TRAINING AND EDUCATION
During their time in the ATC cadets study a number of aviation related subjects starting at a fairly basic level and progressing to specialized study of more complex subjects. Initial training of cadets to first class standard should take three to four months, following that each subsequent level should require six to nine months of training, therefore it should take a cadet three to four years to qualify as Master Air Cadets.
Cadets in Durham/Northumberland Wing have the opportunity to work towards three vocational qualifications in the form of BTECs in Teamwork and Personal Skills, Aviation Studies and Music. All of the BTEC diplomas offered are free to cadets.
BTEC Teamwork and Personal Skills
The BTEC in Teamwork and Personal Skills is available to all cadets who turn 16 during the current academic year, that is when they are in Year 11. In order to qualify for the BTEC cadets must complete a number of modules, the majority of which can be accomplished by undertaking normal ATC activities such as gliding courses, expeditions and residential camps. The good news is that almost any activity from the point of joining the organization can count towards the qualification.
BTEC in Aviation Studies
The BTEC in Aviation Studies is the equivalent of 1 GCSE at grade A* to C and is available to all cadets who have passed their Master Cadet Classification.
BTEC in Music
Durham/Northumberland Wing offers cadets with an interest in music the opportunity to earn an additional vocational qualification with the BTEC in Music.
The BTEC in music has been designed to develop a basic understanding of music as a profession and combines both technical skills and practical elements and research.
Upon completion, cadets will have demonstrated an understanding of all aspects of performance including solo and ensemble work and how to manage rehearsals. They will also learn how to market, budget, advertise, programme and publicise a music event. Cadets are expected to be able to play a musical instrument before enrolling on the course but do not need to be able to read music.