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Computing and IT

Air & Defence with Computing Level 3

  • Course Type: Air and Defence College

What can this course lead to?

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to join the RAF. If you decide to not enter the RAF, you can still progress to employment, an apprenticeship, or further study such as the HND in Computing at University Centre Peterborough or other degrees at University.

Who is it for?

Advance your knowledge of computer science, the fundamental understanding of computer systems and skills in managing networks to pursue your career in the RAF. This course will also give you the opportunity to develop an understanding of how computers work and gain skills in:

  • Programming
  • Managing networks
  • Cybersecurity
  • Designing and developing applications
  • Websites
  • Games development.

The programme includes employability skills (attitudinal goals) and Functional Skills or GCSEs in English and maths (dependent upon existing qualifications) alongside practical workshops at Stamford College.

You will also 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. Graduates of The Air and Defence College are guaranteed a place on RAF basic recruit training (subject to RAF entry criteria) and will be well equipped to pass first time.

What is covered?

Along side your course at the Air and Defence Career College you'll be involved 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.

  • 30-hours of work-related activity linked closely to the Defence industry
  • Participate in activities around Science, Technology, English and Maths (STEM) led by The Royal Society of Engineers
  • Participate in general and trade RAF station visits
  • Participate in a week-long residential visit developed by the RAF
  • Participate in outdoor and adventurous activities, including high/low ropes activities; climbing and canoeing

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

5 GCSEs at grades 4/C or above including English and maths, or the Air and Defence (Computing) Certificate Level 2. Must have English and Maths.

Start date: 02/09/2024

Course Code



2 Years



Full-time courses are fully funded for 16 to 18-year-olds. For age 19+, various funding options are available.

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