A Levels or Equivalents

Mr boats

Midshipman
I am wanting to join logistics as possibly an officer but I really don't want to stay and do A Levels at school could I do some college course equivalent. I am at GCSE stage and have decided that school isn't really for me.
 

slim

War Hero
Be very careful when taking "Equivelents" many colleges will convince you that their courses equate to A levels however their are even more employers who will not accept them as such.
Stick to "A" levels, you can do them at colleges of further education which are far more relaxed than schools
 

rebbonk

Lantern Swinger
Book Reviewer
Be very careful when taking "Equivelents" many colleges will convince you that their courses equate to A levels however their are even more employers who will not accept them as such.
Stick to "A" levels, you can do them at colleges of further education which are far more relaxed than schools
That is very sound advice.
 

soleil

War Hero
Applicants for Logistics Officer need to offer 72 UCAS Points (in addition to their GCSEs) for A Levels taken after January 2017 (180 Points for A Levels gained before 2017). Some specific qualifications can be offered as UCAS equivalents eg Irish Leaving Certificate, European Baccalaureate (EB), International Baccalaureate (IB), BTEC Certificate (Distinction, Merit (at level 3)) and BTEC Diploma (Merit, Merit, Merit (at level 3)), but you would still be better off with A Levels.

Which subjects are your best subjects?

Is there a particular reason why you don't want to stay on at school to do A Levels?

(Line referring to UCAS Points edited to reflect Chalk_bosun's observation further down the page.)
 
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Mr boats

Midshipman
I just really don't like being in full time education that's why I wanted to maybe go college as I got a mate at college and he goes 3 days a week and the course sounds fun. I would enjoy a more hands on experience. The only subjects I really enjoy are History and RE. I still need to see how I do in my GCSES first as I would a pass in English and maths.
 

soleil

War Hero
I'm wondering whether you could also consider joining as a Rating, Mr B. There is a route to Officer from within the Royal Navy; it's not a given, but it can be done. If you feel really resistant to the idea of being in full time education at the moment, you might be happier applying as a Rating.

Which subject is your friend doing which sounds fun?
 

Mr boats

Midshipman
I'm wondering whether you could also consider joining as a Rating, Mr B. There is a route to Officer from within the Royal Navy; it's not a given, but it can be done. If you feel really resistant to the idea of being in full time education at the moment, you might be happier applying as a Rating.

Which subject is your friend doing which sounds fun?
He is doing Uniformed Public Services. I was thinking of going Rating and do like the sound of it I don't really know. I have spent hours on the RN website trying to find a role rating mainly. I was originally thinking going MA, bit I went off that I was going to go for MWS and then AET but I am finding it hard to find the right job.
 

slim

War Hero
Colleges of Further Eduction normally treat their students in a more mature manner than schools.
However this means that to do well you need to study in a more mature fashion, ensuring that bothe coursework and assignments are carried out correctly.
May I ask what GCSE you attained and at what level?
 

Mr boats

Midshipman
Colleges of Further Eduction normally treat their students in a more mature manner than schools.
However this means that to do well you need to study in a more mature fashion, ensuring that bothe coursework and assignments are carried out correctly.
May I ask what GCSE you attained and at what level?
Still haven't done my GCSE'S yet but I am doing French, History, RE, Business and the all the core subjects.
 

Chalk_bosun

Lantern Swinger
Please note the UCAS tariff changed in 2017.

For Logistics / Warfare officers:

'If you take your A-levels after the start of 2017, you need 72 UCAS points, including two non-overlapping subject areas
If you take your GCSEs after the start of 2017, you need 5 at grades 9 – 4, including English Language and Maths."

72 UCAS points is equivalent to DDD at A-level.

What are your target grades in maths/English and your top 3 other subjects?

If you're saying you prefer something a bit more "hands on" then rating is probably your best bet, and would mean you don't need A-levels.

If you're still keen to do the Public Services, then you could join the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) while you're at college and get an idea whether naval life is for you. However, I'm not sure how applicable Public Services is to other jobs - you may want to choose a course that will give you more options if you later decide not to join the RN.

In any case, go and talk to your local Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO) who will be able to give you much more detailed advice and help you narrow down what role(s) would fit you best.

Good luck with your GCSEs.
 

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