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GCSE Certificates.

entwistlesj

Midshipman
Ok quick question here.

I have been told by a number of people that it is in my best interests to provide my GCSE results at interview stage.
But I dont have the certificates, just statements of results.
I have contacted the school about this and they say that there was a presentation of the actual certificates in the November of the year I sat the exams (2006), which I am adamant I was not told about.
And they no longer have the certificates and I need to contact the exam boards.

Having done this I am told all they can do is provide m with statements of results and not an original certificate.

Are these ok to hand to the interviewer?
 

jjp23

Lantern Swinger
I was in a similar situation. I had my certificates but lost them when moving house.

The school provided me with a statement of results signed by the exam co-ordinator. I provided this to my AFCO and he said that they were fine. It didn't cause me any problems.
 
Good idea to do it sooner than later as said above. I had my GCSE results, but not the certificate (which I thought was enough), so it slowed me down getting an AIB date as I had to wait for the school to send me a "statment of results". Somehow the receptionist at school recognised me even though I left there 6 years ago!!
 

entwistlesj

Midshipman
I have the statements of results and have since I felt school.
Do you reckon I will need newer ones? Because on them it says "Provisional statement of results"
Provisional I'm assuming means they could change them.

If so I think this is going to end up being expensive. WHich is unfair because imo it is the schools fault not mine,
 
Na, just call up your school, ask for a statement of results and they should have it in the post for you same day, won't cost you a penny. Or you could pop down and and get them, and see some of your old teachers at the same, especially if they are going to be a referee for your application at all.
 

entwistlesj

Midshipman
Ive already phoned them and they have not a single record of my results.

She said its tehir policy to keep them for 12 months and they keep them a bit longer for good measure after which they are discarded.

This is 3 and a half years ago now.

But for what I want to do in teh Navy I dont need any specific qualifications but it would be much better for me to provide proof of them anyway for good measure.
 

jjp23

Lantern Swinger
I guess you're a similar age to me. I am 21 but when i phoned my school they said they would print them out and i could collect them, i popped up and they had done me three copies, all signed by the school.

If you need to get the certs then you will have to find out which exam board each exam was with and the schools referance number to get them. If you are struggling then give me a shout and i will see if your school is just being awkward. (My old mans a ex-headteacher so will know the ins and outs and may know a way around it that's cheaper).
 

daffy1

War Hero
Very hand qualifications to have in todays world, especially Modern Pornography, with the down turn i could see the porn industry wont be that badly hit, people are always going to need some ''me time''
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
The definitive answer is that a statement of results is fine if the job you are applying for doesn't require GCSE's however those wishing to join as Officers, Comms Techs, AC's DSA's & Nursies need the proper certificate - no certificate, no join.
 

entwistlesj

Midshipman
Since I'm entering as a Rating this should be ok then right?

But say in the future I want to do something that requires GCSEs.

I took the tests I got the results. Surely there has to be a way of obtaining the certificates? I cant see how they can deny that if you have taken the exams and the school have failed to provide them?
 
entwistlesj said:
Since I'm entering as a Rating this should be ok then right? Thats what he said

But say in the future I want to do something that requires GCSEs.

I took the tests I got the results. Surely there has to be a way of obtaining the certificates? I cant see how they can deny that if you have taken the exams and the school have failed to provide them? This is not an issue that the RN could or would take up on your behalf. So why not use some initiative and chase your own GCSEs Cerificates up again yourself.?

To repeat your statement '.... in the future I want to do something that requires GCSEs'.

Your ball, your court my friend
.

Bob

:roll:
 

wanabedoc

Midshipman
Re. something else in the future, exam boards can provide proper re-issue certificates, they just don't call them certificates. It is clear that they are duplicates, but it is also clear that there is nothing "provisional" about them, unlike the statement you have. I was in a similar position with my A-level certificates and had them reissued.

As mentioned, it is expensive and you do have to know which boards your school used for which subject, but that will be detailed on the provisional statement which you have. Then you just contact the exam boards and stump up what I seem to remember was about £25 per board (not per subject, mercifully).

WD
 

EyeEyeSailor

Badgeman
I bought my GCSE certificates and stuff along to my interview, and the interviewer didnt once look at any of them.
So you should be fine
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
EyeEyeSailor said:
I bought my GCSE certificates and stuff along to my interview, and the interviewer didnt once look at any of them.
So you should be fine

Again, if the GCSE's aren't required for the job, we are not too worried, we usually just take copies as those with GCSE maths & English are exempt from the Basic Skills test. Those scoring low on the test are given extra tuition during training - it's got nowt to do with the service, it's simply a Government directive.
 

Kitsunegari

Midshipman
So if you don't have your original GCSE certificates, you're f*cked?

That's the end of my application then.

Ultimately I cannot conjure up what doesn't exist.
 
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