• Course summary
    Course summary
    • Status: Full-time
    • Duration: Approximately 72 weeks, subject to scheduling
    • Type: UKCAA licence
    • Required experience: Little or none
    • Training: On the latest-generation devices
  • Graduation qualifications
    Graduation qualifications
    • ATPL Theoretical Knowledge training
    • Multi-Engine Piston Commercial Pilot Licence with Instrument Rating (MEP/CPL/IR)
    • Airline Pilot Standard Multi-Crew Cooperation (APS MCC)
    • Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT)
    • These items combined are known as a 'frozen' ATPL, the minimum qualifications to start Type Rating and line training with an airline
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Pilot training courses

UKCAA Integrated ATPL course

Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) courses are designed to take you from little to no flying experience to a fully qualified airline pilot in approximately 72 weeks. On successful completion, you will graduate with a frozen ATPL issued by the UKCAA.

Train for your UKCAA ATPL licence

With a UKCAA licence you can become a pilot for airlines registered in the UK such as easyJet or British Airways.

You will complete training at our flight schools across the UK and Europe, all of which are approved by the UKCAA, and provide you with access to state-of-the-art facilities, modern training aircraft and flight training devices.

We have recently launched the Pilot Ready Promise and Airline Standard Assurance Pathway (ASAP), designed to provide peace of mind during training and after graduation.

L3Harris Pilot Ready Promise

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UKCAA Integrated ATPL course

L3Harris Pilot Ready Promise

On successful completion of Integrated ATPL training you qualify for the Pilot Ready Promise.

It’s a regulatory requirement to revalidate your Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (ME/IR) every year in order to keep your licence current and up-to-date. At L3Harris we are offering all Integrated ATPL graduates FREE revalidation exams for 2 years after graduation or until airline employment – whichever comes first.

How to qualify for the Pilot Ready Promise

All cadets that enrol and start training before 6 December 2021 will qualify for the Pilot Ready Promise.

On successful completion of Integrated ATPL training cadets will be entitled to FREE ME/IR revalidation exams – Year 1 in a Diamond DA42 SIM and Year 2 in a Diamond DA42 aircraft - that’s a potential cost saving of £2,600 over 2 years and means you have one less thing to worry about until you find airline employment.

  • Year 1: 2 x Hours Diamond DA42 FNPT SIM – Instrument Rating (IR) exam
  • Year 2: 2 x Hours Diamond DA42 aircraft – Multi-Engine Piston Instrument Rating (MEP/IR) exam
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Course accommodation

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UKCAA Integrated ATPL course


When you apply for Integrated ATPL training you will be given the option to add accommodation throughout ground school, flight training and APS MCC.

Alternatively you can arrange accommodation yourself. Our Airline Pilot Careers Advice Team will be happy to answer your questions and assist in any way they can.

Accommodation during UK ground school and APS MCC training is located close to our London Training Centre (LTC) near Gatwick International Airport.

Accommodation during flight training will be near to our UK training facilities in Cranfield or Bournemouth or at our Ponte de Sor campus in Portugal, depending on your flight training location.

Avion Court - Located near the London Training Centre

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Belaton House - Accommodation in Bournemouth

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Ponte de Sor - Portugal

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How long does the course take?

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UKCAA Integrated ATPL course

ATPL training timeline

  • 28 weeks Basic Training
    Ground School
  • 43 weeks Flight Training
    (Foundation and Advanced)
  • 3 weeks Intermediate




Basic training (Ground school)

Theoretical Knowledge training; Classroom and computer-based.

28 weeks*

Flight training (Foundation)

Single-engine piston aircraft.

20 weeks*

Flight training (Advanced)

Multi Engine Piston (MEP) aircraft training.


Commercial and instrument flight training.


Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT).

23 weeks*

Intermediate training

Airline Qualification Course (AQC).


Advanced handling skills.


Initial Crew Resource Management (CRM) course.

3 weeks*

* Subject to scheduling

Type Rating and IOE training is not included in the cost of Integrated ATPL training and will only commence when you have secured a role with an airline

Who can become a pilot?

