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Professional Aviation Pilot Practice L3 - Commercial Training Solutions (Airline Academy) BSc Honours

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3 years
Takes place at L3 CTS centres and online teaching
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£12,500 (INT) *
See the Fees and funding tab to view Spring 2019 start fees
Course leader
Mick Betts

This Professional Aviation Pilot Practice course is delivered through a partnership between L3 CTS and Middlesex University and gives you the opportunity to gain academic credit and a qualification based on your technical and practical flying training and early career practice.

Why study BSc Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (L3 Airline Academy)* with Middlesex University?

L3 CTS is a world leading airline training and pilot resourcing company with headquarters in Crawley, near London Gatwick and training centres globally. Middlesex University is an international leader in the field of professional practice and university level work-based learning.

The programme has been designed specifically to incorporate all of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulated training leading to the award of a frozen air transport pilots licence (ATPL (F)) and to provide a framework for recognising the learning achieved during the first stages of operational practice. The Honours level (Level 6) programme is tailored to meet the requirements of each employing airline so that on completion of the programme you will have a degree which is highly relevant to both your current and future employment. As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

The principle of work-based learning is to build courses around the working and training practices of particular industries, sectors or employers, so that the learning that occurs every day as part of your normal training and practice can be assessed and recognised in an academic framework without the need for unnecessary duplication. In this way, this degree programme makes it possible, for the first time in the UK, to gain a BSc Honours degree at the same time as completing 'ab initio' (i.e. from the beginning) pilot training.

*Please note this course is subject to review.

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What will you study on the BSc Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (L3 Airline Academy)?

At the start of the programme you will join L3 Airline Academy and proceed through Ground School and Flying Training. You will be examined in accordance with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations at the appropriate points and awarded academic credit for completion of:

  • The CAA Theoretical Knowledge units of study which have also been embedded within four Level 4 University modules - Aircraft and Air Environment; The Science of Flight; Navigation; Flight Operations.
  • The phases of Flying Training which take place in New Zealand or Bournemouth which have been embedded within three Level 5 University modules - Basic Flying 1; Basic Flying 2; Advanced Flying.
  • On completion of the L3 CTS course and the issue of your frozen air transport pilots licence (ATPL (F)), you will take the Jet Orientation and Multi Crew Co-Operation module.
    This will complete the Level 5 programme and you will then proceed to employment with an airline and progress to Level 6 of your programme.

Your Type Rating and Base Training courses provide the starting point for Level 6 of the programme, which will be overseen by Middlesex University in partnership with your employer. The remaining University modules at Level 6 relate to your operational practice and employer based training undertaken during the first 6-12 months of your flying career including: Aircraft Specifics; Airline Orientation and Integration; Evaluating and Managing Risks; Threat and Error Management

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Aircraft and Air Environment (30 credits)

Basic Flying 1 (30 credits)

Aircraft Specifics (30 credits)

The Science of Flight (30 credits)

Basic Flying 2 (30 credits)

Airline Orientation and Integration (30 credits)

Navigation (30 credits)

Advanced Flying (30 credits)

Evaluating and Managing Risks (30 credits)

Flight Operations (30 credits)

Jet Orientation and Multi Crew Co-Operation (30 credits)

Threat and Error Management (30 credits)

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How can the BSc Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (L3 Airline Academy) support your career?

This programme allows you to study towards a degree while undertaking pilot training and uniquely, the final year of the programme is designed to be fully integrated with the initial stages of your career as a professional pilot. This will enhance your career progression opportunities through being a cadet to First Officer and thereafter to Captain.

Airlines such as easyJet and Virgin Airlines have recognised that graduates of this degree will feel more confident and prepared to enter what is a very competitive sector.

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