ATPL Ground School


The Aviation Centre prides itself on only working with the best of the best. That is why we have teamed up with Bristol Ground School to offer the ATPL distance learning course.

Bristol Groundschool is Europe’s leading provider of modular distance learning courses for the EASA Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence (ATPL). Our first-to-market, innovative and intuitive training materials have set the standard for ground school study in the aviation training market, with a proven success rate far in excess of traditional classroom-based or iPad-only learning.

How is the ATPL course structured?

Distance learning can progress at your own pace, using the printed manuals and the state-of-the-art computer program ATPdigital which has been designed to split the subjects across three modules; each module has a distance learning phase followed by a classroom revision course in Mallorca just before your exams. The purpose of these intensive revision weeks at our Centre is to consolidate your learning, correct any misunderstandings and prepare you for the exams. Please note that you must pass all exams within 18 months of your first exam sitting.

You have a total of 6 sittings to pass all the exams and no more than 4 attempts at any one subject within those 6 sittings.

How long will the course take to complete?

Your ATPL theory course with The Aviation Centre as part of your modular path to becoming a professional pilot, will take around ten to thirteen months to complete, during which time you can build up your flying experience, and includes a combination of distance learning and classroom work. There are fourteen exams to be passed for the EASA ATPL, some more difficult than others.

Before you start your ATPL theory course, you must have a PPL issued to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. This is a mandatory requirement and you will be asked when you register for your course for your licence number, so please ensure that you have this to hand when signing up.

You will finish your PPL with 45 to 65 flying hours and the next flying course, the CPL course, requires you to have 150 hours flying time before you start, which means that you will need to be building up your flying hours alongside studying for your ATPL.

Module 1:

  • Aircraft General Knowledge – Instrumentation
  • General Navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Human Performance

Module 2:

  • Radio Navigation
  • Aircraft General Knowledge – Airframes, Systems and Powerplants
  • Air Law
  • Flight Planning and Flight Monitoring

Module 3:

  • Operational Procedures
  • Principles of Flight
  • Performance
  • Mass and Balance
  • Communications. This subject has two separate exams: VFR Communications and IFR Communications, but we combine them on the course.


Our ATPL(A) course fees* are as follows:

Module 1: € 2000

Module 2: € 650

Module 3: € 650

(Please note that these prices can vary slightly depending on the exchange rate. All prices are excluding VAT)

These prices include;

  •  Online CBT training
  • 3x CAP Manuals
  • Jeppesen JAA Student Route Manual

Not included are the shipping charges for these ítems.

The Civil Aviation Authority exam fees are not included in the cost of the course. The exams are £69 per exam if sat within the UK and can be booked via the CAA website. If you are sitting your exams under another EASA CAA, please contact them directly for details.

The training Manuals in paper form can be purchased as an optional extra, please check for prices as shipping charges will depend on your location

Many students opt to pay for one module at a time; others choose to pay for the complete course upfront. Once your registration has been processed, your learning materials will be immediately dispatched to your address.