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Higher Diploma in Aviation and Piloting

Programme Code: HD 140 2975 5678 / 3762 0839 2571 8480
QF Level: 4
QR Registration No.: 19/000092/L4
Registration Validity Period:  01/09/2019 to ongoing

Application Code 報名編號 : HD140

Programme Aims & Features

The global demand for new pilots is expected to rebound dramatically over the next two decades. The programme will provide students with an understanding of the knowledge for the Australian Private Pilot Licence (PPL) training examination and the underlying concept of aviation business operation. Through the use of professional simulator, interactive classroom training and the latest Virtual Reality (VR) technologies training in professional aviation lab, students will be able to strengthen their knowledge and aircraft control skill. Students are encouraged to participate in various Aviation Study Tours to Korea, Japan, Singapore and Australia to attend training workshops, International Airshow and Conference to widen their international exposure, develop a better understanding of the industry network and experience different cultures. They will also have practical flying experience in local flying school during the Australia Aviation Study trip.

Career Prospects

This programme is designed to facilitate the entry of students into the aviation industry by providing a concrete foundation of knowledge and skills. Graduates can pursue different types of jobs, such as airline cadet pilots, airline flight dispatchers, air traffic control officers, aviation business management trainees and aviation safety officers.

Opportunities for Further Studies

2023 Overall Progression Rate: 100%
UGC-funded Bachelor’s Degree Programmes: 78%

Some of our graduates/students are admitted to UGC-funded degree programmes every year. The list below shows the programmes that our graduates/students of recent years have articulated to*:

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
BBA Business & Management
BEng Aerospace Engineering

City University of Hong Kong
BSocSc Criminology & Sociology

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
BBA (Hons) Aviation Management & Logistics
BEng (Hons) Air Transport Engineering
BEng (Hons) Industrial & Systems Engineering

Hong Kong Baptist University
BSocSc (Hons) European Studies - German Stream

HKU SPACE International College
Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to the full-time degree programmes offered locally by the HKU SPACE International College in collaboration with the Swinburne University of Technology leading to the award of Bachelor of Aviation Management.

*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.



Year 1

  • English for Academic Purposes I
  • English for the Aviation Profession
  • Practical Chinese
  • Applied Statistics

Year 2

  • English for Academic Purposes II
  • Information Technology Fundamentals
  • ICAO Aviation English Language Proficiency


Year 1

  • Introduction to Aviation Industry
  • Airport and Airline Operations
  • Theory for First Solo of Private Pilot Licence
  • Theory for Recreational Pilot Licence
  • Aviation Science
  • Flight Simulation Training
  • Safety Awareness in Aviation

Year 2

  • Risk Management & Quality Improvement
  • Aircraft Weight Balance and Dispatch #
  • Air Traffic Management
  • Human Factors and Performance
  • Navigation and Meteorology
  • Flight Performance and Planning

Experiential Learning Course

  • Aviation Project


# This course is jointly offered with the Jardine Airport Services Limited (JASL) 

Courses offered in each semester are subject to student enrolment and resources available. 

Chan Cheuk Yiu
Chan Cheuk Yiu, Jessamond
  • 2021 Undergraduate, BBA (Hons) Aviation Management and Logistics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • 2021 Graduate, Higher Diploma in Aviation and Piloting
  • 2019 Delegate, Australia Aviation Study Trip

Growing up with many curiosities about the sky—how the clouds hang, how the heavy metal objects fly, why airplanes leave white marks in the sky and so on—taking the path of aviation study filled up most of the unknowns for me. Clouds go through atmospheric cycles to form and deform, aircraft wings are designed in sweepback shape like birds to produce lift against their weight, and a contrail is the form of cloud when hot humid air mixes with the exhausted fuel-air mixture. Each of these mysteries that have been answered remind me of my favourite motto, “Every expert starts as a beginner.”

I am very thankful for every opportunity HKU SPACE CC provided for me—a wide range of experiences, airshows, internships at the airport, study tours, and, of course, the flying experience in Melbourne. Memories get washed off by time, but my first flying experience will stay fresh and exciting. From ground briefing to the Cessna simulator and climbing into the Sling2, to flying along the coastline and bringing the plane back onto the runway, feelings were beyond words!

The lecturers who have been or are still working in the aviation field provided the most updated and related sources for my study and career path. Staff were more than willing to help with any sort of problem, and they provided guidance for my study and career planning. Finishing the first year in HKU SPACE had broadened my vision and encouraged further learning in the field. I can’t wait for the next year to start!

Chan Wing Hong
Chan Wing Hong, Anson
  • 2021 Undergraduate, BEng (Hons) Air Transport Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • 2021 Graduate, Higher Diploma in Aviation and Piloting

I am glad to have studied for the Higher Diploma in Aviation and Piloting at HKU SPACE Community College. I believed that many people had a dream like me, to pilot a plane and fly in the sky. When I was in the secondary school, I was certain that I wanted to become a pilot in the future. I love flying and believed this occupation would suit me well. After completing my secondary education, I struggled to find a suitable aviation-related course in Hong Kong—especially about flying. Finally I discovered HKU SPACE Community College, which offered the course on aviation and piloting.

2019-20 was my first year at HKU SPACE Community College. It was my most memorable year in which I took part in the Australia Aviation Study Trip. During the trip, we secured many precious opportunities such as a trial flight at Moorabbin Airport in Melbourne. I was allowed to sit at the front of the aircraft with my instructor, and I would never forget the excitement during my first take-off and landing. I was so energized because I knew it was one great step toward my dream, and it confirmed that I had chosen my future career correctly.