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Training to become a pilot takes time, dedication and a financial investment. There are a number of publications that will outline the training path and what qualifications are required. However, often they don’t list what challenges and pitfalls you may face along the way.

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Training to be a pilot is a unique learning experience, which is character-building, complex, and challenging. The training demands high levels of self-discipline and determination, across a variety of physiological and practical skill-sets. But success will reward those who meet the required high standards, with a well-respected, exciting and fulfilling career. Visit here for more information.

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Aviation Studies for Commercial Pilot Training Foundation Degree FdEng and BSc (Hons)

Kingston University, London

Course information: This exciting foundation degree provides the opportunity to gain a recognised higher education qualification while acquiring the knowledge and some of the skills you will need to become a pilot. On successful completion of the foundation degree, you can top up to a BSc (Hons) degree.

Duration: 1 / 2 / 3 years

Fees – EU/UK students: £9,250 per year

Fees – International students: £13,400 per year

Entry requirements: 80 UCAS points / 2 A-Levels

Important information: 

This course is not available to international students requiring a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK.

Please be aware that the cost of the second year, which involves the integrated ATPL training, is approximately £70,000, in addition to university tuition fees.

Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies BEng (Hons)

University of Liverpool

Course information:  Pilot Studies lab The School of Engineering has a fantastic facility for undergraduate and postgraduate aerospace students to use.The interactive Pilot studies lab enables students to experience all aspects of flight from programming, aircraft design, navigation and system management to simulation flying in one of the three flight simulators; a jet stream 41, Piper PA38 and generic fast jet.

Duration: 3 years

Fees – EU/UK students: £9,000 per year

Fees – International students: £17,900 per year

Entry requirements: A-Level grades AAB including Maths & Science subject

Flying: 20 hours towards PPL, additional cost £3,400

Aviation Engineering with Pilot Studies MEng

Brunel University, London

Course information: Becoming a pilot is one of the most exciting and rewarding of career choices. This specialist degree provides an ideal starting point for you to train to become a professional pilot after graduation. It incorporates fundamental practice and theory, but also presents the opportunity to obtain a Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) and to undertake training in a flight simulator.

Duration: 4 years (5 year sandwich)

Fees – EU/UK students: £9,250 per year

Fees – International students: £17,500 per year

Entry requirements: A-Level grades AAA including Maths & Physics

Flying: Initial 15 hours towards NPPL, additional cost £3,075

BSc (Hons) Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training

Bucks New University

Course information: If you want to qualify as a commercial pilot, this dynamic course covers the many areas of air transport management and prepares you for a successful career as a commercial pilot. It is one of only a few UK universities to have an FNPT II Flight Simulator, which you will use during the final year of your studies, helping you to prepare for the final phase of your flight training.

Unique to the UK Higher Education sector, Bucks New University’s programme will allow you to obtain a university degree and a frozen ATPL in just three years of full-time study – at a lower cost than doing them separately.


Duration: 3 years

Fees – EU/UK students: £9,250 per year + ATPL costs

Fees – International students: £10,500 per year + ATPL costs

Entry requirements:  96-112 UCAS Tariff score

Courses also available: 

  • BSc (Hons) Air Transport with Helicopter Pilot Training
  • BSc (Hons) Air Transport with Private Pilot Training
  • BA (Hons) Airline and Airport Management
  • MSc Aviation Security

Aerospace Systems Engineering with Pilot Studies BEng (Hons)

University of Hertfordshire

Course information: The aerospace industry is increasingly in need of Systems Engineers with the skills to integrate modern communication systems with conventional aerospace systems to enhance aircraft performance. This variation to our Aerospace Systems Engineering degree can be the first step for those wishing to become professional pilots. It combines the multidisciplinary nature of the Aerospace Systems Engineering degree with pilot studies to a National Private Pilot’s Licence level and beyond.

The compulsory flying experience is mainly in the Fourth Year, provided locally by a nationally recognised flight centre either in the UK or the USA. There are additional fees for this, but with an attractively discounted rate compared to other flight centres. There are also opportunities to do some flying in the First and Second Years as an extracurricular activity, including use of various flight simulators.


Duration: 3  or 4 years

Fees – EU/UK students: £9,250 per year 

Fees – International students: £11,850 per year 

Entry requirements:  104 UCAS Points / A-Level Maths and either Physics or Technology Subject

Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies BSc

University of Leeds

Course information: You’ll benefit from the training facilities and expertise of a professional flying school as you undertake ten hours of flight training, achieve the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ground exam requirements for the Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) and develop the knowledge you need for commercial pilot ground exams. At the same time, you’ll gain a strong science and engineering base with modules on topics like aviation engineering materials. You’ll also put this knowledge into the context of the aviation industry today and in the future.

Duration: 3 years

Start date: September 2019

Fees – EU/UK students: £9,250 per year 

Fees – International students: £19,750 per year 

Entry requirements: A-Level grades AAA including Maths & Physics

Flying: 10 hours of PPL training included in cost, option to complete PPL

Scholarships: Up to £4,000

Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies BEng (Hons) or MEng

University of the West Of England (UWE) Bristol

Course information: This course has been designed alongside regional aerospace partners and is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society. This means you will be equipped with industry knowledge as well as an in-depth understanding of the aeronautical design and build process. Alongside the fundamentals of aerospace engineering, you will study materials and manufacturing processes, stress and dynamics, aerospace design, thermodynamics and fluids.Throughout the course, you will get practical experience developing and testing your prototypes in our well-equipped laboratories.

Duration: 4 years (5 years sandwich)

Start date: 2018/19

Fees – EU/UK students: £9,250 per year 

Fees – International students: £12,250 per year

Entry requirements: A-Level grades B in Maths plus Science subject pass


Aircraft Engineering with Pilot Studies BEng (Hons)

University of Salford, Manchester

Course information: This course lets you combine the practical and theoretical aspects of flying with the underlying principles of aircraft engineering. The University has excellent facilities including three flight simulators, allowing you to benefit from the practical application of theories taught in the classroom. The course aims to produce graduates who can integrate theoretical and practical knowledge of maths, science, computer based methods, design, the economic, social and environmental context and engineering practice to solve complex aircraft engineering problems.You have the option to follow a structured pilot training programme leading to the opportunity to gain a Private Pilot Licence.

Duration: 3 years

Start date:

Fees – EU/UK students: £9,000 per year 

Fees – International students: £13,300 per year

Entry requirements: 112-120 UCAS / A-Level grades C in Maths & Physics

Flying: 10 hours of PPL training included in cost, option to complete PPL

Scholarships: Up to £4,000

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