• Course summary
    Course summary
    • Cost: £8,700
    • Duration: 28 weeks
    • Type: UKCAA or EASA certification
    • Location: London Training Centre
    • Required Experience: PPL
  • Graduation qualifications
    Graduation qualifications
    • ATPL exam certifications
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Pilot Training Courses

ATPL Theoretical Knowledge - Classroom Based

UKCAA or EASA Theoretical Knowledge Course With L3Harris

Your ATPL Theoretical Knowledge training is 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. Your ATPL theory training takes places at our London Training Centre.

The course is broken down into manageable subject areas, and includes the regulatory ATPL theory exams required for the issue of a licence. Once you have passed your UKCAA or EASA ATPL ground school theory exams, you will be one step closer to taking to the skies as a commercial airline pilot. 

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ATPL Theoretical Knowledge - Classroom Based

ATPL Theoretical Knowledge Course Footprint

Studying for the ATPL Theoretical Knowledge Learning course takes place full-time over 28 weeks. The ATPL theory course consists of classroom and computer-based learning with industry leading tuition from our highly experienced Instructors.

  • 28 weeks Total
  • 750+ hours Training
  • 13 exams UKCAA or
  • 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

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ATPL Theoretical Knowledge - Classroom Based

ATPL Theoretical Knowledge Course Costs


What’s included in the course price?

  • Full-time ATPL Theoretical Knowledge training
  • ATPL Theoretical Knowledge exam fees

 Additional costs to consider:

  • Accommodation (if required)
  • English Language (IELTS) Test (if applicable)
  • Personal living costs
  • Insurances

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ATPL Theoretical Knowledge - Classroom Based

Entry Criteria

To be accepted on our ATPL Theoretical Knowledge course, you must meet the following entry criteria:


  • UKCAA or EASA PPL holder


  • 17+ to submit your ATPL theory course application. 18+ to commence training


  • 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


  • Unrestricted right to live, study and work in the UK (e.g. UK national, EU national with settled or pre-settled status)
  • If required: Meet the United Kingdom Visa & Immigration Service requirements to qualify for a Visitor (study for six months or less) or Student visa (study for more than six months)



  • Competency interview at point of entry
  • Log book review

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ATPL Theoretical Knowledge - Classroom Based

Why Study with L3Harris?

Completing your ATPL Theoretical Knowledge - Classroom Based training with L3Harris Airline Academy means you benefit from:

  • Interactive learning
  • State-of-the-art facilities at our London Training Centre
  • Unparalleled student support

Training takes place at our London Training Centre - a training location for L3Harris' airline customers and home to our RealitySeven Full Flight Simulators - meaning you'll be surrounded by some of the best people and technology in the industry throughout your course.

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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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Do you offer financial advice?

At L3Harris Airline Academy, we are unable to offer financial advice, which is why we are working with the teams from Morrinson Wealth and Parallel Wealth Management to bring you expert financial advice to help you explore the options available to you.

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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 programmes 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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