UNSW or equivalent.

You also need to meet all of the following requirements:

  • have satisfactorily completed flight screening conducted at the UNSW Flying Operations Unit
  • hold an Australian Class 1 Aviation Medical Certificate
  • hold an Australian Aviation Security Identification Card
  • be an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident

Note: A cognate discipline is one commonly used as background in managing flying operations. Cognate disciplines include engineering, physical science, mathematics, psychology or business.

English language requirements​


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

There are four courses, each of which must be completed successfully and in order to gain the Graduate Diploma in Flying.

  • AVIG5911 Flying Operations 1
  • AVIG5912 Flying Operations 2
  • AVIG5913 Flying Operations 3
  • AVIG5914 Flying Operations 4

For students wishing to study the Graduate Diploma in Flying concurrently with the Bachelor of Aviation (Management) Please refer to the Handbook for details of the program structure.

The flying training undertaken by the Graduate Diploma in Flying is exactly the same syllabus as for the BAv (Flying) program to CPL and CIR ME stages, as it is delivered under the same Operations Manual approved by CASA under CASR Part 141/142.

Assessments
The following lists all of the flight tests to be passed during the program. All flight tests are conducted by a CASA Flight Training Examiner (FTE) or a CASA-Approved Testing Officer (ATO).

  • Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL)
  • Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
  • Instrument Rating - Multi Engine Aeroplane

The following lists all the written examinations required for licensing to be passed during the Graduate Diploma in Flying.

  • Pre-Solo Air Legislation
  • Pre-Area Solo
  • Recreation Pilot Licence Aeroplane (RPLA)*
  • Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) (Seven Examinations)*
  • Instrument Rating (IREX)*

*CASA Examinations. The remainder are UNSW in-house examinations.

Potential careers

  • Pilot  
  • Flying Instructor 
  • Cabin Crew Manager 
  • Fleet Planner 
  • Flight Crew Scheduler 
  • Airfreight Manager
  •  Airport Planner 
  • Aviation Safety Manager

How to apply

In addition to submitting an application via UNSW Apply Online, you must complete the internal application form for the Graduate Diploma in Flying. You need to submit your internal application form by the end of June to be considered for the Flight Screening commencing in September of the same year.

Selected applicants are invited to Flight Screening. At the completion of Flight Screening, you need to submit an application through our Apply Online portal. The Apply Online portal is open for this program from November to January only.

We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

Ready to apply?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$121,680*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$121,680*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Flight Screening Fee 
In addition to the above indicative fees must pay a Flight Screening fee of $40,000. Students will be invoiced directly, and neither FEE-HELP nor any other government loan scheme is available for payment of this fee. The Flight Screening fee is subject to change.

Once enrolled in the GDF, each of the four AVIG courses attracts the fee calculated in accordance with the Tuition Fees: UNSW Science for Domestic Full Fee-Paying table. From the 2021 table, AVIG courses attract a fee of $2,535 per unit of credit (UoC) and each AVIG course is 12 UoC; therefore, the fee in 2021 for each AVIG course is $30,420.

The FEE-HELP loan scheme is available to eligible students to assist with payment of each AVIG course fee up to the FEE-HELP limit. Eligibility requirements, limits and application procedures for FEE-HELP loans apply. The combined HELP loan limit is $155,448 in 2021. This information is available at https://www.studyassist.gov.au/news/increased-help-loan-limit-aviation-courses. The increased limit will include any previous HELP loans, except for HECS-HELP loans taken prior to 1st January 2020. For more information, please visit https://www.studyassist.gov.au/help-loans/2020-loan-limit-changes.

Summing the Flight Screening fee ($40,000) and the four AVIG courses (4 x $30,420 = $121,680) yields an estimated total course fee of $161,680 for the GDF in 2021. It is estimated because the last AVIG course (i.e. AVIG5914) is undertaken in the following year and the fee schedule is yet to be determined. FEE-HELP loan is available to eligible students. UNSW will publish tuition fees for domestic full fee-paying students towards the end of the year. Please refer to the Tuition Fees website for the most up to date information.

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships

At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


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    QS World University Rankings, 2022.

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    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

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    Innovation

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