Who is the course for?
This course is for anyone that wants to become a professional pilot but wants to study at home and have the ability to continue working, rather than complete the course in a full-time block.
What are the entry requirements?
To apply for this course you must be at least 18 years old. You must already hold a PPL(A). You must be able to read, write and orally communicate in the English language to a minimum of ICAO Level 4 and must have a good knowledge of mathematics and physics.
What qualification will be awarded?
On completion of the course, you will receive an ATPL Theory Completion Certificate, which you will need to provide when you apply for your Commercial Pilot Licence.
What does the course cover?
The course covers all 13 subjects that you are required to study, in order for you to be able to take the ATPL(A) exams.
What’s included with this course?
Online materials for all 13 subjects along with 15 days of revision classes for all the 13 subjects.
What’s not included with this course?
Accommodation (although we are happy to arrange this if needed), food, equipment and exam fees (which are currently £73) – these are paid to the UK CAA.
What equipment is needed?
For this course you will need the following equipment (which you can purchase from BSA if you don’t have it already):
1) Jeppesen student pilot route manual
2) CRP5 Navigation computer
3) Navigation protractor
4)Precision drawing set
5) An exam approved calculator
6) A set of CAPS (booklets containing data for study and practice exams)
7) iPad or MacBook to access the study materials (available from BSA).
Which learning platform do we use?
As part of the ATPL/PPL course you will receive access to the renowned PadPilot training system. This will require an Apple Macbook or iPad to access the e-books.
Padpilot is a company devoted exclusively to creating high quality educational materials for trainee commercial pilots who are studying for their PPL, CPL or ATPL pilot licences. PadPilot don’t run a flight school or a ground school, their sole focus is digital publishing.
PadPilot materials and online learning systems are used in more than 70 partner schools and organisations and sold in 67 countries around the world.
What are my opportunities once the course is completed?
Once the course is completed, you can move onto the Commercial Pilot Licence and Instrument Rating courses, and ultimately become a professional pilot.
How long is the course?
As the course involves home study, the length of the course varies according to how much time you have to study each week. We recommend that you allow 9-18 months. Once you take your first exam, you have a further 18 months to complete all of the exams.
Where and how is the course delivered?
The course is delivered via our online training platform. It is split into 3 modules and you can study one module at a time. At the end of each module the mandatory 5 day revision course will commence at the BSA HQ in Luton. You can then take the exams for that module, before moving onto the next.
Please note: Exams are taken for the relevant subjects at the end of each stage and the UK CAA currently charges £73 per exam. You have 18 months to complete the theory course and a further 18 months from the date of your first exam to complete all of the exams. You are allowed 6 sittings to complete the 13 exams and 4 attempts at each exam. Once you have completed all of the exams you have 36 months to complete your CPL and IR flight training.