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Criteria

Our cadet programmes offer two routes; Multi Pilots Licence (MPL) and a full Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL), the entry criteria to both routes are:

  • At least 17 years of age to apply and 18 years of age to start training.
  • GCSE Maths, English and Science excluding General studies and Critical Thinking, grade C/4 and above plus 112 UCAS points according to the 2017 UCAS point system or equivalent (academic and vocational qualifications accepted). For international academic comparisons, see: naric.org.uk
  • Fluent in English (and, if applicable, an ICAO Level 6 on completion of training). For non-native English speakers, you will need to a certificate proving you have achieved International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Level 5.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any individual area (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking). This must be the Academic test, not General Training.
  • The unrestricted right to live and work in the UK (Please note that a work/study visa does not satisfy this requirement).
  • A valid passport which permits unrestricted worldwide travel.
  • Your height must be between 1.57m (5'2") and 1.90m (6'3"). Height is accurately determined during the assessment process. If you’re taller than 1.90m, you may submit an application, but may be required to undergo a functionality check.
  • Able to obtain and hold an EASA Class 1 medical with no restrictions and meet British Airways medical criteria.
  • Before training starts, you must have completed referencing and pre-employment checks to the satisfactory standard and supply satisfactory UK and international Criminal Record Checks.
  • At least 17 years of age to apply and 18 years of age to start training.
  • GCSE Maths, English & Science grade C/4 and above. For international academic comparisons, see: naric.org.uk
  • Fluent in English (and, if applicable, an ICAO Level 6 on completion of training). For non-native English speakers, you will need to a certificate proving you have achieved International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Level 5.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any individual area (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking). This must be the Academic test, not General Training.
  • The unrestricted right to live and work in the UK (Please note that a work/study visa does not satisfy this requirement).
  • A valid passport which permits unrestricted worldwide travel.
  • Your height must be between 1.57m (5'2") and 1.90m (6'3"). Height is accurately determined during the assessment process. If you’re taller than 1.90m, you may submit an application, but may be required to undergo a functionality check.
  • To be able to obtain and hold an EASA Class 1 medical with no restrictions and meet British Airways medical criteria.
  • Before training starts, you must have completed referencing and pre-employment checks to the satisfactory standard and supply satisfactory UK and international Criminal Record Checks.

Potential Costs

Our programmes are fully self-funded, for further details about the costs involved please visit the flight schools websites.

Selection

The initial application process involves a situational judgement test and a numerical test. If you meet the required standard, we’ll invite you to submit a full application for review.

If your application is successful at this stage, you’ll be invited to a two-day selection event at your flying school of choice. It will include aptitude testing, numerical and verbal reasoning, a group exercise and a competency based interview. There may be a selection fee payable at the time of booking the assessment event. There is no further charge for selection, but you are responsible for any travel and accommodation costs incurred.

Upon successful completion and shortlisting through the flight school selection process, you will be invited to a final stage assessment conducted by the British Airways Selection Team at British Airways Head Office, Waterside near London Heathrow.

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Pre-Employment Checks

As a company our number one priority is to maintain the safety and security of our people and our customers. Pre-employment checks on all new joiners are essential. We have specific regulatory requirements that apply to these checks, as we are an aviation business.

These checks may seem quite complex and time consuming. But don’t worry, we’re here to guide and support you through the entire process. For airside roles we need to do a full five year pre-employment check, this includes education, ALL jobs, gaps and holidays of more than 28 days, along with documentary evidence. It is important that you provide us with accurate, and in-depth information. Discrepancies cause delay and may affect your start date.

You will also need to apply for a Criminal Records Check (CRC) also known as a Disclosure Baring Service Certificate (DBSC) and an overseas CRC if you have lived abroad in the last five years. If you already have an overseas criminal record certificate that is over 10 weeks old, it is valid if you have not returned to the country of issue to reside.

Typically, the CRC or DBSC will take two weeks to be issued, the overseas CRC will vary from country to country. The Pre-employment checks for airside will typically take around 16 weeks, the time will vary depending on the number of jobs, periods of education and gaps we have to check, and validate.

We will work with you, and our 3rd Party suppliers to make sure the process is as seamless as possible. Your help is vital, and much appreciated.

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