Good news! Yet another activity is being “paused”:
Royal Air Force Air Cadets HQ is pleased to announce that we are working towards the introduction of a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace Studies.
This is to replace the current BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Aviation Studies, which is being discontinued. There will be a short gap between the availability of the qualifications.
While the BTEC Level 2 in Aviation Studies has benefited many cadets over the last 20 years, it is time to move forward with a new qualification that seeks to improve knowledge and employability in a more modern format. This includes more up-to-date content as well as a better way of recording progress.
It is expected that the new BTEC in Aerospace Studies will be available in 2023 to eligible cadets, and more details about this exciting new qualification will be released in due course. Any questions in the interim should be directed to Wing Commander Training
Of course, no details as to timing so 2023 will likely be December. A whole year without being able to issue BTECs. What do we do with classification training in the mean time?
The Delivery of the classification training is independent of the BTEC it just means that you can claim a qualification for completing the classification - something we stopped doing at my squadron ages ago (cadets weren’t bothered, too much paperwork for staff).
As long as it’s a case of classifications that also result in a btec then fine & not a case of “BTEC means classification”
I think for many parents the fact that there is a BTEC they can earn is a good selling point, when listed with everything else you can achieve. Having tangible quals linked to our training is essential for others to recognise the training value of what we do.
Sat in your college or first job interview there’s a world of difference between being a master cadet… or being a master cadet which means I have a BTEC… Employers have an idea of the time, effort and level of detail that training involved.
It’s a huge plus for parents and cadets. Given the admin burden there are other things I’d rather chin off admin wise than something that could massively benefit the cadet…
Taking that away is a terrible shame. So I hope they sort it quickly so those cadets that were told they would be able to get a BTEC, and have been diligently working towards it, don’t age out before they get the replacement in place.
Whilst I have always thought the current BTEC isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on because of the assessment method I do think it’s stupid to pull it before the replacement is ready. I only think it’s worthless because I know how it works, employers don’t. And whilst some cadets coast through using Google, others have worked hard on the basis that there will be a qualification. Some of those are now going to age out before the new one comes in.
Normally qualifications have transitional arrangements to allow those partway through to complete the old one if they wish.
The BTEC in Aviation Studies has been binned, and a new BTEC in Aerospace Studies is due next year.
Withdrawal of BTEC in Aviation Studies
You may have noticed the announcement that the BTEC in Aviation Studies has been withdrawn and will be replaced by the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace Studies next year. All eligible cadets will have the opportunity to undertake this new qualification, when it becomes available. In the meantime, please do not email any BTEC claims to the BTEC Registration Claims mailbox. All previously received emails will be responded to by HQ RAFAC. Cadet Training Portal - Withdrawal of BTEC in Aviation Studies