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Air and Defence (Computing) (Extended) Diploma Level 3

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Advance your knowl­edge of com­put­er sci­ence, the fun­da­men­tal under­stand­ing of com­put­er sys­tems and skills in man­ag­ing net­works to pur­sue your career in the RAF. This course will also give you the oppor­tu­ni­ty to devel­op an under­stand­ing of how com­put­ers work and skills in pro­gram­ming, man­ag­ing net­works, cyber­se­cu­ri­ty, design­ing and devel­op­ing appli­ca­tions and web­sites and games development.

The pro­gramme includes employ­a­bil­i­ty skills (atti­tu­di­nal goals) and Func­tion­al Skills or GCSEs in Eng­lish and maths (depen­dent upon exist­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions) along­side prac­ti­cal work­shops at Stam­ford Col­lege. You will also take part in a blend of prac­ti­cal and the­o­ry activ­i­ties with a range of assess­ment meth­ods includ­ing three hours per week of per­son­al train­ing to devel­op your phys­i­cal fitness.

Grad­u­ates of The Air and Defence Col­lege are guar­an­teed a place on RAF basic recruit train­ing (sub­ject to RAF entry cri­te­ria) and will be well equipped to pass first time.


What Does The Pro­gramme Include

The cur­ricu­lum for the Air and Defence Career Col­lege is packed with enrich­ment activ­i­ties rang­ing from expert guest speak­ers from our indus­try part­ners, to exist­ing vis­its to RAF bases and indus­try work­places, along with res­i­den­tial vis­its and adven­ture training.

You will under­take 30-hours of work-relat­ed activ­i­ty linked close­ly to the Defence industry

You will par­tic­i­pate in activ­i­ties around Sci­ence, Tech­nol­o­gy, Eng­lish and Maths (STEM) and com­plete the Indus­tri­al Cadets Award

You will par­tic­i­pate in gen­er­al and trade RAF sta­tion visits

You will par­tic­i­pate in a week-long res­i­den­tial vis­it devel­oped by the RAF

You will par­tic­i­pate in out­door and adven­tur­ous activ­i­ties, includ­ing high/​low ropes activ­i­ties; climb­ing and canoeing

Entry Require­ments

5 GCSEs at grades 4/C or above includ­ing Eng­lish and and a 6/B in maths, or the AIr Defence (Com­put­ing) Cer­tifi­cate Lev­el 2.

Alter­na­tive­ly a Mer­it in a rel­e­vant Lev­el 2 Diplo­ma, and a GCSE grade 4/C in Eng­lish and maths, or a pass for func­tion­al skills Lev­el 2 Eng­lish and Maths.<?xml:namespace pre­fix = o” />

This course requires an interview/​informal chat with the course leader for the Air Defence part of the pro­gramme, before a place can be offered.

A Mer­it in your first year is required to enter the sec­ond year Extend­ed Diploma. 

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess pro­gramme’ that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):

  • Allow­ing you to change cours­es if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks — sub­ject to course avail­abil­i­ty
  • Mov­ing you between course lev­els if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too easy / too hard — sub­ject to course avail­abil­i­ty
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team can be con­tact­ed at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

Air and Defence Col­lege assess­ment will fol­low BRTC (basic recruit train­ing course) atti­tude goal require­ments at Grade A through­out your study. In addi­tion you will pre­pare and sit the Air­man Selec­tion Test (AST) for entry in to the RAF shoud you wish to do so. You will also par­tic­i­pate in the Indus­tri­al Cadet Award writ­ten assign­ment, pre­sen­ta­tions and prac­ti­cal tasks, along­side oth­er per­son­al devel­op­ment focused projects.

Addi­tion­al Information

You will be required to be in Air and Defence Col­lege uni­form on your Air and Defence days in col­lege, both in the­o­ry and prac­ti­cal ses­sions. This will be at a cost of £85 for the basic Air and Defence Col­lege uni­form pack­age with the oppor­tu­ni­ty to pur­chase oth­er items if you desire. In addi­tion you will also require a pair of black out­door trousers, black boots, black sports shorts and a pair of run­ning train­ers (no fash­ion flat soled footwear). Please see the stu­dent sup­port pages to find out if col­lege can help with the pur­chase of this equip­ment https://​www​.stam​ford​.ac​.uk/​c​o​l​l​e​g​e​-life

Course fees for Air and Defence will be £150 for the year. This will cov­er all trips and vis­its out­side of the col­lege. You will be required to attend each les­son with a note­book and sta­tion­ary. More infor­ma­tion and details will be giv­en at inter­view and enrolment.

Poten­tial Future Career

On suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this course, you can progress to join the RAF. If you decide to not enter the RAF, you can still progress to employ­ment, an appren­tice­ship, or fur­ther study such as the HND in Com­put­ing at Uni­ver­si­ty Cen­tre Peter­bor­ough or oth­er degrees at University. 


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