A-levels or degree?

Karma

War Hero
There are options, but I don't know the details. Silver Fox might do but I've not worked in the training environment for about 10 years so I'm not up to date.
 

DingDong

Lantern Swinger
I haven't bothered to read the rest of this thread as the answer is academic.

A-levels means slower promotion

Degree means quicker promotion to Capt, Better salary and better final pension.

Life experience is worth its weight in gold. Try AIB as a candidate with A-levels, if they say no but go to University then take the advice. If they say no then try the Army.

I tried without A-levels for RN entry, and got told to go to Uni and mature a bit. The advice whilst difficult to swallow at the time, was priceless. In 1998 not many candidates got through to Lympstone without a degree.

If you go without a degree, and wash out, then you're options for re-employment or University can be limited. There are promises of in-service degree which aren't worth the toilet paper they are written on.

Remember, gaining a degree isn't so much to do with the subject as it is to do with proof of intellect and the ability to learn.

By the way, i'm RN but the advice fits both sides of the coin.
 

darren114

Midshipman
Aye, all fair points.

I've already applied, and feel ready to join now. If however I don't meet the requirements for the Royal Marines I still have a conditional university place (which I have until August to decline).
 

Mitch

Badgeman
Just out of interest how old are you darren?

And thanks to everyone who has replied, now all i can do is wait until i can get an appointment sorted. I have found out that i need to get to London to talk about officer careers, but the matelot i saw in Chatham forgot to mention that!
 

darren114

Midshipman
I was 19 recently Mitch.

Also, if you're serious about joining before university (of this year) you need to get the ball rolling really soon.
 

Mitch

Badgeman
I wouldn't mind joining this year but i am only 15! Thanks anyway.

If you apply to a university how long can you hold onto that application before they just forget you, if you know what i mean? I'm asking so i can find out when to apply after my a-levels and when to get cracking on POC and AIB.
 

darren114

Midshipman
All the university applications are handled by UCAS but your college should go through all that when it's time.

Generally people apply at the start of their 2nd year at college, and the applications are reviewed towards the end of January. After you make your final decision you have until August to decline it (I'm pretty sure). But as I said your college will go through everything nearer the time. That's not stopping you looking around now ofcourse.

For GCSE the only subjects that are compulsory to pass are Maths and English. A level subject wise there's no compulsory subjects, but I'm pretty sure they prefer guys who have done Science, English or Maths over Media Studies and Film Studies :wink:

When you choose your A level subjects try to think of subjects that would suit you best in the field you want to specialise in i.e. If you enjoy engineering, good subjects would be Physics, Maths, and Engineering.

It's good that your very keen so early on, definitly speak to the people at the Officer Liasion centre and they will be able to help you tons more than I can. Goodluck!
 

Mitch

Badgeman
Thanks. My problem is i don't really know what specialization i want to take but at the moment i think i want to go BPT. As i said though getting in is the first step!

As for a-level choices i am handing them in tomorrow and i am going for history, geography, french, government and politics, and PE though i am thinking of swapping PE fro DT.
 

usa1981

Midshipman
Mitch said:
Thanks. My problem is i don't really know what specialization i want to take but at the moment i think i want to go BPT. As i said though getting in is the first step!

As for a-level choices i am handing them in tomorrow and i am going for history, geography, french, government and politics, and PE though i am thinking of swapping PE fro DT.
That sounds like good combo.
 

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