There are two options available for someone wanting to obtain a Private Pilot’s License in the UK.
Joint Airworthiness Authority Private Pilots License (JAA PPL), requires a slightly longer course of 45 hours, a little more knowledge of instrument flying is required along with a few other extra details. The medical requirement is an examination by a CAA approved examiner, a little more rigorous, includes blood pressure tests, an ECG and such. The JAA PPL involves slightly more complex written exams and flying test, but still conducted by your own flying school. The JAA PPL is recognised throughout Europe and much of the rest of the World, but not the USA, though it is a simple procedure to obtain an American License on production of your JAA license.
It is possible for a good average student to obtain either license in the minimum hours, given good instruction and reasonable continuity. However, spreading the license out over a long period of time (i.e. only flying once a week or less) is likely to result in more hours being required. The number of flying hours needed also (on average) increases with the age of the student. For the NPPL completed in around minimum hours, reckon about 100 landings (£750), for the JAA PPL about 120 landings (£900).
Minimum costs for the flying to obtain the licenses are, therefore, around £5,500 for the NPPL and around £7,500 for the JAA PPL (cost of text books and other minor items such as specialist calculators will add between £100 and £200 to this). Test and exam fees will amount to another £100 - £200.For more details about prices for PPL training, click here.