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Modular Training: A Simpler Way To Get To The Top

Passion for flying? Not sure how to get there with zero history or experience of flying? Concerned that the Integrated Pilot Training Course is just too expensive for you? Well, have you ever looked into Modular Pilot Training Courses?

Sometimes taking a dive into researching courses can be confusing. It’s difficult to find all the information you’re looking for in a simple, easy-to-read form. With our guide below that gives you an overview, advantages and disadvantages, flight schools, expectations before training and after graduating, we hope you’ll have all the information you need to be able to make a very important decision on your future career, but without all the added stress!


With the Modular Pilot Training Course, what appeals to future pilots is that this course is more part-time and you can choose where and when you complete your training. This means you can complete your course as quickly or as slowly as you like. It also allows you much more flexibility and gives you the ability to work whilst doing your training. Even though this course isn’t as intense as other courses may be, it can still take you from a zero-hour flight student with no or little experience, to a well prepared airline pilot.

Another plus with this course is that it can be relatively cheaper than other courses. Approximately £35,000 to £50,000, however this can differ with different flight schools, and whether you are completing this in the UK or Abroad. This cost figure could range +/- £5,000 either side of the total figure depending on what else you spend your money on. They tend to be pay-as-you-go courses, so no large upfront costs.

One major point to consider is where to complete this course. It is said that completing this abroad can be cheaper than the UK, but this is something you should research into.

Modular Pilot Training Course

Advantages and Disadvantages

As already stated, cost being cheaper, flexibility to work alongside your training and being able to take the course at your own pace are advantages of doing Modular Pilot Training. Another advantage of this course, which has probably been proven this year with the effect of Covid-19, is if there is a substantial downturn which affects airlines and training, you can stop your own training and continue at a later date and when it’s safe to do so. Also, after graduating with a Modular Course you aren’t committed to working for a particular airline, so you can be a bit more selective about where you would like to apply to.

There are also a multitude of disadvantages that come with this type of course too. The main point being that it can take longer to complete. Even though flexibility for this course is very appealing to lots of students, you must think about the time frame this is going to be completed in, and whether a faster course would be better. It can also be difficult to maintain consistency through having different instructors at different schools, as well as the training not being as-focused on becoming an airline pilot as much as other courses may be. One major issue that can come with this type of course is, if being an Airline Pilot is the future career for you, modular training schools don’t always have the ties with airlines that an Integrated Training school has. This means that there isn’t as many easier options for employment after you’ve graduated.

Flight Schools

When looking for a flight school, there are a multitude that offer a Modular Pilot Training Course. From larger flight schools, such as; Flight Training Europe Jerez (FTEJerez), and L3 Aviation Academy, which provide you with many different options depending on where you want your career to go. There are also many smaller flight schools that provide the Modular Pilot Training Course and want the same outcome for their current and future students. A few examples of these flight schools are; Aeros, Leading Edge Aviation and Tayside Aviation.

Some flight schools might have a few assessments that you’d have to complete before being eligible to start at their school. Most of these are pretty straight forward and can differ between flight schools. You’d likely be asked to complete; a computer based assessment, an interview with a member of their team, a group exercise and a debrief. All these being successfully completed means you are eligible to embark on their Modular Pilot Training Courses.

Flight Schools Modular Training

Expectations Before Training

With completing a Modular Pilot Training Course, there is a structured route that most flight schools offer. This can be because it’s the most logical, as well as having to complete particular courses before others. This is the typical route that you’d follow to obtain a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL) for aeroplane, or CAA in the UK;

  • Private Pilot Licence (PPL)

  • Hour Building (aka Fairweather flying)

  • Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) Theory (Ground school)

  • Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL)

  • Instrument Rating (IR)

  • Multi Crew Cooperation Course (MCC)

After Graduating

When you have completed all the necessary courses that apply to the Modular Pilot Training Course, you will obtain a range of qualifications and certificates that will allow you to apply to airlines. These are the qualifications and certificates that you’ll obtain after you have graduated;

  • ATPL Theoretical Knowledge Training

  • Commercial Pilots License with Instrument Rating (CPL/IR/MEP)

  • Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) completion certificate

  • Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT)


Overall, a Modular Pilot Training Course can be flexible and designed around your lifestyle. If you want to complete all these courses as quickly as you can, you’ll be able to, however, if you need to take breaks between each course, whether it’s for your financial or lifestyle position, then that also works. It is completely down to you, what you want, how quickly or slowly you want it and how you pay for it. It is wise to consider the disadvantages that also come with this course and weighing up the pros and cons of it all. If you want something fast paced and more intense, this course may not be right for you. Maybe you have the time and finances to be able to complete this all in 2 years with the Integrated Pilot Training Course instead. It would just be useful to take a step back, take everything into consideration and work out what is best for you and your lifestyle.