• Course summary
    Course summary
    • Status: Full-time
    • Location: UK, Europe and USA, subject to scheduling
    • 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

Our UKCAA Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) course is 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.

We are now using our Orlando, Florida Academy as one of our basic flight training locations!

How long does the course take?

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UKCAA Integrated ATPL course

ATPL course footprint

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



Time and location

Basic training (Ground school)

Theoretical Knowledge training; Classroom and computer-based.

28 weeks*


London Training Centre

Flight training (Foundation)

Single-engine piston aircraft.

20 weeks*


UK, Europe or USA: subject to scheduling

Flight training (Advanced)

Multi Engine Piston (MEP) aircraft training.


Commercial and instrument flight training.


Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT).

23 weeks*


UK or Europe: subject to scheduling

Intermediate training

Airline Qualification Course (AQC).


Advanced handling skills.


Initial Crew Resource Management (CRM) course.

3 weeks*


An L3Harris Airline Academy location – subject to scheduling

* 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

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UKCAA Integrated ATPL course

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 your airline-focused pilot 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.

Are you interested in obtaining a dual licence?

We offer combined UKCAA and EASA training allowing cadets to begin careers flying for both UKCAA and EASA registered airline operators.

Do you want to be part of our Graduate Placement Pool?

Our Airline Standard Assurance Pathway (ASAP) will provide you with access to additional training above and beyond the course syllabus and the Graduate Placement Pool.



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UKCAA Integrated ATPL course

Integrated ATPL course costs

Integrated ATPL cost: £79,950

What’s included in the price?

  • All training and equipment
  • Uniform (excluding flight bag)
  • Airfield fees
  • Air travel between UK, Europe and USA training locations during the course
  • Licence issue
  • 13 x Theoretical Knowledge exams (first attempt)

Additional fees

  • Additional training
  • Airline Standard Assurance Pathway (ASAP)
  • Accommodation (can be purchased via L3Harris)
  • Selection fee – Currently free of charge
  • 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
How to fund your pilot training
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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

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UKCAA Integrated ATPL course

Integrated ATPL course entry criteria

To enrol on our UKCAA Integrated ATPL course, you will need to meet the following 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.


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Career prospects

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UKCAA Integrated ATPL course

What are my career prospects?

Our focus at L3Harris Airline Academy is helping you launch your dream career as a commercial pilot and secure your first role as a Co-Pilot with a world-class airline.

Your career in aviation will start once you have secured your Airline Transport Pilot Licence. You’ll graduate from our UKCAA Integrated ATPL course with a ‘frozen’ ATPL which becomes unfrozen once you have obtained the necessary flying hours.

You’ll initially begin your aviation journey as a First Officer, progressing onto Senior First Officer and finally Captain.

We have a dedicated placement team to help you secure a placement with an airline.

Course accommodation

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UKCAA Integrated ATPL course


When you enrol on our Integrated ATPL course, 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, our USA facilities in Orlando, Florida 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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Orlando, Florida

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Belaton House - Accommodation in Bournemouth

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Ponte de Sor - Portugal

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What is the selection process?

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UKCAA Integrated ATPL course

Selection process

Stage 1 - Research


Stage 2 - Application


Stage 3 - Interview, Assessment, Testing

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.

Academy Testimonial Davina Battersby Davina Battersby L3Harris Integrated ATPL graduate
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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 you must have a right to live and work in the EU.

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 EASA?

European Union Aviation Safety Agency - Responsible for ensuring a high and uniform level of safety in civil aviation, but the implementation of common safety rules and measures.

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 - 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.

What are your funding options for my Integrated ATPL course?

All of our training programs are self-funded by way of either savings or a loan secured typically against a UK property. We ourselves are not able to offer any financial advice however, we would suggest that potential candidates speak with their families and a variety of banks, lenders and independent financial advisers.

How long does it take to get an ATPL?

Your Integrated ATPL course will take approximately 72 weeks to complete, during which time you will complete your ground school and flight school training to build your theoretical knowledge and your practical flying skills.

If you choose to combine our Integrated ATPL course with a University degree, it will take you approximately 3 years to complete.

Can I choose where I do my ATPL training?

Your training location will depend on whether you opt to obtain your UKCAA ATPL licence or your EASA ATPL licence.

Cadets training for their UKCAA licence will be based in the UK at our flight schools in London, Bournemouth and Cranfield.

Cadets training for their EASA licence will be based in Portugal at our flight school in Ponte de Sor.

Our flight schools are approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and provide you with access to state-of-the-art facilities such as training aircrafts, full-flight simulators and flight training devices.

Do you have partnerships with airlines in Europe?

We are committed to maintaining and growing airline relationships so that we are able to offer our graduates the highest-quality, airline-focused training and unrivalled career opportunities. In turn we have built a reputation as a trusted provider of the highest-calibre pilots in the industry.

Can I transfer my licence to UKCAA or EASA?

If on graduation you find a First Officer job with an airline registered in the EU, you may find that the airline requires that its pilots change their state of licence issue to the same member state to where it is registered.

If this is the case, you will need to complete a State Of Licence Issue (SOLI) transfer which involves transferring your medical records from the IAA to the new member state. The transfer process between EU member states is straightforward, but fees may be incurred. You would be best advised to speak with the relevant EU member state as and when the situation arises.

What is the difference between a UKCAA Licence and an EASA Licence?

A UKCAA Licence has been approved by the Civil Aviation Authority, of whom is a national regulatory body responsible for aviation. A CAA Licence enables you to operate a UK-registered aircraft only. For more information on non-EASA aircraft, please read here.

To obtain your UKCAA licence your pilot training is based at our flight school in the UK.

A EASA licence has been approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency and enables you to operate EASA aircraft. EASA aircraft fall under the regulations of the European Aviation Safety Agency.

To obtain your EASA licence your pilot training will be based across our flight schools in the UK, Ponte de Sor, Portugal and Ireland.

Have L3Harris Airline Academy secured any employment opportunities for graduate cadets in 2022?

Yes. At the time of writing (mid-March 2022), thanks to the hard work of our Graduate Placement team and our strong airline relationships we can announce that more than 100 of our UK and European graduates have been offered employment opportunities since January 1st 2022 - with 50+ joining EasyJet and nearly 30 who have started their Type Rating with Ryanair.

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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