2158 (Sevenoaks) Squadron Air Training Corps

Training Programme

Upon joining the squadron, cadets are reuired to undertake a training syllabus based around aviation and RAF-related subjects. The subjects are arranged into four classification levels and cadets study different subjects at each level.

The training syllabus also incorporates training in some practical elements of the ATC such as shooting, leadership, teamwork and first aid. Within the first 3-4 months of being at the squadron, cadets can expect to have completed their British Heart Foundation Heartstart certificate in basic life support, initial weapons handling test and have covered the majority of the First Class syllabus.

To view an example training programme, please clickhere. The academic aspects of the syllabus are listed below:

First Class

  • A First Class BadgeHistory of the ATC
  • The RAF
  • Initial Expedition Trainin
  • Map Reading
  • First Aid
  • History of Flight
  • Airmanship I

LeadingA Leading Cadet Badge

  • Basic Navigation
  • Principles of Flight
  • Airmanship II


 Senior trainees must study 2 subjects from:

  • Air Navigation
  • Pilot Navigation
  • Propulsion
  • Airframes
  • Operational Flying
  • Advanced Radio & Radar
  • Satellite Communications

Master CadetA Master Cadet Badge

To pass Master Cadet, cadets must study 2 subjects not studied at Senior level. The master cadet badge shows the cadet has completed their aviation syllabus training and completion makes the cadet eligible to receive their BTEC in Aviation Studies, worth 2 GCSEs at A*-C.

Instructor CadetAn Instructor Cadet Lanyard

Cadets can opt to complete the final instructor cadets classification once they have completed their Master Cadet stage. This involves a one day Methods of Instruction course followed by an assessed instructional period. The aim of this classification is to give older cadets the tools to teach younger cadets. Cadets who successfully complete this classification gain a yellow lanyard to be worn on the right arm.

Vocational Qualifications

Both staff and cadets can gain vocational qualifications through the training given in the ATC with very little extra work. Much more information on these qualifications can be found on www.cvqo.org. As a summary, below are the qualifcations available to both cadets and adult staff:


  • BTEC in Aviation Studies
  • BTEC First Diploma in Public Services
  • BTEC First Diploma in Music


  • Introductory Certificate in First Line Management
  • Licentiateship in Youth Leaderhsip and Training
  • Graduateship in Youth Management and Training


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