Carriers like Singapore Airlines (SIA), Tiger Airways and Jetstar Asia, which say there is a demand for pilots given the growing aviation industry, feel that the course will give more students the option to consider flying as a career.
Starting from this intake, students in Temasek Polytechnic's Diploma in Aviation Management and Services (AMS) course - which was launched in 2007 - can learn to fly a plane.
About 30 students - who must pass medical checks, interviews and psychometric tests - accepted into the three-year AMS course can be part of a year-long flying programme in their final year and earn a private pilot licence.
Mr Paul Yap, the course's director, said: 'They will study theories and learn how to fly a plane. They will also take advanced modules in air navigation, flight planning and meteorological science.'
More than 100 students are expected in this year's intake for the AMS course, which currently has 270 students.