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Air and Defence (IT) Certificate Level 2

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Course overview

This course, as part of New College Stamford’s Air and Defence Career 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 (dependent upon existing qualifications) alongside practical workshops at New College Stamford.

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.

 

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 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

Entry Requirements

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

Need to re-sit? No problem. If you don’t achieve a Grade 4/​C in GCSE maths or English, you’ll resit the exams with us and we’ll help you prepare.

Worried about your grades?

Whatever your results, we want to assure you that extenuating circumstances will be considered should you not have the grades indicated above. 

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
  • Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy /​too hard
  • Incorporating English and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well

Our course enquiries and admissions team are available remotely throughout this unprecedented period. They 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). Course fees for Air and Defence will be £150 for the year. This will cover all trips and visits outside of college. You will be required to attend each lesson with a notebok and stationary. More information and details will be given at interview.

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.

Course Content

In addition to your Air and Defence College programme you will study the following in your curriculm 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)

Course Trips

You will gain an insight into the aerospace industry through RAF station and Industrial Partner visits and residentials, alongside outdoor and adventurous activities such as team challenges and high ropes.

 

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