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The University of South Australia is the only University in the state to offer an aviation degree as a tertiary qualification. The program has strong industry links with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) information service, enabling students to submit flight plans and access the latest aerodrome alerts and weather forecasts. The flight training instructors are highly skilled industry practitioners.

The Graduate Diploma in Aviation equips our Bachelor of Aviation students with the skills, knowledge and competence to sit the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) exams for a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), Command Instrument Rating (CIR) and Multi Crew Cooperation Endorsement, which are professional qualifications recognised by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

Interview criteria

The interview will assess skills and qualities considered important for undertaking the degree and for use in future professional practice. The interview comprises a series of scenarios and associated questions focusing on an applicant’s personal qualities including:

Can I prepare?

Applicants are encouraged to prepare for the interview but are discouraged from reciting rehearsed responses. Attempts at rehearsing for the interview often trigger ‘rehearsed’ replies rather than ‘natural’ responses which can lessen the overall performance. The exact content and conduct of interviews may change from one year to the next.

Applicants will be asked for the required background evidence for the General English Language Proficiency (GELP) when they are invited to interview, with the expectation that the background evidence is provided in advance of the interview. For details of the background evidence requirements and the criteria for assessing the GELP, please visit the CASA website.

When and where are interviews held?

Interviews for prospective students are conducted between mid January and mid February, and applicants will be contacted with an invitation to interview after they have both a) received an offer in to the Bachelor of Aviation and b) submitted a separate application for the Graduate Diploma in Aviation (LGAV) via SATAC’s postgraduate application portal.

Interviews for current students of the Bachelor of Aviation (LBCV or LBAN) programs will be conducted in October the previous year, and applicants will be invited to interview after they have submitted an application for the Graduate Diploma in Aviation (LGAV) via SATAC’s postgraduate application portal.

All interviews are conducted face-to-face at UniSA’s Parafield Airport building. It is an applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they are available during the nominated times as interviews will not be conducted outside of these dates.

What does the aptitude test involve?

The aptitude test is composed of a series of computer-based assessments that cover pilot aptitude, including hand–eye coordination, motor skills and spatial awareness.

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