Education and Training is carried out throughout the year, which not only helps you progress through with the Air Cadets, but gives you a great advantage over others in having a full CV when you leave school! We carrying our training in the following areas:
The majority of parade evenings are spent on examination training in which you are taught a number of aviation subjects. There are four levels of training called: First Class Cadet, Leading Cadet, Senior Cadet and Staff Cadet. Training for each level takes approximately 4 months with an examination at the end.
First Class Cadet
Subjects to be taken are split into three modules:
- Basic Radio Communications, Map reading, Airmanship.
- The ATC, the RAF, History of Flight.
- Initial Expedition Training, Drill theory and practice.
This is a particularly important stage of training since many activities (including flying and attendance at Annual Camp) cannot be undertaken until the training has been successfully completed in the relevant modules or in full.
Subjects taught at this level are: Basic Navigation, Principles of Flight and Airmanship II. Passing the Leading Cadet examination is particularly important to those cadets wishing to further their glider pilot training. You must also complete 25 hours of project training before the award of a Leading Cadet badge.
Senior & Staff Cadet
Subjects to be studied at the Senior and Staff cadet level may vary depending upon the availability of instructors. Two subjects are taken from the following list for Senior Cadet level: Air Navigation, Propulsion, Aircraft Handling and Advanced Radio & Radar. For Staff Cadet level candidates further their studies of the subjects not taken at Senior cadet level: Pilot Navigation, Airframes, Operational Flying and Satellite Communications. You must also complete 25 hours of project training before the award of a Senior Cadet badge and a course on administration followed by an oral examination before the award of a Staff Cadet lanyard.
As part of your examination training for Leading, Senior and Staff cadet, you are required to take part in 25 hours of project training. Project training subject vary enormously depending upon the availability of instructors but are likely to include: model making, continuity drill, radio, media etc.
BTEC in Aviation Studies
By simply completing your air cadet exams you can now earn extra GSEs! The BTEC Award in Aviation Studies, which requires the completion of both First class and Leading Training is equivalent to 1 GCSE in General Science Grade C, and the BTEC Certificate in Aviation Studies, awarded on completion of Staff Part 1 Training is equivalent to 2 GCSE's in General Science, Grade C.
BTEC Diploma in Public Sevices
This award requires cadets to pass aspects of the ATC syllabus, undertake a JNCO / Instructor Cadet / Leadership course and complete 2 pieces of coursework. Credit is given to many of the activities the ATC provides e.g. Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. The Diploma is equivalent to 4 GCSE's and is free. You must be aged between 15 and 19 to register.
BTEC Diploma in Music
All cadets who have an interest in music, can play a musical instrument - but you don't have to be able to read music. Assignments need to be completed that are specifically designed to incorporate both musical and creative tasks. The Diploma is equivalent to 4 GCSE's and is free. You must be aged between 15 and 19 to register.
Once you turn 14 you can take part in the DofE Award (for free!). The award is given for effort in four areas Expedition, Service, Physical Activity and Skill. You can either acheive all these through activites with 1070(Diss) Squadron or do some with cadets and some with your school or at home.
First Aid training is carried out on a regular basis on the squadron. If you pass the course you can gain the St Johns Ambulance Young Life Saver Award. First Aid scenerios are also carried out when we undertake Fieldcraft training, so you have plenty of chance to practice your skills.