Frequently Asked Questions

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IASTI General

How does the IASTI® differ from other universities/colleges?


The IASTI® integrates all aspects of industry training into education at all levels from school/UTC's to college, university and employer. The IASTI pathway has been designed to support you continuously throughout your career. The benefit of this course is that It is made by the industry for the industry. It is the first time the industry theoretical knowledge and skills have been implemented into the education system at this age. It is also supported by 2 of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, airports and airlines alike, which is a world first for this level of education.




How do students do practical training at IASTI®?


The practical training is integrated into the IASTIs through technology, simulation, emulation and part-task trainers. When we need to access real aircraft we work with our partners to provide this but only when people are ready.




What funding options are available?


With the exception of the advanced pilot training at the end of Level 3 (around 18+ years – see separate section), all training is covered under the education system funding although optional extra training can be arranged at a cost.




Will there be any bursaries or sponsorship available?


We are working on providing these via our partners, details will be available via the IASTI website when available.




Are students guaranteed a job at the end of this course?


Whilst there can never be a guarantee, because the courses and training are reverse-engineered from the actual jobs, we are providing the training that the industry wants.




If a student discovers one pathway isn't suitable for them, are they able to transfer to another one?


For the first twelve weeks of the course, the training is common so that people are able to talk about transferring to one of the other pathways or off the course completely. After 12 weeks, people are streamed into their selected pathway and, whilst there may be options to change, this would not be recommended as the pace can be fast and students might fall behind.




Can students go on to further education after the 16-18 pathway?


Students can go directly onto a practice-based degree at BSc (Hons) level. An optional extension to master level is planned.





Pilot Pathway

What are the entry requirements for the Pilot Pathway?


The entry requirements may differ according to the college, but currently for IASTI London City the entry requirements are a minimum of 5x grade 6’s, including Mathematics and a 5 or higher in English.




Do students have to have had practical flying experience to join the course?


No, they don't. We do encourage students to take opportunitiessuch as in the Air Cadets/CCF or through gliding, for example.




What qualifcation will they hold at the end of it?


They will hold a full Level 3 qualification, which equals 3 A-Levels. They can also progress onto the practice-based degree that fully integrates pilot training within it.




What Airline or Aviation Partners are you working with?


We are currently working closely with a range of partners, civil and military including the pilot training organisations. Our partner The Airline Pilot Club (https://theairlinepilotclub.com) are commited to opening up the sector to more people from more backgrounds and genders, as are we, and we work with them closely to accredit future organisations we work with.




Will students be able to walk straight into a job as a commercial pilot on completion of the course?


After the 16 - 18 pathway, the student will then join an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) to start their training to their ATPL licence. While training, they will be under the pratice-based degree and at the end of this they will be in a job as a commerical pilot if they have met all the requrements.




IASTI mentions space, are there opportunites to become an astronaut?


Surprisingly, most people assume that space is a completely different sector to aviation, but actually the roots are very similar. A lot of astronauts trained as a pilot before going into space (like Tim Peake for example). With the growth of the space industry, especially in the UK we are working to create stronger links.




Is this course suitable for students who want to become helicopter pilots?


Yes, of course. We are covering all types of pilot and also intend to cover unmanned aerial vehicles (also known as drones) where, of course there is still a pilot but they are on the ground.




What is the RAF Involvement and will students be trained to fly military aircraft?


The course concentrates on the common elements between civil and military, so students can go on to join military or civil roles.




What is the cost of the Pilot Pathway course? Is Funding Available?


For the 16-18 part of the pathway, all costs are covered. For the pilot training post 18, funding options are available to help offset the cost and we are actively working with our partners on reducing these to as near zero when we can.




How does this cost compare to 'traditional' pilot training routes?


The cost will be reduced because the educational funding fully offsets the cost between 16-18 and, at present, partially offsets the cost for the 18+ part. For the pilot training post 18, funding options are available to help offset the cost and we are actively working with our partners on reducing these to as near zero when we can.




Can students get a Student Loan in the normal way or are there Payment Plans available?


Normal student loans are available for the 18+ part of the pathway, and we are investigating payment plans options with our partners.




