Course Introduction Guide

We are delighted that you have taken the decision to study with Bristol Groundschool – and hope you are looking forward to beginning your ATPL theory tuition. Below is some information about getting started with your studies.

Contents

  1. What do I need to get started?
  2. Loading your CBT software – ATPdigital
  3. Setting target dates for your modules
  4. Maths, physics and KSA
  5. Lesson format
  6. Modules and exams
  7. Progress tests, practice, and exam questions
  8. Content updating and sending results
  9. FREE Question bank, BGSonline
  10. Technical support

For Bristol Groundschool students only

  1. Revision courses
  2. Webinars
  1. Booking your exams – UK CAA or Austro Control
  2. Contact us

Click to Read our Guide on How to Study your Course

 

1. What do I need to get started?

Now that your registration has been processed, you will shortly receive an email with instructions to download our industry-leading training software, ATPdigital. For further details  – see no. 2 below.

The training materials you need will depend on the course you are studying and whether you have purchased a complete course or just one module. As a minimum, you will need the following:

  • An EASA approved calculator **
  • A mechanical navigation computer (that gives solutions for airspeeds over 300 KT.) We recommend the Airtours or Pooleys CRP-5
  • A fine tip marker (non-permanent) for use on your nav computer
  • Some drawing tools, including a pair of compasses
  • A protractor and a ruler
  • If your course includes the subjects Flight Planning and Monitoring; and/or General Navigation: a Jeppesen Student Pilot Route Manual containing charts and plates used in these two subjects
  • If your course contains the subjects Mass and Balance, Performance and/or Flight Planning and Monitoring: hard copies of the appropriate UK CAA publications containing planning data and graphs (these are referred to as the ‘CAPs’).  Note, although the UK has now left EASA, these publications are still used to support the course of study, and equivalent material is used to support EASA exams.

Other than the CAPs, these can be used in all the exams.

** Approved calculators. The approved models for UK CAA exams are Casio FX 83/85/300 series; Sharp EL-W531; Citizen SR-260; Texas Instruments TI-30XS. Source www.caa.co.uk. Other exam authorities may have their own requirements.

We sell these products to our customers who are also purchasing the BGS printed course manuals at bgsi.bristol.gs    If you haven’t already purchased the BGS course manuals, to complement your online learning, you can purchase manuals for individual subjects or purchase the complete set. These are available either in ring binders or as soft-covered books.

Alternatively, please visit AFE or Pooley’s online shop entering promotional code ‘BGS’ on either website to purchase these products.

Check what you have received and, if anything is missing, contact your course provider as soon as possible.

 

2. Loading your CBT software – ATPdigital

ATPdigital is our CBT software which you will use to study the lessons and complete all of the quizzes and progress tests throughout the course.

The licence you receive with the course entitles you to two installations of ATPdigital, which can be used on either PC or Mac (installations on an iPad app don’t get deducted from your available installations).

Download links along with guides on how to install and use ATPdigital can be found through the links below:

If you experience any problems when loading your software, please visit our Support page: www.bristol.gs/support

 

3. Setting target dates for your modules

When you sign in to ATPdigital, the first page you’ll see is the Dashboard page. On the right-hand side of this page is your My Progress graph.

This graph will show you how far you should be through your course based on your Target Dates.

If you are studying as part of a Class, the Target Dates for your course will be set by your school. If you are managing your own studies you can edit your own Target Dates by clicking on Edit Dates on the top left-hand corner of the panel.

Once you start completing lessons you will see a second line appear which you can compare with the Target line to see how far ahead of/behind of schedule you are.

 

4. Maths, physics and KSA

Maths and Physics

Your school is required to ensure that you have sufficient knowledge of maths and physics concepts before commencing your studies. They might address this requirement in other ways, in which case the maths and physics lessons and test will not appear in your course. If they do, you should work through the maths and physics lessons in the Maths, Physics, and KSA module on the ‘My course’ page before commencing the rest of your course. If you feel confident about your maths and physics ability, you may go straight to the progress tests. If you pass these (≥ 75%) then the associated lessons will be marked as complete, and you may move on. If you fail, you will need to do the lessons and pass the lesson quizzes before being able to re-sit the progress test(s). If you would prefer, you may study the lessons anyway before attempting the progress test(s).

Note, some schools ask us to separate maths and physics from KSA, so they will appear in separate modules.

KSA

If you are studying as part of an ATPL, MPL, or CPL course you will need to complete the KSA lessons and pass the progress tests before you attempt your final exams. The KSA elements of your course are contained in two modules: the lessons are in the Maths, Physics, and KSA module (or KSA module if your school does not include maths and physics) that precedes the bulk of the course, and there is a KSA testing module at the end.

