Combine pilot training with a University of Central Lancashire degree.

BSc (Hons) Aviation - Pilot Programme


The BSc (Hons) Aviation – Pilot Programme has been designed to prepare students for a career as a professional pilot. The programme has been developed between L3Harris and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and is approved by aviation regulators UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Pilot training will follow the Integrated Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) syllabus and all credits earned during pilot training count towards the final degree. On successful completion of the course you’ll graduate with two professional qualifications, an aviation degree and an ATPL, ready to start your pilot career.

Overview of the course


  • Status: Full-time
  • Duration: Approximately 3 years, subject to scheduling
  • Dates: First intake - September 2021
  • Qualification: ATPL + BSc (Hons)
  • Required experience: Little or none
  • Locations: United Kingdom / global academies
  • Employment: Pilot or Aviation industry

Successful graduation from this programme will provide you with:

  • BSc(Hons) degree
  • ATPL Theoretical Knowledge training
  • Commercial Pilots License with Multi-Engine and Instrument Rating (CPL/ MEP/IR)
  • Airline Pilot Standards Multi-Crew Cooperation (APS MCC) certificate
  • Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT)

ATPL Theoretical Knowledge, CPL MEP IR, APS MCC and UPRT combined are known as an ATPL.


Applicants must meet the entry criteria for the Integrated ATPL programme:


A minimum of 80 UCAS points.

5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above including Maths, English and Science.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Level 6.0.

Age and height

Be at least 17 to apply and 18 or over to start training.

A minimum height of 5ft 2in(157cm).

A maximum height of 6ft 3in (191cm).


Be able to obtain a CAA or EASA Class 1 Medical.


Unrestricted right to live, study and work in the UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland;


Meet the United Kingdom Visa & Immigration Service (UKVI) requirements to qualify for a Tier 4 study visa

Background checks

Produce a Criminal Record Check (CRC) basic disclosure certificate

Find more information on what qualifications you need to become a pilot here.

Why combine pilot training with a degree?

Following successful completion of Integrated ATPL training in year’s 1 and 2, in the final year of the degree programme you'll learn while you earn as a First Officer with an airline (subject to placement).

Qualification - An internationally recognised degree qualification for your vocational airline pilot training.

Education - Additional training and education modules to benefit and enhance your flying career.

Student loan - Access to the United Kingdom government student loan system (subject to meeting qualifying requirements).

Cost and funding

The price of ATPL training is £86,000 payable to L3Harris.

The tuition fees for the degree component is £9,250 per year for UK and EU settled and pre-settled status students.

Over the three year period £15,416 will be credited to the Cadet by L3Harris Airline Academy (to offset the flight training funding requirements).


Integrated ATPL£86,000
Tuition Fees£27,750
Credited to cadet£15,416

Integrating this degree into your training may provide access to financial support from Student Finance England.

BSc (Hons) Aviation - Pilot Programme Syllabus

Year 1 – Level 4 | Theoretical Knowledge (Ground School): completed at L3Harris Airline Academy in UK
  • Learning and studying in Aviation
  • Aircraft and Aviation Principles
  • Principles of Flight Performance
  • Principles of Navigation
  • Performance and Law

Students will be required to pass exams in 13 subjects to move on to Year 2 (Level 5) flight training.

Year 2 – Level 5 | Flight Training: completed at L3Harris Airline Academy in UK, Europe or USA (subject to scheduling)

Foundation Flying

  • Single-engine piston aircraft
  • Visual navigation
  • Solo flying
  • Night flying

Intermediate Flying

  • Single and multi-engine piston aircraft
  • Instrument navigation flying
  • Multi-engine and instrument rating (ME IR) skills test

Advanced Flying

  • Multi-engine piston aircraft
  • Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT)

Airline Pilot Standard Multi-Crew Cooperation (APS MCC)

  • SIM based training to teach how to function efficiently in a multi-crew environment
  • Jet Orientation
  • Students will be required to pass all required license and skills tests before they can advance to Year 3 – Level 6
Year Three – Level 6

Type Rating Training and Line Flying: Completed once placed with an airline.

  • Aircraft Type Specifics
  • Airline Integration
  • Research Skills in Aviation
  • Industry-led Project 1: Threat and Error Management
  • Industry-led Project 2: Risk Management

Skills and knowledge acquired in Year 3 will provide the basis for a career in Aviation management.

Why choose L3Harris?

At L3Harris Airline Academy, we have a reputation for providing some of the best ATPL licensed pilots in the world. That’s because from day one we don’t just teach our cadets how to fly we train them to become professional pilots.

We also offer the choice to train for a UK CAA or an EASA ATPL license. With a UK CAA ATPL license you can fly for airlines registered in the UK such as easyJet or British Airways. With an EASA ATPL license you can fly for airlines registered in Europe such as easyJet, Ryanair and TAP Air Portugal.

We’ve been training pilots for over 40 years

We have 5 global locations in UK, Portugal and USA

Choose to train for a UK CAA or EASA ATPL license

Train in purpose built, state-of-the-art facilities

Modern aircraft fleet with glass cockpits and Garmin G1000 instrumentation

World-class training from experienced instructors

Meet supportive, like-minded people and forge life-long friendships

Graduates go on to fly for major Airlines including British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair

How to enroll in this degree programme

Apply to the Integrated ATPL programme by clicking the Apply Now button on this page.

If your application is successful you will be invited to L3Harris Airline Academy Selection.

If you pass Selection and are offered a place on the course you will need to submit a separate application to University of Central Lancashire via UCAS using the relevant code below:

  • H460 – September class
  • H461 – November class
  • H462 – January class
  • H463 – March class
  • H464 – May class