ATPL (A) Ground School

Full Time Residential – Bournemouth

  • 13 Exams
  • 3 Phases
  • Full Time Study
  • 6 months

Pre-Course Requirements:

Candidate must hold the minimum of an ICAO Private Pilot Licence (PPL)
EASA-CAA Class One Medical (requirement for licence issue)


750 Hours

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Ground School

BCFT Top Tip

As the ATPL exams are often the most challenging part of commercial flight training, we advise our students to complete the ground school prior to committing to the cost of the hour building.

Pre-Course ATPL Foundation Week

Prior to starting the first phase of the ATPL groundschool, all students attend the week foundation course at BCFT. This course focuses on the basic skills required to complete the ATPL groundschool syllabus including maths, physics and CRP-5 flight computer tasks, skills that may not have been practiced for some time!


BCFT has long been renowned for its excellent instructor led ATPL theory training. In a move aimed to modernise the course the school has partnered with PadPilot and BGS, both of who provide market leading computer-based learning technology. Using razor-sharp digital imagery and stunning 3D animations the ATPL theory learning experience is raised to a whole new level.

Three Phase Structure

To further improve the learning experience, our three-phase structure has been designed to make the 13 subjects easier to manage. Each Phase lasts for 7-8 weeks, during which time you will sit progress tests and mock examinations here at BCFT to make sure you are ready to take the real exams.

The three Phase structure is set out as follows.

The Examinations

During the week following each phase you will take the CAA exams for the subjects you have just studied at the CAA headquarters at London Gatwick Airport or other designated examination centre. With London Gatwick being one of the busiest airports in the UK there is plenty of accommodation available for the exam period.

All 13 exams must be passed within 18 months, counted from the end of the calendar month when the student first attempted an exam. Once completed the student must pass both their CPL and IR within 3 years of the date of the final exam.