A key part of the cadet experience is your progress through the training syllabus. Set out in stages for you to work through, it enables you to open up more possibilities for activities, specialist technical training and rank promotion. All cadets take part in lectures and hands-on projects. You also get outdoors and participating as much as possible.

The first stage is Basic Training which all Air Cadets will complete. This will cover the history of flight, drill, map reading, radio communications, flying operations and expedition training. Once this is completed, you will progress up the classification structure covering some of the subjects from the list below:

  • Air Navigation
  • Pilot Navigation
  • Aircraft Handling & Flying Techniques
  • Airframes
  • Piston Engine Propulsion
  • Jet Engine Propulsion
  • Rocketry
  • Military Aircraft Systems
  • Principles of Air Power
  • Radio & Radar
  • Satellite & Data Communications
  • Avionics & Aircraft Electrical Systems

Earn badges as your training progresses

Badges will show the level of training you have completed and the more you learn and gain, the more badges you will earn too.

Blue, bronze, silver and gold badges are available in:
  • Space
  • Cyber and Communications
  • Flying and Gliding
  • Shooting
  • Music
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • First Aid
  • Leadership
  • Road Marching


BTECs are a widely recognised qualification. The BTEC in Aerospace Studies is being finalised to replace our BTEC in Aviation Studies. A BTEC in Space Studies is also being finalised. Further details will be announced in due course.

Other BTECs available are:
  • BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Teamwork and Personal Skills for Uniformed Youth Organisations
  • BTEC Level 2 in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community (SCQF Level 5)
Leadership and management qualifications, from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) are available to cadets and adult volunteers.