Each national authority has their own arrangements for sitting exams. EASA sets limits to the number of times candidates can retake exams and the theory course must be completed within 18 months, thereafter the flight training, skill test and licence application must be completed within 36 months.
Theoretical Knowledge Course Providers
There are several approved course providers in the UK and elsewhere.
We are aware that the following organisations are now offering approved courses:
Integrating theory and practical aspects
In general, getting the TK out of the way before commencing flight training is sensible. Although the TK is now much more manageable and relevant, it is likely to prove a distraction to flight training if not completed first.
Nonetheless, it may suit some people to take one or two days IR flight training during TK study. This will help put the TK into context and also give you a clear idea of some of the applied TK that you will need to master before you get very far into the flight training. Typically this applied TK focusses on checks, speeds, power settings and standard operating procedures.
As ever, this will very much be up to individual preference, and is something we should discuss at an early stage.