Qualifications

Gain extra qualifications whilst being a cadet

Through your cadet activities you will gain loads of valuable skills, experience, leadership qualities and more self-confidence. In addition, you can gain a whole range of qualifications such as the ACF Star Awards or a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Vocational qualifications such as BTEC Certificates and Diplomas as well as leadership and management qualifications from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) – are also available to you at no cost through our relationship with CVQO (formerly the Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation).

BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship (SCQF Level 4)

This CVQO-led qualification is intended for learners aged 13-15 and provides some recognition for the sorts of cadetting skills you have learnt that can be transferred into the world of work.

ACF Cadets who achieve the rank of 1 Star are eligible to receive the Certificate – it rewards the work you have done to reach this milestone and acts as a pathway to further CVQO-led qualifications.

BTEC Level 2 in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community (SCQF Level 5)

Thousands of cadets achieve this valuable qualification every year. This qualification will help you develop a wide variety of skills including effective communication, career planning, the value of volunteering and character development.

Aimed at cadets aged 16-18, it is an ideal qualification to help strengthen higher education or job applications – it also looks great on a CV alongside school and college work.

BTEC Level 2 in Music for Practical Performance (SCQF Level 5)

This CVQO-led qualification is aimed at cadets aged 16-18 and focuses on particular aspects of employment within the music sector. As well as recognising your performance abilities, you will learn a number of skills including event planning, research and presentation and develop a variety of employability skills such as teamwork and communication.

Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) qualifications

Through our partnership with CVQO, a number of ILM qualifications in leadership and management are available for ages 14-18. If you’re interested in enrolling for one of these you can find the form on the CVQO website.

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