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Air & Defence College

The College of West Anglia's Air & Defence College provides employer-led, career-focused education and technical training for 16 to 19-year-olds. Our employer supporters will work closely with us to provide this unique and innovative model, which is designed to create secure career paths for young people in the RAF, aerospace and catering industries.

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  • Course Description

    Our carefully designed study programmes, which have been shaped by our industry partners, offer a unique blend of academic education and technical training, infused with an additional focus on leadership, communication and team building.

    Our students will get involved with industry-set projects, co-designed by employers - equipping them to enter their career of choice, ahead of the game and ready to progress.

    Air Defence College students will spend a significant proportion of time experiencing industry environments first-hand through an extensive programme of work experience. And industry experts will join the tutors at college to pass on their knowledge and experience.

    Core academic study areas like maths, English and science will be contextualised to the specialism of the Career College; digital skills development will be a major priority.

  • Entry Requirements

    Level 1

    You will need:

    • GCSE Grade 4 (C) in either English or Maths

    Level 2

    You will need:

    • GCSE Grade 4 (C) in either English or Maths

    • 4 or more GCSEs at Grade 3 (D) or higher

    A relevant level 1 qualification may be considered in place of one GCSE.

    Level 3

    You will need:

    • 5 or more GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or higher, including English and Maths

    • A relevant Level 2 qualification may also be considered.

    You will be invited for interview to ensure you are on the correct course. Exceptional entry may be considered in certain circumstances.

  • Course Length

    How long is this course?

    1 year for level 1 and 2; 2 years for level 3

    When does this course start?


    How many hours / days per week is this course?

    5 Days a week course

  • Course Fees
    Age Cost
    16-18 Free*

    * Certain courses may have additional costs to cover trips or DBS checks, and for some courses you will be expected to purchase additional items such as uniform or equipment.

    Fee information

    Though this course is free for those aged 16-18, there may be additional fees related to the programme, such as additional equipment or uniform, trips, DBS checks and work placement costs. Further information will be sent to all applicants before enrolment.

    Find all the information you need about course fees and financial help below.

    Information on Fees and Financial Help

    Please note the information on this page was correct at the time of publication but is subject to change due to factors beyond our control.
  • Additional Information

    What qualification will I achieve?

    In addition to the uniform services element students will also follow one of the vocational options below:


    • Diploma in Engineering Technologies (Level 2)
    • Extended Diploma in Engineering (Level 3)


    • Extended Certificate in Computing (Level 2)
    • Extended Diploma in Computing (Level 3)

    Professional Cookery

    • Introduction to Professional Cookery (Level 1)
    • Professional Cookery (Level 2)

    Uniformed and Emergency Services

    • Extended Diploma in Public Services (Level 3)


    • Business Level 2 - Extended Certificate
    • Business Level 3 - Extended Diploma)

    Your chosen option will be identified and discussed with you at your initial interview. You will also have to have a separate interview with your chosen course area.

    Students aged 16 to 18 who do not already have GCSE qualifications in maths and/or English at grades 4 (C) - 9 (A*) will take qualifications in English and/or maths as part of their vocational study programme - this is a government requirement.

    How is my course assessed?

    There will be a range of assessment methods which will include both written and practical activities.

Starting 06/09/2021

King's Lynn


Duration 1 year for level 1 and 2; 2 years for level 3


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Jake Mattless

Computing - Level 3

Jake sucessfully completed level 2 in IT prior to commencing level 3 in Computing. In addition, he scored 100% in his Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) qualification to secure a place in MOS Four Nations Championship Final 2019.

Jake said: “I really enjoyed my course and gaining the MOS certification. I have learnt lots of skills that I will be able to take forward and use in any job I have in the future. My lecturers have been amazing. They’ve been extremely supportive and helpful, and the teaching has been really in-depth, all of which has really helped me to grow in confidence during my time at CWA.”

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