What skills and knowledge do I need to train to become a pilot?
INTEGRATED FLIGHT DECK PROGRAMME
- Possess at least 5 x GCSEs, to include Maths, English and Science (or equivalent), at grade 4 (C) or higher.
- Preferably 2 x A levels or equivalent
- Be aged 18 years or over
- Have a valid EASA and / or UK CAA class 1 medical certificate.
The entry requirements for a modular course will vary, depending on which phase of flight training you have already completed. All the prerequisites for our modular courses are available on the course page, please check the relevant module for specific entry requirements.
To enrol on a Private Pilot's Licence Programme are no academic qualifications are required, this is because this is a recreational licence. You will however still require an aeromedical and more information on this can be found here.
The programme you progress onto after the PPL is a Night Rating for which the requirement is a PPL. The ratings and training you add follow on with each pre-requisite being met by the course before. Full information on the modular pathway to fATPL and each course requirement can be found here.
WHAT WILL I NEED TO ENROL?
When you're ready to enrol or secure your space on a course, we will need the following:
- A copy of your passport or national identity card.
- A completed copy of the relevant admission pack.
- Either a copy of your medical certificate, or evidence that one has been booked (this is dependant on how far in advance you book your course).
- Copy of your qualifications (e.g. GCSEs).
- Your initial payment or deposit (this will vary according to which course and year you enrol).
English Language Requirements
All students are expected to have a good level of English language, writing and comprehension. Overseas students must have English language competence of Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference Languages (CEFR) or Level 4 of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
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Skills assessment/aptitude test
You do not need to complete a skills test to enrol on one of our courses. We would prefer for you to do a test that informs you about yourself, your personality and your aptitude for pilot training rather than a 'pass or fail' entrance exam.
There are independent tests are available for this. Our partners in pilot training, AirlinePrep now offer an airline pilot skills assessment. The test that is suitable for aspiring pilots is the Aspiring Pilot Psychometric Test for £199. Made up of a range of tests that cover Maths, Physics, Reasoning and Personality, these tests are designed to predict your future performance within a pilot training programme. After completing the test, candidates have an individual debriefing with a current professional pilot to discuss the results and what they mean. In addition to this, if you share your results with FTA for the Aspiring Pilot Psychometric Test, and further sign up for a course with us, we will credit your FTA account with £199!
The Honourable Company of Air Pilots also offer a pilot assessment/aptitude test for those who are unsure whether they have the potential to succeed in professional flying. These assessments are carried out at RAF Cranwell (in Lincolnshire).
As anyone who has completed pilot training will tell you, the journey is not easy. It takes hard work and commitment to become an airline pilot but the rewards are there for those willing to invest the time and effort.