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    Hey,
    I'm currently doing Btec and I really want to become a pilot but they need A levels and I don't have any😭 Is there's any way that I can still become a pilot ?
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    What kind of pilot? The answer is probably no regardless though. They expect A Levels and often a degree.
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    (Original post by cbreef)
    What kind of pilot? The answer is probably no regardless though. They expect A Levels and often a degree.
    Commercial pilot?
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    (Original post by Alyzah)
    Commercial pilot?
    Better get studying my friend.
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    You don't need A levels to be able to fly.

    You will need A levels (minimum) to be recruited by any company.
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    It will be the airline or flight school who demand a certain level of education. Training at a local aerodrome and self-study, technically, has no educational requirements.

    I've known pilots in training with little or few qualifications, and I regret to say that they never fare well. The theory exams tend to test you the most, as there's tons of information to learn for 14 exams, so intelligence and the ability to retain information is a big issue.

    The pilots I fly with tend to have university degrees, although it is becoming very common for people to start flight training straight out of school with A-Levels or equivalent. Personally, I'd recommend having a back-up plan, like going to university, or working for a few years to gain life experience. It certainly gives you the edge in airline interviews, and if you lose your licence or hate the job, you have something else to do.

    In my opinion, too many people are trying to start too young, when it would be better to give it five years and have that extra maturity and education. There's a bit of an obsession with being at the controls of an airliner at 19 years old with all your friends on Instagram to see, when there's just no need for it. Potentially, you've got 40 years of work ahead of you, so take your time and act wisely!





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    (Original post by Alyzah)
    Hey,
    I'm currently doing Btec and I really want to become a pilot but they need A levels and I don't have any😭 Is there's any way that I can still become a pilot ?
    Most commercial flight schools will ask for 5 GCSE's (A*-C) at a minimum, including Maths, English and Science (and about £100,000). The RAF ask for a minimum of 5 GCSE's (A*-C) including English Language and Mathematics + 2 A-Levels = 64 UCAS points or a Degree.
    Good luck with your career.
 
 
 
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