OVERVIEW: The CCF is a youth organisation sponsored by the military and is not a recruiting organisation. The lessons are part timetabled and part extra-curricular and will, ultimately, lead to recognised qualifications. Year 9 students will be able to work towards their Duke of Edinburgh (D of E) Gold Award, a First Aid qualification, and a BTEC in Teamwork or a CLM in Leadership whilst having a lot of fun in the Cadets. The syllabus culminates each year with a summer camp. In addition to the formal qualifications, cadets have enjoyed outdoor activities such as white-water rafting, climbing and camping. We will also use the army and navy’s facilities to develop teamwork, resilience and self-discipline.
Joining the CCF is a cost efficient way for students to gain many new experiences and qualifications. The military provide much of the uniform and equipment needed as well as subsidising many of the activities. The average yearly cost is £109 and, for this, the students will receive boots, two long-weekend camps and a one week camp. A total of 14 days. Students will also have access to high quality and safe training which leads to qualifications which will benefit them in later life. We have access to several funds so If costs may be of concern, please come along and speak with us.
The course is delivered by experienced ex-military and business leaders with the knowledge and qualifications to deliver safe and fun character training. We have 40 places available this year and students will be interviewed if we are over-subscribed.
Year 9: Basic military based training developing teamwork and self-reliance. Students will plan, organise and deliver their own Bronze D of E course and expedition.
Year 10: Advanced military based training developing leadership and instructional skills. Students will plan, organise and deliver their own Silver D of E course and expedition. BTEC or ILM lessons are interwoven so cadets can use their practical experiences to complete the leadership and teamwork theory coursework.
Year 11: Delivering basic military based training to Year 9 cadets putting in to practice the leadership theory learnt in the previous year helping to manage the contingent. Students will complete their BTEC or ILM course using these leadership experiences to complete their final assignment. Students will also start to plan, organise and deliver their own Gold D of E course and expedition (24 months course but students will be supported to complete post age 16).
Year 12 and 13: If students stay on at KBA selected senior cadet leadership positions supporting the planning and delivery of the contingent with the focus on developing CV enhancing opportunities including external courses and qualifications. D of E Gold expedition and award completion.
ASSESSMENT (GIVE DETAILS OF EACH UNIT AND EXAMS):
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is an internationally recognised award comprises of up to five components:
- Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
- Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
- Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
- Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad (Gold).
- At Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home for five days, doing a shared activity.
The Academy will guide them through the process and recommend activities students can undertake to achieve the above sections. However, the award is designed to demonstrate self-motivation and commitment so students will have to manage their time and effort to achieve these goals. They will register on the program through eDofE which will allow you to track their progress on the website. The cost for non-Cadets (CCF have already contributed to this program) is £12 per pupil for the first Bronze Award.
As a part of this will be to complete a planned expedition and be assessed, we need to conduct preparation training during CCF lessons. Before their main expedition, (assessment) students are required to complete a practice expedition. We also run a day orienteering to help students put the theory of navigation in to practice before they go into the hills.
The scheme is run by the Academy, through our excellent and highly qualified staff. Many of whom also lead the Combined Cadet Force. All have the requisite expedition, first aid and assessor qualifications to run safe fun activities.
In addition to the D of E cadets will also work towards either a BTEC or ILM qualification based on an assessment of their progress during Year 9:
BTEC Level 2 in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community is an exciting qualification aimed at cadets who are looking to take on a new challenge and boost their CV.
The BTEC Level 2 is an internationally-recognised qualification that has been proven to help with applications for entry to higher and further education as well as in gaining employment.
It combines a mix of theory and practical work (including adventure training activities), and includes some really useful practical things too, for example how to write a good CV, communication, adventure training, health and nutrition.
Assessment is via coursework based on the course booklet.
The ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management is suitable for those over the age of 16 who hold positions of responsibility within their organisation including schools, sixth form colleges, community youth organisations or social action projects.
It helps young leaders to develop the tools they will need to lead others confidently and effectively. Understanding and selecting appropriate leadership styles based on the situation, developing and motivating the team are key outcomes of the qualification.
Learners are expected to reflect upon the experience they have gained and relate this to the theoretical content to achieve the qualification
Assessment is via two structured written assignments of approximately 2,200 words in total. These are assessed at CVQO and this assessment may be moderated by the ILM. The outcome of assessment will either be “Pass” or “Referral”.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND FURTHER EDUCATION: CCF units are present in the vast majority of the best schools in the country and the experiences gained through belonging to a CCF are often beneficial in applications to top universities and showing real strength of character for future employers. The course is designed to prepare students for the world of work and help them reach their potential as leaders in whichever organisation they join whether that is the military, a multi-national company or a local firm. Whichever career they choose this course will give them the confidence and skills to express themselves clearly and succeed.