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Old 24th Sep 2023, 15:08
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Originally Posted by speedbird42
You never know! What makes you think you failed?
Just made a few mistakes in it sadly. We will see in the next few days though!
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Originally Posted by belugaInBroughton
well said!
may I ask what you think went wrong?
I just made a few mistakes in it unfortunately!
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Old 24th Sep 2023, 19:53
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Originally Posted by Aj2017
Just made a few mistakes in it sadly. We will see in the next few days though!
I hope you're successful!
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Old 24th Sep 2023, 20:29
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Just got a rejection too. Thought I did well on all tests and spent hours on that paragraph.
Just wanted to say whoever mentioned something about D&I being a factor in who gets to progress is wrong as I definitely wouldíve gotten in if that was the case. And Iíd like to say even if I did get it, if itís on that basis Iíd probably turn it down in all honesty.
regardless, good luck to all who got to progress. Itís my first time doing this so not too disheartened. Learning point if anything.
one thing Iíd like to say though is that we shouldnít hold our breathe on these ďgolden ticketsĒ. Guess itís back to getting my PPL and grinding it out the old fashioned way! See youse in the cockpit in 5 years I guess!
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Old 24th Sep 2023, 20:58
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Has anyone else failed to receive the tests after putting the basic application in? I've received an email stating that I won't be progressing to next stage and thanks for attempting tests, but I've not even had an opportunity to attempt them
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Old 24th Sep 2023, 21:04
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Originally Posted by Aj2017
Just made a few mistakes in it sadly. We will see in the next few days though!
I feel like I've done the same, stumbled over a couple of words and with the competition for places I feel like that it could be enough to knock me out.
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Old 24th Sep 2023, 21:14
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Same here, I'm pretty sure I did well on the tests and they took two days to get back to me - I'm an A-level physics teacher with a master's from Cambridge and their baseline is 5 GCSEs... would be helpful if they were a bit more transparent as to what they're looking for but then again they've set the bar so low for applying that they'll be inundated with applications meaning no feedback. Frustrating.
Iíd expect a large amount at this stage comes down to motivation which would be highlighted in your CV and question answer - but could be wrong.
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Old 24th Sep 2023, 21:14
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Deadline?

Hi, does anyone know if the deadline is midnight tonight or midnight tomorrow?
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Old 24th Sep 2023, 21:39
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Timeline questions

Hi all, I took the online tests yesterday evening. Didnít get any email after so good start. Iíve just got an invite for online interview so it looks time the timeframe is about 24hrs after test.

Good luck all
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Old 24th Sep 2023, 21:46
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Originally Posted by Aj2017
Iíd expect a large amount at this stage comes down to motivation which would be highlighted in your CV and question answer - but could be wrong.
Sure, like so many others I'd always aspired to be a pilot but also had to be realistic and pay the bills hence my current career, I have a PPL - the maximum flying experience allowed. But honestly they've set the barrier to entry so low it makes you wonder about the credibility of the course, you'd like to think the people flying for BA at least have a few A levels.

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Old 24th Sep 2023, 21:49
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Anyone else failed to be sent the tests after completing application? Had a email stating I had unsuccessful results in regard to testing but I've not even had a chance to attempt them
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Old 24th Sep 2023, 22:06
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Originally Posted by desertghost
Sure, like so many others I'd always aspired to be a pilot but also had to be realistic and pay the bills hence my current career, I have a PPL - the maximum flying experience allowed. But honestly they've set the barrier to entry so low it makes you wonder about the credibility of the course, you'd like to think the people flying for BA at least have a few A levels. Perhaps I should be suggesting BA as a possible career path for my less academic students.
having a "masters from Cambridge" doesn't make you anymore qualified than someone with "only GCSEs". Barrier to entry is low yes, but it's meant to be inclusive that's the point. They're spreading their net wide in the hopes of getting some very talented young people who will spend 45+ years as a BA pilot. That's some serious ROI. Also I'll day again: at this early stage a human hasn't looked at your application yet. So regardless of our impressive backgrounds if we can't pass the entry tests we shall not pass. PS: I'm a secondary school English teacher also with a masters, a PPL and an impressive CV. All that means nothing if we fall at the first hurdle. Good luck with your hour building
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Old 24th Sep 2023, 22:09
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Originally Posted by desertghost
Sure, like so many others I'd always aspired to be a pilot but also had to be realistic and pay the bills hence my current career, I have a PPL - the maximum flying experience allowed. But honestly they've set the barrier to entry so low it makes you wonder about the credibility of the course, you'd like to think the people flying for BA at least have a few A levels.
What else have you done though? Do you have a career in aviation? Have you done anything interesting with your ppl like a landaway anywhere? Thereís honestly so much more to motivation than just saying you want to be a pilot and have a PPL. I had about five paragraphs of stuff to write and had to chop it down to fit. I disagree on the A level front Iím afraid. You can be aircrew in the military with no A levels
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Old 24th Sep 2023, 22:29
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Originally Posted by Aj2017
What else have you done though? Do you have a career in aviation? Have you done anything interesting with your ppl like a landaway anywhere? Thereís honestly so much more to motivation than just saying you want to be a pilot and have a PPL. I had about five paragraphs of stuff to write and had to chop it down to fit. I disagree on the A level front Iím afraid. You can be aircrew in the military with no A levels
The low academic requirements suggest to me that the course and career won't be particularly demanding.
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Old 24th Sep 2023, 23:21
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Originally Posted by desertghost
The low academic requirements suggest to me that the course and career won't be particularly demanding.
Or itís recognition that an A Level in history doesnít correlate necessarily well to an enhanced ability to fly an ILS single engine.

A career can be extremely challenging, without being at all strenuous academically. The prime minister didnít have to meet any academic requirements to get the jobÖ
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Old 25th Sep 2023, 00:43
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Originally Posted by desertghost
The low academic requirements suggest to me that the course and career won't be particularly demanding.
You'll be significantly disappointed if you think academia gets you any significant advantage in a flying career. It is nearly all about aptitude and soft skills. Something that academia does not provide a guarantee for. ATPL Theory is all about volume of content rather than difficulty.
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Were any non-British and non-European candidates advanced to the interview stage? I don't fall into either category.

I took the test alongside my British friend, and we both finished on the 20th morning. Interestingly, we both provided the same answers. He received an email for an online interview on the 22nd, while I received a rejection letter just a few minutes ago on the 25th. I'm beginning to wonder if they might not be considering international applicants even though I'm able to comply with all the requirements?
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Old 25th Sep 2023, 07:00
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Originally Posted by planesandthings
You'll be significantly disappointed if you think academia gets you any significant advantage in a flying career. It is nearly all about aptitude and soft skills. Something that academia does not provide a guarantee for. ATPL Theory is all about volume of content rather than difficulty.
Interesting. I just checked back to when BA launched their previous future flying programme in 2012 - you needed at 2.1 Bachelors degree to be considered then - clearly things have changed.
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Originally Posted by cryptoknight
Were any non-British and non-European candidates advanced to the interview stage? I don't fall into either category.

I took the test alongside my British friend, and we both finished on the 20th morning. Interestingly, we both provided the same answers. He received an email for an online interview on the 22nd, while I received a rejection letter just a few minutes ago on the 25th. I'm beginning to wonder if they might not be considering international applicants even though I'm able to comply with all the requirements?
Different CV and motivation answer?
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Old 25th Sep 2023, 07:08
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Originally Posted by desertghost
Different CV and motivation answer?
Both were pretty much similar, motivation answer and CV format, in fact I was the one who wrote for him.
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