A new degree programme to train the next generation of pilots has taken-off at the University of Central Lancashire.

High-flying applicants for the three-year BSc (Hons) Aviation – Pilot can enrol on the innovative programme which commences in September 2021.

The course is one of the few degree programmes in the UK to combine academic study with professional pilot training and has been designed by industry experts Aviation 360.

The new course aligns to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) requirements, enabling students to complete the course with an Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) and the core skills needed to progress towards a command role or into management.

Students will gain theoretical knowledge using the latest industry-standard platforms, be trained on modern training aircraft and utilise fully approved flight simulators and training aids.

During the final stages of the programme students will work in an airline, undertaking work-based modules to complete their studies while starting their aviation career.

Commenting on the initiative UCLan Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Baldwin said: “This is another exciting development in our mission to combine academic excellence and real-world teaching, providing our students with the skills and experience industry needs.

“Despite the issues caused by the pandemic, aviation is a huge international industry and the long-term future is very bright.

“Together with our experienced programme partners, we are in a prime position to fulfil our long-term ambition of entering the aviation field.”

The course will be delivered in partnership with approved training organisation L3Harris Airline Academy, which has over 40 years’ experience in pilot training.