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Aviation Operations with Commercial Pilot Training BSc(Hons): Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching and assessment for this course

Teaching methods include lectures supported by tutorials and practical activities. The second year involves flight training which involves classroom-based theoretical learning reinforced by practical training in light aircraft and flight simulators.

Assessment methods for the degree include written coursework (both individual and as a group), multiple-choice tests, written phase tests and formal examinations. In the third year students are the given the opportunity to research a topics of their choice which is assessed by a written thesis.

Contact hours for this course

The number of learning hours for each module is determined by its credit weighting. For example, for a 30-credit module there would be 300 learning hours. This would be divided into contact hours (ie time spent with academic staff) and independent learning hours (eg time spent in the studio, library, or workshop with or without technical support).

At Kingston University there is a very strong focus on students gaining a hands-on experience of their discipline and will use their independent study time to strengthen their skills base in these areas.

Full details of modules and credit weighting can be found in the programme specification.

Teaching, learning and assessment at Kingston University


Our courses are carefully constructed to allow you to build knowledge and skills progressively during your degree programme.

We constantly update our curriculum to ensure that it covers the latest developments in your subject area, including the research and professional experience that your tutors bring to the course.

Our course teams also draw on the wealth of experience provided by our professional contacts and highly successful alumni who feed into the design of our courses and provide masterclasses and workshops to enrich your learning.

Academic skills support

Our courses take a progressive approach to help develop your academic skills through the modules you study.

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing has an Academic Success Centre that will provide one-to-one advice including generic skills such as:

  • essay writing;
  • exam techniques;
  • presentation skills;
  • editing and web skills; and
  • research skills.

In addition, the Academic Success Centre will support students with discipline-specific skills such as:

  • computer-aided design;
  • high level mathematic support;
  • JAVA programming support; and
  • support with laboratory skills.

We also run developmental opportunities for students around personal branding, confidence building and networking.


Assignments are designed not just to test what you know, but to help you develop your knowledge, skills and confidence. 

Because we want you to reach your full potential in every assignment, we build in opportunities for practice and 'feed forward' on assessment tasks so that you will know what you need to do to perform at your best when you submit your work.

When we return your work, we give you clear feedback that will show you what you need to work on next time. You'll have the opportunity to discuss the comments on your work one-to-one with your lecturers and your personal tutor.

Personal tutors

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor – the member of academic staff who will keep a particular eye on your progress throughout your time at Kingston University (and after you graduate) and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.

Your tutor will give you academic guidance and will make sure that you know how to access our other support services if you need them.

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