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UKCAA Integrated ATPL course

Entry criteria

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.


Studying in Europe:


Unrestricted right to live, study and work in the European Economic Area (EEA)/Switzerland (e.g. EEA/Swiss national, UK national with EU settled or pre-settled status, etc).




Meet the European Union requirements to qualify for an EU Student or Study visa.


Studying in the UK:


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.


How to fund your pilot training

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UKCAA Integrated ATPL course

ATPL training costs

Cost: £79,950

What’s included in the price?

  • All training and equipment
  • Uniform (excluding flight bag)
  • Airfield fees
  • Air travel between training locations during the course
  • Licence issue
  • 13 x Theoretical Knowledge exams (first attempt)
  • Access to L3Harris Pilot Ready Promise – FREE ME IR licence renewals for up to 2 years or until employment with airline

Additional fees

  • Additional training
  • Airline Standard Assurance Pathway (ASAP)
  • Accommodation (can be purchased via L3Harris, please see below)
  • Selection fee – FREE of charge until the end of 2021
  • Medical examination fees
  • CAA Counter fees
  • Insurances
  • iPad (Generation 2 or newer)
  • Type Rating fees
  • IELTS or ICAO fees
  • Food and other personal living expenses
  • Personal travel
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Airline Standard Assurance Pathway (ASAP)

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Airline Standard Assurance Pathway (ASAP)

Cost: £6,050

The Airline Standard Assurance Pathway (ASAP) has been designed to provide a level of reassurance throughout training and after you graduate that L3Harris is doing all it can do to help you to not only qualify as a commercial pilot and but also find employment. You will be given the opportunity to opt-in to ASAP when you apply for Integrated ATPL training. With ASAP you have access to additional training above and beyond course syllabus should you require it and the Graduate Placement Pool.

What is the Airline Standard Assurance Pathway (ASAP)?

1. Additional training

If you opt-in to ASAP you will get an L3Harris flight bag plus provision for additional training above and beyond the course syllabus up to the value of £8,000, should you require it:


  • 3 x Theoretical Knowledge exam resits
  • 1 x Theoretical Knowledge module retake
  • 10 hours of flight or SIM training

2. Graduate Placement Pool

Access to L3Harris world-renowned Graduate Placement Pool. The Graduate Placement Pool offers advantages to newly qualified pilots including:


  • Benefit from our airline relationships to maximise employment opportunities
  • Regular interview skills webinars
  • CV workshops
  • Airline ready preparation days


And for two years, or until employment with an airline we provide:


  • SIM refreshers every 3 months. First session FREE, subsequent sessions £150 (represents a saving of approximately £200 on industry prices)
  • Instructor led Type Rating refresher for £500 - a saving of £372.50 on the retail price

What is the selection process?

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UKCAA Integrated ATPL course

Selection process


1. Overview

There are two stages to our selection process onto the Integrated ATPL course. Our graduates are considered to be among the best in the industry - it all begins with our rigorous selection process.


2. Application screening

Your application will be screened by our selection team who will contact you if you pass our screening.


3. Selection day

Once your application has been screened you'll be invited to a selection day which will consist of further technical online tests and an interview.

Why undertake your Integrated ATPL course with L3Harris?

At L3Harris Airline Academy, we have a reputation for providing some of the best ATPL licenced pilots in the world. That’s because from day one we don’t just teach our cadets how to fly, we train them to become professional pilots.

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I started this course with no flying experience and two years later I’ve come out with a frozen Airline Transport Pilot's Licence and have demonstrated that I can safely operate a passenger jet in a multi-crew environment. It’s been a wonderful experience that has allowed me to fly, travel and meet so many people.

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Dual licence

Utilising our knowledge and experience of delivering UKCAA and EASA training we can now offer a combined solution.

Key features of the L3Harris dual licence:

  • Follows the same course footprint as Integrated ATPL, but cadets will complete both UKCAA and EASA Theoretical Knowledge exams
  • Additional flying hours to meet both UKCAA and EASA regulatory requirements
  • Skills tests must be taken in both UK and EU airspace
  • Prices start from £85,950

The hybrid course will be available to new cadets as early December 2021 and will open greater opportunities when they graduate training, as they will be able to begin careers with either UKCAA or EASA registered airline operators.

