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ATPL Theoretical Knowledge (Classroom Based)

Our ATPL Theoretical Knowledge study is designed to equip you with a solid foundation to achieve excellent exam results and ultimately, enable you to progress from ground school training to basic, intermediate and advanced flight training.

Course overview

Your ATPL Theoretical Knowledge training can be completed as a full-time course, with approximately 28 weeks of classroom and computer-based training, where you will receive industry-leading tuition from highly skilled and respected instructors, alongside guided computer-based study.

The course is broken down into manageable subject areas, and includes the regulatory exams required for the issue of a licence.

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ATPL Theoretical Knowledge (Classroom Based)

ATPL Theoretical Knowledge course costs

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What’s included in the course price?

  • Full-time ATPL Theoretical Knowledge training
  • Includes the first attempt at ATPL examinations

 Additional costs to consider:

  • Selection fee: Currently free of charge
  • Accommodation can be purchased via L3Harris or sourced independently
  • UKCAA / EASA retest fees (if required)
  • Food and living expenses
  • Transport to our Airline Academies
  • Hold a valid unrestricted Class 1 Medical (prerequisite to the course)
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ATPL Theoretical Knowledge (Classroom Based)

ATPL Theoretical Knowledge course footprint - 28 week course




Basic training (Ground school)

1. Mass and Balance


2. Performance


3. Flight Planning


4. Air Law


5. Aircraft General Knowledge


6. Instrumentation


7. Human Performance


8. Meteorology


9. General Navigation


10. Radio Navigation


11. Operational Procedures


12. Principles of Flight


13. Communications

28 weeks (subject to scheduling)

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ATPL Theoretical Knowledge (Classroom Based)

Entry criteria

To be accepted on to our ATPL Theoretical Knowledge course:

Age and height

Be at least 17 to submit an application and at least 18 to commence training.


Minimum height 5 ft. 2 in. (157 cm), maximum height 6 ft. 3 in. (191 cm). Applicants who fall outside of this may still apply but will need an ergonomic assessment in our training aircraft and simulators.


Fluent in English (spoken and written).


Non-native English speakers must achieve level 5.5 individual and overall in IELTS or equivalent ICAO level 4 prior to start of training.


We offer an English Language Proficiency course for international students:


  • Cost: €500
  • Duration: 2 weeks (10 days)
  • Location: Remote study (students can join the classes remotely via Zoom)
  • Content: 5 hours tuition per day to improve your English for aviation skills. The price includes initial and final assessment. If the Cadet achieves the required standard at the end of the course they will be invited to start their ATPL training


Hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) in different subjects at grade C/4 or above, which must include Mathematics, Science and English Language.




Be able to demonstrate that you have successfully completed secondary or high school education (or equivalent).


Be able to obtain:


UKCAA Class 1 Medical if you are training for a UKCAA ATPL licence.




EASA Class 1 Medical if you are training for an EASA ATPL licence.


Unrestricted right to live, study and work in the UK (e.g. UK national, EU national with settled or pre-settled status, etc).




Meet the United Kingdom Visa & Immigration Service (UKVI) requirements to qualify for a Visitor (study for six months or less) or Student visa (study for more than six months).

Background checks

Produce a criminal record check (CRC) basic disclosure certificate before training can commence.


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ATPL Theoretical Knowledge (Classroom Based)

Selection process onto the ATPL Theoretical Knowledge course

Stage 1 - Research


Stage 2 - Application


Stage 3 - Interview, Assessment, Testing

ATPL Theoretical Knowledge FAQs

Is the ATPL Theory hard?

Naturally, some cadets will find ATPL Theory examinations more difficult than others. Cadets are required to achieve at least 75% in all 13 examinations.

Our ground school training at L3Harris Airline Academy is delivered by experienced, expert Theoretical Knowledge Instructors that are committed to providing an unparalleled level of pilot training to ensure cadets achieve excellent exam results.

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How long is the ATPL Theory?

In total, your ATPL Theoretical Knowledge training will take approximately 28 weeks to complete.

The time provided for each exam varies from exam to exam. You can expect:

  1. Mass and Balance = 1hr 15mins
  2. Performance = 2hrs
  3. Flight Planning 2hrs
  4. Air Law = 1hr
  5. Aircraft General Knowledge = 2hrs
  6. Instrumentation = 1hr 30mins
  7. Human Performance = 1hr 30mins
  8. Meteorology = 2hrs
  9. General Navigation = 2hrs 15mins
  10. Radio Navigation = 1hr 30mins
  11. Operational Procedures = 1hr 15mins
  12. Principles of Flight = 1hr 30mins
  13. Communications (VFR and IFR) = 60mins

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What are my funding options for ATPL Theoretical Knowledge training?

All of our training programs are self-funded.

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Where will my ATPL Theoretical Knowledge training take place?

Your ATPL Theoretical Knowledge training will take place at our London Training Centre in Crawley, United Kingdom.

Cadets will have access to classrooms and study zones fitted with the latest interactive display screens and an auditorium for group learning sessions.

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