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Department overview

Stamford College's Air and Defence College provides employer-led, career focused education and technical training for 16 to 19 year olds. Our employer supporters will work closely with us to provide this unique and innovative model, which is designed to allow opportunities to explore secure career paths in the Royal Air Force and associated aerospace industries.


Stam­ford Col­lege works in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Roy­al Air Force and its aero­space part­ners includ­ing Raytheon, Thales and AAR Corp to pro­vide this unique expe­ri­ence. Our Air & Defence Col­lege pro­gramme is shaped by our aero­space indus­try part­ners, offer­ing a unique blend of aca­d­e­m­ic edu­ca­tion, and sec­tor-spe­cif­ic knowl­edge / skills that make sure our grad­u­ates are work ready. The rela­tion­ship between the Air & Defence Col­lege, the Roy­al Air Force and their aero­space part­ners is at the cen­tre of our pro­gramme of study.

The Pro­gramme

Our Air & Defence Col­lege offers a fan­tas­tic oppor­tu­ni­ty for stu­dents to learn about Roy­al Air Force careers through an inter­ac­tive pro­gramme that com­bines their aca­d­e­m­ic stud­ies in their cho­sen voca­tion with this excit­ing enrich­ment pro­gramme. The pro­gramme opens the door on air & defence careers, enabling stu­dents to take a good look inside. Stu­dents will expe­ri­ence indus­try envi­ron­ments, par­tic­i­pat­ing in many site vis­its which allow them to expe­ri­ence first-hand what career oppor­tu­ni­ties exist. They will build their knowl­edge and under­stand­ing of the Roy­al Air Force and wider aero­space indus­tries in prepa­ra­tion for their future careers. In addi­tion to site vis­its they will be guid­ed through poten­tial careers / oppor­tu­ni­ties / recruit­ment process from our indus­try part­ners, through vis­its from guest speak­ers / par­tic­i­pa­tion in projects, tasks and chal­lenges. Our Air & Defence Col­lege pro­gramme means that our grad­u­ates are always career fac­ing and are well equipped for what­ev­er their next steps may be — basic train­ing with the Roy­al Air Force or a career with the wider aero­space industries!


The Air & Defence Col­lege at Stam­ford Col­lege is avail­able to stu­dents who have suc­cess­ful­ly been offered a place on one the fol­low­ing cur­ricu­lum courses;

Uni­formed Pro­tec­tive Services

Com­put­ing & IT


This com­bi­na­tion of cur­ricu­lum study pro­vides stu­dents with a unique blend of aca­d­e­m­ic qual­i­fi­ca­tion along­side our fan­tas­tic Air and Defence enrich­ment opportunities. 

How does the pro­gramme work? 

You will com­plete their aca­d­e­m­ic stud­ies 3 days a week (Mon / Tue / Fri) in which you will gain your Lev­el 3 or Lev­el 2 BTEC Award (see cours­es above), join­ing the Air & Defence Col­lege 2 days a week (Wed / Thu). 

NOTE: Air and Defence Col­lege pro­gramme MUST be part­nered with ONE of the cours­es detailed above.

How do I apply? 

Fol­low the link to the rel­e­vant course you are inter­est­ed in, read all about the cur­ricu­lum con­tent (what/​how you will learn in your aca­d­e­m­ic stud­ies and the qual­i­fi­ca­tion you will be award­ed), as well as read­ing all about the Air & Defence Col­lege con­tent (the enrich­ment pro­gramme you will fol­low that focus­es on the Roy­al Air Force and wider aero­space indus­tries expe­ri­ences). Then sim­ply apply online fol­low­ing the link provided.


Transport Information

Along­side trans­port run by local coun­cils, we also have 15 dif­fer­ent bus routes through­out Lin­colnshire, Rut­land, Peter­bor­ough, Cam­bridgeshire and Northamptonshire.


Bradley, who achieved DDD, said, "I'm an RAF Cyberspace Communication Specialist thanks to my tutors who helped me achieve my true potential.”


The Air and Defence Course opened my eyes to loads of amazing opportunities, it helped me gain the skills and confidence for my apprenticeship with BAE Systems.


"Air & Defence College helped me to recognise my potential. With support, I’ve now achieved the career I always wanted, and I am now serving as RAF Logistics Supplier."

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