Integrated flight training is a second method of gaining your CPL, Multi Engine and Instrument Ratings (Frozen ATPL). Whilst the licence you gain at the end of the course is the same as if you had gone by the modular method, but the process of gaining it is different.
Integrated schools are often seen as the “zero to hero” method of gaining your Frozen ATP. A person can walk in having never even sat in an aircraft, and between 14-18 months later, walk out as a fully qualified pilot.
The order in which you complete the training often differs too. Integrated courses often, but not always, start with your ATPL theory. These exams are the same as the exams a modular pilot would sit, with all 14 completed before you move on to your flying section of your training..
During your flying training, you do not do a separate PPL, CPL, ME and IR, rather the training will often be split up into “stages”. This does mean, with no official EASA certified skills test between each course stage, you will not gain your SEP (Single Engine Piston) rating, like you would with your PPL.
With that said, the integrated does have some advantages. For one, people who wish to have a one stop shop for their training, it is ideal. Many others like the structured method of training too. In addition, many integrated schools have ties in with airlines meaning gaining a job after you complete can, but not always, be easier than the modular route. These perks are often reflected in the higher price of the course too.
Many integrated schools also offer MPL licences. These are airline specific courses which are specific to the school that runs them. MPL licences only qualify a pilot to fly multi-crew aircraft for the airline that they are training to become part of. Because of the specific nature of MPL courses, this guide will not cover them in detail.