Associate of Science in Aviation and Pilot Studies

Admission suspended for 2023-24


Aviation and Pilot Studies Programme

The Associate of Science in Aviation and Pilot Studies (AScAvPS) programme aims to provide students with the basic theory, technical knowledge and practical skills required for understanding aircraft technology and piloting an aircraft as well as broad knowledge of the aviation industry including logistics, airline operations, airport management and passenger services. It also helps students get prepared for further studies and/or career as a pilot or other related professions in the aviation in

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Programme information

Faculty Science and Technology
Programme Associate of Science in Aviation and Pilot Studies
Programme code AScAvPS
Campus Tai Wai
QF level 4
Duration 2 years
Credit units 63CUs
Award type Associate Degree  
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This programme is accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications.


For enquiries, please contact Faculty of Science and Technology (Telephone No: 2707 3232 or Email:

Applications can be submitted by the following methods:

  1. Electronic Advance Application System for Post-secondary Programmes (E-APP)
    (for HKDSE 2024/25 only)
  2. Online Application - UOWCHK Admission Application Portal
    (for all applicants with DSE/ NON-DSE / other qualifications, or mature applicants)
  3. By Post / In Person (Application Form)

Click here for more information on admissions procedures.

For admission to Associate Degree (AD)/Higher Diploma (HD) programmes, applicants must satisfy ONE of the following:

1) Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

  2 Core Subjects + 3 Elective Subject(s)
HKDSE Subjects Chinese Language(Note1) English Language(Note2) Any 1 Elective Any 1 Elective Any 1 Elective
Level Requirement 2 2 2 2 2
  • Obtain Level 2 or above in five HKDSE subjects including Chinese Language(Note1) and English Language(Note2);
  • If a subject under “other languages” is used for meeting the requirement in (a), a minimum of grade E is required;
  • A maximum of two Applied Learning subjects graded “Attained” or above can be included for meeting the requirement in the first point of this section;
  • Satisfy programme-specific entrance requirements (Only applicable to Associate of Business in Administration in Accountancy)
  • * Applicants with previous HKDSE subject result of A040 ‘Liberal Studies’ will be used as the alternative of the core subject requirement of A045 ‘Citizenship and Social Development’.
  • If a five HKDSE subjects is Citizenship and Social Development subject, the minimum entrance requirement would become "Attained" for Citizenship and Social Development subject. “Attained” is deemed equivalent to Level 2 in the HKDSE Examination.

2) Other Qualifications

Most school-leaving qualifications deemed equivalent to those stipulated below are recognised. These may include any ONE of the following:

  • Completion of the UOWCHK Diploma in General Studies / Diploma of Applied Education programme (Note 3) or completion of the other institutions a one-year full-time Pre-Associate Degree programme / Diploma of Foundation Studies;
  • Completion of Diploma Yi Jin (Note 4);
  • Grade E or above in one General Certificate of Education A-level (or A2)/International A-Level subject (Note 1) . Two Advanced Subsidiary (AS) level subjects will be considered equivalent to one GCE A-Level. The same subject may not be counted at both the A Level and AS Level;
  • A National University Education Entrance Examination (普通高等學校招生全國統一考試) score above the cut-off lines set for entry into non-government universities (本科二批分數綫)(Note 4) and a minimum English score of 100. Please refer to Chinese version for details;
  • Other equivalent qualifications, including International Baccalaureate Diploma, are also accepted as satisfying the entrance requirements.

3) Mature Applicants

Mature applicants must be over the age of 23 by 1 September of the year of admission and be able to demonstrate aptitude and suitability for the programme applied for.



  1. For applicants who have either learned Chinese Language for less than 6 years while receiving primary and secondary education or learned Chinese Language for 6 years or more in schools, but have been taught an adapted and simpler Chinese Language curriculum not normally applicable to the majority of students in local schools, alternative Chinese Language qualifications (GCEAL/AS Chinese grade E or GCSE/IGCSE Chinese grade C) or grade E in HKDSE “other languages” can replace Chinese Language level 2;

  2. GCE/GCSE/IGCSE subjects, TOEFL or IELTS cannot be used to replace English Language Level 2;
  3. Successful completion of the Diploma in General Studies or Diploma of Applied Education will fulfil the entrance requirement to UOWCHK associate degree or high diploma programmes (except Associate of Social Science in Social Work);
  4. For students who have successfully completed the Maths Plus elective course, the qualification acquired under the Programme is comparable to the attainment of Level 2 standard in five subjects including Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics in the HKDSE Examination.
  5. The College may admit those applicants whose scores are below the cut-off lines but who can demonstrate good aptitude for the programme at admission interview.


Application Fee


Application fee is payable when applicants are invited for interviews.  Application fee can be paid by the following methods:
  1. By direct deposit at any branch of the Hang Seng Bank or ATM transfer (Bank Code: 024) (A/C number: 359-300001-004)
  2. OR
  3. By Octopus Card at the College Office

Tuition Fee

HK$1,900 per credit x 63 Credits unit required for Programme Completion
= HK$119,700 (Total tuition fee for two years)

Other Fee

A Graduation Fee of HK$400 will be charged upon enrolment in a programme.

