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Higher Diploma in Aviation Systems and Operations…
Programme Aims

The programme aims to equip students with a broad and professional knowledge and skills for career development in the aviation industry. Students will be prepared to develop a breath of skills and knowledge across the aviation industry which includes fundamentals of aircraft, operational and management aspects of airlines and airports, as well as air cargo and logistics, ground handling and safety. The programme also provides elective modules to equip students with required flying theory and graduates can pursue flight training with any government-approved provider if they are interested to become a pilot.

The programme is also designed with an emphasis on generic and language training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment after graduation.

Vocational Professionals Admission Scheme
Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Full Time
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
IVE (Tsing Yi)

Entrance Requirements
Career Prospects

For graduates of the Higher Diploma in Aviation, there is a broad range of career opportunities in the areas of air transportation, ground operations, logistics, airlines and airport operation, maintenance and repair, and government departments. Graduates may be employed as operation engineer, logistics engineer, planning officer, technical officer, fleet controller, cadet pilot, etc.


Graduates may apply for the relevant degree programmes offered by local and overseas universities or receive exemptions from them. The level of exemption will be considered on individual basis. In particular, graduates may apply for admission to the top-up Bachelor of Applied Science in Aviation# jointly run in Hong Kong by School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) of VTC and the RMIT University, Australia [Not applicable to Mainland students].

Higher Diploma in Aviation is recognised by RMIT University, Australia. Graduates with theories on the pilot licence in the programme can opt to further their pilot training and flying examinations in Australia for the pilot licence and the top-up Bachelor of Applied Science in Aviation. [Not applicable to Mainland students]

It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead. Please refer to the corresponding programme page in the website of SHAPE for the registered course no.

Professional Recognition

The programme has maintained close contact with the aviation industry. We regularly invite guest speakers from industry and arrange aviation-related workplace attachments for students.

  1. Students may be required to attend classes on other VTC campuses. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme title, content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.
  2. For details please contact Department of Engineering :
    IVE (Tsing Yi) : 2436 8641

Semester 1
Core modules:

  • English & Communication: Workplace interaction
  • Whole Person Development - Mindshift: Achieving Personal Growth & Effectiveness
  • IT Essentials – Smart Living
  • Introduction to Aviation
  • Introduction to Aircraft
  • Fundamental of Mathematics for Aviation
  • Aviation Mathematics
  • Airport and Airline Operations

Semester 2
Core modules:

  • English & Communication: Workplace Correspondence
  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Conversation and Reports
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement
  • Aircraft Systems
  • Managing Engineering Environment
  • Aviation Industry Environment
  • Industrial Automation and Control
  • Airline Operations

Semester 3
Core modules:

  • English & Communication: Persuasive Presentation
  • Introduction to Air Cargo Operations
  • Ramp and Ground Handling Operations

1 out of 3 Elective Modules:

  • Theory to Pilot Practice I
  • Practical Workshop on Standard Operating Procedure – Airport and Airline Operations I
  • Robotics and Automation

Semester 4
Core modules:

  • English & Communication: Promotional Materials
  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Presentations, Administrative and Technical Text Writing
  • Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace
  • Human Factors in Aviation
  • Aviation Project Management
  • Aviation Safety, Security and Business Continuity
  • Enrichment Module B

1 out of 3 Elective Modules:

  • Theory to Pilot Practice II
  • Practical Workshop on Standard Operating Procedure – Airport and Airline Operations II
  • Mechatronics and Control

Semester 5
Core modules:

  • English & Communication: Reports
  • Airport Planning and Management
  • Contemporary Aviation Studies
  • Aircraft Quality Systems
  • Principles of Aviation Sustainability
  • Airport and Airline Industry project
  • Enrichment Module A

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