Qualifications for being a cadet
Below is an outline of what the BTEC in Aviation Studies is equivalent to:The BTEC Award in Aviation Studies if awarded to every cadet that completes the ATC academic syllabus. By attending the Squadron and participating in classes cadets can earn qualifications that will help to make their CV look great. As covered in the Cadet Classifications page, cadets must show an understanding of the syllabus through exams or assessment by an instructor.
- 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 about the BTEC in Aviation Studies speak to your Squadron Training Officer who will be able to provide you with more detailed information on how to claim the qualification.
Learning for Life
On completing the Leading Cadet syllabus cadets can sign up for the BTEC in Public Services or Music. Administered by the CVQO these qualifications can be achieved with a little extra work on top of what you do as a cadet. Each of these qualifications build on the activities you take part in as a cadet, such as spending time away from home on camp to participating in a leadership course. These awards require you to do some work away from the Squadron but these usually involve you reflecting on how you performed on a certain activity or investigate a particular aspect of the Public Services or Music production.
Below 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.
For further information on the different qualifications that are available to you as an Air Cadet check out the CVQO website or speak to your Squadron Training Officer for more information.
As well as academic qualifications, the ATC also supports its members in gaining National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications in activities such as hillwalking, kayaking and First Aid. These allow our staff to provide safe and exciting activities for our cadets. Below are some examples of the qualifications that are commonly offered to older cadets and staff:
- Basic Expedition Leaders Award
- Hill and Moorland Leader Award
- Mountain Leader Award
- Heartstart Instructor
For more information on the qualifications on offer speak with your Commanding Officer or a member of Squadron staff.