Practical Vs Theory
Advance your knowledge of computer science, the fundamental understanding of computer systems and skills in managing networks to pursue your career in the RAF. This course will also give you the opportunity to develop an understanding of how computers work and skills in programming, managing networks, cybersecurity, designing and developing applications and websites and games development.
The programme includes employability skills (attitudinal goals) and Functional Skills or GCSEs in English and maths (dependent upon existing qualifications) alongside practical workshops at Stamford College. You will also 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.
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 activities around Science, Technology, English and Maths (STEM) and complete the Industrial Cadets Award
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
5 GCSEs at grades 4/C or above including English and and a 6/B in maths, or the AIr Defence (Computing) Certificate Level 2.
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This course requires an interview/informal chat with the course leader for the Air Defence part of the programme, before a place can be offered.
A Merit in your first year is required to enter the second year Extended Diploma.
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
Our course enquiries and admissions team can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 shoud 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.
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). Please see the student support pages to find out if college can help with the purchase of this equipment https://www.stamford.ac.uk/college-life
Course fees for Air and Defence will be £150 for the year. This will cover all trips and visits outside of the college. You will be required to attend each lesson with a notebook and stationary. More information and details will be given at interview and enrolment.
Potential Future Career
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 such as the HND in Computing at University Centre Peterborough or other degrees at University.