Bachelor of Science in Flight Operations

  • Bachelor of Science in Flight Operations
  • NFQ Level 7 – 180 ECTS Credits
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  • Part-time
  • Students may EXIT at this stage of the programme with a Higher Certificate in Science in Aircraft Flight Dispatching (Embedded Exit Award), provided they have achieved the required learning outcomes and have accumulated 120 credits.
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What is this Programme about?

The focus of this BSc Degree is primarily on the function and role of the Flight Operations Officer. Here the students will add to their Aircraft Flight Dispatching knowledge and skills with the addition of extra modules based on the role of the Flight Operations Officer.

Programme details

The aim of this programme is to give students a thorough introduction to the principles of flight dispatching including civil air law, ICAO, EASA and IAA roles, airline operations and air traffic management. The programme will also give students a good understanding of flight planning, aviation navigation and aviation meteorology as well as the principles of human factors and health and safety and safety management systems within the aviation sector.

Modules have been chosen and designed based on leading industry advice and consultation and research about student and employer demand. The modules chosen are designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and competencies required by the sector and includes additional academic modules linked to the aviation sector.

The core aviation syllabi come from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Flight Operations Officers/Flight Dispatchers Training Manual Doc 7192-AN/857 Part D-3 Second Edition 1998 and all ICAO annexes.

Who is this Programme for?

This programme will benefit those already working in the Aircraft Flight Dispatching / Flight Operations areas as it will provide them with the opportunity to validate their expertise with a recognised award. This programme will also attract those who wish to enter into this work area of the aviation sector.

Course Delivery

Classes are delivered using a hybrid approach involving a combination of pre-course reading, pre-recorded classes, live and onsite classes. 

Online Support

Students will have full access to a range of supports available online and through Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. These include our new online programme, PACE, which is designed to support students to access and effectively use library resources in order to complete assignments. Additional supports include an Academic Writing Centre and Maths Support Centre, freely available to all students.

Entry Requirements

Applicants under 23 years of age must meet CAO entry requirements for this programme i.e. a minimum of six Leaving Certificate subjects at Grade 06/H7, to include the subjects English or Irish and the subject Mathematics. In addition, applicants must present at least two subjects at grade H5.

Applicants over 23 years are defined as mature students and may apply directly for the programme.

For non-native English speakers: IELTS (5.5), TOEFL 575 (paper)/232 (computer) with TWE (5.0), TOEIC (730) or Cambridge CPE (A, B or C) and / or satisfactory performance at interview. These applications must be supported by two References completed by individuals capable of assessing the applicant’s suitability for the chosen programme.


Programme fee - €3,600 per year.

For further information on course fees please contact the Extended Campus office on E:

T: 059-9175286

RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning)

All programmes are mapped to the SETU Carlow Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy and applicants who wish to apply using this route can request the specific RPL for this programme.

SETU Carlow’s RPL Policy offers clear pathways to the learner for recognition of previous learning undertaken and offer every credit to the learner in completing such learning. 

The Programme Board will be responsible for the assessment of entry standards and applications as part of any RPL Process.

How to apply

If you wish to apply to study through the Department of Extended Campus please use the link below


For information on our courses, please contact or phone (059) 91 75826