CAA Exams

Sam Blake

I attended a Bristol Groundschool online revision week and wondered how it would be. I anticipated problems with…

I attended a Bristol Groundschool online revision week and wondered how it would be. I anticipated problems with poor quality streaming or getting distracted as I was studying at home but I was surprised to find myself totally ‘in the zone’. I am self employed and the new online course has allowed me to study around my work, in my spare time.

I am delighted I can complete my course online, I much prefer this, than to go back to tuition in the classroom, particularly as it has saved me a considerable amount of money and travelling time and the instruction is equally as good.

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World leading Aviation theory tuition  – For the pilots of tomorrow

Bristol Groundschool offer UK CAA & EASA approved ATPL, CPL, IR and PPL theory training solutions.

The biggest dreams deserve the best support. Bristol Groundschool is a world leader in modular 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.

Student testimonials

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Learn anytime, anywhere with live interactive tuition and a library of pre-recorded webinars

Thanks to our online learning resources, you can study your course with Bristol Groundschool from anywhere in the world. Tune in to daily live webinars hosted by our expert instructors. You can fit your learning around other commitments, with access to over 200 hours of pre-recorded webinars, in addition to the live webinars, covering every corner of the ATPL, CPL & IR syllabus. For a full list of our pre-recorded webinars visit our webinars page.  Throughout your studies you will have full access to our instructors for support when you need it.

Upcoming live webinars

Live webinars start at 11am UK time (10am UTC), unless notified otherwise; and are between 1-2 hours in duration.

Operational Procedures (H) – Lesson 5, Friday 14th May

Principles of Flight (H) – High Speed Flight, Thursday 20th May

General Navigation – The Earth, Latitude & Longitude, Direction, Monday 24th May

General Navigation – Position and Distance, Departure, Lines on the Earth, Tuesday 25th May

General Navigation – Maps and Charts Part 1: Mercator and Lambert, Wednesday 26th May

Aircraft General Knowledge – Oxygen and Breathing Systems, Thursday 27th May

General Navigation – Maps and Charts Part 2: Polar Stereographic & Grid Nav, Friday 28th May

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.

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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, CPL & IR exam questions. Updated regularly by our experts, it allows you to test your knowledge across the whole 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 course with Bristol Groundschool. Or take out a subscription on a one-off basis.


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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Smarter materials for Aviation Training Organisations

You want to provide quality, up-to-date learning materials for your students. Come and see why Bristol Groundschool is the market-leading provider of ATPL training materials to ATOs around the world.


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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!

Debbie Thomas

Second Officer easyJet

Being a working mum, re-training to become an airline pilot was something I knew would not be easy,…

Being a working mum, re-training to become an airline pilot was something I knew would not be easy, but after researching the modular route, I realised that it could be possible.

I found Bristol Ground School were local to me, so I went to visit them, and signed up for the ATPL course that week. The distance learning and week-long classroom courses at the end of each module fitted in very well with my other commitments. I found the iPad software and lesson format with regular tests to be a great way to absorb the information.

The Bristol Groundschool revision weeks were a great way to consolidate the information with very experienced and supportive teachers. I managed to do the course in 16 months, and went on do my CPL/MEIR shortly afterwards, and very soon after finished my training, I was offered a Second Officer position at Easyjet!. I am well into the line training at the moment and loving it.

Thank you to the BGS team for helping me through the course and making this possible!

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.

Jevan Burchell

First Officer Ryanair

Bristol Groundschool have created a fantastic learning facility and I really appreciated their time and support throughout my course. The instructors are brilliant.

I did my research on ground schools before choosing BGS and I definitely made the correct choice. You have created a fantastic learning facility and I really appreciate your time and support through the course. The instructors especially were brilliant. I am now working as a First Officer at Ryanair and loving it.