For more information speak with a member of the team on +44 (0)1293 491381 or email us at pilotcareers.cts@l3harris.com.

You don’t need to make a decision right now, you can submit your application today and confirm if you want to take the dual licence option when you complete selection.

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Ready to start your application?

Take your first step towards becoming an airline pilot and start your application - you don't need to complete it in one attempt. Good luck and we look forward to welcoming you to one of our selection events!

Integrated ATPL course FAQs

What is an ATPL licence?

Short for Airline Transport Pilot Licence, an ATPL licence is the highest level of airline pilot certification. It is required in order to command or pilot a flight with nine or more passenger seats.

Do you offer a dual licence for UKCAA & EASA?

Yes, we do. The dual licence allows cadets to complete both a UKCAA and EASA licence in one combined course. Cadets will be required to take both UKCAA and EASA Theoretical Knowledge exams. There will also be additional flying hours to meet both regulatory authority requirements plus skills tests that must be taken in both UK and EU airspace. The price of the dual licence is £85,950 and potentially opens up greater employment opportunities as cadets will be qualified to work for airlines registered and operating under either the UKCAA or EASA. Please note however, if you wish to work in the EU will must have a right to live and work in the EU.

How to get an ATPL?

In order to receive an ATPL or Airline Transport Pilot Licence, a prospective pilot will undergo a training course of usually around two years. This ATPL course will include theoretical training as well as a large number of practice flying hours.

How much is an ATPL?

An ATPL or Airline Transport Pilot Licence is not an insignificant investment. However, there are a number of financing options, including specialist loans from providers such as Pegasus Personal Finance and Sure Aviation.

What is the difference between CPL and ATPL?

A CPL is a Commercial Pilot Licence, and allows you to act as pilot in command of a charter or corporate flight, usually of a smaller size than the ATPL permits.

The ATPL, or Airline Transport Pilot Licence is the highest level or airline pilot certification and is required to command or pilot a flight with nine more passenger seats.

What is CAA?

Civil Aviation Authority

Ensures the aviation industry meets the highest safety standards, consumers have choice, value for money, are protected and treated fairly when they fly, airlines use an efficient use of airspace to effectively manage the impact of local communities and CO2 emissions are reduced, and lastly, so the aviation industry manages security risks effectively.

What is CPL MEIR?

Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) with Instrument Rating (IR) on Multi Engine (ME) aircraft.

What is MCC?

Multi-Crew Cooperation equips future pilots with the theoretical knowledge and relevant practice to develop skills and attitude to operate a multi-crew aircraft.

What is UPRT?

Upset Prevention & Recovery Training

UPRT is A combination of theoretical knowledge and flying training to prepare flight crew with the required competencies to prevent and recover from situations when an aircraft enters ‘aeroplane upset’.

What is Aeroplane Upset?

When an aircraft enters dangerous conditions during operation in which the flight attitude or airspeed is outside the normal bounds of operation.

What is a frozen ATPL?

Cadets who have passed all 13 ATPL Theoretical exams but have not yet met his or her flying requirements hold a frozen ATPL.

What is an unfrozen ATPL?

A frozen ATPL becomes unfrozen when a cadet has completed a total of 1500 flying hours, including 500 hours of multi-crew environment.

Have L3Harris Airline Academy secured any employment opportunities for graduate cadets in 2021?

Yes. In fact, our Placement teams found 42 graduates in the UK and Europe employment opportunities between August 2021 and November 2021.

These employment opportunities, alongside increasing demand for international travel, are both really strong signs that the aviation industry is recovering and also allow us to look to the future with renewed energy.

Looking to obtain an EASA licence instead?

Our EASA Integrated ATPL course is designed to take you from little to no flying experience to successfully obtaining your ‘frozen ATPL’ approved by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) which means you can fly for airlines registered in the European Union - such as TAP Air Portugal, Ryanair and easyJet.

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