University Modular Airline Preparation

Can’t decide between university and flight training? Do both with uMAP!

Designed to fit perfectly with your university degree course, uMAP takes you from PPL to fATPL, perfectly complimenting your existing studies. We work alongside your university to deliver the commercial flight training elements of your degree. It’s simple.

Our course is designed to give you the best of both worlds. You continue to study for your degree at university but instead of selecting individual modular flight training providers you complete all of your professional flight training with us.

Choosing this pathway enhances your learning by guaranteeing you consistency of training. Rather than fragmentation, you’ll benefit from the continuity of our student centric approach and ‘future captain’ ethos that will leave you feeling confident and airline ready upon graduation.

You can enroll on our uMAP course with any university, provided you are on a relevant degree programme (Air Transport/Aviation Management). Currently we partner with Buckinghamshire New University and the University of West London. For further details of individual degree programmes, please see the tabs below.


uMAP. Designed around you.

The perfect balance of university and flight training. 

  • Theoretical Knowledge training 
  • 13 ATPL theory exams* 
  • Up to 124 hours of hour building
  • 31 hour ME CPL (Multi-Engine Commercial Pilot Licence Course)
  • CPL (Commercial Pilot Licence) skills test*
  • MEIR (Multi-Engine Instrument Rating)
  • Instrument rating skills test*
  • Advanced UPRT (Upset Recovery and Prevention Training) 
  • APS MCC in our A320 simulator (Airline Pilot Standards Multi Crew Cooperation)
  • Accommodation 
  • Return flights out to our fair weather base**
  • iPad 
  • Uniform 
  • Digital Padpilot ATPL theory books 
  • Access to VLE (Virtual Learning Environment)
  • Wellspace wellbeing services
  • 3 day graduate employment preparation course

*First attempt included within fixed fees, retakes and additional training after first sittings are chargeable

**Where required


1 day

Leading Edge, Oxford

Before you start

  • Aged 18 or over at the start of training (no upper age limit!)
  • Valid PPL
  • Relevant Class 1 Medical
  • Enrolled on a degree in Commercial Aviation + Pilot Studies*

BSc (Hons) Air Transport with Commercial Pilot training

BSc (Hons) Aviation Management with Commercial Pilot Licence (to be phased out this year, but have a number of students still on it)
BSc (Hons) Air Transport Management with ATPL Studies (New for 2021)
BSc (Hons) Air Transport Management with fATPL (New for 2021)

In addition to the above prerequisites you will need to complete our application process.

The application process can be completed remotely and 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 uMAP course.


Year 1

 Approx 30 training weeks

Your university

Your first year is spent completing academic study at your university of choice. During this time, if you haven’t already, make sure you complete your PPL.

We partner with any university institution providing a relevant degree programme (Air Transport/Aviation Management) but please see below for details of our current academic partners.

• BSc (Hons) Air Transport with Commercial Pilot training

BSc (Hons) Aviation Management with Commercial Pilot Licence (to be phased out this year, but have a number of students still on it)
BSc (Hons) Air Transport Management with ATPL Studies (New for 2021)
BSc (Hons) Air Transport Management with fATPL (New for 2021)



Year 2

41 training weeks

Leading Edge, Oxford


ATPL Ground School + Multi Engine Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)

ATPL Ground School (28 weeks)

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 strive to keep class sizes small and personal.

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

3 modules

750 training hours (minimum)
26 progress checks
13 qualifying exams




Year 3 + 4

18 training weeks

Leading Edge, Oxford

Year/Semester 3

The uMAP course will last for 3 or 4 years depending on your chosen academic institution. The final stages of the course will therefore be delivered across 2 years or 2 semesters.

For your third year/semester of the course you return to your chosen university to complete your degree course. For a more detailed breakdown of the academic requirements of this phase of training please consult your chosen university.


Year/Semester 4

Finally it’s back to Leading Edge for your fourth and final year/semester. In this phase of the course you complete the remainder of your flight training and also benefit from our bespoke 3 day graduate services programme.


CPL + MEIR + AUPRT + APS MCC + Graduate Services

Multi-engine Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) (13 weeks)

With ATPL ground school complete, it’s time to move onto commercial flight training. Training will be conducted from our London Oxford Airport base and/or our fair weather base in Southern Europe. Our skilled instructors 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


  • Communications
  • Air Law
  • Flight Planning
  • Mass & Balance
  • Aeroplane Performance
  • General Navigation
  • Radio Navigation
  • Operational Procedures


MEIR – Multi Engine Instrument Rating (13 training weeks)

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.

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

AUPRT Advanced Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (5 training days)

The penultimate 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)


APS MCC (Airline Pilot Standards Multi Crew Cooperation Course)

Our industry leading APS MCC is your first taste of airline flying and for many, the most rewarding part of the course. Reimagined from the ground up in collaboration with current airline pilots, this course is designed to empower you with the crucial skills you need to fly as part of a multi crew team. You’ll be introduced to the key concepts of flying a swept wing jet aircraft in accordance with recognised standard operating procedures (SOPs). You’ll also gain an intimate understanding of the EASA pilot competencies – the standard framework for all future airline assessments.

  • 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  flight simulator training, with a 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 Services (3 day course + ongoing support)

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


Do you want to know more about our Graduate Employment Services workshop? Click here to read a blog written by one of our graduates, Kieran.

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