The school wonít arrange this for you, you need to do it yourself. If youíre training with SFC then itís the modular route, so you could start off with a class 2 medical, which will suffice for the PPL and hours building. The advantage is itís quick and easy, and you could get it from the on-site AME. The disadvantage is that youíll need a class 1 medical for the CPL in any case, so the class 2 would only be a stop-gap. As Reddo says, your best bet is to get the class 1 asap, and certainly before you commit serious funds to training. The initial can only be done by the CAA at Gatwick, and theyíll relieve you of several hundred pounds for the privilege.
Putting your cynical hat on for a moment, even if the school (any school) gives you an aptitude test Ė bearing in mind you are about to spend £20, 30, 40k with them Ė how likely are they to advise you of your unsuitability for flying training? Not a dig at SFC, itís a very good school, but I would expect any
training provider to tell me my career prospects were great, as long as I had two arms, two legs and a credit card.
For an independent
assessment of your prospects, check out the GAPAN website. Iím not sure what their aptitude testing sessions cost these days, but whatever it costs itís money well spent. Loads of information on here, pm me if you need more detail.
Maths & Physics
I failed A-level maths, got a ĎCí in physics. Itís no big deal, ATPL theory is at GCSE maths and physics level. I found the greater depth of A level physics came in useful with some subjects, but itís by no means essential.
If you can manage time/distance problems, rearrange equations and work out reciprocal headings, youíll be OK.
CPL and ME/IR or ME/IR and CPL
I havenít done either yet so am not best qualified to answer, but the consensus is that the CPL is an easier step up from the PPL than the IR, and is itself good preparation for the IR. Thatís one reason that most people do it this way (SFC included). Another reason is that jobwise, an IR isnít much use on its own, whereas a CPL could be used to instruct without an IR. This would give you some flexibility if the job market or funds require you to delay your training.