CAA Exams

Jonethan Griffin

The Bristol Groundschool webinars are second to none. The development of the distance learning model for ATPLs to a hybrid between integrated and distance learning has really filled a gap in the market.

The Bristol Groundschool webinars are second to none. The development of the distance learning model for ATPLs to a hybrid between integrated and distance learning has really filled a gap in the market.

Being able to access and learn the complete course in such a flexible and user friendly way has been crucial for me, whilst trying to balance a 60 hour working week, 2 children and a partner at university! Thank you BGS, I will be forever in your debt.

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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.

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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.

Performance (H) – Lesson 4, Thursday 13th May

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

Aircraft General Knowledge – Ice and Rain Protection Systems, Monday 17th 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.

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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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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:

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.

Duncan Grocott

Former Bristol Groundschool student

I chose the modular route as I have a full time demanding job. Flexibility and distance learning was key for me.

I chose the modular route as I have a full time demanding job. Flexibility and distance learning was key for me.

I did a fair amount of research before choosing Bristol Ground School. The time and effort you invest in studying and succeeding is significant. Choosing the right school is a key. I can honestly say this has been one of the best decisions I have made.

The whole process from signing up and receiving log in details was fast and straightforward. The online platform with detailed teaching material, explanations and animations along with regular progress checks and tests really does help build your knowledge.

The revision weeks at the end of each module were a particular highlight as these significantly help consolidate knowledge and prepare you for the exams. Covid meant the last revision week for me was online. I was surprised at how well this worked, with a high level of engagement and participation in a virtual classroom.

So what did I learn throughout the process?

There are no short cuts in this. You really do need to learn your stuff AND practice using various question banks. The banks compliment your learning and help with question styles etc…but you need to know your stuff. I used a variety of question banks but found BGS to offer the most comprehensive worked and explained answers to questions. (It doesn’t help if you get a question wrong…but don’t understand why!)

From my experience, what has set BGS apart is the quality and dedication of the staff at every level, from administration to teaching. The subject leaders are seasoned pros (All are current or former pilots and engineers) who have a passion for their subject matter and an equal passion to impart knowledge and prepare you for the exams.

Make no mistakes, I found the exams tough going…but that’s because they are tough. That said, with an average mark of 91%, dedication and hard work pays off. What has made the difference for me has been the quality of the teaching material and the outstanding team who have supported and guided me throughout. Their passion is infectious!

If you are planning to invest in doing your ATPL exams, I cannot recommend BGS more highly.

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!

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Gary Jackson MBE

Without the forward leaning and innovative approach employed by Bristol Groundschool, I doubt I would have passed all…

Without the forward leaning and innovative approach employed by Bristol Groundschool, I doubt I would have passed all 14 exams before the 31 Dec 20 transition deadline.  The instructors and support team have all been outstanding.

The material has also been excellent and broken down into easily manageable chunks.  The fact that I have managed to pass all exams first time with a 95% average pass mark despite a busy and unpredictable full-time military career is testament to the quality of the digital material.

The past 18 months have been the busiest and most challenging of my life and not just due to the pressures of ATPL Theory. In addition to commanding my team on overseas deployments to the Middle East, Asia and the Caribbean, I found myself at the centre of the UK’s response to COVID-19, supporting the construction of the NHS Nightingale Hospital London, designing potential mobile testing units and helping to deliver UK Covid-19 Mega labs.  Throughout all of this, the flexible and bitesize nature of the lessons and learning programme meant I could still continue my studies regardless of where I was or how busy.

Furthermore, the webinars and virtual revision weeks meant I still felt well prepared for each exam.