Our specialised Aviation course allows students to learn the theory required for a private pilot’s licence, including the flying operations and theoretical understanding required by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s (CASA) ‘Basic Aeronautical Knowledge’ syllabus.

Topics include aircraft engines and systems, navigation, meteorology, flight planning, aerodynamics, performance and operation, human factors, aviation law and regulations, and theory and practices of flight.

Students benefit from using our flight trainers, computer-aided design software and extensive practical activities. Our Synthetic Flight Trainer (flight simulator) allows students to experience the sensations of take-off and landing, manoeuvring situations and turbulence.

New for 2022, students completing Stage 2 Aviation studies may be eligible for credit for a first-year course in the Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot) at UniSA. Students will also be invited to complete early assessment for a conditional offer into the Graduate Diploma in Aviation.

Aviation is something I’m very passionate about, and I have learnt first-hand that learning something and understanding concepts is much easier when it is something that intrigues and excites you.

Adam, class of 2014, now Flight Instructor

Study Aviation as an external student

We welcome students from other schools to join us at the ASMS and study Stage 2 Aviation as a single subject. Applications for studying Aviation externally in 2024 close on 20 October 2023.

Course details

SACE Stage 2 Scientific Studies – Aviation, 20 SACE credits

32 weekly sessions at the Australian Science & Mathematics School, Flinders University, Wednesdays from 1:40pm – 5pm.

Entry requirements

Students must have passing grades in Stage 1 Mathematics and Physics. Stage 1 students may be considered if their Year 10 grades are at a high standard.


The sky’s the limit with an exciting career pathway in the aviation industry. There is a diverse range of career opportunities for qualified pilots including aerial photography, adventure tourism, agriculture, transport, emergency services, and defence.

Total cost

Costing for 2024 is still to be determined. It covers required materials and equipment. Nil for School Card Recipients. Additional Costs: Students can purchase text books (optional)