There is a single progress test in the first module; this will test your understanding of the pilot competency concepts described in the lessons. You may complete these lessons and the test at any stage. We recommend that you do them before studying the following modules.

The KSA testing module contains a mental arithmetic lesson.  Your school may allow you to complete the mental arithmetic unsupervised, in which case there will be a progress test in the module. Alternatively, they will make other arrangements for a supervised test.

The KSA testing module also contains a ‘summative’ progress test preceded by an explanatory lesson.  We recommend that you do not attempt this until you near the end of your studies, as it will draw on knowledge gained during your study of the ATPL or CPL material.

All KSA elements must be completed before your final exam.

 

5. Lesson format

At the end of most lessons, you are presented with a multi-choice quiz that tests your understanding of the lesson. You must complete the lesson quiz 100% correctly to record the lesson as complete. Each time the quiz is taken, the answer sequence is randomised.

 

6. Modules and exams

This is the breakdown of subjects and modules for the standard Bristol Groundschool course showing the duration of and number of questions in the examinations.  Note, MPL exams are the same as ATPL exams. The arrangement of subjects between modules may be different for your school. For details of ATPL(H)/VFR, PPL and BIR exams, contact info@bristol.gs.

Subject Licence Exam duration No. of questions
Module 1
022 AGK: Instrumentation ATPL
CPL
IR
CB-IR
1:30
1:00
0:30
0:20
60
40
20
12
061 General Navigation ATPL
CPL
2:15
2:00
55
45
050 Meteorology ATPL
CPL
IR
CB-IR
2:00
1:30
1:30
0:50
84
63
63
35
040 Human Performance and Limitations ATPL
CPL
IR
CB-IR
1:30
1:00
1:00
0:35
48
35
35
16
Module 2
062 Radio Navigation ATPL
CPL
IR
CB-IR
1:30
0:30
1:00
0:40
66
22
44
24
021 AGK: Airframe and Systems, Electrics, Power Plant and Emergency Equipment ATPL
CPL
2:00
1:30
80
60
010 Air Law ATPL
CPL
IR
CB-IR
1:00
0:45
0:45
0:30
44
33
30
18
033 Flight Planning and Monitoring ATPL
CPL
IR
CB-IR
2:00
1:30
1:15
1:00
42
33
27
22
090 Communications All 1:00 34
Module 3
031 Mass and Balance ATPL
CPL
1:15
1:00
25
21
070 Operational Procedures ATPL(A)
CPL(A)
ATPL(H)/IR
CPL(H)
1:15
1:00
1:15
0:45
42
30
40
32
081/2 Principles of Flight ATPL(A)
CPL(A)
Helicopter
1:30
1:15
1:15
46
37
42
032/4 Performance ATPL(A)
CPL(A)
ATPL(H)/IR
CPL(H)
2:00
1:45
1:15
0:45
45
28
35
20

 

7. Progress tests, practice, and exam questions

Multi-choice progress tests are inserted after each topic; topics may comprise of several lessons. Progress tests are more difficult than the lesson quizzes and longer, often containing up to 60 questions. The pass rate is lower, at 75%. You may take the progress tests as many times as you wish to perfect your scores and consolidate your learning. The answers are randomised each time and the system records all your test scores.

In addition to the quiz and progress test questions, you can access a built-in database of exam questions that are designed to match the EASA question bank as closely as possible. The options are either to search for a topic, to take a timed exam, to take an untimed exam, or to practise questions. When exams are requested they are generated so that they contain the correct proportions of content from each syllabus objective.

The software allows you to start working through the questions and then return to the subject later to look at either, the questions you have yet to attempt, those you got wrong, or all the questions again. ATPdigital will display the lessons by subject from the ‘My course’ page, to make revision easier once you have completed them.

 

8. Content updates and sending results

It is important to connect to the Internet on a regular basis throughout your study. This will allow you to receive lesson updates, new questions and ensure that your completed lessons/tests are uploaded to your official records on our servers.

You can see if you have any updates available by looking at the bottom left of the Dashboard page.

Clicking on the ‘Updates Available’ will take you to a screen where you can download the updates.

Next to this you’ll find the button which shows whether or not your completed lessons/tests have all been uploaded to your official records on the server.

If the button is green, this means that all of your results have been uploaded and your official records are up to date

If the button is red, this means that you have completed lessons or tests which have not yet been uploaded to your official records.

To upload your results, connect your device to the internet and then click on the ‘Sync’ button to run a manual sync.

 

9. FREE Question bank – BGSonline

As part of your course, you get free access, for 12 months, to our industry-leading examination practice website, BGSonline. ATPdigital also contains the same database of
questions under the ‘exams’ function which can be used offline with less functionality.

