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Integrated ATPL course

Train for your UK CAA or EASA ATPL licence

Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) courses are designed to take you from little to no flying experience to fully qualified airline pilot in approximately 74 weeks. On successful completion, you will graduate with a frozen ATPL issued by the UK CAA or EASA.

With a UK CAA licence you can become a pilot for airlines registered in the UK such as easyJet or British Airways. With an EASA licence you can become a pilot for airlines registered in Europe such as Ryanair, Turkish Airlines and TAP Air Portugal.

You will complete training at our flight schools across the UK and Europe, all of which are approved by the UK CAA and EASA, and provide you with access to state-of-the-art facilities, modern training aircraft and flight training devices.

We have recently launched the Pilot Ready Promise and Airline Standard Assurance Pathway (ASAP), designed to provide peace of mind during training and after graduation.

We have also launched the AIR Scholarship, offering cadets the opportunity to receive up to £10,000 towards the cost of Integrated ATPL training.

Integrated ATPL course details
  • Status: Full-time
  • Duration: Approximately 74 weeks, subject to scheduling
  • Type: UK CAA or EASA Pilot licence
  • Required experience: Little or none
  • Training on the latest-generation devices
  • Locations: United Kingdom and Portugal
Successful graduation from this route will provide you with:
  • ATPL Theoretical Knowledge training
  • Multi-Engine Piston Commercial Pilot Licence with Instrument Rating (MEP/CPL/IR)
  • Airline Pilot Standard Multi-Crew Cooperation (APS MCC)
  • Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT)

These items combined are known as a 'frozen' ATPL, the minimum qualifications to start Type Rating and line training with an airline. Your training is likely to take place at more than one location so you could experience the skies of the United Kingdom and Europe.

ATPL training costs

What’s included in the price?

Cost: £79,950

  • All training and equipment
  • Uniform (excluding flight bag)
  • Airfield fees
  • Air travel between training locations during the course
  • Licence issue
  • 13 x Theoretical Knowledge exams (first attempt)
  • Access to L3Harris Pilot Ready Promise – FREE ME IR licence renewals for up to 2 years or until employment with airline
Additional fees
The AIR Scholarship

The past 18 months have been tough, especially for the aviation sector, and we want to help future aviators fulfil their dreams of a rewarding career on the flight deck, by launching the L3Harris Pilot Pathways AIR Scholarships – the total scholarship fund is £30,000 and offers cadets the opportunity to receive up to £10,000 towards the cost of Integrated ATPL training.

To be eligible for the AIR Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Meet our entry criteria
  • Apply before 30 September 2021
  • Pass the L3Harris Airline Academy Selection process
  • Start Integrated ATPL training in the UK before 31 December 2021

Full terms & conditions can be found here.

How to apply for the AIR Scholarship

To apply for the Pilot Pathways AIR Scholarship, click on any of the 'Apply Now' buttons on this page. This will take you to the online application process.

Step 1: Register your personal details and create login details (email address and password).

Step 2: Verify your registration (we will email a verification link to the email address you provide).

Step 3: Complete the L3Harris Airline Academy online application form.

Following completion of the online application you will be invited to a Selection interview. If you successfully pass the interview you will move to Step 4.

Step 4: Submit 500 word essay on your desire to become a pilot and why you think you are deserving of the Pilot Pathways AIR Scholarship.

All essays received will be reviewed by a panel of aviation professionals who will decide who to award the Pilot Pathways AIR Scholarships to.

L3Harris Pilot Ready Promise

On successful completion of Integrated ATPL training you qualify for the Pilot Ready Promise.

It’s a regulatory requirement to revalidate your Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (ME/IR) every year in order to keep your licence current and up-to-date. At L3Harris we are offering all Integrated ATPL graduates FREE revalidation exams for 2 years after graduation or until airline employment – whichever comes first.

How to qualify for the Pilot Ready Promise

All cadets that enroll and start training before 31 October 2021 will qualify for the Pilot Ready Promise.

On successful completion of Integrated ATPL training cadets will be entitled to FREE ME/IR revalidation exams – Year 1 in a Diamond DA42 SIM and Year 2 in a Diamond DA42 aircraft - that’s a potential cost saving of £2,600 over 2 years and means you have one less thing to worry about until you find airline employment.

