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Getting Started

Getting Started

Getting Started

We know the research into working towards an airline pilot career can be daunting.


Aviation is a complex, yet exciting and innovative industry; we are committed to ensuring you understand all of the options available for aspiring airline pilots and we take huge pride in launching thousands of dream careers.


If you want to become a commerical pilot, we can show you where to start. The following information provides a guide to some of the key criteria required to become an airline pilot with us. In particular, this applies to our full-time, integrated Career Programs.


Full information on all entry criteria for each program is available via our Career Programs page.


You must be at least 17 years of age to submit an application and 18 years of age to begin commercial pilot training, depending on which program you join.

Education & English Language

Many of our programs require minimum educational requirements. These vary by location and program but as a minimum for full-time, integrated Career Programs, you must have UK GCSEs or equivalent.


English is the language of aviation! All training takes place in English and therefore written and spoken proficiency is a requirement. This is measured via one of the following qualifications:

  • English Language school qualification i.e. GCSE or high school (for native speakers) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for non-native speakers.


You must be able to obtain a Class 1 Medical Certificate from the UK CAA. Some of our international Airline Partner programs may require you to obtain a Medical Certificate from the relevant regional authority. Some Airline Partners programs may also require you to complete a security check before your training can begin.


Depending on which airline pilot career program you select, and where your training takes place, you may be required to have the unrestricted right to live and work in the European Economic Area or relevant Airline Partner location. A work/study visa does not always satisfy this requirement and you do need to be a citizen of the specified country or region, or hold a passport from one of the countries belonging to the specified country or region. These requirements are always detailed in each Career Program.


For many programs, aspiring pilots are required to pass an application and selection process. This process will vary depending on which program you apply to, but all are designed to assess the core competencies and skills required to become not just a trainee or even First Officer, but a future Captain and beyond.


See our tips on how to prepare for your L3 airline pilot selection.