Working with UK-based flight training organisation CTC and Middlesex University, EasyJet is going to be the first airline to embrace pilot graduates of the newly accredited BSc in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice.
Successful applicants will find the first two parts of the training course run by CTC is virtually the same as it would be if the students were just working toward a professional pilot licence with no degree accreditation at the end of it, but the third level is achieved at EasyJet through undertaking the type rating, line training and two modules of directed study while the pilots are flying the line in the right hand seat.
This is, in effect, a higher apprenticeship that confers a BSc Hons qualification accredited by the Institute of Work-based Learning at Middlesex University, which has approved the academic and practical rigour of the training provided by CTC and EZY.
Aspiring pilots worried about adding the cost of a pilot training course to a degree course can now combine the two, and for British students the course qualifies for government-backed student loans. And if they are accepted by CTC, they can be self-sponsored – it isn’t necessary to have an airline sponsor from the start.
In due course other FTOs and airlines will almost certainly follow this path, but for now EZY and CTC are blazing the trail.