August 25, 2023

Top 10 Tips for Aspiring Commercial Pilots at GCSE Level

You’ve received your GCSE results and are dreaming of a career as a Commercial Pilot! Here are our top tips on how to prepare for your exciting future…

1. Chart Your A-Level Course

Although we do not require A-Levels to enrol on our courses, you do have to be 18 years old so this may be the next step for you! Opt for A-Levels in Physics, Mathematics, and Geography. These subjects will provide a solid grounding for the intricacies of aviation training and prepare you for Ground School.

2. Boost Your Extra-Curricular Portfolio

Join school clubs and societies, especially those with an aviation or STEM focus. Committing to activities like the Duke of Edinburgh Award, sports teams, or debating societies can help hone teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving skills – all essential for a successful pilot!

3. Ground Experience: Volunteer at Local Airports

Spend some weekends or school holidays volunteering at local airports. This will give you a feel for the aviation environment, and provide great experience within the aviation industry.

4. Stay Updated with Aviation News

Subscribe to UK aviation publications like ‘Pilot’ or ‘FLYER’. Staying informed about industry developments will give you deeper insights and prepare you for future challenges along with providing you with useful knowledge when you sit our Skills Assessment!

5. Test the Virtual Skies with Flight Simulators

Book yourself a flight simulation experience! They’re a cost-effective introduction to flying, helping familiarise you with basic flight skills and increasing your confidence.

6. Embrace Physical and Mental Fitness

A career in aviation demands more than just technical know-how. Kickstart a regular fitness routine and adopt mindfulness exercises to sharpen your mental stamina.

7. Visit Training Schools

Get first-hand experience by visiting training schools. Come and visit us at Leading Edge Aviation on one of our open days and visit other academies too, so you can understand what they all offer and gain a feel for the industry you’ll be getting into!

8. Connect with the Pilot Network

Engage with current commercial pilots. Their firsthand experiences, advice, and potential mentorship can offer a clearer view of what lies ahead.

9. Polish Those Communication Skills

Effective communication is key in the cockpit. Make it a point to refine your verbal and written skills, ensuring clear exchanges in any scenario.

10. Gear Up for the Skills Assessment

Many aviation institutions have a skills assessment as part of their entry criteria. Ready yourself by practising with all tools and resources at your disposal. Remember, it’s an opportunity to display your enthusiasm and aptitude.


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