  • Visit www.bgsonline.eu and log on using the same username and password you used to activate your copy of ATPdigital.
  • The exam type (licence or rating) is set automatically depending on your ATPdigital syllabus.
  • Your free subscription period will expire 12 months after you activate ATPdigital. However, you may renew it once for up to 12 months at a 50% discount on the usual subscription costs. The best way to use BGSonline is to study your course first then when you are preparing for your exams, practice papers on the BGSonline website. There are far too many questions for you to attempt to learn by remembering the questions, you really do need to have a sound understanding of the subject, which you can only gain by studying it.

Exam feedback -We would appreciate it very much if you would provide us with any feedback on the questions, as soon as you come out of your exams. The quality of BGSonline is dependent on the quality of feedback we get from our students who sit their UK CAA and EASA exams each year. Please email info@bristol.gs

 

10. Technical support

You are entitled to 12 months’ free technical support for ATPdigital from the date of purchase.

If you experience problems with ATPdigital please start by visiting the Support page on our website where you will find FAQs as well as troubleshooting guides for ATPdigital on all available platforms.

If you are unable to resolve your issue on the website, email our support team on support@bristol.gs or phone on +44 (0)1275 345913.

Please provide as much detail as possible and include screenshots if you can.

 

Bristol Groundschool students only

11. Revision courses

Our course materials will guide you through each of your three study modules until you are exam ready. Before those exams take place, we host a revision week that revisits the key concepts of each module and also includes the latest feedback from the exams, to make sure you are ready to take your exams with confidence. Revision weeks are available completely online, with the option to attend some of them face-to-face at our school  in Clevedon, Somerset – near Bristol Airport – for anyone who wants to learn in person.

We hope you enjoy your course and we look forward to hearing from you when you are ready to book your revision courses. You can do this by booking online through our website

Following the completion of your revision week, you can take your exams for the relevant module. Bristol Groundschool is an approved examination centre for Austro Control and UK CAA exams. We recommend booking your exams two to three months in advance. If you are aiming for a UK CAA licence you can sit the exams at any UK CAA venue. Students aiming for an EASA licence can sit the exams with an EASA state of their choice. Please note that you must pass all 13  exams within 18 months of your first exam sitting. On most occasions the revision week runs the week prior to the examination sittings, we recommend you go straight from your revision weeks into the exams, without a gap.

Please note that you must complete the ATPdigital lessons, quizzes and progress tests before attending the revision courses.

Please note – No refund will be payable if revision weeks are not attended within 18 months of the course purchase date

“The revision week at Bristol helped me no end. I’m so happy, I passed all my exams first time, cheers.” – Mike White

100% of students rated the overall quality of the revision course as ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’. Student feedback

12. Webinars

To supplement your online revision weeks and to enhance your understanding through your training we offer both live and pre-recorded webinars with your three module course. We have an extensive library of over 200 hours of pre-recorded webinars that you can access at any time and watch as many times as you would like to assist your studies. Attending a live webinar will count towards the 65-hour live ground school requirement that needs to be met over the duration of the course, the pre-recorded webinars will not count towards the hours needed. The live webinars are around 90 minutes long, they are interactive allowing you to ask questions. You can get access to the pre-recorded webinar library and the live webinars by emailing our support department who will provide you with a login. support@bristol.gs

 

13. Booking your exams – UK CAA or Austro Control

Bristol Groundschool is an EASA examination centre, so you have the benefit of sitting your exams with us, usually the week after completing your revision course, in a comfortable and supportive environment.

If you are on an approved course, your school is required to certify that you have completed all the study required. In practice, you should apply for the exams before you have finished the distance learning phase so what actually happens is that we look at your work to see that you have satisfactorily completed a significant amount of the relevant module, sign you off, and then perform a final check that everything has been completed before you come on our revision course.

Your exams can be booked up to 72 hours before sitting your first exam but we recommend you book them at least two to three months in advance to get the dates and venue you would like. For further information about the exam booking process please visit our website.

Austro Control information and bookings

UK CAA exams Please note exams must be commenced within 6 months of your CAA Membership being approved by your ATO. Failure to do so will result in your CAA membership being cancelled.

Exams must be sat within 12 months of revision week attendance for each module. Failure to do so will result in you having to attend a duplicate revision week at an additional cost.

If you need more help in deciding which authority you should sit with please see this page on our website.

14. Contact us

For technical support, please visit the support page on our website

For all other enquires
Email: info@bristol.gs
Tel: +44 (0)1275 340444

 

Bristol Groundschool
Windmill Road, Kenn
Clevedon, Somerset
BS21 6UJ
United Kingdom