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Air and Defence (Computing) Certificate Level 2

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

This course, as part of Stam­ford Col­lege’s Air and Defence Col­lege is an amaz­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty to pur­sue a career with the RAF and progress towards job roles such as a Cyber­space Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Spe­cial­ist or an Avion­ics Technician.

The pro­gramme includes employ­a­bil­i­ty skills (atti­tu­di­nal goals) and Func­tion­al Skills or GCSEs in Eng­lish and maths (depend­ing on exist­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions) along­side prac­ti­cal work­shops at Stam­ford College.

Grad­u­ates of The Air and Defence Col­lege are guar­an­teed a place on RAF basic recruit train­ing (sub­ject to RAF entry cri­te­ria) and will be well equipped to pass first time.


What Does The Pro­gramme Include

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 three 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

Entry Require­ments

4 GCSEs at grades 3/D or above includ­ing Eng­lish and maths

Alter­na­tive­ly a pass in a rel­e­vant Lev­el 1 Diplo­ma, and a GCSE grade 3/D in Eng­lish and maths, or a pass for func­tion­al skills Lev­el 1 Eng­lish and Maths.

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

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess pro­gramme’ that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):

  • Allow­ing you to change cours­es if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks — sub­ject to course avail­abil­i­ty
  • Mov­ing you between course lev­els if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too easy / too hard — sub­ject to course avail­abil­i­ty
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well

A Mer­it in your Lev­el 2 course, and GCSE’s maths and Eng­lish at 4 or above or Lev­el 2 Func­tion­al skills, in order to progress on to a Lev­el 3

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team can be con­tact­ed at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

Air and Defence Col­lege assess­ment will fol­low BRTC (basic recruit train­ing course) atti­tude goal require­ments at Grade A through­out your study. In addi­tion you will pre­pare and sit the Air­man Selec­tion Test (AST) for entry in to the RAF should you wish to do so. You will also par­tic­i­pate in the Indus­tri­al Cadet Award writ­ten assign­ment, pre­sen­ta­tions and prac­ti­cal tasks, along­side oth­er per­son­al devel­op­ment focused projects.

There are two manda­to­ry units which are each exter­nal­ly assessed by way of an exam­i­na­tion. The oth­er four remain­ing units are inter­nal­ly assessed, each unit hav­ing 3 assign­ments which you will need to complete.

Addi­tion­al Information

You will be required to be in Air and Defence Col­lege uni­form on your Air and Defence days in col­lege, both in the­o­ry and prac­ti­cal ses­sions. This will be at a cost of £85 for the basic Air and Defence Col­lege uni­form pack­age with the oppor­tu­ni­ty to pur­chase oth­er items if you desire. In addi­tion you will also require a pair of black out­door trousers, black boots, black sports shorts and a pair of run­ning train­ers (no fash­ion flat soled footwear). 

Trip fees for Air and Defence will be £150 for the year. This will cov­er all trips and vis­its out­side of college. 

Please see https://​www​.stam​ford​.ac​.uk/​c​o​l​l​e​g​e​-life to see how the col­lege can sup­port you with these ele­ments of the course.

Poten­tial Future Career

On suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this course, you can progress to the Air and Defence (Com­put­ing) Extend­ed Cer­tifi­cate Lev­el 3 to pur­sue a career with the RAF.

You will need to pass the course and achieve a GCSE maths and Eng­lish at 4 or above, or Lev­el 2 Pass in Func­tion­al Skills maths and English

Course Con­tent

In addi­tion to your Air and Defence Col­lege pro­gramme you will study the fol­low­ing in your cur­ricu­lum area:

  • The Online World (Exter­nal Assessment) 
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Sys­tems (Exter­nal Assessment) 
  • A Dig­i­tal Port­fo­lio (Inter­nal Assessment) 
  • Cre­at­ing Dig­i­tal Graph­ics (Inter­nal Assessment) 
  • Data­base Devel­op­ment (Inter­nal Assessment) 
  • Web­site Devel­op­ment (Inter­nal Assessment)


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