Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) Theory - Start Any Time


This is a revision course for all 9 subjects of the PPL theory, which is the first step for anyone that wants to learn to fly a light aircraft.

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Who is the course for?
This course is for anyone that wants to learn to fly a light aircraft, either for fun or as the first step to becoming a professional pilot.

What are the entry requirements?
To apply for the course you must be at least 17 years old and be able to read, write and orally communicate in the English language.

What qualification will be awarded?
At the end of the course you will receive a PPL Theory Completion Certificate, which you can take to your flight school to continue with the flying part of the PPL.

What does the course cover?
The course covers the 9 subjects that you have to study (Human Performance, Meteorology, Communications, Air Law, Navigation, Operational Procedures, Flight Performance & Planning, Principles of Flight, Aircraft General Knowledge) and the ability to take the associated 9 exams.

>> Full details of the PPL Theory course

What’s included with this course?
Online materials for all 9 subjects along with 5 days of revision classes for all of the 9 subjects.

What’s not included with this course?
Accommodation (although we are happy to arrange this if needed), food, equipment and exam fees – 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) A CRP1 or CRP5 Navigation computer
2) Navigation protractor
3) A navigation ruler
4) An exam approved calculator
5) Non-permanent marker pens or chinagraph pencils
6) 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 proceed to the flying part of the PPL.

How long is the course?
We estimate that the pre-study will take around 5-6 weeks. Then there is a 5 day groundschool.

Where and how is the course delivered?
Pre-study of the materials is done at home in your own time. When you are ready, you can book the groundschool, which is conducted at our HQ in Luton.

Please note: Exam fees are paid directly to the UK CAA and are £10 per exam.


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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