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Training & Education

Within the Air Training Corps, Cadets follow a syllabus which equates to a BTEC in Aviation Studies.  Cadets are assessed through a range of different subjects including Drill, Airmanship, Propulsion, Satellite and Radio Communications, Basic Navigation and many more.  Cadets will go through a range of stages seen below:
  • Junior Cadet (1 month)
  • Second Class Cadet (3 months)
  • First Class Cadet (6-9 months)
  • Leading Cadet (6-9 months)
  • Senior Cadet (6-9 months)
  • Master Air Cadet (6-9 months).
The purpose of a BTEC is to be vocational so we try to enhance our lessons and learning through practical and kinaesthetic techniques.  Most of the assessments are online exams where Cadets need to show knowledge and understanding of various learning objectives.  Once all the exams have been passed, Cadets are eligible for a BTEC which is the equivalent of 4 GCSE A*-C grade.  Once they have completed the exams and undertaken the Cadet Method Of Instruction Course (CMOIC), Cadets then become Instructors and can teach the other Cadets.
We also offer a BTEC in Public Services and a BTEC in Music which is supported through CVQO - the Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation.  Cadets have to be 16 years of age to undertake these qualifications.
In terms of adult qualifications, there are various courses such as ILM and City and Guilds courses.  Depending on interests, there are also BELA qualifications (British Expedition Leader Awards), Drill Instructor courses, Health and Safety/COSSH courses and many more.