August 09, 2023

Your Path to Becoming a Pilot with Leading Edge Aviation

As you eagerly anticipate the release of your A-level results on 17th August, if it’s your dream to become a pilot you might be contemplating the next step in your journey.  In this blog, we delve into the journey of flight training after A-levels, the benefits of this career choice, and how Leading Edge Aviation can help you start your journey towards achieving your dream of being a Commercial pilot.

Flight Training vs University

The crossroads of choosing between university and going directly into flight training is a familiar one. With our LEAP course, you don’t have to choose just one. The LEAP programme seamlessly integrates commercial flight training with a BSc degree in Air Transport Management, providing the best of both worlds. Even better our LEAP programme includes your accommodation, Training Guarantee, and a whole host of other things too, for an all-inclusive price. Although A-levels are beneficial, the core requirement for our academy is 5 GCSEs at Level 4 or above (including Maths and a science – ideally physics). It’s a path that lets you soar while keeping your feet on solid academic ground.

LEAP Students who study the degree alongside their training have access to student finance and by integrating flight training with university studies giving you £18,000 towards your fees as well as additional maintenance payments dependent upon your circumstances. LEAP offers a seamless pathway to a successful pilot career and a valuable university degree to stand you apart when applying to airlines.

If your career goal is to become a commercial airline pilot,  choosing the traditional university route might cause a delay, postponing the realisation of your dream to fly professionally and also delaying the opportunity to enter the flying (and earning) world. While a university degree certainly has its merits, particularly for individuals seeking broader academic knowledge and career options outside of aviation, it is essential to weigh the benefits of gaining hands-on flight experience early in your flight training journey alongside the opportunity to study for a university degree.

Potential Earnings

A pilot career can also be very financially rewarding from early on. In the UK, airline pilots compensation varies depending on the airline and experience level. On average, starting salaries for first officers can range from £30,000 to £50,000 per year, and as you progress to Senior First Officer, Captain or perhaps to larger wide-body aircraft, salaries can easily exceed £100,000 per year.

Information & Open Days

Do you follow Leading Edge Aviation on Facebook or Instagram? We’ll share updates, success stories, and essential information to fuel your passion for flight training. For more details about the course that’s right for you, visit our Courses page. We are here to help and find the course/ option that’s right for you, Flight training is not just about learning to fly; it’s often about following a lifelong dream. Our LEAP Programme prepares you to face the challenges and complexities of the aviation industry with confidence, equipping you with the skills of a future Airline Captain from day one.

Every month we hold an open day at our Oxford campus, which gives future aviators the chance to visit our academy, tour the facilities, try our state-of-the-art simulators, meet the management team, students,  instructors and guest speaker and really get an opportunity to experience the Leading Edge Aviation family feel. You can find out more or book an Open Day

Next Steps

Did you know that the first step in your Flight Training Journey is to sit a Skills Assessment? Our Skills Assessment includes online aptitude testing, a competency-based interview and a team-based group exercise, to assess your skills as a future airline pilot – it is valid for 12 months from your date of assessment and is a critical first step in beginning your career.

Our Skills Assessments are currently £25 per sitting and available in person at our Oxford Campus, or virtually from the comfort of your own home. Subject to the below eligibility criteria:

  • You must be 18 Years and over on the first day of training
  • You must have a UK Passport or Right to Remain in the UK
  • You must hold 5 x GCSEs / equivalent including English, Maths & Physics – Minimum Grade 4 or higher and be able to obtain a DBS Basic Disclosure Certificate for the purpose of an airport security Pass
  • Skills Assessments are only for LEAP Courses

Are you ready to take the first steps towards a career in flight training after A-levels? Leading Edge Aviation invites you to start on this journey with us. With comprehensive training, expert guidance, and unmatched experiences, we are here to prepare you for a successful and fulfilling career as a pilot. We are dedicated to helping you turn your dreams into reality.

Speak to our training advisors to visit an open day, come for a 1-1 tour or perhaps book your Skills Assessment today! Take that leap of faith and discover the possibilities that await you! Your adventure begins now, and we are here to support you at every turn.

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