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ATPL (A) theory course structure

ATPL Distance learning can progress at your own pace, using the state-of-the-art Computer Based Training (CBT) program ATPdigital which has been designed to split the subjects across three modules.

The ATPL course includes:

ATP digital

high quality computer-based training

BGS Online

the leading ATPL question bank

You have a total of 6 sittings to pass all the exams and no more than 4 attempts at any one subject within those 6 sittings.

ATPL Module 1

  • 022 – Instrumentation
  • 061 – General Navigation
  • 050 – Meteorology
  • 040 – Human Performance and Limitations

ATPL Module 2

  • 062 – Radio Navigation
  • 021 – Airframe and Systems, Electrics, Power Plant and Emergency Equipment
  • 010 – Air Law
  • 033 – Flight Planning and Flight Monitoring
  • 090 – Communications. This subject has two separate exams: VFR Communications and IFR Communications, but we combine them on the course. ***

ATPL Module 3

  • 071 – Operational Procedures
  • 081 – Principles of Flight
  • 032 – Performance
  • 031 – Mass and Balance

This is what you need first

When you have completed each module you may attempt the examinations with any EASA CAA Authority. We highly recommend you to do this with the Polish CAA in Warsaw.

You must register with the EASA CAA (Civil Aviation Authority), unless you are exempt from doing an approved course (for example if you are a military pilot or converting an ICAO license, you must get us to sign-off the fact that you have successfully completed an approved course before your exam bookings are accepted by the CAA authority.  You could sit your exams with any EASA CAA (Civil Aviation Authority).

Course length

Your ATPL theory course with Bristol Groundschool will take around ten to thirteen months to complete, during which time you can build up your flying experience, and includes a combination of distance learning and classroom work. There are fourteen exams to be passed for the EASA ATPL (A) theory, some more difficult than others.

All the lessons in ATPdigital must be completed successfully before you can take the examinations.

Progress is recorded through a series of short quizzes for each lesson (which require 100% to pass), as well as larger progress tests to conclude each significant section. ATPdigital automatically sends us the results and our instructors are available throughout the process to provide all the support you will need.

Before you start your ATPL theory course, you must have a PPL issued to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. This is a mandatory requirement and you will be asked when you register for your course for your licence number, so please ensure that you have this to hand when signing up.

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