  • Year 1: 2 x Hours Diamond DA42 FNPT SIM – Instrument Rating (IR) exam
  • Year 2: 2 x Hours Diamond DA42 aircraft – Multi-Engine Piston Instrument Rating (MEP/IR) exam
Airline Standard Assurance Pathway (ASAP)

Cost: £6,050

The Airline Standard Assurance Pathway (ASAP) has been designed to provide a level of reassurance throughout training and after you graduate that L3Harris is doing all it can do to help you qualify as a commercial pilot and find employment. You will be given the opportunity to opt-in to ASAP when you apply for Integrated ATPL training. With ASAP you have access to additional training above and beyond course syllabus should you require it and the Graduate Placement Pool.

What is the Airline Standard Assurance Pathway (ASAP)?
1. Additional Training:

If you opt-in to ASAP you will get an L3Harris flight bag plus provision for additional training above and beyond the course syllabus, should you require it:

  • 3 x Theoretical Knowledge exam resits
  • 1 x Theoretical Knowledge module retake
  • 10 hours of flight or SIM training

Without ASAP you will be responsible for the cost of any additional training required. Typical prices:

  • Theoretical Knowledge exams: £75 each
  • Theoretical Knowledge tuition: £196.60 per week
  • Single-Engine flying: £470 per hour
  • Multi-Engine flying: £600 per hour
  • UPRT flying: £400 per hour

The maximum additional training allowance – e.g. 3 x Ground School exam resits, 1 x Ground School module retake (10 weeks) and 10 hours of multi-engine flying - would equate to over £8,000 of additional cost, meaning ASAP would provide a saving of over £2,000 - PLUS access to the Graduate Placement Pool.

2. Graduate Placement Pool:

Access to L3Harris world-renowned Graduate Placement Pool. The Graduate Placement Pool offers advantages to newly qualified pilots including:

  • Benefit from our airline relationships to maximise employment opportunities
  • Regular interview skills webinars
  • CV workshops
  • Airline ready preparation days

And for two years, or until employment with an airline we provide:

  • SIM refreshers every 3 months. First session FREE, subsequent sessions £150 (represents a saving of approximately £200 on industry prices)
  • Instructor led Type Rating refresher for £500 - a saving of £372.50 on the retail price


When you apply for Integrated ATPL training you will be given the option to add accommodation throughout Ground School, Flight Training and APS MCC.

Alternatively you can arrange accommodation yourself. Our Airline Pilot Careers Advice Team will be happy to answer your questions and assist in any way they can.

Accommodation during UK Ground School and APS MCC training is located close to our London Training Centre (LTC) near Gatwick International Airport.

Accommodation during flight training will be near to our UK training facilities in Cranfield or Bournemouth or at our Ponte de Sor campus in Portugal, depending on your flight training location.

Avion Court - Located near the London Training Centre

Belaton House - Accommodation in Bournemouth

Ponte de Sor - Portugal

Entry criteria
Age and height

Be at least 17 to submit an application and at least 18 to commence training.

Minimum height 5 ft. 2 in. (157 cm), maximum height 6 ft. 3 in. (191 cm).i


Fluent in English (spoken and written).

Non-native English speakers must achieve level 5.5 individual and overall in IELTS or equivalent ICAO level 4 prior to start of training.

We offer an English Language Proficiency course for international students:

  • Cost: €500
  • Duration: 2 weeks (10 days)
  • Location: Remote study (students can join the classes remotely via Zoom)
  • Content: 5 hours tuition per day to improve your English for aviation skills. The price includes initial and final assessment. If the cadet achieves the required standard at the end of the course they will be invited to start their ATPL training

Hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) in different subjects at grade C/4 or above, which must include Mathematics, Science and English Language.


Be able to demonstrate that you have successfully completed secondary or high school education (or equivalent).


Be able to obtain:

  • UK CAA Class 1 Medical if you are training for a UK CAA ATPL licence


  • EASA Class 1 Medical if you are training for an EASA ATPL licence

Studying in the UK:

  • UK CAA ATPL or EASA ATPL: Unrestricted right to live, study and work in the UK


  • Meet the United Kingdom Visa & Immigration Service (UKVI) requirements to qualify for a Student Visa

Studying in Europe:

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


  • Meet the Portuguese Visa & Immigration Service requirements to qualify for a study visa
Background checks

Produce a criminal record check (CRC) basic disclosure certificate before training can commence.

ATPL training timeline

  • Basic training (Ground School)

    Basic training (Ground School)


  • Flight training (Foundation)

    Flight training (Foundation)


  • Flight training (Advanced)

    Flight training (Advanced)


  • Intermediate training

    Intermediate training



Type Rating Training is not included in the cost of ATPL training and will only commence when you have secured a role with an airline.

