BTEC National Diploma

Lloyd245

Newbie
I'm currently studying a BTEC National Diploma IT Practitioners (a computer technical subject with some business), along with a CISCO CCNA Networking Qualfication (not sure if this counts for anything). At the end of the course I should come out with 360 UCAS points. I fulfill all the GCSE requirements, and I'm going to study computer based degree at university after I've finished my course.

My question is, do you think the BTEC National Diploma will be accepted if I want to join the RN as an Officer? I heard that only 2 A Levels (or equivalent) are accepted in 2 non-overlapping subjects :(.
 

slim

War Hero
delboy2028 said:
i belive that a BTEC diplmoa should count but check with the AFCO i mean the qualification is higher than an A level right?

Why not wait until someone who KNOWS the answer responds?
Though a BTEC may be regarded as superior to A levels for some jobs, this may or may not be the case for RN occifer acceptance.

If you do not know the answer.........ZIP IT! :twisted:
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
I take it you mean a BTEC HND, not an OND?

Edited to add BTEC level 4 maths is A level equivalent IIRC (HND/HNC level maths)
 

Lloyd245

Newbie
WreckerL said:
I take it you mean a BTEC HND, not an OND?

Edited to add BTEC level 4 maths is A level equivalent IIRC (HND/HNC level maths)

Hmm, I'm pretty sure that a HND is more of a foundation degree rather than an A Level. :?
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Lloyd245 said:
WreckerL said:
I take it you mean a BTEC HND, not an OND?

Edited to add BTEC level 4 maths is A level equivalent IIRC (HND/HNC level maths)

Hmm, I'm pretty sure that a HND is more of a foundation degree rather than an A Level. :?

As I said, depends what level you take in the maths module
 

RoxyLite

Midshipman
Is it the BTEC National Diploma? When I spoke to the AFCO a while back when I was still at college, they just said that it goes on a case by case basis for them, with the IT one I would imagine that you would be fine as it is very academic as well as practical, unlike alot of the diplomas like fine art! Worth getting in touch anyhow and asking :)
 

slim

War Hero
RoxyLite said:
Is it the BTEC National Diploma? When I spoke to the AFCO a while back when I was still at college, they just said that it goes on a case by case basis for them, with the IT one I would imagine that you would be fine as it is very academic as well as practical, unlike alot of the diplomas like fine art! Worth getting in touch anyhow and asking :)

Why is it when a newbie asks a question people who do NOT know the answer persist in giving an answer? A wrong or imagined answer is of no use at all.
Hopefully one of the recruiters will answer this correctly, or the original poster could get off their arse and contact their AFCO :twisted:
 

hertsmc

Midshipman
Lloydd245. Whilst at college I did a BTEC in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, I then went to uni to study aerospace engineering. On completion of my degree I started my application to join the Navy and after passing my AIB I am joining up in September. So in short, you will be fine! My AFCO had to check with the guys in Plymouth, but I didn't hear anything about it after that. Best thing is to check with the AFCO and they should be able to give you a definite answer. Good luck!
 

slim

War Hero
hertsmc said:
Lloydd245. Whilst at college I did a BTEC in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, I then went to uni to study aerospace engineering. On completion of my degree I started my application to join the Navy and after passing my AIB I am joining up in September. So in short, you will be fine! My AFCO had to check with the guys in Plymouth, but I didn't hear anything about it after that. Best thing is to check with the AFCO and they should be able to give you a definite answer. Good luck!

hertsme
Your situation is completely different to Lloyds, you started your application after gaining your Degree
From previous replies to this question from the recruiters my opinion is that his BTEC will not be counted as A levels, however that is only an opinion and the only way to get a reliable answer is either wait for the Nonja or Mario to answer the question.
However the advice given at the end of your post to contact his AFCO is the best and only sensible advice given by a newbie so far.
 

tomleecee

Midshipman
Here goes...

A BTEC National Diploma holds UCAS points but it is at the discretion of the AFCO whether or not they wish to put your application forward (it usually depends on the subject of the Diploma, so take heed Uniformed Services students...). On the other hand, a HND does not hold UCAS points because it is a University course in itself, in the way that a Degree does not hold UCAS points (UCAS stands for University & College Admissions Service). Ergo, if a course is already conducted by a University, it cannot hold University admission points.

I know this because I have a HND but am not eligible for Officer training. I'm also currently working in an AFCO so I have the technology to rebuild him...or something...er
 
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