Training & Education

Air Cadet Syllabus Training, Courses and Education

Aside from all the great experiences and new skills you'll gain as an air cadet, you can also take away real qualifications that will set you apart from the crowd when you head to university or begin your chosen career.
For starters there's the Duke of Edinburgh Award that employers everywhere recognise as a great achievement. You can take on the challenge as part of your adventurous training, working your way up through the levels all the way to Gold - something to be really proud of.
But did you know there's also:
Leadership training, where you can really prove your worth as leader - a skill that will build your confidence and your ability to deal with different kinds of people. If you can handle it you could get to the Junior Leaders course - it's gruelling but what you get out of it will be invaluable to you for the rest of your life.
BTECs are always popular and a widely recognised qualification - more than 4,000 cadets have registered for the First Diploma in Public Services and over 6,000 have signed up for the First Diploma in Aviation Studies. There's also the increasingly popular First Diploma in Performing Arts (Music) for budding musicians.
First Aid is another essential skill you can pick up - train in this important area and you may be awarded a certificate from St Johns Ambulance. If those skills were called upon you could make all the difference in a life or death situation
City & Guilds - cadets can also benefit from certain vocational qualifications in management, as can our volunteers.
Cadet Classifications_________________________________________________________________________________________

Staff Cadet

To be eligible to sit either part 1 or part 2 of the staff cadet examination cadets must have taken and passed the Senior Cadet examinations, reached the age of at least fifteen years and six months, completed the staff cadet syllabus including approved citizenship training and a further 25 hours or more project training.  Staff cadets must also have completed the First Class shot test within the last twelve months, and it would also be a great advantage if the cadet had been to at least one of the RAF annual camps. There are two parts to this exam. This first is similar to the senior exam. Two subjects must be chosen: Pilot Navigation, Airframes, Operational Flying and Satellite Communications must be chosen and studied. This part of the exam is set by Headquarters Air Cadets. The second part is completed in the squadron and your Wing staff officer assesses you on your knowledge of the Corps and your lecture technique.

Senior Cadet

For the senior badge, cadets must have taken and passed the leading cadet examinations and completed the full syllabus, while having done 25 hours or more project work. A cadet has to choose two subjects for this exam from the following four: Aircraft Navigation, Propulsion, Aircraft Handling and Advanced Radio and Radar.

Leading Cadet

For the leading badge, cadets must have already taken and passed first class and passed the full syllabus for leading cadet examinations while having done at least 25 hours of project work. There are only three subjects to study for the Leading Exam, Basic Navigation, Principles of Flight and Airmanship 2.

First Class Cadet

For the first cadet badge, cadets must be enrolled and must have completed the full syllabus of subjects.  The first class exam is made up of seven subjects these are: First Aid, Basic Airmanship, Expedition Training, The History of The Air Training Corps, Communications and Weapons Handling.
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