L3 Airline Academy is an Approved Training Provider for Buckinghamshire (Bucks) New University (BNU) in the U.K.

BSc (Hons) Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training

This exciting program of study will allow you to obtain a recognised United Kingdom Honours degree at Buckinghamshire New University (BNU), United Kingdom and qualify for a 'frozen' Airline Transport Pilot License (fATPL) with L3 Airline Academy via a modular route.

BSc (Hons) Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training

Once enrolled upon the BSc (Hons) Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training, you'll complete your PPL with BNU alongside your first-year studies and then have the opportunity to complete your flight training modules alongside your degree with L3Harris Airline Academy.

As well as equipping you with a range of skills for enhanced professional development through your university studies, selecting L3Harris Airline Academy as your flight training provider will provide you with unrivaled airline pilot employment opportunities through our AQC programme.

Today, many of our BNU graduates are flying the line as a Co-Pilot with world-recognised airlines such as British Airways, easyJet and Wizz Air.


  • Status: Full-time
  • Duration: 4 years, subject to scheduling
  • Type: PPL + fATPL + BSc (Hons)
  • Required experience: Little or none
  • Employment: Dedicated graduate placement service
  • Locations: United Kingdom / global academies

Your first year will involve obtaining your PPL alongside your studies. You will then study L3Harris flight training modules.

If your reach the required standard you will be able to enroll for our AQC and qualify for Airline Pilot employment opportunities through our graduate placement service.

Year One – BNU

Alongside your first year of university study, you'll also complete Private Pilot License (PPL) theory training and PPL flight training and be issued with a United Kingdom/EASA PPL license.

During this time you will be given the opportunity to select L3Harris Airline Academy to deliver your Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) flight training modules.

Choosing to complete your flight training with L3Harris Airline Academy will also provide you with an unrivaled opportunity to enroll as an internal applicant on our ATP programme and qualify for airline pilot employment through our dedicated graduate placement service.

Year Two – L3Harris Airline Academy

From day one at L3Harris Airline Academy, you will find yourself absorbed in a professional training environment where you will be coached to achieve the very highest standards.

The first step towards an airline pilot career is ATPL Theoretical Knowledge training or 'ground school'.

You'll spend 26 weeks learning at our dedicated theoretical knowledge facilities at our Airline Academies in Southampton, United Kingdom or Coventry, United Kingdom.

  • 800 hours tutor-led & Computer-Based Training (CBT)
  • Tablet multi-media delivery
  • 14 ATPL subjects
  • 3 exam modules

You must have obtained your PPL to begin your Theoretical Knowledge training.

Once you've completed all ATPL Theoretical Knowledge examinations, you'll need to start building your flight hours.

Building these hours will allow you to progress towards achieving your commercial license.

Year Three – BNU

You'll return to BNU and continue learning on campus for your third and final year of university study. For full details of your third-year syllabus, visit the BNU site.

Year Four – L3Harris Airline Academy

You'll continue working towards your commercial pilot license with L3Harris Airline Academy professional flight training over 18 weeks at our Airline Academies – Bournemouth, United Kingdom at the heart of an international airport, where you'll navigate among international commercial airline traffic.

Cost and funding

Total fees: £61,950 - £69,450

  • Based on your theory preference
  • Option for Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) (£1,400) and AQC (£9,360 which includes accommodation)

What's included?

  • United Kingdom CAA CPL and IR Skills Tests (initial attempts)
  • All approach and landing fees
  • Aircraft fuel and insurance surcharges
  • United Kingdom CAA ATPL theory examination fees
  • Accommodation in the United Kingdom and United States

Other factors

Please consider the following additional costs:
  • United Kingdom CAA CPL and IR skills retests
  • United Kingdom CAA ATPL theory exam retakes
  • Flying in addition to the quoted hours
  • Transport to United Kingdom Airline Academies
  • United Kingdom CAA License and Ratings issue fees
  • United Kingdom CAA PPL license endorsement fee for FAA
Completion of this phase of training will provide you with:
  • Commercial Pilot License/MEP
  • Instrument Rating (IR)
  • 40.6 hours DA-42 aircraft
  • 41.5 hours DA-42 simulator
  • 7 hours MEP ground school

You can also add an optional module of Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT), consisting of three hours of instructor-led flight training in an aerobatic aircraft.

Successful completion of training to this stage will provide you with:
  • Commercial Pilot License with Instrument Rating (CPL/IR/MEP)
  • ATPL Theoretical Knowledge

With these qualifications, you may secure employment as a professional pilot on smaller aircraft that only require a single pilot. For those who wish to qualify for airline pilot employment, you may now be considered to continue your training by enrolling upon our ATP program and progress towards airline pilot employment opportunities.

Further Training & Airline Employment

You may then apply for your overall training performance to be reviewed by our Training Review Board (TRB).

If you have completed your flight training modules to the required standard, you will be invited to attend selection for our ATP programme, which involves completing our Airline Qualification Course (AQC) to airline placement standard.

If your performance during the AQC is to the required standard, you will then be eligible for graduate placement with an airline partner.

Discover more about our ATPL programme