English for Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers – ICAO Foundation Course

This ICAO recognised Foundation English Course for Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers in Bournemouth, England is designed to assist those who need to achieve ICAO language proficiency requirements.

Our price promise

If you find this course cheaper elsewhere, we will match the price and give you a £50 voucher when you book*.

*Applies only to like-for-like dates at the same school on the same course for the same duration.


Minimum entry requirements

Course format

  • Length of study: From 2 weeks
  • Lessons per week: 30
  • Maximum class size: 15
  • Typical student age: 22-55
  • Typical student mix:
    15% Turkish, 35% Far Eastern, 20% Middle Eastern, 15% European

Dates and fees

  • Start dates:
    • 24 Apr 2017
    • 22 May 2017
    • 19 Jun 2017
    • 17 Jul 2017
    • 14 Aug 2017
    • 11 Sep 2017
    • 6 Nov 2017
    • 4 Dec 2017
  • Tuition fees: From 960.00 GBP

    Tuition length options

    • 2 weeks: 960.00 GBP
    • 4 weeks: 1720.00 GBP
    • 8 weeks: 3240.00 GBP
  • Compulsory fees

    • Our admin fee: 49 GBP
    • Enrolment fee: 90.00 GBP
  • Other expenses:

Course overview

The Foundation Module provides general English tuition, adopting an integrated skills approach. The course concentrates on structure and usage, oral communication, vocabulary development and listening and reading comprehension. It also introduces English in a general aviation context in preparation for the final phase of the training.

Duration of training

It is difficult to predict how long an individual trainee may require to reach a specified level. The rate of language acquisition differs with each individual, and depends on their entry level of English, linguistic ability and their mother tongue. We recommend a minimum course duration of 4 weeks for all trainees.

Trainees who are at ICAO level 2 should initially follow an Intensive general English course.


ICAO Level 3, Pre-Operational, covers a wide range of ability in terms of language competence. The schools levels of English included (Intermediate to Upper Intermediate) refer to a trainee’s overall language competence.

Any trainee enrolled on the Foundation Module or the Operational Module, whose English is found to be below the level specified for the course, will automatically be transferred to a General Intensive Course or the Foundation Module, as appropriate. The sponsors will be informed immediately in order that a revised study plan may be agreed.

Trainees at ICAO Level 2 should contact us for course details.



Monitoring and Reporting

The schools'  teachers work closely with the Aviation Training Coordinator and the Director of Studies in the monitoring of each individual's progress.

Progress tests are conducted at appropriate intervals throughout the course, and trainees are graded according to the ICAO 6-point scale.

Detailed reports are normally submitted to the trainees' sponsors or employers at the end of the course - or earlier if a trainee's performance gives cause for concern.   In longer programmes (18 weeks or more) interim progress reports may be provided at intervals agreed with the Sponsor.

Immersion in the English-speaking environment

If it can be arranged, training in an English-speaking country makes learning faster, more enjoyable and more effective.   Listening to English and speaking practice can continue round the clock, and learning something of the culture that lies behind the language greatly helps. Our partner school’s comprehensive programme of excursions, sports and leisure activities adds another dimension to the trainees' courses, and films, lectures and other educational activities still further increase the speed and breadth of learning.

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Accredited by these organisations : ICEF, English UK