Integrated Training Vs Modular Training: The Pros and Cons

Here, we are going to be discussing both the Integrated Pilot Training Course and the Modular Pilot Training Course. Covering both the similarities and differences between them, as well as the known pros and cons. Both of these courses, from an outside perspective, may look the same, however when you take a dive into different aspects of these courses, that’s when you then see the real differences of each. We’ll go through the price, time frame, course syllabus, after graduating, as well as some similarities between each one.

Price

One of the most important factors when looking into a training course, whatever it may be, is the cost of it. Lots of flight schools that offer both types of courses, alongside other flight training courses, have varied pricing compared to other schools. However, when considering these two courses, there is a large price gap between them. The Integrated Pilot Training Course is approximately £80,000 to £100,000, which can increase or decrease depending which flight school you choose. With the Modular Pilot Training Course, this cost is a lot lower, ranging between £35,000 to £50,000, which does make the course more appealing, but can also come with disadvantages attached.

When thinking about cost, another difference between these courses is how and when you pay for this. As well as the Integrated Training Course having a higher price range than the Modular Training Course, you also have to pay a large sum of this upfront which financially, some students may find difficult as this may mean taking out a loan. However the Modular Course is more pay-as-you-go. You still may need to take out a loan to pay for this, but as the cost isn’t as dramatically high, it won’t take as long to pay off, which we could say is a pro for that course. As the Modular Training Course is part-time and allows you to be able to work alongside your training, that can help to support yourself financially.



Time Frame

Time frame is another major factor that defines these courses in a larger way than other people may consider! We all know training to be a pilot for any career path is a long and intense period, so if there is a course that can offer you this in a shorter period of time, you’d be pretty interested in it! With the Integrated Course, you’ll be able to compete this in under two years. Most flight schools that offer this course give a time frame of between 14-18 months, which to some people sounds amazing. This does however make that course very intense. As well as the intensity of this course, the smaller time frame does mean that your course has a very strict timetable, as particular subjects will have to be completed by a particular time.

On the other hand, the Modular Training Course is the complete opposite when it comes to time frame. To sum it up, there isn’t one. This course can be completed as quickly or as slowly as you’d like, it is entirely down to you. This also means that the course isn’t as intense as the Integrated Course and with not having a strict timetable, it becomes very flexible and can fit around your lifestyle and financial situation. This can be very appealing to some future students as it means that they’re able to work along side their training course.

Course Syllabus

With both of these courses, overall, you will be taught the same syllabus. What you’ll be learning will be the same, but they might just be taught slightly differently or in a different order. The Integrated Training Course could be described as ‘one big phase’ and the Modular Training Course could be ‘multiple smaller phases’, so there will be some differences. However, with both of these courses having the same outcome, the syllabus will have a cross over. After completing your training, with either course, you will come out with the same qualification and certificates. The only slight difference is the way you get them. This is because after graduating from your Integrated Course, all the qualifications and certificates combined are known as a ‘frozen’ ATPL.


After Graduating

When you are close to the end of your training or you’ve graduated from your flight school, where you go from here can differ between courses. It’s said that lots of larger flight schools that offer the Integrated Training Course have close connections with airlines, so you are more likely to find a job with an airline after you’ve graduated. Unfortunately, some smaller flight schools that only offer the Modular Training Course don’t have this luxury. This means that students that go through years of completing all of their courses for their Modular Training don’t have as many opportunities to be offered this, and might have to work harder to find a job. However, there is nothing saying that if you do go down the Modular Training Course route, you wouldn’t be able to bag yourself an airline job after you’ve graduated. There is still a good chance.


Carrying on from that, there is another advantage that comes with the Integrated Training Course compared to the Modular Training Course, and this is that a number of airlines prefer the Integrated Course. This is because, to an airline, by completing your Integrated Training Course, it shows that you can work through something so intense and it’s also a good quality course!

For a student that is in the midst of their training or has completed their Modular Flight Training Course and graduated, they can go anywhere. With all the qualifications and certificates they obtain at the end of training, there is nothing to say that they couldn’t follow a more alternative career of being a Hollywood Stunt Pilot, or a SAR Pilot. Yes there may be other courses that they have to complete to get to this new career path of theirs, but not having such a strong connection with Airline, does give you slightly more freedom to follow your own dreams.



Other Similarities

There are many differences that come with the comparison of these two course, but there are also many things that apply to both of them, making them very similar in some aspects. Firstly, both these courses can take you form a zero-hour student, with no or little history/experience in aviation, to an airline ready pilot. Flight schools that offer the Modular Training Course might not be as focused on their airline career outcome than a school offering the Integrated Training Course, however, they still want you to do well in your aviation career and go far. So, just because they might not focus as specifically on airline careers, if they know that that’s where you want to go, they will help you get there. And it’s important to remember, you still can get there with this less intense course.


One other point that goes for both of these courses is the location of where you can apply and complete them. Both the Integrated Training Course and the Modular Training Course can both be completed in the UK or in Europe. If you have a preference already on what course is better for you, take a look at what flight schools offer that course and you never know, you could even end up training in sunny Florida or in the snowy Alps! The other reason to consider this for both courses, is that flight schools in Europe can be much cheaper than in the UK, so as well as maybe living abroad for a few years, you’ll be saving money. Training schools in the UK are approved and regulated by the CAA, and in Europe, by EASA, meaning wherever you choose to complete this course, you will still get the same outcome, just from different associations.

Summary

To summarise, there are many similarities between the Integrated Pilot Training Course and the Modular Pilot Training Course, aa well as many differences. It’s all just about weighing up the pros and cons for each one personally to you, not anyone else. Yes, it might be lovely to be able to complete this type of course in 14 months, but if you are unable to do that, for whatever reason, then take a look at a course that can work around you.


Lastly, let’s just establish that neither one is better than the other. Deciding on which training course to complete, as well as where to complete it, very much depends on your own personal circumstances and lifestyle.

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