Is any Government funding available?


Other than the student loan, no additional Government funding is available.




Will Airlines be providing bursaries or sponsorship?


We are hopeful that, due to this new pathway and our relationship with the Airline Pilot Club and Approved Training ORganisations, a range of new support options will become available.




Will students be able to do any real flying in an aircraft?


At the 16-18 part of the pathway, we are looking to provide real flying opportunities. Of course, at the 18+ stage, flying training is integral to the pathway and integrated into the practice-based degree.





Engineering Pathway

What are the entry qualification requirements for the Engineering Pathway?


The entry requirements may differ according to the college, but currently for IASTI London City the entry requirements are a minimum of 5x grade 6’s, including Mathematics and a 5 or higher in English.




Do students have to have had practical engineering experience to join the course?


No practical experience is required although experience at mechanical tasks will be a distinct advantage for those wishing to progress into the hands-on engineering stages.




What qualification will they hold at the end of it?


16 - 18 = A1 Licence 18+ = B1 Licence




What airline or aviation partners are you working with?


We are working with a range of partners, civil and military including the engineering training organisations. We are committed to opening up the sector to more people from more backgrounds and genders.




Will students be able to walk straight into a job as a licenced aircraft engineer on competition of the course?


On completion of the practice-based degree and assuming that they have met all of the requirements, yes.




What is the RAF involvement and will students be trained to work on military aircraft?


The course concentrates on the common elements between civil and military so people can go on to join military or civil roles.




What is the cost of the Engineering Pathway and is funding available?


For all parts of the pathway, all regular costs are covered with the student loan covering the 18+ part.




Can students get a Student Loan in the normal way or are there Payment Plans available?


Normal student loans are available for the 18+ part of the pathway. No payment plan options are required.




Is any Government funding available?


Other than the student loan, no additional Government funding is available, however, none is currently required.




Will airlines be providing bursaries or sponsorship?


We are very hopeful that, due to this new pathway and our relationship with airlines, operators and Approved Training Organisations, a range of new support options will become available.




Will students be able to do any practical training at an IASTI and if so how?


The practical training is integrated into the IASTIs through technology, simulation, emulation and part-task trainers. When we need to access real aircraft we work with our partners to provide this but only when people are ready.





Ground Operations Pathway

What are the entry qualification requirements for the Ground Ops Pathway?


The entry requirements may differ according to the college, but currently for IASTI London City the entry requirements are a minimum of 5x grade 6’s, including Mathematics and a 5 or higher in English.




What careers are available within Ground Ops?


Our Pathway is targeted at the Ground Operations Dispatch role, the role that connects to the release of the aircraft but encapsulating all other areas of Ground Operations.




What qualification will they hold at the end of it?


They will hold a full Level 3 qualification although, perhaps more importantly, they can progress directly on to the practice-based degree that fully integrates ...




What airline or aviation partners are you working with?


We are working with a range of partners, civil and military including the engineering training organisations. We are committed to opening up the sector to more people from more backgrounds and genders.




Will students be able to walk straight into a job with an airline or airport company on competition of the course?


On completion of the practice-based degree and assuming that they have met all of the requirements, yes.




Is there an opportunity for onward progression, for example onto a Pilot Pathway?


Yes, there is although it would be better if students followed the 16-18 pilot pathway if that is their chosen area.




What is the cost of the Ground Ops Pathway course and is funding available?


For the all parts of the pathway, all regular costs are covered with the student loan covering the 18+ part.




Can students get a Student Loan in the normal way or are there Payment Plans available?


Normal student loans are available for the 18+ part of the pathway. No payment plan options are required.




Is any Government funding available?


Other than the student loan, no additional Government funding is available, however, none is currently required.




Will airlines be providing bursaries or sponsorship?


We are very hopeful that, due to this new pathway and our relationship with airlines, operators and Approved Training Organisations, a range of new support options will become available.




Will students be able to do any practical training at an IASTI and if so how?


The practical training is integrated into the IASTIs through technology, simulation, emulation and part-task trainers. When we need to access real aircraft we work with our partners to provide this but only when people are ready