We speak to lots of A Level students who are undecided about whether to pursue their dream of becoming a pilot. So often we hear that they are pondering whether they should go to university and study towards a degree ‘just in case’ they need something to fall back on.
Why not swap a class room and 3-4 year course, for flying lessons and just 18 months of study?
Is flight training the alternative to university you've not yet considered?
When did you decide you wanted to become a pilot?I was about 6. The seed was planted when I learnt there was a pilot in my family two generations back flying in the 1950’s! I made a entirely committed decision to become a pilot after my A-Levels when I identified Bucks New University offered Air Transport Management with Airline Pilot Training degree.
Look to pilot training for an exciting alternative to university…
If you’ve not got the A’Level results you expected then please do not be despondent. Maybe there is an alternative to university you've just not considered yet?
The path to university is likely to be one you’ve considered since completing your GCSEs, and it can be an exciting adventure. The downside is, of course, the cost and the competitive graduate job market.
Pilot training could be the alternative you perhaps never considered. You don’t need to be an expert in aeronautics, an air cadet or have a degree in Mathematics. The pathway to becoming a commercial pilot has never been more straightforward. So before you head into the stress and panic that characterises ‘clearing’ perhaps take a step back and consider a completely different option.
The entry requirements for pilot training at FTA are as follows:
- 5 GCSEs (including Maths and English)
- 2 A’Levels (preferred but not required)
- be aged 18 or above
- Possess an EASA class 1 medical certificate
Do you want to pursue pilot training, but feel the traditional university educational route is more affordable and more likely to get you a job? FTA did the maths, and the results may surprise you.
"Everyone’s skills need testing, but not everyone needs to acquire those skills at university – and not everyone needs to go to university before they start working" – Financial Times, November 2015