Bachelor of Aviation / Bachelor of Business

Swinburne University of Technology

The Bachelor of Aviation / Bachelor of Business equips students for a professional career as a pilot and expands career opportunities by providing an introduction to the world of business. Students undertake their professional pilot training program at CAE Oxford Aviation Academy (COAA), located at Moorabbin Airport, and obtain a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and Multi-engine Command Instrument Rating (MCIR). They also complete a Multi Crew Cooperation and Jet Orientation Course or Flight Instructor Rating, and Frozen Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL). This degree aims to provide students with skills and knowledge beyond the fundamental flying skills required to be a commercial pilot. The degree is designed to equip students to successfully operate in the aviation industry, in the cockpit and beyond. Graduates with the unique combination of flying qualifications and a bachelor degree may be seen as an asset to their employer. Swinburne also offers an honours (fourth) year for this degree.

Course Fee:

Australian: $41,360

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; VCE prerequisites: Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in English (or equivalent) or 30 in English (EAL); and Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 20 in Mathematical Methods. Prior to selection, all shortlisted candidates are required to complete a skills assessment test, conducted at CAE Oxford Aviation Academy in late November. They are designed to determine a candidate's understanding of a career as a professional pilot and their suitability to undertake the program. The skills assessment test is composed of a series of computer-based assessments that cover pilot aptitude, including hand-eye coordination, motor skills and spatial awareness. Although not an entry requirement, students must also satisfy the statutory Class 1 medical requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority if undertaking practical flying training to commercial level.


400 credit points comprising: 8 Core units for Bachelor of Aviation (100 credit points); 8 units for Bachelor of Aviation Major (100 credit points);; 2 Aviation Industry Forum non-credit bearing units (0 credit points); 4 Core units for Bachelor of Business (50 credit points);8 units for Bachelor of Business Major (100 credit points); 4 units for Other studies (50 credit points).

Subjects you can Study:

Accounting; Business administration; Economics; Entrepreneurship and innovation; Finance; Financial planning; Human resource management; Information systems; International business; Logistics and supply chain management; Management; Marketing; Sports Management.

Study Pathways:

Pathways allow students to progress from one qualification to another where the first course is recognised as an entry requirement and/or provides advanced standing to the second. Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Further information:

Swinburne's Work Integrated Learning program provides students with opportunities to gain invaluable skills and confidence in knowing that they have what it takes to land a job in their field by graduation. Students can also earn credit towards their degree. Choose from 6- or 12-month professional placements, professional internships, industry-linked projects, industry study tours and accreditation placements. Note: Some Work Integrated Learning opportunities are not available to international students due to visa restrictions.


The Bachelor of Aviation / Bachelor of Business is structured to meet the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) requirements for Private Pilot Licence, Commercial Pilot Licence and Air Transport Pilot Licence theory examination for aeroplanes. The Bachelor of Business does have professional recognition by various professional bodies, depending on units studied, and details are available through the accreditation document for that program.

Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Higher Education Hawthorn 64.25 No Full time 4 years
Higher Education Hawthorn 64.25 No Part time

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For over 100 years, Swinburne has been creating students and grads who lead the worlds in which they study, work and live. 

  • Dimity Hawkins, a graduate, co-founded the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which won a Nobel Peace Prize (2017).
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  • Our engineering students design, build and race their own Formula SAE car and showcase it at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.
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Beyond that, we prioritise your learning experience above all else. Swinburne was ranked in the top three in Victoria for student satisfaction, outstripping the national average (QILT Student Experience Survey 2016). 

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Levels of study

From master degrees and postgraduate programs to bachelor degrees, diplomas and certificates, Swinburne offers options for everyone. 

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