The Extended Diploma is a two year, full-time course that is equivalent to 3 A Levels and allows you to progress touniversity courses in business areas before entering employment.

It can also supportthose who want to progress directly to employment in job roles in business or business management and Higher Apprenticeships in the business sector.

The course provides the knowledge, understanding, skills and experience you needto pursue your career in the RAF. You will explore the key topics in business such as business finance, marketing, international business, recruitment and management.

The programme includes ablend of practical and theory activities with a range of assessment methods including 3 hours per week of personal training to develop your physical fitness. Graduates of The Air and Defence Career College are guaranteed a place on RAF basic recruit training (subject to RAF entry criteria) and will be well equipped to pass first time.

You will study 13 units of which 7 are mandatory and 4 are external including:
Unit 1: Exploring Business (Internally assessed)
Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign(Externally assessed)
Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance (Externally assessed)
Unit 4: Managing an Event(Internally assessed)
Unit 16: Visual Merchandising (Optional) (Internally assessed)
Unit 8:Recruitment and Selection(Optional)(Internally assessed)

Year 2:
Unit 5: International Business(Internally assessed)
Unit 6: Principles of Management(Externally assessed)
Unit 7: Business Decision Making(Externally assessed)
Unit 11: Final Accounts for Public Limited Companies(Optional)(Internally assessed)
Unit 17: Digital Marketing(Optional)(Internally assessed)
Unit 19: Pitching for a new business(Optional)(Internally assessed)
Unit 20: Investigating Corporate Social Responsibility(Optional)(Internally assessed)

This course is approximately 60% theory and 40% practical.

These are some of the main types of internal assessment. We use a variety of techniques to support all learning styles: • written reports • creation of financial documents • projects • posters, displays, leaflets • recordings of interviews/role plays • working logbooks, reflective journals • presentations with assessor questioning

The curriculum for the Air and Defence Career College is packed with enrichment activities ranging from expert guest speakers from our industry partners, to existing visits to RAF bases and industry workplaces, along with residential visits and adventure training.

  • You will undertake 30-hours of work-related activity linked closely to the Defence industry
  • You will participate in 3 days of activity around Science, Technology, English and Maths (STEM) led by The Royal Society of Engineers
  • You will participate in general and trade RAF station visits
  • You will participate in a week-long residential visit developed by the RAF
  • You will participate in outdoor and adventurous activities, including high/low ropes activities; climbing and canoeing

You will also undertake one weeks’ worth of week experience each year which is related to your course units which will allow you get a real hands-on experience of industry issues. Year 1 is a retail based experience and in year 2 we ask you to find an experience you think you want to try for your future, whether it be Marketing, Accountancy, Event Management, HRM, Business development, Operations management, or any area of businessthat interests you.

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to join the RAF. If you decide to not enter the RAF, you can still progress to employment, an apprenticeship, or further study as the qualification carries UCAS points and meets the admission requirements of many relevant courses such as theHND in Business at University Centre Stamford or other Business degrees at university. You could also enter employment in junior business roles in Marketing, Administration, Finance, Events Management or Human Resources.

In Year 1 you will undertake one externally assessed controlled set assessment and one external examination, with all other units assessed internally. In Year 2 you will undertake two external examinations, with all other units internally assessed. Internal assessments include both individual and group work to enhance your learning experience.

Trips, visits and guest speakers are an essential part of your course and they develop your knowledge of different career opportunities and allow you to add to the skills you are learning at College. You will visit The Bank of England and Houses of parliament to gain insightful knowledge of how the UK economy works and to understand the impact that Government has on business and their activities. You will also visit several industry based businesses relevant to the course. You will work with and visit Bishop Grosseteste University to discover their new and innovative Enterprise degree. You will participate in Enterprise challenges and create your own small business, we also actively encourage you to take part in industry lead competitions such as Start-up Stamford, Institute of Financial Studies, The Times Young economist of the year, plus other competitions as they arise. You will meet successful business people from different business sectors and backgrounds to inspire you and get top tips for future employment.

5 GCSEs including English and maths at grades 4/C or above.

For Admission

Department : Air and Defence Career College
Level : Level 3
Starts : 09 September, 2019
Duration : 2 Years Full Time
Course Code : AD3BUAP

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