Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) Theory Course (Full Time) 3 stages


This is a classroom based, instructor delivered ATPL theory training course. The ATPL is the course for anyone who wants to become a professional pilot. **The course includes all 3 stages and you can start on any stage (1,2 or 3), just pick the date you would like to start on from the drop down menu.**

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Who is the course for?
This course is for anyone that wants to become a professional pilot – and wants to complete the course in a classroom setting, rather than studying at home.

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.

>> Full details of the ATPL Theory course

What’s included with this course?
Online materials for all 13 subjects with full time classroom based lessons over approx 6 months, including revision and exam preparation.

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 per exam – 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?
The course is 5-6 months long (variation is due to fixed exam dates).

Where and how is the course delivered?
The course is delivered Monday to Friday at our HQ at Luton Airport. It is split into 3 modules and you study for one module at a time and take the exams for that module, before moving onto the next module.

At BSA you can start on ANY module.

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.


You can see details of both short term and longer term accommodation options on our Student Accommodation page.

Please note: If your course includes accommodation, then you’ll be staying in one of our “BSA” accommodation options – these are listed in the “Longer Term Accommodation” section on the page below.

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Our Location

Our flight school is located close to Luton Airport. You’ll be completing your training in the heart of Luton’s airport district seeing planes take off and land regularly!

British School of Aviation
136 Prospect Way

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