ATPL (Aeroplanes) Theoretical Knowledge Online Ground Course (EASA / UK)

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Our ATPL course can be studied 100% online, full or part-time, from anywhere in the world.

EASA and UK CAA approved

Fly EPT Spain's ATPL theoretical ground course is EASA and UK CAA approved under approval number AT.ATO.0173 and GBR.ATO.0176, respectively. The ATPL ground school also holds University approval to be an educational institution. If you’re interested in crediting your ATPL academic studies towards a Bachelor’s degree, do register your interest with us. 

Fly EPT Spain's dual-approved virtual course is a unique opportunity to complete the 13 UK and/or EASA ATPL theoretical knowledge exams including KSA in only nine (9) months excluding study or exam breaks.

EASA / UK CAA ATPL Online Theory Full Course


What is included:

  • Full Web-Based-Training 18 month course access, including online Study Guides, Question Bank and Progress Tests
  • Three 4-day Distance Learning Ground Schools via TV (one per stage, week days only)
  • An online CAA Document Library (including CAP696, CAP697, CAP698 and CAP758)

Description - ATPL Distance Learning Full Course

There are 13 subjects to pass at ATPL level. Each stage is comprised of approximately 3 months of Distance Learning (average study time 15 hours per week), accompanied with web based training. A 4-day Ground School (over ZOOM) is delivered at the end of each Stage (which comprises subject overviews and exam preparation) scheduled just prior to sitting each stage of the exams.

ATPL Residential In-House Full Course - Virtual


This is the full 100 day ATPL theory course delivered by TV on Zoom

You can study from the comfort of your own home yet have full daily access to instructors and teaching

The course price is significantly less than full time attendance in-person teaching at the school. 

What is included:

  • 5 month (5 days a week) Full time Ground School via TV
  • Full Web-Based-Training 18 month access (Including Online Study Guides, Question Banks and Progress Testing)
  • An online CAA Document Library (Including CAP696, CAP697, CAP698 and CAP758)

ATPL Course Requirements

  • You must hold any ICAO PPL(A) licence

You must hold (or have held) an ICAO-recognised PPL licence in order to undertake the ATPL course in a regulated manner and take EASA and/or UK exams. You may purchase the course without such a licence but your study will be 'for information only' and you will not be able to take official study or exams until you have an ICAO PPL.

Convert foreign Licence to EASA/UK ATPL

If you have an ICAO CPL/ATPL and you want to convert your license over to UK or an EASA member state, you need to complete this EASA/UK-approved theoretical online ground course before EASA/UK license issuance.

ATPL Theory Full Course - description

There are 13 ATPL subjects, grouped as follows: - 

Stage 1 (Operational)

  • Human Performance & Limitations
  • Air Law & ATC Procedures
  • Operational Procedures
  • Communications (VFR & IFR)
  • Meteorology

Stage 2 (Navigation)

  • Principles of Flight
  • Performance
  • Flight Planning
  • General Navigation
  • Mass & Balance 

Stage 3 (Technical)

  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Instrumentation
  • Radio Navigation 

KSA 100 - Knowledge, Skills, Attitude

An applicant for a professional licence should have successfully completed the applicable Area 100 KSA summative assessments and mental maths test before final examination.

Knowledge, skills and attitudes (100-KSA) is a new subject area recently introduced as a compulsory module for students. It explores the pilot competencies, the non-technical aspects that airline pilots are assessed against. There is no associated EASA exam, however, your ATO is required to sign you off for this module prior to booking your final Austro Control examination. The new Austro Control booking form incorporates a KSA section to be signed by your ATO.  

Course Media

A feature-rich online web-based training system is included in all course packages. Full-colour printed text books are an optional extra. 

ATPL Theory course - Distance Learning

Our complete online ATPL theory ground course is a distance learning training solution and is delivered by CATS Aviation under the regulatory approval of EASA and UK CAA and allows for 100% online delivery with ‘classroom hours’ built up by students attending ‘live webinars’ and online revision weeks. CATS run a revision week for each of the 3 modules of the ATPL course. Students are required to attend at least 65 hours (10% of the total course hours) of live online classroom tuition to meet the regulatory course requirements and complete their CBT.    

In terms of timing, the pace of training can be determined by the students, which is perfect for those trying to fit in their studies around current employment schedules. Students would study as a CATS Aviation distance learning student using a digital e-learning platform, while also attending the live classroom teaching over ZOOM. The webinars / revision weeks are delivered by instructors and cover topics across the whole ATPL syllabus.

Students are responsible for their own learning. While CATS would deliver the training and have oversight of the students’ progress, and be responsible for completing the official forms for your licensing authority to allow ATPL students to sit their EASA / UK CAA exams once they have completed their training. 

CATS Aviation is the UK & Europe’s leading specialist in training for the EASA & UK CAA Instrument Rating (IR), Commercial Pilot's Licence (CPL), and Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence (ATPL) theory exams for both fixed-wing and helicopter pilots. ATPL, IR, and CPL training programmes are well‑tested and trusted in the industry, and in use across the UK, EU and the rest of the world.

Students will enjoy access to the best learning materials available. CATS have the unique ability to update training materials and the question bank, and to continually update and improve the material based on students’ feedback from the exams.

Aviation Study Guide Books

Digital books only. The course price includes full e-digital access to every subject's study guide but if you would prefer to have a hardcopy book they can be ordered separately.

ATPL Question Bank

There are over 10,000+ ATPL questions across all 14 subjects in the European Central Question Bank (ECQB) and we have an extensive question bank for you to study for your ATPL theory. Lovingly developed by students for students giving you all the questions you need to help you pass your ATPL theory exams. The database is regularly updated in real time, following student feedback after their exams. New ATPL questions are constantly added to the question bank to help you practice. Rest assured you'll be kept up to date with the latest EASA and UK CAA questions, saving you any worry and allowing you to stay focused on the questions you need to concentrate on.

What is NOT included:

  • ATPL Exam fees, which is payable directly to the Test centre. Note:  there are 13 exams, before any re-sits. The cost to sit an ATPL test is around £80/exam, dependent on who you book with. Also, as the ATPL Theory course is approved by UK CAA and EASA, if students plan to sit both sets of exams, each test would need to be paid for separately. 
  • A CRP-5 Computer and Jeppesen 'General Student Pilot Route Manual'
  • Box shown for Illustrative purposes only. No box will be shipped.

Austro Control ATPL Exam Dates

Note: From 1 December 2020 students will no longer be allowed to use digital flight computers (e.g. ASA CX-3) for all ECQB-based exams

We are pleased to confirm Austro Control EASA exam sitting dates in Luton, UK on: -


  • 25 – 27 January 
  • 22 – 24 February 
  • 29 – 31 March 
  • 26 – 28 April
  • 24 – 26 May 
  • 28 – 30 June 
  • 19 – 21 July 
  • 23 - 25 Aug
  • 25 – 29 September 
  • 23 – 25 October 
  • 22 – 24 November 
  • 20 – 22 December 

Note:  The exam fees are not included in the cost of the course.

Book EASA ATPL exams with Austro Control

The Austro Control exams are £80 per exam and can be booked directly through Fly EPT Spain.

To apply to take the EASA ATPL exams, please send us the relevant completed Austro Control application form:
ATPL (A) Application Form
ATPL (A) Conversion Application Form

A new examination application form must be prepared before every sitting.  

Book ATPL exams with UK CAA

The UK CAA examination timetable can be checked here

You can register directly with the UK CAA too take a Professional Pilot Exam here

UK CAA ATPL examinations are currently £74 per exam