Programme Type
ATPL Theory

The ATPL Theory programme is an approved full-time ground training course. You will complete your training alongside other students in a classroom environment where the subjects are taught by professional ground instructors.

All courses are supported by Computer Aided Instruction (CAI), which is an instructor-led, computer-based classroom teaching aid. Designed and developed entirely by CAE, the system uses photo-realistic diagrams, digitised photographs and 3-D models, all built-up and animated on screen, to assist you in learning and retention of difficult and complex subjects. Developed over several years, the system has proved highly successful, and has been purchased by many global training organisations for their own ATPL ground school training.

The first phase of theoretical training takes 13 weeks and is followed by internal CAE examinations which thoroughly prepare you for the first of the official EASA exams - the first 7 of which follow immediately thereafter.

After a short break, you complete the second phase (9 weeks) followed by the remaining 7 EASA exams - again only after you have refined your skills in the internal CAE tests.

The EASA examinations can be completed at any CAA Examination Centre - Oxford, Gatwick, Silsoe and Glasgow.

Course Outline

750 hours (22 weeks) of classroom-based training (plus 2 weeks mid-course leave)

What’s Included?
  • 14 ATPL text books + supporting study material
  • CAE uniform
  • Access to the online Learning Management System (LMS)
  • Computer aided instruction
  • Access to a team of dedicated ground instructors
Eligibility Requirements
  • A minimum standard in Maths, Science and English
  • PPL issued in accordance with ICAO Annex 1
  • EASA Class 1 Medical
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I chose CAE  to complete my ground school as I have sometimes struggled academically and felt that, to give myself the best chance, I should go to the best school. I haven't been disappointed. All of the instructors were excellent and were always happy to help me…I genuinely think that I would have done considerably less well in my exams if it hadn't been for CAE instructors. I could not speak more highly of them and would, and will, thoroughly recommend CAE as the best school.

David Crook
Modular ATPL Ground School Graduate
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