First Class

Leading Class

Senior Class

Master Class

Academic Training

Cadets in the ATC follow a defined Academic Training Syllabus covering aspects of aviation and general service subjects.

A cadet joins the squadron as a probationer and undergoes a course of basic instruction introducing them to the Corps and what is expected of them. On completion of this course they are issued a uniform and enrolled as a 2nd class cadet.
They are then able to take part in the Academic Training Syllabus and gain further classifications. The classifications that can be achieved are:

1.First Class
4.Master Cadet

To be able to take part in some cadet activities – such as attending annual camp – the cadet must pass their First Class. Other activities only require passes in certain subjects – for example a cadet can go flying after they have passed the Basic Airmanship exam.

First Class is the initial classification and is there to teach a cadet the basics. It is divided into a theoretical section, which is assesed by means of a multipule choice exam, and a Practical subject, where the cadet is assed by the Instructor in the skills that they have gained.

Probationer Training

Your first 2-3 weeks consists of Probationary Training.  You will learn:


Ø      The basics of drill,

Ø      How to wear your uniform properly

Ø      Who is who on the Squadron

Ø      How to recognise ranks and badges

First Class Cadet

You will then begin training for your First Class Badge.  All the subjects are included in the First Class Handbook for reference.  The subjects include:


  • The Air Training Corps
  •  The Royal Air Force
  • The History Of Flight
  • Airmanship I
  •  Initial Expedition Training
  • Map Reading
  • Drill And Dress
  • The Rifle


This takes up to three months and involves both academic and practical exercises. Once completed you will take a multiple-choice test and on passing will be awarded The First Class Badge

Leading Cadet

You will then begin training for your Leading Badge. This takes up to 6 months and you will learn the subjects below:

  • Principles Of Flight
  • Airmanship II
  • Basic Navigation

After completing a short exam you will be awarded The Leading Cadet Badge

Senior Cadet

You will then begin training for your Senior Badge.  This takes up to 6 months and can choose three of the subjects below:

  •  Aircraft Handling and Flying Techniques
  • Air Powe
  • Piston Engine Propulsion
  • Jet Engine Propulsion
  • Rocketry
  • Airframes
  • Avionics and Aircraft Electrical Systems
  • Military Aircraft Systems
  • Basic Air Navigation
  • Basic Principles of Pilot Navigation
  • Advanced Radio and Radar
  • Data Communications


(Squadron Size and Staff Availability can affect Subjects offered)


After completing a short exam you will be awarded The Senior Cadet Badge