What is BTEC?

BTEC is an internationally-recognised vocational qualification designed to offer members of the Air Cadets an opportunity to use their training towards gaining an academic award.

Edexcel’s BTEC Level 2 First Certificate and Diploma in Public Services are designed to introduce learners to working in the public sector or prepare them for further study, such as a BTEC National qualification or an appropriate NVQ.

• The BTEC in Diploma in Public Services is equivalent to 4 GCSEs at A-C level.

The Award mixes theory and practical elements with an emphasis on leadership, teamwork, communications, problem-solving and fitness.
The syllabus has been designed to improve valuable life skills. Cadets learn professional CV writing, interview techniques, communication, first aid, adventure training, health and nutrition. And best of all, it's FREE to cadets!

Cadets must be over 16 to enrol in the BTEC programme. In addition to existing cadet activities, cadets are required to complete the course syllabus which includes supervised adventure training activities and occasional weekend training. All coursework is assessed by Edexcel.

• The BTEC in Aviation Studies (awarded upon completion of Leading Cadet training and at age 16) is equivalent to 1 GCSE at A-C level.

• The BTEC in Advanced Aviation Studies (awarded upon completion of Master Cadet training and at age 16) is equivalent to 2 GCSEs at A-C level.

• The BTEC in Music is equivalent to 4 GCSEs at A-C level.

Duke of Westminter's Award

All cadets should automatically receive the BTEC in Aviation Studies and are encouraged to complete the BTEC in Public Services. In 2011 seventeen 229 cadets are in the process of completing the latter. All that is really required is the completion of 2 workbooks, as 80% of the Award cadets have already completed through their normal ATC training programme.

Cadets can also be nominated for the prestigious Duke of Westminster's Award which could enable them to be seen as amongst the very best achievers in the country (see video alongside).

The opportunity for 229 cadets to achieve these awards is another reason why the ATC is quite simply the best youth organisation in the world.

CVQO (Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation) Junior Leaders Course

All cadets have the opportunity for self-development on a CVQO-recognised Junior Leaders Course. Read the following press article to find out what it's all about!

"A select band of air cadets are waking up this morning as graduates of Junior Leaders Course number twelve. The course is one of the most physically demanding that an air cadet can attend. It tests their leadership and managements skills in very testing environments. Over ninety cadets from across the United Kingdom put themselves forward to attend the two day selection weekend in September last year. To get a place on the course the cadets had to pass a fitness test, take part in discussion groups, give a presentation and take part in leadership tasks. Successful candidates then began a six month intensive training programme over a series of weekends honing their team leading skills in a series of challenges from outdoor pursuits and high ropes courses in the Yorkshire Dales, fieldcraft exercises over the Catterick Training Areas and a sponsored funding raising route march for the John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation.

The high point of the course has been the very demanding test week which they have just completed yesterday where the cadets proved their command and control skills in series of fieldcraft exercises taking them across southern England from Longmoor in Hampshire to RAF Marham in Norfolk. The highlight of the exercise was the helicopter assault in two Merlin Helicopters where the cadets deployed to seize ground dominated by the enemy forces.      

These successful now have the opportunity to achieve an internationally recognised management qualification through educational charity CVQO. The qualification is the ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) Level 2 Award in Team Leading. The six month course is a large part of the award but the cadets will now have to complete a reflective review to gain the qualification.

CVQO congratulates all the graduates on their hard work and determination. Selection for next year’s course will be held over the weekend Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th September. It is open to members of the Air Training Corps and the Army Cadet Force."

An opportunity for Adult staff as well

Adult volunteer instructors are also being recognised for the enormous amount of effort and commitment they give to the cadet forces.

CVQO Adult Volunteer Awards

Instructors' voluntary work can be 

rewarded through awards which CVQO has successfully mapped to tri-service military courses. Your attendance on many of these courses means you have already achieved up to 75% of the award requirements. CVQO offers a progressive Adult Awards Programme which enables you as a member of cadet staff to gain recognition for the commitment they have already made to the Cadet Forces. These awards are subsidised by the individual Services in recognition of the value of cadet staff. And what's more, these awards are already great value. Through CVQO you would pay a third of the comparative cost of applying directly through City & Guilds and a fifth of the cost compared to enrolling for an ILM Level 3 qualification.