Challenge yourself and push beyond what you dreamed possible with this unique opportunity to experience life in the Royal Air Force whilst you study.

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DEFERRED UNIVERSITY PLACE?

The Royal Air Force is making available 225 additional places for recent A-Level students to join a University Air Squadron near to your place of residence, for those who have had to defer their University place.

OUR MAIN ROLE

Does the thought of stepping out of a lecture hall knowing that you’ll soon be stepping on board one of the most advanced aircraft in the world excite you?

In the University Air Squadron, you will be part of the UK’s Air and Space Power, contributing to national and global defence. Membership of a UAS does not carry any obligation on the part of the RAF or the individual for subsequent service in the RAF.

NO ORDINARY SUMMER EXPLORE LIFE IN A UAS:

NO ORDINARY SUMMER EXPLORE LIFE IN A UAS:

GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF BOOKS AND INTO THE CLOUDS

With the University Air Squadron you won’t be a passenger, we will teach you to fly. We will give you the skills and confidence to fly solo along with ground training opportunities. 

As a member of a University Air Squadron you will receive world-class training, setting you up with life-long transferable skills. Working closely in teams you’ll develop how you communicate, making you an effective leader. You will grow in confidence, learn many new things about yourself and step out of your comfort zone to face mental and physical challenges. All whilst getting paid.

You will have the opportunity to explore 21 commissioned branches and the wealth of career options available in the RAF. It’s not all work and study, you will also take part in numerous sports and adventure training such as rock climbing, skiing and sailing – both in the UK and abroad.

By joining the University Air Squadron you’re signing up to a university experience far beyond what you’ve imagined with no commitment to join after. If, right now, you’re feeling something in the pit of your stomach, then this is the opportunity for you whilst you study.

Please select your University to see which University Air Squadron is associated with it.

Why join a University Air Squadron?

  • Leadership
  • Training
  • Flying
  • Pay
  • World travel

APPLY NOW

To apply to join a University Air Squadron, please download and complete the application form. Once complete, please email to to the appropriate contact for that University Air Squadron. (see table at bottom of application form). We will contact you once processed.

Download application form

UNIVERSITY AIR SQUADRON FAQS

WHAT’S THE PROCESS FOR APPLYING?

COVID-19 restrictions haves meant that the application process for academic year 20/21 will be online. The map above identifies which Universities are affiliated to which University Air Squadron. Once identified, you will be required to complete an online application form and send it to the email it to the appropriate contact that is listed for that University Air Squadron. (see table at bottom of application form).

AM I ELIGIBLE?

Applicants should be a full-time registered student or deferred with a confirmed place for 2021/22 academic year, studying for a full first degree and have at least 5 academic terms remaining to complete their studies. You are also required to have a minimum of 5 GCSE or equivalent (including English and Maths) at grade C or above and 2 A-levels or equivalent.

Applicants will be required to undertake the RAF fitness test, and an interview and medical examination; further information will be forwarded on receipt of your application.

HOW ARE THE RAF APPROACHING DIVERSITY?

The RAF’s diversity and inclusion policy treats all personnel fairly, irrespective of race, ethnic origin, religion or faith, age, disability, gender identity/reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy or social background. The policy goes further than the mere elimination of unlawful discrimination. It recognises and values the fresh ideas, perceptions, skills and attributes that individuals from diverse backgrounds bring.

DO I GET PAID?

Yes, the University Air Squadron pays you to be a member. You get a maximum of 35 days per year pay (pay is about £35/day) and a training bounty on top of that (£120 -> £150 depending on year of membership). There are also separate bursaries available, these very between each branch. Our team can advise you which bursary might be best for you.