Corporal Sarah Robinson is on cloud nine after receiving confirmation of her third BTEC through the Air Training Corps. The three awards give Sarah the equivalent of ten GCSEs – eight of which are at a grade A* – on top of the qualifications she achieved at school.
Sarah (17) from Chilcote, who attends 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron ATC, is the first cadet within South and East Midlands Wing and one of the first within the whole of the Air Training Corps to achieve the ‘hat trick’ of awards, which are in Public Services, Music and Aviation Studies.
1211 were the first squadron in South and East Midlands Wing to start the Public Services BTEC back in 2004, with cadets past and present achieving an amazing fifteen awards, including ten at Distinction Star grade. More recently, 1211 were also the first to offer the BTEC in Music in October 2007, with the first two awards being made at the Distinction Star grade.
Sarah has been in the band since joining the squadron in 2006. “I was really keen to start the Music BTEC when I first heard about it. We had to plan and perform a concert, with two solo and an ensemble piece. It has been a real challenge, not only testing my musical skills but also my organisational ones”.
Squadron Training Officer Flying Officer Ruth Morgan, who is responsible for the BTECs at 1211 said: “We are understandably very proud of Corporal Robinson’s outstanding achievement. As with all of our training, the BTEC Awards are available to all of our cadets, regardless of academic ability, and are a great way to supplement their formal qualifications gained at school and set the cadets out from the crowd when setting out on any future career – either military or civilian”.
Since completing the three BTECS earlier this year, Sarah is now focussing on her A level exams this summer, and aims to continue on to university in the Autumn. As well as supporting the training of cadets at 1211, she is also working towards her silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and vinvolved award, both of which she is due to receive in the summer.