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Air and Defence (Public Services) First Diploma Level 2

  • Course Type: Air and Defence College

What can this course lead to?

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to Level 3 Air and Defence Uniformed Protective Services (Extended) Certificate.

You could progress to employment, an apprenticeship or entry to the RAF

Who is it for?

This course, as part of Stamford College’s Air and Defence College is an amazing opportunity to pursue a career with the RAF within the Public Services pathway in job roles such as a Regiment Gunner.

You will take part in a blend of practical and theory activities with a range of assessment methods including three hours per week of personal training to develop your physical fitness. These activities will ensure you are well equipped to pass RAF basic recruitment training and as a student of the Air and Defence College you will be guaranteed a place (subject to entry criteria). 

What is covered?

You will study the following units:

Core Units:

  • Public Service Skills
  • Employment in the Uniformed Public Services
  • Career Planning for entry into the Uniformed Public Services

Optional Units (a selection of 3 will be delivered):

  • Improving Health and Fitness for entry to the Uniformed Public Services
  • Citizenship, The Individual and Society
  • Health and Safety in the Public Service Workplace
  • Adventurous Activities and Teamwork for the Public Services
  • Sport and Recreation in the Public Services
  • Land Navigation by Map and Compass
  • Law and its Impact on the Individual in Public Services
  • Crime and its Effects on Society
  • Community and Cultural Awareness
  • Driving and the Public Services
  • Expedition Skills in Public Services
  • Fundamentals of Nautical Studies
  • Attending Emergency Incidents in Public Services
  • Security Procedures in the Public Services
  • Research in Public Services
  • Volunteering in Public Services
  • ICT and the Public Services

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

4 GCSEs at grades 3/D or above including English Language and maths. Alternatively a relevant Level 1 Diploma and a GCSE grade 3/D in English Language and maths, or a pass in Functional Skills Level 1 English and maths.

This course also requires an interview/informal chat with the curriculum lead for the Air and Defence college before a place can be confirmed.

Start date: 02/09/2024

Course Code



1 Year Full-time

Full-time courses are fully funded for 16 to 18-year-olds. For age 19+, various funding options are available.

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