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Air Cadet, BTEC


Gain qualifications whilst having a great time!

The Air Cadet Organisation offers a wide range of academic qualifications based on what you learn about the RAF, flying and navigation. There are even opportunities to gain qualifications in leadership and development.

Aircadets in Hawk T1Every cadet has the opportunity to gain an BTEC in Aviation Studies as part of the classification training we provide. The Air Cadet Organisation is also the sole provider of the BTEC Certificate, Extended Certificate and Diploma in Aviation Studies.

As a cadet you will study many different subjects including learning how a jumbo jet stays in the air as part of the Principles of Flight syllabus to learning how to navigate using a map as part of the Basic Navigation training.

Qualifications that you will be able to gain are:

  • BTEC Award in Aviation Studies – equivalent to 1 GCSE A-C grade
  • BTEC Certificate in Aviation Studies – equivalent to 2 GCSE’s A-C grades

If you want more information on the BTEC in Aviation Studies speak to the Squadron Training Officer who will be able to provide you with more detailed information on how to claim the qualification.

Lifelong Learning

After you have been a cadet for a while and have completed your GCSEs you can sign up for the BTEC in Public Services or Music. These awards are administered by CVQO and are designed to compliment everything you do as a cadet. The qualifications reflects on the skills and qualifications you have gained as a cadet as well as encouraging you to spend some time taking part in activities away from the Squadron.

Here is an outline of what the BTECs in Public Services and Music are equivalent to:

  • BTEC First Diploma in Public Services – equivalent to 4 GCSE’s A-C grades.
  • BTEC First Diploma in Music – equivalent to 4 GCSE’s A-C grades.

One further qualification that is open to the cadets, is the ILM Certificate in Team Leading.  This mixes theory and practical elements with an emphasis on leadership, teamwork and communications and is your first step to being a great manager or leader in the future – it’s a valuable award recognised by employers as a real achievement. You have to have graduated from the ACO Junior Leaders Course to do it, but this award is free.

Find Out More

For further information on the different qualifications that are available to you as an Air Cadet check out the CVQO website or speak to the Squadron Training Officer for more information.