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Royal Air Force Cadets

The Royal Air Force Section of the CCF follows the RAF syllabus of training.  This is completed in three sections, First Class Cadet – Basic Training and Leading Cadet – Aviation Knowledge and Senior Cadet including specialists training topics (This can also be extended to Master Cadet for those wanting to study further aviation related topics). Training on average takes three academic years.  From Easter in Y8, cadets complete the following activities to pass their RAF First Class Cadet (along with additional supplementary topics):

  • Drill and Turnout
  • Military Knowledge
  • Weapons Training & Skill at Arms (Scorpion Air Rifle and L98A2 Cadet Rifle)
  • Fieldcraft including a 48hr Field Exercise.
  • First Aid – Basic CPR
  • Expedition Training including a 48hr walking and camping expedition (equivalent to a Bronze DofE practice expedition)
  • Teambuilding & Leadership
  • Fitness Training
  • Cyber & Radio
  • BTEC Level 1 Teamwork and Personal Skills for uniformed youth organisations

At the end of the year cadets, will have the opportunity to attend the Annual Summer Camp at an RAF Station. In their second year, cadet’s progress to Aviation Knowledge as well as further developing their skills acquired as a First Class Cadet. They will complete the following activities to gain their Leading Cadet:

  • Advanced / Ceremonial Drill
  • Military Knowledge
  • Advanced Navigation
  • Principles of Flight & Airmanship Knowledge
  • Adventurous Training (Week 1)
  • Teambuilding & Leadership (EALT Courses)
  • NCO Skill development & training
  • First Aid - St John's Youth First Aider
  • Fitness Training
  • Cyber & Radio
  • ILM Level 2 Young Leader

At the end of the year cadets will again have the opportunity to attend the Annual summer camp on an RAF Station. In their third year, cadet’s progress to Advanced Training where they can choose between 3 (senior cadet) and 6 (Master Cadet) of the following syllabus subjects:

  • Aircraft Handling and Flying Techniques
  • Air Power
  • Piston Engine Propulsion
  • Jet Engine Propulsion
  • Rocketry
  • Basic Air Navigation *
  • Advanced Radio and Radar

Cadets will be required to complete independent study in their specialist area whilst training sessions include:

  • Methods of Instruction (CFIT)
  • Leadership – (EALT)
  • NCO Development
  • Basic Signals Course
  • Fitness & Adventurous Training
  • Emergency First Aid at Work qualification
  • BTEC Level 2 in Teamwork & Personal Development in the community

The cadets will learn how to teach by completing their Cadet Forces Instructional Techniques (CFIT) course. This will allow cadets to take on greater responsibility in the section and contingent.  As senior cadets they will also now be expected to mentor the younger cadets and set an example with uniform and expectations. They will also take on roles of responsibility on the Annual Summer Camp.

Senior cadets in the 6th form, having completed all their training will be given the opportunity to begin instructing / team teaching with the adult staff, continually building their confidence and taking on more senior roles within the leadership and management of their CCF.

Cadets can apply to complete a number of external military and adventure training courses to improve their skills and qualifications.  These can also count as the Gold DofE Residential.

6th Form Accelerated Programme

Cadets joining at the beginning of Year 12 will be given the opportunity over the 2 years of their sixth form education to complete an accelerated programme where it is hoped, due to age and maturity, they will be able to achieve all 3 levels of syllabus learning and qualifications.

Any questions can be directed to the CCF Office on 01522 871395 or email Mrs Thompson on