You need to be at least 18 to join the Academy. But there’s no upper age limit to train with us.
Our Skills Assessment is a day-long assessment that takes place here at the Academy. It involves a few different theoretical and practical exercises, designed to test your aptitude and suitability for the course.
Taking the Skills Assessment
Before we meet you, we’ll ask you to answer some online questions. These will give you a bit of a taster of what’s to come in the main assessment.
On the day you’ll do a number of exercises at the Academy, including a formal interview, a group exercise, and aptitude tests, which would include maths. Experts in each of these fields will score you against set criteria, then at the end of the day you’ll be given feedback on how you’ve done.
While you’re taking the assessment, you’ll also have the chance to get to know the other potential cadets. But don’t worry, you won’t be competing against each other. Each cadet will be assessed individually.
What happens next?
If you’re successful you’ll be offered a place on the course. We’re so confident in our Skills Assessment that we also offer a Skills Guarantee. So if you fail to pass the course for reasons of aptitude rather than attitude, we promise to pay back your training fees.
If I don’t pass, can I reapply?
Not everyone is successful on the day. This might be down to a number of different reasons—not least, a touch of the jitters. As part of our feedback, we’ll highlight the areas that need your extra attention and give you a time frame for trying again. We can also point you towards the right help and support. There’s no limit to the number of times you can retake a Skills Assessment but if it takes you more than a couple of tries, our assessor will give you some honest feedback about your reasonable prospects.
There are 13 Classes (14 exams) in the following subjects:
- Principles of flight
- Aviation law
- Human performance
- General navigation
- Radio navigation
- Aircraft general knowledge
- Aircraft performance
- Mass and balance
- Flight planning
- Operational procedures
- Communications (visual flight rules, and instrument flight rules).
Your practical training will take place here at the Academy at London Oxford Airport.
We have regular course meetings, where you’ll have the opportunity to talk to the head of training, and our customer services team will keep you updated about anything else you need to know. Also, when you join, you’ll be given an iPad with an Office 365 account, so that you can keep in touch with us directly over email.
Your health and wellbeing is as important to us as your formal training. Your accommodation is a big part of our holistic training package which is why it’s included in the course fee. In our experience, cadets get the most out of their training when they’re immersed in academy life. But if you have strong reasons for not wanting to live at the academy, please let one of our training advisors know.
Your Class 1 Medical will prove that you don’t have any underlying issues stopping you from flying. You don’t need it before you take your Skills Assessment, but you must have it by the time you join us.
If you’re at all worried about your health and your ability to fly, get in touch with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), or our sales team, who’ll be happy to answer your questions.
If you have a medical condition and you’re worried it will affect your Class 1 Medical, you might want to think about taking your medical before you do the Skills Assessment.
You can find out all the details about the Class 1 Medical process on the CAA website, which includes a useful list of Airline Medical Examiners (AME). Our team can also give you some basic information, and tell you which AMEs are closest to where you live.
If you have dyslexia, we’ll do everything possible to support you.
But it’s also vital that, when you graduate, you can perform all aspects of your role without additional support. Don’t forget that, although dyslexia is recognised by the CAA, the regulatory framework of EASA and CAA don’t make allowances for it at the formal examination stage.
If you have any worries about this, our team will be happy to talk things through in more detail with you.
Thankfully it doesn’t happen often, but occasionally cadets become ill and are either prevented or delayed from finishing the course. In extreme circumstances, illness could mean that you lose your Class 1 Medical and can’t complete the flying phase of the course. If this happens, our Skills Guarantee will become invalid, so we strongly recommend taking out Loss of Medical Insurance to protect yourself. One of our training advisors can help you find out more about this.