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HT124007 Higher Diploma in Airport Operations Management
Duration of Study Semester-based (Normally to be completed in 2 years)
Mode of Study Full Time
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s) IVE ( Haking Wong )
Planned Places

IVE (Haking Wong) - 120

Average result of admitted students in 2013 (Note 1)
Entrance Requirements

Holder of S6 (NSS) Qualification:

Five HKDSE subjects at Level 2 or above, including English Language and Chinese Language; OR VTC Foundation Diploma (Level 3); OR VTC Diploma in Vocational Education; OR Yi Jin Diploma; OR Equivalent.

Remarks :

  1. An "Attained" and an "Attained with Distinction" in an HKDSE Applied Learning (ApL) subject (Category B subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2" and "Level 3" respectively, and a maximum of two ApL subjects can be counted for admission purpose.
  2. A "Grade D or E" and a "Grade C or above" in an HKDSE Other Language subject (Category C subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2" and "Level 3" respectively, and one Other Language subject can be counted for admission purpose.
  3. Holders of DVE award upon successful completion of prescribed modules are eligible to apply for Higher Diploma Programmes.
  4. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

Holder of S7 Qualification:

Click HERE for the entrance requirements

Programme Aims

This programme aims to equip students with knowledge of the aviation industry, like airport and airline operations management, airport support services, airline catering, etc. Students will acquire skills through practices in simulated working environments and industrial attachment in airport/airline related companies.

This programme is 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.


Semester 1 :

  • English & Communication : Workplace Interaction
  • Vocational Chinese Communication I : Putonghua Conversation and Reports
  • Whole Person Development : Self-efficacy Enhancement
  • IT Essentials - Services
  • Fundamental Business Studies for Hospitality
  • Introduction to Tourism
  • Introduction to the Aviation Industry
  • Introduction to Ramp Operations
  • Cruise Industry and Land Transport

Semester 2 :

  • English & Communication: Workplace Correspondence
  • Whole Person Development : Global Vision
  • Whole Person Development : SMART in Action
  • Law & Ethics for the Hospitality Industry
  • Airline and Airport Marketing
  • Hospitality Management (A)
  • Airline Catering
  • Tourism Cultural Dimensions
  • Airport and Airline Operations

Semester 3 :

  • English & Communication: Reports
  • Whole Person Development : Integrated Career Development
  • Air Reservation and Ticketing
  • ICAO and International Aviation Legislation
  • Introduction to Air Cargo and Baggage Operations

Semester 4 :

  • English & Communication: Persuasive Presentations
  • Vocational Chinese Communication II : Putonghua Presentations and Promotional Text Writing
  • Fare Calculation Principles
  • Aviation Security and Safety
  • Airport Commercial Operations
  • Airline Planning
  • Human Resource Operations in the Aviation Industry
  • Management Accounting in the Aviation Industry

Semester 5 :

  • English & Communication: Promotional Materials
  • Menu Planning & Cost Control
  • Airport Planning and Environmental Issues
  • Contemporary Issues in the Aviation Business
  • Airline and Airport Management Project
  • Enrichment Module
  • Elective Module* (1 out of 2)

*Elective Modules :

  • Hospitality Human Resource Management
  • Hospitality Management (B)

Industrial Attachment : All programmes in the Hotel, Service and Tourism Studies Discipline include compulsory industrial attachment. Relevant work may involve shifts and may take place during evenings, weekends or holidays.


Graduates can start their careers at entry level in the airport and airline operation sectors they are interested in. After accumulating further operational experiences, they can be promoted to supervisory or middle managerial positions, such as Airport Operation Officer, Airport Station Control Supervisor, Airline Catering Load Control Officer, etc.


Graduates can pursue relevant top-up degrees locally or overseas. They can apply for admission to the following top-up degree programme in Hong Kong offered by overseas university in collaboration with SHAPE:
BA (Hons) International Hospitality & Tourism Management offered by the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK

Professional Recognition

Application will be made to the appropriate institutes for recognition.

  1. Average result in 2013 refers to average score of the best 5 HKDSE subjects, including English Language and Chinese Language, of admitted students in 2013 for reference only.
    (Scoring scale: 5**=7 points; 5*=6 points; 5=5 points; 4=4 points; 3=3 points; 2=2 points; 1=1 point)
  2. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme name, content or change the offering campus(es) before class commencement if circumstances so warrant.

There might be changes in the course details.