Finally got round to registering after being a lurker for far too long, so first of all, hello! :hello2: I'm looking for some information regarding in-service degrees, if they still exist, as I can find no mention of them anywhere, apart from the title of a broken webpage on the RN site. Can somebody fill me in? Since I don't know how they work, per se, I don't know if they would be relevant to my current situation, so what follows is a TLDR summary: I'm currently a mech eng. tech apprentice with a year left to go; I joined this company after dropping out of uni two years into a social sciences degree. Long story short, I realized that I had no future in the arts and Engineering was my 'calling'. Sadly, I didn't have any formal qualifications in science-based subjects, and at 21 I'm getting on a bit, career-wise, leaving me sadly unable to go back to uni to study Engineering. My plan was always to try and complete an OU degree while working for the company I'm with at the moment; I've really been enjoying the hands-on aspect to my job and think this will be really useful later on in my career as an engineer. Having said that...My stoker cousin has been regaling me with tales (dits?) of ship life, runs ashore and misadventures of all varieties lately, which seems to have thrown a spanner in the works as I've taken the bait and am seriously tempted to consider applying! Here's the rub, though: would there be any opportunity for me to apply to the Navy as a rating, and later study for a degree, assuming my work is up to scratch? If not, is there some sort of sponsored entry, or fast track option available? I'd be primarily interested in ME or AE, and whatever opportunities there are would need to take into account NVQs, as although I have 470 UCAS points, I don't have any qualifications in science or engineering-based subjects that I haven't earned whilst on this apprenticeship (besides GCSEs, obviously). The RN site does mention a fast-track option for engineering trades, as well as formal qualification opportunities, but doesn't go into much (any?) detail. Applying as a rating is tempting as is, but it would be a shame to waste the qualifications I have on the off chance that there's an option for them to be used to further my education/career. Hope that made sense to somebody. Time to go wander about the forums a bit methinks..!