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Air and Defence (Uniformed Protective Services) Diploma Level 3

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

This course, as part of Stam­ford Col­lege’s Air and Defence Col­lege is an amaz­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty to pur­sue a career with the RAF with­in the Pub­lic Ser­vices path­way in job roles such as a Reg­i­ment Gunner.

You will 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. These activ­i­ties will ensure you are well equipped to pass RAF basic recruit train­ing and as a stu­dent of the Air and Defence Col­lege you will be guar­enteed a place (sub­ject to entry criteria)


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) led by The Roy­al Soci­ety of Engineers

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 maths.

Or a Mer­it in Pub­lic Ser­vices Diplo­ma Lev­el 2 or the Air and Defence (Pub­lic Ser­vices) First Diplo­ma Lev­el 2.

Need to re-sit? No prob­lem. If you don’t achieve a Grade 4/C in GCSE maths or Eng­lish, you’ll resit the exams with us and we’ll help you prepare.

Wor­ried about your grades?

What­ev­er your results, we want to assure you that exten­u­at­ing cir­cum­stances will be con­sid­ered should you not have the grades indi­cat­ed above. 

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
  • Mov­ing you between course lev­els if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too easy / too hard
  • Incor­po­rat­ing Eng­lish and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team are avail­able remote­ly through­out this unprece­dent­ed peri­od. They 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 should 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. You will also require a pair of run­ning train­ers (no fash­ion flat soled footwear). Course fees for Air and Defence Col­lege 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. Please note; there are addi­tion­al costs for Pub­lic Ser­vices uniform/​course fees. More infor­ma­tion and details will be giv­en at interview.

Poten­tial Future Career

On suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this course, you can progress to the Air and Defence (Pub­lic Ser­vices) Diplo­ma Lev­el 3 to pur­sue a career with the RAF.

Course Con­tent

You will study the fol­low­ing units:

  • Gov­ern­ment, Poli­cies and the Pub­lic Services
  • Lead­er­ship and Team­work in the Pub­lic Services
  • Cit­i­zen­ship, Diver­si­ty and the Pub­lic Services
  • Under­stand­ing Dis­ci­pline in the Uni­formed Pub­lic Services

Option­al Units (not all will be selected)

  • Fit­ness Test­ing and Train­ing for the Uni­formed Pub­lic Services
  • Phys­i­cal Prepa­ra­tion, Health and Lifestyle for the Pub­lic Services
  • Inter­na­tion­al Insti­tu­tions and Human Rights
  • Under­stand the Impact of War, Con­flict and Ter­ror­ism on Pub­lic Services
  • Out­door and Adven­tur­ous Expeditions
  • Skills for Land-based Out­door and Adven­tur­ous Activities
  • Skills for Water-based Out­door and Adven­tur­ous Activities
  • Crime and its Effects on Society
  • Com­mand and Con­trol in the Uni­formed Pub­lic Services
  • Respond­ing to Emer­gency Ser­vice Incidents
  • Plan­ning and Man­age­ment of Major Incidents
  • Police Pow­ers in the Pub­lic Services
  • Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Tech­nol­o­gy in the Uni­formed Pub­lic Services
  • Cur­rent and Media Affairs in Pub­lic Services
  • Secu­ri­ty Pro­ce­dures in the Pub­lic Services
  • Instruct­ing Phys­i­cal Activ­i­ty and Exercise
  • Land Nav­i­ga­tion by Map and Compass


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My course fast tracked my dream career as a Police Offi­cer. I work as a Police Spe­cial in my spare time, and I’ve been accept­ed on a BSc (Hons) Crime and Inves­tiga­tive Degree!

Aimee Hatcher



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