Cadet Force (RN) Syllabus - CCF (RN) 2001 Syllabus
This syllabus came into operation in September 2001 and remains
the current syllabus for all cadets.
Any changes to the CCF (RN) 2001 Syllabus will be published on
this website and also in the monthly Bulletin publication. From time to time
supporting material will be produced on CD-ROM and issued to all CCF (RN)
The design of the syllabus has been based on the following
Objectives and principles of training in the CCF (JSP 313).
of activities to certification from National Governing bodies.
syllabus divided into stages, each of which should take about one
academic year of instruction to complete. (This assumes about 40 hours of
instructional time is available).
afloat forms a core part of the syllabus.
- Generic risk assessments are available for all
activities within the syllabus.
These will form an integral part of the syllabus. The content of
the provided materials should be taken to represent the minimum knowledge
required by the cadets. Use of these materials is not compulsory and it is
hoped that Cadet Senior Rates will be encouraged to produce their own
materials, or add to those provided. When this is the case, sections are
requested to send a copy of the material to the Training Development Officer at
HQCCF (RN), for inclusion in the resources library.
RN CCF Training Policy
The following paragraphs are written for the benefit of new CCF
Officers, for Parent Establishment Liaison Officers (PELO) and for RN
- Factors.For each RN
Section there are a number of individual factors, which affect the
seasonal pattern of training and the emphasis given to the different
parts of the syllabus. These factors must be taken into account when deciding
on the training policy and programme for the section.
schools which operate a Pre-Service Section, some of the RN CCF training
syllabus may have been covered prior to enrolment in the CCF, but see JSP
313 paragraph 0205.
- Age. A programme
suitable for a section, which enrolls Cadets at age 16, may not suit a
section, which enrolls Cadets at 14.
Some sections will need to put more emphasis than others on physical and
practical aspects of training.
/ Optional / Voluntary and Length of Service.The degree of
compulsion to join the CCF, if any, and the length of time Cadets expect
to spend in the CCF may affect the scope and impact of training. The
minimum period of service for Cadets is normally two years, but see JSP
313 paragraph 0132.
seasonal pattern of training in schools which enroll Cadets each term
will differ from that in schools which enroll Cadets only once a year.
Available for Training.The number of parades per term, and
the number of hours available for each training period, varies between
schools. The training achievement over a set period therefore also
availability of facilities and supervision will affect which options in
the syllabus a section undertakes. For example, the availability of
qualified instructors and types of boat will affect the training carried
out in the "Afloat Training" strand of the syllabus.
- Expertise. The degree of
expertise and experience among the Officers in different sections varies
frequency of visits by the RN Area Instructor (AI) depends on the number
of schools in a CCF RN area, which train on the same day. Different
Parent Establishments are able to furnish different levels of assistance.
- Flexibility.The long-term
programme needs to be stable so that Cadets can see the way ahead. The
short-term programme should be flexible to take account of weather
factors, visits etc.
- Theory and Practice.Experience has
shown that the best way of arranging the syllabus training is to link the
theoretical work to a major practical activity (or activities), planned
for the near future. These events, or goals, to be striven for should be
planned into the programme so that another is on the horizon as the first
is about to be achieved. Obviously in a RN Section these events should
ideally be activities afloat or visits to, or from, RN establishments or
The 2001 syllabus has been designed with the above factors in
mind. Where it is thought necessary, flexibility has been included in the syllabus
to allow sections to make use of local expertise or facilities. The timing of
the teaching of different strands of the syllabus, or the topics within the
strands, is left to the discretion of the Officer - in - Charge (OiC) of the
section. This should allow the efficient use of contingent resources, including
the use of tri-service training where appropriate.
syllabus has been set up with three sequential stages: Proficiency, Advanced
Proficiency and Continuation Training. Each of these will normally take about
one academic year to achieve. The subject matter has been divided into four
strands, which are common to the three levels of the syllabus. The strands are:
- The Individual
- RN Knowledge
- Activity Afloat
- Expedition Skills
the syllabus requires cadets to obtain National Governing Body qualifications
for completion of training in a particular strand, these may be counted whether
or not the activities are undertaken in CCF time. However the cadet should show
that he/she has made progress in the activity, after commencing the level of
the syllabus that they are currently following.
This now forms an integral part of the Proficiency and Advanced
Proficiency syllabuses. Cadets should be encouraged to attend the Leadership Courses
arranged by HQ CCF (RN).
While giving as much discretion as possible to the OiCs of
Sections to allow for varying circumstances, there is a need to exercise some
control to ensure that standards throughout the RN CCF are maintained, and
where necessary improved. Having decided on their sections training policy and
long-term programme, OiCs should take the opportunity of discussing these with
their RN AI. Further advice may be sought from the Training Development Officer
(TDO) at HQ CCF (RN). Any major deviation from the syllabus must be cleared
with the TDO.
training policy and programme should be issued in writing so that progress and
efficiency can be monitored.
Safety in Training
Applicable to Training. Training should be in accordance
with JSP 313 paragraphs 0212 - 0215, the CCF (RN) Syllabus and TARS.
Risk Assessments (GRA) are provided for activities in the syllabus. Local
Risk Assessments (LRA) must be completed by the OiC and recorded on the
form contained in the syllabus, before the activity takes place. OiCs are
responsible for retaining the LRA's and for recording that the
requirements of these have been met on each occasion that an activity
- Achievement of Safety. The
achievement of safety in training can never be a matter solely of
reference to rules. The experience and currency in practice of those
responsible for independent groups is paramount. Activities must not be
conducted beyond the limits of prudence imposed by either of these two
considerations or the risk assessment. Rules, which lay down standards
and qualifications for supervisory staff, are of great importance to the
achievement of safety. Safety rules and other references designated as
governing CCF activities are in JSP 313 part 2 and reference MUST be made
to this section before planning or executing any adventurous activity.
Reference to HQ CCF (RN) for guidance is to be made before embarking on
any adventurous activity not listed there.
The syllabus topic pages set out the learning outcomes expected
for each activity. As the requirements of each school will vary, arrangements
for assessment are left with OiCs.
to Cadet AB can take place when a cadet has completed:
- Three months service and,
- Strands 1 and 2 of the Proficiency Syllabus
for Advancement to L/S and PO under the new syllabus will be published as part
of the roll out process.
The following resources contain material, which can be used to
support the syllabus:
- Give Him Air, BDFL Video
- Don't Let Him Die, BDFL Video
- Cold Water Casualty, BDFL Video
- We'll Keep a Welcome, BDFL Video
- Ceremonial Duties for Carrying Out Colours and
Sunset, BDFL Video
- Combined Cadet Force (RN) Resources CD - Spring
- Combined Cadet Force (RN) Resources CD - Autumn
the BDFL Videos is solely at the discretion of OiCs. They should ensure that
they are suitable for the groups of cadets in their charge before viewing.
Combined Cadet Force
(RN) Proficiency Syllabus Topics
for the 2001 Proficiency Syllabus are shown below, together with the
approximate time allocation required for each topic to be studied.