Classroom Training

Most BGS courses include classroom training.  Classroom training is defined as any ‘live’ instructor-led training, whether the students attend in-person or on-line. We offer classroom training in three forms:

  • In-person revision weeks
  • Online revision weeks
  • Webinars

Students who are following our approved courses must attend a revision week either online or in-person for each module of training; for non-approved courses the classroom training element is optional.

On this page we explain the differences between the types of classroom training, what your attendance options are and link to the booking pages.

BGS students also have access to training videos which include recordings of webinars and revision sessions.  Watching these does not count as attendance, as the regulatory requirement is that classroom training is interactive with student participation.

Note.  During the COVID pandemic we had a concession that allowed students on approved course to use webinars to count towards the classroom instruction requirements, and to allow students to sit the examinations when they have achieved the minimum classroom time allowed by the regulations.  This concession has been withdrawn, so we have reverted to the requirements our approval is based on.

Webinars

Webinars are designed to supplement your learning. Distance learning can be a lonely process, so webinars give you the opportunity to interact with other students and instructors and allow the instructors to cover specific areas of the syllabus in more depth. We concentrate on topics that we know commonly cause problems for students. Think of them as tutorials.

Attendance is optional, and available to students who have purchased their course from Bristol Groundschool.

We run 4-5 webinars each week, planned about 2 months in advance.  Spaces are not restricted, and you may attend as many or few as you want. If there is any, the required prior reading is specified when you book the webinar.

These are interactive sessions; to make the most of them you will need a good internet connection, to be in a quiet environment allowing you to concentrate without distraction or interruption and have both audio and video; we like to see who we are talking to.

The best way to use webinars is part-way though the subject. You may find them hard to follow if you have not started studying. Many students use them to clarify a difficult topic and/or as an opportunity to ask an instructor for clarification.

They are conducted informally, but professionally.

If you are a BGS student on a course with classroom training included, you may book webinars here. Bookings close at the end of the day two working days prior to the webinar; so on Friday at 5 pm for a Tuesday webinar.

Note, you are eligible to attend webinars for the subjects you have purchased. If you book a webinar for a subject you have not yet purchased, you will not be able to gain access.

Revision Weeks

The purpose of revision weeks is to consolidate your training, correct any misunderstanding, and prepare you for the exams. Instructors are also able to inform you of recent developments in the exams that may not have made their way into the course materials. Many students will plan to attend then sit their exams at the next opportunity.

Unlike the webinars, the pace is fast, and you will be expected to have completed the CBT course and have a broad understanding of the subjects. These weeks are about putting on the final polish and helping you with exam technique, rather than teaching you the subject from scratch. Therefore, it is a requirement that you have completed all the lessons and progress tests in the module before attending. We will check and will ask you to reschedule if you are unable to complete your training in time. This is to meet our regulatory obligations, for the sake of other students who are well prepared and yourself; to get the most out of the revision week you need to be prepared.

Currently, our revision weeks are run exclusively online.  In 2022 we are expecting to introduce some combined in-person and online revision weeks where there will be limited places available, on a first come, first served basis, for students to attend the week at our Clevedon training centre in the UK, near to Bristol Airport.

If you have purchased an approved course, it will include one revision week per module; you may attend in-person (subject to availability) or online. Revision weeks are optional for non-approved courses.

The revision weeks are designed for ATPL students. If you are studying for the CPL, IR, CB-IR(A) or BIR exams, you may attend the relevant parts of the revision week. We recommend that you discuss your requirements with our training advisor before making your booking.

Revision weeks are planned many months ahead, although the detailed timetable is released about 2 months in advance. You may register well in advance and be certain of your booking, a long as you compete your study before attending. They run from Monday to Friday (except the module 3 helicopter weeks which run over 4 days).

Please note that you will be expected to attend all sessions, which run from approximately 08:25 to 16:45 UK time daily (the exact times will be in the timetable for each week). In exceptional circumstances, you may apply to the Head of Training for a dispensation; however, this is not usual or guaranteed, will be dependent on your progress and performance, and you will still need to meet the regulatory minimum classroom training requirement. We want you to pass your exams, and 30 years of experience tells us that the revision weeks are critical to exam success.

Some revision weeks are planned to run through public holidays.

Note, you are eligible to attend webinars for the modules you have purchased. If you book a webinar for a module you have not yet purchased, you will not be able to gain access.

Order of modules studied

Fixed Wing courses should be studied consecutively, i.e. Module 1, 2, and finally Module 3. For Helicopter courses, Module 2 and 3 can be studied in either order but Module 1 should be studied first.

Online Attendance

When you book online, you will be booking for a recurring Zoom session, so the same logon details work for each teaching session. You will be expected to have video and audio, so please be prepared. It is important that you are in a suitable environment to study effectively. These are intensive live instructional sessions which you will need to give your full attention to just as you would if you attended in-person. The sessions are interactive. The instructor will take a register during each teaching session and will be asking questions.  Please ensure that you are in a suitable environment and can concentrate on the process. If you drop out or fail to respond, you will be logged out of the session and your attendance recorded accordingly.

Book online revision weeks here.

In-person Attendance

When we are able to offer in-person attendance, spaces will be limited. The sessions will be run as both online and in-person. Please turn up on time, especially on the Monday; the sessions will start on time and it is unfair on others to cause disruption by tuning up late. There is a list of local accommodation on this page.

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Parking

There are limited on-site parking spaces (21) – please see the image below for the area available to park on-site, highlighted red. If you have a motorcycle, please park next to the building rather than in a car space. There is also free parking available on nearby roads; however, please do not mount pavements to park, even if you see other vehicles parked that way; it is common for vehicles parked on the pavement to attract parking tickets and they restrict access for good vehicles. If you find you are staying at the same accommodation as another student, please share lifts if you are both driving.

Booking an in-person revision course

Currently, we are unable to offer in-person revision courses.  When we do, the dates will be published here.

When they are availiable, to book a course, please choose a date from the list below.

If you need to pay for a revision course, please telephone the office to make payment (+44(0)275 340444). When we have received your payment, we will confirm your place on the course. Requests received that require payment will be declined.

Please note that when you book below, you will receive an automated acknowledgment by email, but your place on the course will not be confirmed until you receive a further email from us to that effect.

Cancelling or changing your course booking

Cancellation or changes to an in-person revision course booking must be given in writing no less than 6 weeks prior to the course start date. A charge of £450 for each module will be made for a cancellation with less than 6 weeks written notice.

No refund will be payable if revision courses are not attended within 18 months of course purchase date.

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