To Become a Pilot – What Requirements and Subjects are Needed in South African Universities?

On this page, we explore what Grade 10 – 12 High School subject marks/results are needed or required to study Pilot in South African Universities and Colleges? We also look at what APS Score is required for Pilot Degree and Diploma courses. You should know that every learning institution, internationally or locally, will have its own set of requirements for Pilot studies.


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List of Grade 10 – 12 subjects required to study Pilot courses

Well, let us explore what Grade 10 subjects are required in order to study Pilot in South African Universities and Colleges. The subject that you choose in grade 10 may directly determine what study options you will have at tertiary institutions. Therefore, when choosing your subject combination in grade 10, you should already have an idea in terms of what you intend to study after matric.

This is a Science field of study, therefore there are specific High School subjects that are required to study in this field. You also need to meet the minimum APS score in the University you are going to study at. The following subjects are needed and essential for the curriculum:

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  • Physical Science,
  • Mathematics,
  • English Home Language,
  • or English First or Second Additional Language.
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Skills Requirements:

  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Strong multitasking abilities
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Good decision-making skills
  • Good physical and mental health
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What Pilot Career is all about

As well as getting to fly to many different destinations as part of their job, airplane pilots get big discounts on personal air travel. They can also share travel benefits with family and friends. It’s unarguable that pilots have the very best views in the world, nearly every time they’re at work.

Watch: How to Become a Pilot – Step-by-step Guide

Step 1: Meet the Minimum Requirements To become a pilot in South Africa, you must meet the minimum requirements set by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA). These include:

  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Hold a valid South African ID or passport
  • Have a minimum of a grade 12 certificate or equivalent
  • Be able to read, write, and speak English fluently
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Step 2: Choose a Flight School Choose a flight school that is approved by the SACAA. Research different schools and compare their fees, course duration, and reputation.

Step 3: Enroll in a Flight Training Program Enroll in a flight training program. This will include both ground school and flight training. Ground school will cover topics such as aerodynamics, navigation, and weather, while flight training will teach you how to fly an aircraft.

Step 4: Pass the Medical Examination Pass a medical examination to ensure that you meet the medical requirements to become a pilot. This will include a physical examination and a psychological evaluation.

Step 5: Obtain a Student Pilot’s License Obtain a student pilot’s license, which will allow you to fly under the supervision of a licensed instructor.

Step 6: Pass the Theory and Practical Exams Pass the theory and practical exams set by the SACAA. This will include a written exam on the topics covered in ground school, as well as a practical flight test.

Step 7: Obtain a Private Pilot’s License Obtain a private pilot’s license, which will allow you to fly an aircraft for personal or recreational use.

Step 8: Obtain a Commercial Pilot’s License Obtain a commercial pilot’s license, which will allow you to fly for hire or reward. This will require additional flight hours and training.

Note: These steps and requirements may vary depending on the flight school or institution you choose to attend. Always check with the institution or the SACAA for accurate and updated information.

How to Become a Pilot – Step-by-step Guide

What is the APS Score marks/results for Pilot

In order for you to get accepted at a University in South Africa, or (Colleges that use APS scores) for a qualification in Pilot, you should possess a National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) with an APS score of between 26 -35. APS score is determined by the Grade 12 marks or results. It is also good to know that Universities and Colleges may use your Grade 11 marks if you applied before your matric results came out.

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The minimum requirements for a candidate to obtain a Grade 12 National Senior Certificate?

The minimum requirements are:

  • Achieve 40% in three subjects, one of which is an official language at Home Language level and 30% in three subjects.
  • Provide full evidence in the SBA component in the subjects offered

Correct Subject Choice is Important

When it comes to subject choices, every learner should ensure that their subject choice (from Grade 10 already) will lead them in pursuing the careers they want.

The subject choice at the end of Grade 9, or Grade 10 according to The Department of Education, could determine the field of study learners can follow once they complete school. In other words, if learners do not select the correct combination of subjects, they could find themselves unable to enter into certain higher or further education programmes. So when making this important subject choice, learners should consider their options for when they complete school and select accordingly.

How much does it cost to study Pilot?

Although every learning institution will have its own fees structure and costing, studying Pilot courses can range from R15 000 to R60 000 per annum. It is always advisable for learners to contact the institution they want to learn at in order to confirm the study fees amounts for the year.

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