The Air & Defence Career College is a new concept in education offering real industry job opportunities and input by guest speakers, site visits and projects to start your career in the aerospace sector. The Air & Defence programme is designed around a full week at college, to include enrichment activities to include visits to RAF bases and timetabled periods of fitness in preparation for a role in the defence industry.
The programme has been developed for those who are intending to follow a career in mechanical aerospace engineering and wish to follow an alternative route to that of A Levels and sixth form. Although the programme is vocationally orientated towards engineering, it will not prevent anyone from selecting other career routes at a later stage. The Level 3 Extended National Diploma is worth 180 QCF credits. At full distinction level the course is worth 420 UCAS points, the equivalent to three A* A levels, for progression to university or other higher education centres for degree. There is also the opportunity for commissioning and sponsorship through university with The Royal Airforce. This vocational background also allows entry into the workplace in the mechanical industry, from design and project engineering jobs through to engineering management.
The programme consists of associated subjects, or units, all of the same duration. A total of 17 units are required to gain the Extended Diploma, Project being a double unit. During the course, a range of subjects are covered that introduce many aspects of mechanical technology. These are complemented with other subjects to provide a sound basis for the needs of a mechanical aerospace engineer.
Successful completion of all elements of the Air & Defence course and meeting the current recruitment criteria of the RAF will facilitate fast-tracking into the Royal Air Force.
You will need 5 GCSE’s in Mathematics, English Language, Science and Additional Science (minimum Grade C or equivalent). Any other qualification or experience will need to be discussed with the Tutor. You will also be required to pass a trade test as-well as a literacy and numeracy test. You will also be required to attend an interview and provide a reference (from an employer or recent school/college report).
Assessment is a combination of practical tests and written examinations.
Fees listed are for those aged 19 years and over only. Fees are subject to change, concessions may apply. Please note that where stated, fees are for the first year of a course only. Please contact us for information and advice.