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Air & Defence with Engineering Level 3


Type: Full Time

Subject: Engineering and Motor Vehicle

Level: 3

Start Date: 04 September 2023

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

What can this course lead to

This course is ideal as an entry qualification for university and higher education courses in aeronautical engineering, mechanical engineering, such as HNC Mechanical Engineering (available in Peterborough) or the BEng (Hons) Integrated Engineering. Alternatively, you can use this advanced course to start your career in fields such as aviation, design engineering, product development or engineering manufacture.

And possible employment with the RAF.

Course Length

2 Years


Level 3

Who is it for

This course, as part of Peterborough College's Air and Defence College is an amazing opportunity to pursue a career with the RAF within the Engineering pathway in job roles such as a ground or aircraft–based engineering. This programme is also suitable for those looking to enter the Army Air Corps, Fleet Air Arm or civilian defence sector.

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 guaranteed a place (subject to entry criteria).

What will I need

5 GCSEs at grades 4/C or above, including English, Mathematics and Science.
An Engineering L2 qualification is acceptable in lieu of science but must be at a Merit or above.

What is covered

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 also study a BTEC L3 Certificate in Engineering.
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.

How is the course 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. The BTEC element is delivered over 3 days per week and is assessed via coursework assignments.

Are there any additional costs

You will need to supply your own scientific calculator and drawing set.

Other details

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. There may be an opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme for an additional cost. More information and details will be given at interview.
There is also the option to return to college the following year and top up the BTEC qualification to a BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in Engineering providing routes into the Forces, University or Apprenticeships.

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