Okay, so I am in year 11 and got just over 1 year before I get out of school, and I am doing Maths C (essential) and the university wants maths B (General) I am just posting this on here since I know there us a few other people that are doing aviation as a university course. Now I feel that I can’t get into university since I didn’t meet one prerequisite. :(
In terms of aviation and maths in general, it is always overstated how good you need to be at it. You really don’t need anything more than basic GCSE maths. For the uni side of things with aviation, just talk to the uni, or you’ll probably be able to get a place through clearing.
You could always explore other universities. The way you are saying “the university” makes it sound like you’re only looking at one. There’s loads out there! I’m not sure maybe they could all have the same Maths level restriction but you should do some research on that!
Most if not all unis should have some sort of bridging course/unit, which you can take after entrance provided that you have scores that meet the entrance requirement. If you’re currently doing physics that could also improve your chances, but that depends on the institution :)
I definitely miss read the way you said year 11 and was like bro, why is this 11 year old kid already so stressed about college lol.
Anyway, I’m not so familiar with the school system in the UK, but here in the states it’s fairly normal for people to take a higher level of a class they already did in their 12th grade year. For this same reason as well, usually we use terms like regular, honors, and AP instead of lettered levels, but I know a fair few people will/have take(n) an honors or AP version of a class they already did as an elective to meet college requirements, that said colleges are a bit more coy about exactly what they require here since the curriculum and difficulty of high school classes varies so much.
Anyway, I digress, I’d maybe check with an administrator or counselor at your school to see if you can do something like that, or shop around to colleges or different programs in colleges. At least here in the states a college degree and flight training aren’t necessarily tied together, while airlines here still want a college degree, it’s more to show you can academically challenge yourself so to speak. I have heard of people who are pilots for major airlines who have like an English writing degree or something like that, and did their flight training separately. I’m sure a related degree helps, but moral of the story is at least here in the states you are hardly locked to one path from the day you say I want to be a pilot. Actually a separate degree may be a benefit since it gives you a path out if you should have some medical issue arise, or we have another crisis like this or 9/11 where people are laid off. Though I’m not familiar with your school or your path of choice, definitely talk to councilors from your school, or perspective colleges, maybe even people at the airlines if you know someone and airlines are the path you wish to peruse. Best of luck.
Honestly I had the same problems or so I thought. Have you given any ideas into which colleges you’d like to look at. I applied to 14 major aviation colleges around the country. It all depends on what you really want to do. If you send a list. I can definitely help you. I am a junior in college so I know the process.
Tbh it depends what kind of job you’re looking out to do. If you’re looking to becoming a pilot then yeah you would most likely would need it, but most look at your science or physics knowledge.
Most aviation related jobs do require you to have basic maths, some don’t require any maths at all, depends. If you’re looking to do a business aviation course, think that would be what you would be looking for, since it requires you to only need to meet a English proficiency requirement.
Hope this helps!
Best of luck towards to your last schooling years and hope you get an aviation course!
Majoring in professional flight or a similar program (such as aeronautical science) is a great way to become an airline pilot, as you get most if not all of the hours you need and most of the certificates you need to fly all in college. But the issue with this specific degree is it is very limiting on what jobs you can get, as it’s essentially only good for flying. If you lose your medical certificate or something else that prevents you from flying, there isn’t much else you can do.
But this route isn’t the only option. I have researched this topic extensively and one of these could fix the issue you are having with your math classes and University admissions. Be warned, this is a lot of text below.
Paths to the Airlines
I have researched a lot of different options for education if you want to become a commerical/airline pilot. Here are your possible routes:
More piece of mind:
Obtain a bachelor’s degree related to aviation that gives you all or some of your flight training, and also education on other positions within the industry, such as aviation management or aviation maintenance which you can fall back on if you lose your job. These degrees/programs are somewhat rare and you have to do a pretty good amount of digging to find them. This is ideal because you can get to the airlines in around 4 years since you get all your stuff done at during college. If you know a college with this sort of program, PLEASE tell me.
Obtain a Bachelor’s degree in whatever you want. It can be anything. This does two things. (1) Major airlines require Bachelor’s degrees, but it doesn’t matter what it’s in. All it shows is that you have commitment and determination. (2) Fortunately, airlines don’t care what your bachelor’s degree is in. So you can get a degree in whatever you want and if you lose your job, you can fall back onto that degree and still be able to make a living. The degree can be related to aviation, which will likely help you in some way during your pilot career, but it doesn’t have to be. You will get your training, hours and certifications while in college at a separate flight school or FBO, or you can do your training after college, which will probably allow you to focus more on your training and have more time available since you won’t also be in college, but it will take about 5-6 years instead of 4 years. Some of these flight schools where you can do all your required flight training outside of college is at ATP flight school, United Aviate Academy, or some other organization or FBO. There are many.
Go to a 4 year college and do Military ROTC (or a military academy). This is a good route but you have to be capable and willing to serve in the military. You probably won’t start flying if you are in the air force or navy or one that has flying involved until around 5-7 years from the start, because you need to be an officer and flight training isn’t included in ROTC. And you have a minimum amount of time you need to serve, which is around 5 years. So that’s at least 10 years before you could start flying for the Airlines. But you will likely have most of your certifications and more than enough hours when you discharge, you could go straight to flying for the major airlines, with maybe a bit of extra training like your ATP cert and a couple other licenses or ratings. But fortunately there are extremely high demand for these people, so finding a job and paying for your extra certifications won’t be a problem. This is also by far the most cost effective option, as you will pay little to no money because the military (at least the US) is free and they will likely pay for a large chunk of your college tuition.
Less peace of mind
Obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical science or a similar degree will get you everything you need to quickly start flying for the regional airlines and eventually the major airlines (since they require a b.s.). But since the aviation industry is unpredictabile and sadly you don’t have much job security because demand can suddenly decrease and you can be laid off or you could lose your medical certificate or something like that. And having a B.S. in aero science is basically only good for flying for the airlines, so if you lose your job, you are in a bad situation. Try and minor in something that will work well to fall back on.
Don’t go to college and do all your flight training at some type of flight school or FBO. You will have no fall back and you also won’t be able to go any further than the regionals since you don’t have a bachelor’s degree.
Anyways, I hope this helps. If there are any other options I didn’t bring up, by all means tell me. If you want fly professionally, you chose what route is best for you. All of these options have their pros and cons.
Hope this helps! Correct me on any mistakes I have made.