officer and level 2 qualification

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  1. hi im new to the navy i was just wondering what qualifications do i need to put in for officer when im in the navy. also i have a level 2 certificate in maths but have been told it wont count because its not a gcse. yet i have a sheet from the navy listing it as being a recognised qualification. can anyone clear up this confusion please!
  2. Search Upper Yardman (UY) and you should find loads of information there as this has been a topic time and time again.
    Also try and use the key above the shift and below the tab keys on your keyboard once and again.
  3. ok i will do thanks
  4. So how about if you have a BTEC first diploma which is equivalent to 4 gcses, do the navy except these qualifications?
  5. Of cource they except them, however they do not ACCEPT them.
    If you wish to become an hoccifer best you check the meaning of the words that you are using :roll:
  6. gel

    Do you want to apply to join the Royal Navy as an Officer?

    Yes? In that case, you are going to need 5 GCSEs and at least 180 UCAS points.

    Please list all the qualifications you already hold.
  7. Just out of interest, why do some of you have other qualifications instead of GCSEs? Were these done afterwards or were they offered as an alternative - I only ask because I was under the impression schools were obliged to put everyone through GCSE exams.

    With regard to the mutliple questions about equivalency, there is no straightforward answer it seems, the most common accepted equivalent qualifications are listed in the tables in this document but any other types should be referred to AIB for advice.
  8. Lonestar

    I must say straightaway that I am not suggesting that the following applies in this poster's case, but I am afraid that I do know several teenagers who left school without any GCSEs at all. They played truant constantly, some of them got themselves excluded; there came a point at which putting them forward for GCSE exams just wasn't an option.

    Again, no reason to believe that this applies here - just my observation on your question about schools being obliged to put kids forward for the exams.
  9. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    BTEC level 3 passed at merit or better may sometimes be accepted in lieu of ALevels, subject to AIB confirmation.

    Other qualifications claimed by colleges & schools as "equivalent to 'x amount' of GCSE's" invariably aren't accepted as such by most employers, including the RN.

    The advice is to take the certificates to your AFCO to be verified.
  10. im not planning on joining as an officer. im planning on joining the navy as a warfare specialist and then applying for promotion to officer.
    ive been told i need 3 gcses or equivalent to do this so im looking at doing a btec first diploma
  11. Don't plan on "promotion to officer", it is the exception rather than the rule. I would not worry about doing qualifications before joining just to be able to go that route, you can take GCSEs etc through the RN once you're in if you still decide you want to do them at a later stage.
  12. If you are joining as a rating who wishes to be promoted to hoccifer I would suggest that you concentrate of gaining some reputable GCSE O levels. Maths and English are virtually essential, plus a couple of others.
    Once you are in Naval History and perhaps Navigation may help.
    Don't forget that if you do not make the grade for hoccifer you may need two GCSEs to be promoted to WO later in you career.
    Well that was the case in the 80s :p
  13. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    As already stated:

    In plain language: Whoever told you 3 GCSE's is unfortunately incorrect. You will need 5 GCSE's including Maths & English A*-C (or SCE's or GCSE's at the same grade) if you wish to become an Officer from within the service under the age of 26. (4 GCSE's if older). Any qualification other than those listed in this paragraph is unlikely to be accepted unless an overseas equivalent.

    Again- if in doubt speak to your AFCO before embarking on a course that maybe invalid.

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