Q&A

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Our Courses

What courses do you offer?

Distance learning in its simplest form, distance learning with additional tutorials plus full-time course options.

Where are the courses run?

At our classrooms at Gloucestershire Airport, Cheltenham, UK.

How many students do you have in a classroom?

Our classrooms are fitted out for 12 students. We believe in quality training and that can only be achieved with small classes.

How long do your courses last?

The distance learning course should really be completed within eighteen months. But the only regulated limitation is that you need to complete all examinations within eighteen calendar months from the last day of the month in which you sit the first exam. The full-time course is scheduled to last eight months, consisting of four sub-modules at two months per sub-module.

How much do your courses cost?

Each course has a different price, and there are different payment options for each course, with discounts being applied to shorter payment terms. However, we do not recommend that you pay the whole course cost up front until you are certain that a career in commercial aviation is for you.

What happens if I have a personal ‘emergency’ and need to take a day or two off studying?

Our full-time course is actually a supplemented ‘distance-learning’ course, which only requires compulsory regulated attendance at 20 days of classroom tuition, but this is supplemented with a further 91 days of instructor led classroom tuition. This means that, unlike a regulated full-time course, which requires attendance at all lessons, you can miss lessons on our courses without penalty. We would prefer that you don’t miss any classroom study days, and of course we will ensure that you are provided with any handouts for those days that you do miss.

If I don’t understand anything on the course, is there remedial training available?

We will endeavour to work with you to make sure you keep up to speed with your studies. The full-time course has plenty of self-study days, which you can spend in the classroom or in the comfort of your own home. If you do need some additional help, we would recommend you spend them in the classroom and we will try to work with you to get you over any hurdles.

What is the best way to study?

There is no right or wrong way; your way of studying is personal to you. We will advise you what we feel is an effective method but you will find that you will, over time, develop your own way of doing things.

The EASA Examinations

How many examinations do I need to take?

There are fourteen examinations at present. This may be changing in the near future to thirteen, if the two VFR and IFR Communications examinations are combined into one single Communications examination.

How are the examinations structured?

Each examination comprises a different number of questions and/or duration.

How often are the EASA examination questions updated?

The EASA European Central Question Bank (ECQB) database is kept as up to date as possible and questions are introduced or amended on a regular basis. National aviation authorities also have the right to introduce their own new questions.

How long and how many attempts do I get to pass the examinations?

Each attempt at passing all fourteen examinations is known as a ‘series’.
Each calendar month has two examination periods, each of which is classified as a sitting. Following the first sitting, you must pass all remaining examinations within eighteen calendar months from the end of the month during which the first sitting was undertaken.
You must pass all fourteen examinations within six sittings and you are permitted four attempts at any single subject.
If you do not pass all examinations within eighteen months, within six sittings or you fail any one subject four times, you are required to undertake all fourteen examinations again.

If I don’t feel ready for the examinations, do I have to take them?

Absolutely not! In fact, we would advise against taking any examination that youdo not feel ready for. Saying that, we will work with you as you build up your knowledge base in each subject, providing you with progress tests and graded practice examination papers to prepare you for the final EASA exams. These will steadily build up in content, in terms of complexity and size, until you are sitting practice examinations reflective of the final EASA examination. If we do not think you are ready, we will tell you.

What do I do if I think that a question in my examination is incorrect, confusing or I am not sure the answer is as shown?

If a question appears incorrect or ambiguous, you should note the question number and content and notify the examination invigilator, but do not dwell on one question or spend valuable examination time discussing the merits of the question with the invigilator – he or she is not an expert and cannot comment on the question’s technical accuracy. Following the examination, send us an email with as much information as possible and this will be forwarded to our Subject Matter Experts who will pass it on to the CAA and EASA via the ATO reporting chain.

How can I give you feedback?

If you have anything you wish to tell us, feedback from the exams, you have spotted an error in the training material or anything else that hampers your study, you can get in touch with us by email at admin@cat3c.com.