Modular commercial pilot training

Flexible. Focused. Friendly. Modular pilot training allows you to gain your commercial wings in stages, full or part-time, at a pace that suits you.

If you have some flying experience and now want to train for an airline career, this is the course for you.

The flexible nature of the modular route allows you to ‘learn as you earn’ and can be completed more easily alongside existing work, family, or other commitments. Our modular pricing structure is simple and transparent, making budgeting for commercial pilot training easier.

Some modular students may be part-time, but you’re still part of the Leading Edge family. You’ll get the same high standard of professional training that our integrated students receive: small, supportive classes, the latest learning aids, and tailored tuition to build your flying skills quickly and efficiently. There’s no two-tier system at Leading Edge.

Once you’ve completed each stage of the Modular Course, you’ll be fully qualified and ready to apply for your first airline pilot role.

Application process

1 day

Leading Edge, Oxford Campus

Requirements to join the course are, as a minimum;

  • Aged 18 or over at the start of training (no upper age limit!)
  • A current UK issued passport or Settled Status (indefinite right to remain)
  • UK CAA Class 1 medical (for UK CAA issued licence)
  • 5 GCSEs at 4+ or equivalent including Maths, English and a Science (preferably Physics)
  • ICAO 5 or above in spoken English
  • PPL(A) and Night Rating
  • 169 hours (of which 100 as PIC with qualifying cross country)

    Once you have a PPL, Night Rating and Class 1 Medical, our flexible commercial training modules take you from private pilot to airline ready.

    If you’ve not yet got a PPL, visit your local flying school for a trial lesson. If you’re bitten by the flying bug, complete your licence, and then we’ll take you from PPL to airline-ready.

    Before beginning the CPL flight training stage, you’ll need 169 hours in your log book (of which 100 as PIC with qualifying cross country).

    If you don’t yet hold a Night Rating, it can be included in your training plan at cost.

    If you are looking to join us on our Modular ground school or uMAP course you will need to complete our application process.

    The application process includes:

    • An application form with situational awareness questions.
    • Maths & Physics test.
    • A short telephone interview.

    Successful completion of our Application process means you’re eligible to embark on our Modular ground school or uMAP course.

    Ground Training

    28 training weeks

    Leading Edge, Oxford Campus

    Our Modular Course starts with an education in ATPL(A) theoretical knowledge. Building on PPL theory, you’ll develop the knowledge and understanding required for the Airline Transport Pilot Licence. You’ll study 13 subjects, in three modules, with regulatory exams at the end of each module. We use Padpilot theory ebooks and our class sizes are small so that we can support you throughout your training.

    As with our LEAP course, you will be studying the most up to date academic syllabus, and will also study KSA100 (Knowledge, Skills & Attitude).

    13 subjects

    • Aircraft General Knowledge
    • Instrumentation
    • Meteorology
    • Human Performance & Limitations
    • Principles of Flight
    • Communications 
    • Air Law
    • Flight Planning
    • Mass & Balance
    • Aeroplane Performance
    • General Navigation
    • Radio Navigation
    • Operational Procedures

    3 modules
    750 training hours (minimum)
    26 progress checks
    13 Qualifying exams


    Hour Building

    Before you can begin your Commercial Pilot Licence training, you must have 169 hours in your log book (of which 100 as Pilot In Command, with qualifying cross country).

    If you need to do some Hour Building before your CPL, we can help! Our Hour Building options each have one straightforward price, with no hidden extras, meaning you can focus on progressing your training within budget. Contact us today for some more information on the Hour Building options we offer.

    Multi-Engine Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)

    6 training weeks

    Leading Edge, Oxford Campus

    With ATPL ground school complete, you can take a break from training, or move straight into commercial flight training. Your training will be conducted by skilled instructors who will build on your existing flying skills and take you to the next level: qualified commercial pilot.

    Aircraft: DA42
    Training hours: 31.0 Plus Commercial Pilot Licence Skills Test

    Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR)

    13 training weeks

    Leading Edge, Oxford Campus

    Your airline preparation continues with advanced flight training. You’ll train in our AL42 simulator, learn to operate a Diamond DA42 twin-engine aircraft and how to fly in instrument and all weather conditions.

    Competency based Instrument Rating courses are available, dependent on experience.

    Aircraft: AL42 simulator & DA42
    Training hours: 51.3 (may be reduced, depending on experience) Includes Instrument Rating Skills Test
    Total aircraft time: 20.8 hours
    Total sim time: 30.5 hours

    Advanced Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (AUPRT)

    5 training days

    Leading Edge, Oxford Campus

    The final stage of training is Advanced UPRT. This short, intensive course will progress your flying skills to the next level. Using a combination of theory and flight training, you’ll learn how to apply the correct recovery techniques if you encounter upsets in flight at any time in your aviation career.

    Aircraft: Slingsby Firefly
    Training hours: 4.5 flight training hours (+5 ground school)

    Airline Pilot Standards Multi-Crew Cooperation course (APS MCC)

    3 training weeks

    Leading Edge, Oxford Campus

    The APS MCC is conducted in our state of the art MPS Airbus A320 FTD-1 Simulator and will be your first taste of flying as an airline pilot. You’ll work as a crew, learning how to fly a modern swept-wing jet airliner using Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).


    • 25 hours (minimum) Theoretical Knowledge Instruction, including Airline Oriented Training
    • 20 hours of briefing and de-briefing before and after simulator training sessions
    • 40 hours of type-specific (A320) flight simulator training, with pass/fail Final Assessment
    • Online access to all training materials and manuals
    • Use of self-study material, including digital cockpits and immersive 360 degree bite-size training videos

    Graduate Employment Services

    3-Day Course

    Leading Edge, Oxford Campus

    Held at our academy in Oxford, our bespoke Graduate Employment Services workshop will help you prepare for your first airline assessment. Our instructors, who have a plethora of experience in pilot recruitment, will guide you through what to expect at an airline assessment process, ensuring that you are as prepared as possible to gain your first airline role.

    The course will cover:

    • Airline applications
    • Maximising your first impression
    • Personal development plans
    • CV workshops
    • Cover letter creation
    • Interview techniques & mock interviews
    • Group exercise training


    Leading Edge, Oxford Campus

    If you’re currently studying for a relevant aviation degree, you will need a flight school for the professional elements of your course. Typically, you’ll complete year 1 of your degree with your university, then in year 2 join a flight school for ground school ATPL theoretical knowledge and foundation flight training. Years 3-4 combine further university course studies with advanced flying back with your chosen flight school (varying schedules dependent on your uni).

    Rather than selecting individual modular courses with individual training providers, we have developed a course, uMAP (university Modular Airline Preparation), that integrates with your university degree. Not only does this mean you’re studying with one professional organisation with the highest standards, you will also save money!

    To find out more about what’s included in our uMAP course click the link below.


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