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RAF pilot recruitment

I’m interested in a career in the RAF, being a pilot. I am wondering if the RAF generally employ people with an aviation degree over a-level students?
Short answer. Not necessarily.

The RAF will consider you as a package so while your level of academic qualification may be higher than the minimum requirement you will still need to be strong in the other aspects of selection to be considered competitive. Furthermore an aviation degree is not any better in the RAF’s eyes than any other bachelors honours degree.

Hope that helps.
Original post by 222b
I’m interested in a career in the RAF, being a pilot. I am wondering if the RAF generally employ people with an aviation degree over a-level students?

Hi

You don't require a degree to be able to apply for the Pilot role, only GCSEs and A levels. Whether you do a degree or not is entirely up to you. If you go to university it will give you some further life experience that may help you during the application process, but it's not a necessity.

It will depend on how you do at Officer and Aircrew Selection (OASC) that will determine whether you get to be a pilot in the RAF, the education requirements are the minimum to be able to submit your application and for it to be processed forward. Your aptitude test and the rest of the application process will be the deciding factor.

Kind regards
Adam
RAF Recruitment
Reply 3
Original post by RAF_Adam
Hi

You don't require a degree to be able to apply for the Pilot role, only GCSEs and A levels. Whether you do a degree or not is entirely up to you. If you go to university it will give you some further life experience that may help you during the application process, but it's not a necessity.

It will depend on how you do at Officer and Aircrew Selection (OASC) that will determine whether you get to be a pilot in the RAF, the education requirements are the minimum to be able to submit your application and for it to be processed forward. Your aptitude test and the rest of the application process will be the deciding factor.

Kind regards
Adam
RAF Recruitment

Thank you for your help.
I was also wondering if it is possible to apply for more than 1 of the courses which I am interested in at the same time and then choose which or not!
Thanks.
Reply 4
Original post by 222b
Thank you for your help.
I was also wondering if it is possible to apply for more than 1 of the courses which I am interested in at the same time and then choose which or not!
Thanks.

Courses?
If you meant roles, then yes, though you need to be careful what the perception is if you're applying for an officer role for one thing and an airman role for another. You'd be asked to explain your reasoning for applying for two very different roles if that was the case.
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Original post by 222b
Thank you for your help.
I was also wondering if it is possible to apply for more than 1 of the courses which I am interested in at the same time and then choose which or not!
Thanks.

Just out of curiosity, what are the two roles you're interested in? Pilot being very competitive, it's always smart to have a back up option, but to be successful with your first pick, you'd have to REALLY want it in my opinion.
Reply 6
Original post by BeardedLoadie
Just out of curiosity, what are the two roles you're interested in? Pilot being very competitive, it's always smart to have a back up option, but to be successful with your first pick, you'd have to REALLY want it in my opinion.

I am interested in pilot, and weapon systems officer, however my 1st choice would be pilot
Original post by 222b
I am interested in pilot, and weapon systems officer, however my 1st choice would be pilot

Good to have a couple of options in mind. The commissioned route is the path you look like you're wanting to take so brush up on what it means to be an officer within the RAF. I'm sure you're switched on enough to do the work. All the best in your application.
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Original post by BeardedLoadie
Good to have a couple of options in mind. The commissioned route is the path you look like you're wanting to take so brush up on what it means to be an officer within the RAF. I'm sure you're switched on enough to do the work. All the best in your application.

Thankyou!!
Do you need a levels to become an RAF pilot or can you do a course at college instead of doing the a levels??
Reply 10
Original post by Danc3aw5y
Do you need a levels to become an RAF pilot or can you do a course at college instead of doing the a levels??

The qualifications required for every role are given on the RAF Recruitment website.
Original post by Surnia
The qualifications required for every role are given on the RAF Recruitment website.

Ok thanks but do you need a levels to be an RAF pilot??
Reply 12
Original post by Danc3aw5y
Ok thanks but do you need a levels to be an RAF pilot??

Look at the Recruitment website; it depends what qualifications you have or want. You should always search official information first, and you won't get spoonfed on here, particularly if you are applying for an officer role, and one as challenging and competitive as Pilot.
Ok. I am not asking because I want to join the RAF but instead I am asking for someone else
Reply 14
Original post by Danc3aw5y
Ok. I am not asking because I want to join the RAF but instead I am asking for someone else

Then tell them to look at the RAF Recruitment website, because it's not just a straight yes or no, and to check out all the eligibility requires as there's more than just educational standards to be met. Plus they should come on here and search this Forum for how they can improve their chances by taking on activities that show leadership potential.
Original post by RAF_Adam
Hi

You don't require a degree to be able to apply for the Pilot role, only GCSEs and A levels. Whether you do a degree or not is entirely up to you. If you go to university it will give you some further life experience that may help you during the application process, but it's not a necessity.

It will depend on how you do at Officer and Aircrew Selection (OASC) that will determine whether you get to be a pilot in the RAF, the education requirements are the minimum to be able to submit your application and for it to be processed forward. Your aptitude test and the rest of the application process will be the deciding factor.

Kind regards
Adam
RAF Recruitment


Hi Adam,
Your replies are really helpful. Can you advise whether the RAF accepts BTECs instead of A levels for the pilot role? My son wants to do an extended BTEC in Uniformed Services instead of A levels, despite having excellent GCSE results. Universities generally accept merits as equivalent to Bs at A level. Is the same true of RAF recruitment?
Thanks,
Afra

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