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:
Senior trainees must study 2 subjects from:
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.
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.
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: