Educational Opportunities

I'm seriosuly considering submitting an application to join the RN as an AET. My question is with regards to the opportunities available to ratings within the RN to further develop their educational qualifications. I understand the trade will, in itself, provide me with civilian recognised qualifications for the future, however, i would be interested in working towards gaining a foundation degree if at all possible.
Yes I've known shipmates to resit exams during their time in the mob. As SJRM has said you get learning credits

When you're in most units/bases and ships have some one who is the education officer and will give you the information you require
Scarface2009 said:
I am 17 and want to redo my GCSE'S in Maths,English and Science, is there anyone who is actually serving or know that you can resit them?
Albeit they were O levels when I did them but I took Maths, Physics and Tech Drawing (in my own time) 'cos I was bored. Also did an HNC in Electronic engineering for the same reason, all paid for by the pusser 'cos they were branch related. Same applies today, get your arse down the education centre as soon as you get in, all establishments have them plus every unit has a nominated education officer.
StixJimboRM said:
You will get around £175 per year (standard learning credits) to use for certified training/courses. Many people in the forces are successful in Open University degrees, and doing one will certainly help stave off any boredom whilst you are at sea etc.

You can also apply for Enhanced learning Credits (that can also be used up to 10 years after leaving the service IIRC, but fully prepared to be shot down on this)
So, to give you some form of information, yes you will be able to gain further qualifications, but you'll have to put yourself out a bit.
True, I left in Oct 08 and am about to request ELC for a degree course.

As for Quals, when I came out of training all I got was a C & G pt 2. They they gave me a NVQ3 for answering some questions. I completed a HNC (with Chief Tiffs help) which was paid for with my 1st bite of the ELC cherry.

So the answer to the question is there are loads of opportunities to gain quals, if you can keep off the piss long enough to study. Mortgage/Wife and Child stopped me going on the piss.


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StixJimboRM said:
I think most shore establishments and ships will have the facility for you to take maths, english and general studies, all GCSE, at the very least.

Some shore establishments will also offer the opportunity to do more, e.g. human biology and maybe physics/science subjects, also at GCSE level.

The billy bonus of the GCSE's is that they are generally free
Can you take A Levels as well, or if you have completed training at NVQ level 2, can you request Level 3 NVQ training if you are good enough?

Everyone in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines has the opportunity to study for extra qualifications regardless of their rank. Many training courses lead, either wholly or in part, to civilian-recognised qualifications. Opportunity for all. The Royal Navy encourages all its people to reach their full potential. Many who join the Service with no formal qualifications gain GCSEs, A-levels or even degrees while serving. Funding - Generous levels of financial support are available for external training, whether directly relevant to the Royal Navy or not, mainly under two different schemes.

All Naval personnel can claim up to £175 per year, for all kinds of training courses, under the Standard Learning Credits scheme.

The Enhanced Learning Credits scheme offers assistance to personnel who have served for a longer period of time (4 years minimum). Under this scheme, you qualify for awards for training of up to £6,000 over 3 years, which can be used either while in the Royal Navy or Royal Marines, or as much as 10 years after leaving.

Hope this helps you all



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