New Student FAQs
Should I study the CPL or ATPL course?
In most cases we recommend the ATPL course and exams as this is the highest level of theory giving you all options available at the end of your training. If you are certain that you do not need this level of qualification, for example, your aim is to become an Instructor the CPL course and exams will be sufficient. The ATPL course and exams also incorporate the IR theory whereas the CPL does not.
How long will it take me to complete the course?
This depends on how much time you can dedicate to your studies. The course is flexible allowing you to complete it at your pace, it can be completed in around 6 months when studying on a full-time basis. Once you sit your first exams you will have 18 months to complete them.
Is there a difference between purchasing the full course or by module?
Both options cost the same, we offer this option to give students the opportunity to spread the cost of the course, you choose the option to suit you. When you purchase module 1 you will get webinar access, the module 1 syllabus on ATPdigital, 12 months BGSonline subscription, and the module 1 online revision week. When you purchase modules 2 and 3 the lessons will be added to your ATPdigital account, and the online revision week will be available for you to book.
Do I need to purchase printed manuals?
This depends on your preferred method of study. The option is available to purchase printed manuals to complement your course. They are offered at a discounted rate when purchased at the same time as your course.
What study materials will I need during the course?
You will need a CRP-5 navigation computer and a scientific calculator throughout the course for multiple subjects. A Jeppesen student route manual will be required for the subjects General Navigation and Flight planning. The Civil Aviation Publications (CAP’s) for Mass & Balance, Flight Planning and Performance. You will find a compass and protractor useful during General Navigation for chart work and measuring angles. We would recommend our complete study kit as this contains all the items required to study and sit the exams, it is also cheaper than purchasing them individually.
When does my BGSonline subscription start and how can I access it?
A 12-month subscription to the BGSonline question bank is included with our courses. The 12-month subscription starts from the date of course enrolment. A 50% discount is applied during your first renewal. The login details will be in the initial emails from us, on most occasions the details are the same as your ATPdigital login.
Existing Student FAQs
How long do I have to pass my exams?
You have 18 months from the date of your first exam sitting to pass all exams. This is relevant to ATPL, CPL, and IR exams.
How long are my exams valid for?
For 36 months from the date of your last exam pass for the issue of a CPL and IR. Once an IR or Helicopter type rating has been entered on the licence the passes are frozen for a 7-year period for the issue of an ATPL.
What are the requirements to sit the exams?
When studying our approved course, you are required to complete the lessons and tests on ATPdigital and attend an online revision course prior to attempting each module of exams.
How do I book my exams?
You will be required to register with your chosen authority to book your exams. You can sit the exams with an EASA state of your choice when aiming for an EASA licence. Students wishing to hold a UK licence will need to register and sit exams with the UK CAA. We can sign paperwork to support your application once you have met the above pre-exam requirements.
When is the best time to book my online revision week and exams?
Now that our courses are delivered online there is less chance of your chosen course being full. We still recommend at least three months’ notice when booking your revision week to ensure you get the booking of your choice. Similar notice will be required to book the exams, most students sit their exams the week after the revision week, so to avoid disappointment we would recommend booking these at a similar time.
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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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