Financial Assistance

Students enrolled in self-financing Bachelor/ Associate Degree / Higher Diploma programmes are eligible to apply for financial assistance from the following sources:

Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (FASP)

Provides means-tested financial assistance to needy full-time students pursuing locally-accredited, self-financing post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree. The scheme aims to provide financial assistance to needy students so that no eligible students will be denied access to post-secondary education because of lack of means.

Enquiries:       2152 9000
Website:         Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-Secondary Students

Non-means Tested Loan Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (NLSPS)

The NLSPS is used to complement the Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) to provide loan(s) to eligible students to settle tuition fees of locally-accredited, self-financing full-time post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree

Enquiries:        2150 6222
Website:          Non-means Tested Loan Scheme for Post-Secondary Students    

Continuing Education Fund (CEF)

Some of the AD programmes or course(s) in the AD programmes are included in the list of reimbursable courses for CEF purposes.

The CEF subsidizes students over 18 years of age with learning aspirations to pursue continuing education and training courses.

Eligible applicants enrolling in courses on/after 1 April 2019 will be reimbursed 80% of the course fee on the first $10,000 and 60% on the second $10,000, subject to a maximum sum of HK$20,000 (whichever is the less), on successful completion of a reimbursable course.

Eligible applicants enrolling in courses on/after 1 August 2022 will be reimbursed 80% of the course fee for the first HK$10,000 subsidy and 60% of the course fee for the remaining HK$15,000 subsidy, subject to a maximum sum of HK$25,000 (an increase of the CEF subsidy ceiling from $20,000 to $25,000), on successful completion of a reimbursable course.

Students should pay attention to the eligibility criteria from the Continuing Education Fund before submitting the application.

Enquiries:        3142 2277
Website:          Continuing Education Fund

Programme structure and outcomes

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs) are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this programme will be able to:

1. Apply knowledge and basic flight training skills for piloting;
2. Apply knowledge and skills for aviation operations;
3. Work competently at the para-professional level in the aviation industry and/or pursue further studies at degree level;
4. Demonstrate a solid foundation in generic skills including language proficiency, quantitative methods, information technology, problem solving, and a capacity for independent and lifelong learning;
5. Examine the major socio-political, cultural and economic issues affecting piloting and aviation in the local, national, regional and international contexts; and
6. Relate major ideas in arts and humanities, science and technology, and society and organisations to piloting and aviation.

Main subject areas

  • Pilot studies
  • Aviation operations and management
  • Information Technologies and Basic Science
  • Language and General Education


Programme study flow

Programme structure

To qualify for this award, a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 63 credit units by satisfactory completion of the following core courses.

Course CodeCourse Name
Programme Core (39CUs)
Sem A, Year 1  
AST10111 Basic Calculus and Linear Algebra
AST20100 Physics
AST11610 Introduction to Aviation Industry
Sem B, Year 1  
AST11103 Problem Solving with Programming Skills
AST11630 Flight Training Theory (I)
AST21612 Aerodynamics
Sem A, Year 2  
AST10113 Foundation Statistics
AST21162 Aviation English
AST21616 Air Freight  Logistics
AST21632 Flight Training Theory (II)
Sem B, Year 2  
AST21163 Meteorogoly
AST21601 Airline Operations and Passenger Services
AST21614 Airport Management
Programme Electives (3CUs)
Select any one:  
Summer Sem, Year 1  
AST21631 Practical Flight Training
Sem B, Year 2  
AST21617 Airline and Airport Business
Language Skills (9CUs)
CGE1000* / 1500 English for Academic Studies A / B
CGE2003 English Prof Comm. Skills for Business
CGE1200** Practical Chinese
General Education (12CUs)
CGE14411 Critical Thinking
CGE12412 Appreciation of Western Art
CGE23218 Climate Change: Threats, Mitigation and Adaptation
CGE25111 Globilization and Business

Please visit the General Education page for more details.

*   Students whose DSE score of English Language is below 3 are required to complete this course

** Students who are non-Chinese literate can take a course among the core General Education courses in lieu of CGE1200 Practical Chinese at the recommendation of Programme Leaders and approval by the Chairman of Academic Board

Further Studies Pathways

The table below is not exhaustive and only aims to show some examples of the bachelor's degree programmes offered by UGC-funded institutions and UOW College Hong Kong which have admitted our past graduates.  Our graduates also articulate to various overseas degree programmes offered in Hong Kong.

University of Wollongong, Australia 

UOW College Hong Kong

City University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in Aviation Management and Finance
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in Supply Chain Management and Analytics Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in International Shipping and Transport Logistics
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Scheme in Aviation Engineering (Aviation Engineering / Air Transport Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Aviation Operations and Systems

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

  • Bachelor of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management


Career prospects

For career development, by equipping students with aviation and piloting related knowledge, graduates from this programme will be capable to take up the following positions: Cadet Pilot, Flight Attendant, Air Traffic Control Officer, Aircraft Load Controller, Cargo Services Officer, Flight Dispatcher, Airfield Operation Officer, Ramp Services Supervisor or Customer Services Supervisor.

Related job opportunities are available with a wide-range of companies, for example, companies of airlines, ground handling, airline catering, air cargo, aircraft engineering, airport management, business aviation and logistics.

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