  • Basic Training (ground school)
  • Theoretical Knowledge training; Classroom and computer-based.

  • 28 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • United Kingdom
  • Flight training (Foundation)
  • Single-engine piston aircraft.

  • 20 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • United Kingdom, Portugal or an L3Harris approved location
  • Flight training (Advanced)
  • Multi Engine Piston (MEP) aircraft training

    Commercial and instrument flight training

    Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT)

  • 23 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • United Kingdom, Portugal or an L3Harris approved location
  • Intermediate training
  • Airline Pilot Standard Multi-Crew Cooperation (APS MCC)

    Advanced handling skills

    Initial Crew Resource Management (CRM) course

  • 3 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • United Kingdom
  • Type Rating and IOE training is not included in the cost of Integrated ATPL training and will only commence when you have secured a role with an airline

Selection process onto the Integrated ATPL course

There are two stages to our selection process onto the Integrated ATPL course. Our graduates are considered to be among the best in the industry - it all begins with our rigorous selection process.

1. Application screening
1. Application screening

Your application will be screened by our selection team who will contact you if you pass our screening.

2. Selection day
2. Selection day

Once your application has been screened you'll be invited to a selection day which will consist of further technical online tests and an Interview conducted via Zoom.

Why choose L3Harris?

At L3Harris Airline Academy, we have a reputation for providing some of the best ATPL licenced 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’ve been training pilots for over 40 years

Choose to train for a UK CAA or EASA ATPL licence

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

Kelly Lane, L3Harris Airline Academy Cadet

The whole team are lovely and the Instructors have a wealth of knowledge and experience which makes you feel very relaxed.

Kelly Lane, L3Harris Airline Academy Cadet

    Integrated ATPL Course Frequently Asked Questions

  • FAQs
    • What is an ATPL license?

      Short for Airline Transport Pilot License, an ATPL license is the highest level of airline pilot certification. It is required in order to command or pilot a flight with nine or more passenger seats.

    • How to get an ATPL?

      In order to receive an ATPL or Airline Transport Pilot License, a prospective pilot will undergo a training course of usually around two years. This ATPL course will include theoretical training as well as a large number of practice flying hours.

    • How much is an ATPL?

      An ATPL or Airline Transport Pilot License is not an insignificant investment. However, there are a number of financing options, including specialist loans from providers such as Pegasus Personal Finance and Sure Aviation.

    • What is the difference between CPL and ATPL?

      The ATPL, or Airline Transport Pilot License is the highest level or airline pilot certification and is required to command or pilot a flight with nine more passenger seats. A CPL is a Commercial Pilot License, and allows you to act as Pilot in Command of a charter or corporate flight, usually of a smaller size than the ATPL permits.

    • What is EASA?

      European Union Aviation Safety Agency - Responsible for ensuring a high and uniform level of safety in civil aviation, but the implementation of common safety rules and measures.

    • What is CAA?

      Civil Aviation Authority - Ensures the aviation industry meets the highest safety standards, consumers have choice, value for money, are protected and treated fairly when they fly, airlines use an efficient use of airspace to effectively manage the impact of local communities and CO2 emissions are reduced, and lastly, so the aviation industry manages security risks effectively.

    • What is CPL MEIR?

      Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) with Instrument Rating (IR) on Multi Engine (ME) aircrafts.

    • What is MCC?

      Multi-Crew Cooperation - Equips future pilots with the theoretical knowledge and relevant practice to develop skills and attitude to operate a multi-crew aircraft.

    • What is UPRT?

      Upset Prevention & Recovery Training - Is a combination of theoretical knowledge and flying training to prepare flight crew with the required competencies to prevent and recover from situations when an aircraft enters ‘aeroplane upset’.

    • What is Aeroplane Upset?

      When an aircraft enters dangerous conditions during operation in which the flight attitude or airspeed is outside the normal bounds of operation.

    • What is a Frozen ATPL?

      Cadets who have passed all 14 ATPL Theoretical exams but have not yet met his or her flying requirements hold a Frozen ATPL.

    • What is an Unfrozen ATPL?

      A Frozen ATPL becomes unfrozen when a cadet has completed a total of 1500 flying hours including 500 hours of multi-crew environment.

Any questions? Enquire today

We appreciate Integrated ATPL training is a big investment in terms of time and money and our Airline Pilot Careers Advice Team (APCAT) will be happy to answer any questions you have.

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