• How to Apply for FPP

    The BA Future Pilot Programme (FPP) is now closed.
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    Within this application, you will be asked to provide your basic details plus the educational and employment experience information you wish to be considered for the programme.

    The application form will also require you to submit a CV and cover letter detailing your motivations for applying to the BA Future Pilot Programme. We would recommend that you allow due time in advance of completing the application to ensure you can give careful thought to and prepare properly your cover letter.

    Finally you will be asked to select one of the three flight training organisations participating in the BA Future Pilot Programme as your choice of Training Provider. The Why Oxford Page offers you further guidance as to why you might wish to nominate us.

    Do you qualify for the BA Future Pilot Programme? Review the entry criteria below to find out.

  • Entry Requirements

    This unique programme is open to any aspiring pilots, from school leavers through to those changing career, who meet the following criteria:

    • Aged between 18 - 55 on 1st September 2015
    • Achieved 5 GCSEs (excluding general studies) at grade C or above (or equivalent) including Mathematics, English language and a Science subject (single or double award) plus either one of the following:
      • Three A-Levels (excluding General Studies) at grades BBC or above (or equivalent).
      • or
      • An Honours degree at 2:2 or above, or a Pass in a higher degree such as MSC, MA, MPhil, PhD or MBA.

    Please note that academic qualifications must have been achieved upon submission of application.

    If you believe you have equivalent qualifications to those set out above, then you may still apply but you will be asked to provide a Letter of Comparability from UK NARIC

    You must also:

    • Have the right to live and work in the UK.
    • Hold a valid passport and have the ability to travel globally without restriction.
    • Be fluent in English, both written and verbal.
    • Be able to obtain a Class 1 Medical. (For more information please visit www.caa.co.uk).

    In order to meet the high standards expected throughout both the CAE Oxford Aviation Academy training programme and a career with British Airways, we are seeking applicants who:

    • Are talented, incredibly motivated and committed to excel during this demanding training programme.
    • Have excellent communication skills.
    • Can keep a cool head under pressure.
    • Have the ability to solve complex problems using verbal and mathematical reasoning.

    Some flying or gliding experience would of course be beneficial, but is not essential. Candidates who are interested in this programme must also be available to commence training between Autumn 2015 and Autumn 2016 as it will not be possible to defer a place on a training programme beyond this timeframe.

    We regret that the following will not be eligible for the programme:

    • Any candidates who have already completed any JAA / EASA ground school exams
    • Current CPL or ATPL holders.
    • Any military pilots who have commenced training at an Operational Conversion Unit (OCU)

    Whilst you will be excited by the prospect of frequent travel, you will also need to understand that British Airways operates flights globally, day and night, every day of the year, and you must be prepared to demonstrate the flexibility and commitment which are essential for the company to operate successfully in a highly competitive market.

    Those applicants whose initial application is considered successful will be invited to attend for Stage 1 of the formal Selection process as detailed below.

  • Skills Assessment & Selection

    For the British Airways Future Pilot Programme, assessment and selection will take place in three stages.

    • Stage 1 - at CAE Oxford Aviation Academy's Airline Careers and Assessment Centre at Oxford Airport
    • Stage 2 - at the British Airways Assessment Centre at Waterside
    • Stage 3 - at the British Airways Assessment Centre at Waterside

    Only those individuals assessed to have reached a sufficiently high standard in Stage 1 will proceed on to Stage 2 & 3.

    The assessment process is intended to identify individuals that both CAE Oxford Aviation Academy and BA consider to have the necessary skills, aptitude, personal characteristics and qualities to succeed in airline pilot training and then into a flying career with BA.

    Stage 1 

    Stage 1 of assessment, conducted by CAE Oxford Aviation Academy, will take place over one day and will include:

    Computer-based Testing

    • Pilot aptitude, including hand/eye co-ordination, motor skills and spatial awareness.
    • Academic, mathematical and technical capacity.
    • A multiple-choice test of technical reasoning.
    • A dynamic multi-task test.  

    Team Exercise & Formal Interview

    • Team skills assessing leadership potential and communication abilities
    • Formal Interview assessing personal qualities and motivation towards a career as a British Airways Future Pilot

    The one-off cost for undertaking CAE Oxford Aviation Academy Skills Assessment is £250. 

    The Stage 1 Assessments for BA FPP will take place at CAE Oxford Aviation Academy located at Oxford Airport and are scheduled to commence from 3rd March 2015. Those candidates selected to attend stage 1 assessments will be advised of their exact dates for selection in due course. Please note that those who have completed Skills Assessment at CAE Oxford Aviation Academy over the past 12 months will be required to complete the full selection process for BA FPP in order to be considered for the programme.     

    Candidates who proceed through to Stage 2 & 3 at British Airways will do so at no further cost other than travel and subsistence (if necessary).

    Due to the large number of applicants, neither British Airways nor CAE Oxford Aviation Academy is able to provide individual feedback to candidates.