CAA Exams

Matthew Ross

Bristol Groundschool is a great choice for students. It provides you with maximum flexibility to study around your family and work commitments and you don’t need to travel and incur those extra expenses.

The new completely online training option at Bristol Groundschool is a great choice for students.

It provides you with maximum flexibility to study around your family and work commitments and you don’t need to travel and incur those extra expenses.

Bristol were the last ATO offering exams before lock-down and the first to restart.

Without the webinars, online revision courses and help from fantastic instructors I would never have done so well in my exams. With their help, I finished my ATPL’s on the first sitting when BGS re-opened.

I have now completed my studies, all whilst working full-time in Flight Operations. Well done BGS for leading the way again.

World leading ATPL tuition  – For the pilots of tomorrow

The biggest dreams deserve the best support. Bristol Groundschool is a world leader in modular ATPL tuition for fixed wing and helicopter pilots. Our extensive and innovative suite of learning materials contains all the knowledge you need for success, allowing you to learn at your own pace and track your progress with ease. With the option for online-only tuition, you can choose to fit your studies around existing commitments too – no matter where you are in the world. We turn today’s students into tomorrow’s pilots. And we can do the same for you.

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Learn anytime, anywhere with online tuition

Thanks to our online learning resources, you can study your ATPLs with Bristol Groundschool from anywhere in the world. Tune in to daily live webinars hosted by our expert instructors. Or fit your learning around other commitments, with access to over 200 hours of pre-recorded webinars covering every corner of the ATPL syllabus. Throughout your studies you will have full access to our instructors for support when you need it. And in the runup to your exams, we schedule live revision weeks – via webinar – to get you exam ready. Live webinar attendance counts towards your classroom time requirement.

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Make learning memorable

Learning is easier – and more enjoyable – when the course materials are engaging. That’s why we have carefully created computer-based quizzes, videos and interactive diagrams that capture the imagination and make learning memorable. Just the way it should be. With ATPdigital you can track your expanding knowledge with progress charts. And download your course materials onto iPad or Windows and Mac laptops for flexible learning on the fly.


Get exam ready with BGSonline

Exams are nowhere near as daunting when you know what to expect. BGSonline is our proprietary database of more than 15,000 multiple choice ATPL exam questions. Updated regularly by our experts, it allows you to test your knowledge across the ATPL syllabus and generate mock exam papers – with questions backed up with explanations and diagrams. You get twelve months of complimentary access to BGSonline when you study for your ATPLs with Bristol Groundschool. Or take out a subscription on a one-off basis.

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Study on your own terms with Wings Alliance

We believe that flight tuition should be as accessible as possible to people who are able and ambitious to succeed. That’s why we founded Wings Alliance: a not-for-profit organisation that can help you plot your perfect study path. Whether you are keen to study in a certain location, want to fit your studies around your family or need to find the most cost-efficient route to qualification, we can use our global network to help you find the right path. Your studies, your way. Wings Alliance can even support students in finding their first airline job.

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What our students say:

Ben Bowker

Jet2 First Officer

Bristol really put together a fantastic package for the Revision Weeks with top notch instructors and great material, its then when everything really comes together.

Bristol really put together a fantastic package for the Revision Weeks with top notch instructors and great material, it’s then when everything really comes together.

I’m a huge advocate of the modular training route. Bristol Groundschool worked for me. The quality of their books, online training and question bank made it easier for me to organise my study and made it far less painful than it may otherwise have been if I had not studied with them. The modules were really well structured and the technical detail was made easy to understand.

When I got to the Revision Weeks, and I’m sure 99% would agree, Bristol really put together a fantastic package with top notch instructors and its then when it really comes together. By the end of the Revision Weeks you really are ready for the exams. A lot of hard work but quite enjoyable too.

After totting up my training cost from 0 – ATPL, I have spent around £40K which has been spread over a number of years, so for me, coming from what I would call an average financial background has been demanding yes, but achievable. Also, if you’re able to work alongside your training, any debts you do pick up will be able to be paid off far quicker, so you’re not having to wait until you start your first airline job before you begin to pay back any borrowed money.

Distance learning is hard enough so make sure you have the best materials, support and instructors and use a school, like Bristol Groundschool that has proven it works.

I started my pilot career with Jet2 as a pilot apprentice. That consisted of 12 months on the ground. The first 2 months were spent in various departments at the head office in Leeds, 2 months flying as cabin crew, then the remainder of the time working as a crew room assistant preparing flight paperwork for crews and looking after general logistics. After all of that Jet2 bonded my type rating on the Boeing 737-800 and I am now flying as a first officer based at Manchester.

The Jet2 Pilot Apprentice scheme is a fabulous opportunity for low hour pilots to get themselves involved in the industry. You have the opportunity to learn about all parts of the airline business and gain a good understanding of how each different department knits together to run a successful airline. All of that background information is particularly valuable when you finally get to fly in the right hand seat!

Olivier Allec

First Officer for Globeair AG on citation mustang

Bristol Groundschool is an amazing school, you helped me so much to pass all my exams first time with an average pass rate of 93%.

Bristol Groundschool is an amazing school, you helped me so much to pass all my exams first time with an average pass rate of 93%.

The school is a really great place to come and study, the instructors are very good and interesting, highlighting all the right things. It is also a very pleasant environment too, where you can really focus on your lessons. I will be recommending Bristol GS to anyone who wants to pass their ATPL. The question bank is also great and always up-to-date.

Edoardo Minuto

First Officer, Vietnam Airlines

The ATPL distance learning course with Bristol was amazing. I passed all my theory exams first time, with an average score of 92%+!!!

Your fame precedes you, and I had no doubt for a moment about where I would do my ATPL theory courses. The distance learning with Bristol was amazing, the online question bank was even then ahead of its time and the brush-up courses just helped to complete an excellent preparation. I passed all my theory exams first time, with an average score of 92%+!!!

I completed my CPL/IR and MCC, and after a thorough selection process, I joined the cadet program of Vietnam Airlines in September 2015 and I am now proudly working as a First Officer for Vietnam Airlines.

Paul Ryan

First Officer, Flybe

I would totally recommend Bristol Groundschool – 14 first time passes and over 90% exam average, all while working full-time in less than 12 months, what more could you ask for.

Bristol Groundschool deliver high quality training and go the extra mile to support each and every student.

I would totally recommend Bristol Groundschool – 14 first time passes and over 90% exam average, all while working full-time in less than 12 months, what more could you ask for. Bristol Groundschool deliver high quality training and go the extra mile to support each and every student.

Bristol Groundschool is excellent, the computer-based training software, ATPdigital is fantastic, it gives you structured learning and daily study targets based on your desired completion date. Couple this with the Revision Weeks that are delivered by highly experienced instructors.

If you complete the computer-based course, attend the Revision Weeks and complete the work given while you are at the Ground School you can be confident of passing your exams. Without the structured content of the Bristol course and high level of training from the staff I would not have been able to work and study at the same time.

I chose the modular training path as I feel it is better for students who are self-funding their training, having the ability to do each part as finances allow is a big plus.