RFA Deck Officer Cadet - Maths grade?

Hello fellas!

I am currently looking to apply for a deck officer cadetship with the RFA, but I am a bit unsure about the entry requirements. The website states the following:

"For the HND route, you’ll need GCSEs or Scottish Standard grades or equivalent in maths, English physics or dual science to grade B or higher, plus at least two other GCSEs or Scottish Standard grades or equivalent at grade C or above. If you have qualifications equivalent to at least 150 UCAS points (ideally including physics or maths (or both)), we may offer you direct entry onto the foundation degree programme."

I don't have a B in A-level maths, but I do have more than 150 UCAS points. I also have three university degrees (albeit in completely irrelevant subjects), but I am not sure if i'd be eligible?

I rang the RFA up and asked, and a lady there told me she didn't know, so I asked on the live chat where I was told that it was absolutely impossible if I didn't have at least a B in a-level maths.

I thus have three quite different answers to my question, and I can't seem to get a straight answer anywhere. Any previous officer cadets (or someone else) here who could help me out?


P.S

If I would sign up as a rating, how long would it realistically take for me to become a deck officer through the rating-to-officer scheme?

D.S
 

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Lantern Swinger
I thus have three quite different answers to my question, and I can't seem to get a straight answer anywhere. Any previous officer cadets (or someone else) here who could help me out?

What degrees did you do? did any of them have mathematics modules (even if called something else)?

Any chance you could post links to the bits of the website where your quote is from? struggling to find it!

This is what I could see currently posted for deck cadet, https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers/rfa/how-to-join/cadet-deck-officer-rfa

What you'll need
Eligibility
  • You’ll need to be aged 16, there's no upper age limit
  • Applicants must be British, Irish or Commonwealth citizens. However, a number of career paths have nationality restrictions. Dual Nationality will be considered providing the first nationality is British. Note: Residency restrictions may apply.
  • Requirements for qualifications taken before 2017, 5xGCSE with Mathematics, English Language and either dual Science, Physics or Chemistry all at Grade B or above, with 2 further between A* and C. After 2017 Mathematics English and either dual Science, Physics or Chemistry grades to be graded between 9-6, 2 further between 9-4.


P.S

If I would sign up as a rating, how long would it realistically take for me to become a deck officer through the rating-to-officer scheme?

D.S

It would be quicker to home study for the Maths A-Level, sit the exam privately and pass it at the required level and apply as a Deck Cadet. Length though is a piece of string question, would have thought if you planned for 5-10 years you might be about right (assuming that you get accepted for the RTO route).
 
Yeah, I think i've misread the criteria, looking at it now. I believe GCSE's are the required academic qualifications. I have A* in all other required subjects except maths. I might just see if I can redo the GCSE and do it that way.

I quoted from a PDF file which had that quote in it, and I can't remember exactly where I found it...
 

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Lantern Swinger
You require GCSE maths as the deck cadetship is maths heavy for navigation and stability.

UCAS points are to do with foundation degree routes, but you will still need the B or better in maths to be elgible.

As a merchant / RFA deck officer there is no requirement to have or gain a degree, it is all based on our certitificates of competency which requires stability and navigation modules to be completed, and th allow a reasonable stab at these GCSE maths B is minimum grade required.
 
If you want to acquire a good GCSE grade as soon as possible, there are sittings for GCSE maths/English in the November examining series.

You have a choice to make between IGCSE (which is easier and has two exams) and the normal GCSE (which is usually considered harder and has three papers, including one non-calculator).

Depending on time and money constraints, you can probably get your maths up to scratch in that time for either exam, assuming you're at grade C/4 level now.

If I were you, I would clarify with RFA if they would accept IGCSE Maths and/or what numerical grade they require for the new GCSE (5/6 cover the old grade B boundary).

Exams can be sat at private exam centres - use google. If you need a tutor, try www.tutorhunt.com

I'm a teacher, by the way.
 

Jago

Midshipman
If you have A*s in the other GCSEs and a B in GCSE maths you surely meet the requirements for the HND route. If you don't have a B in GCSE maths you will need to re-take it. You might also be able to take the FD route (that is, if you meet the GCSE criteria) as the RFA took me on a few years ago as an SE cadet because A-level chemistry is seen as a semi-numerate subject (my other A-levels were in the Humanities).
 
If you want to acquire a good GCSE grade as soon as possible, there are sittings for GCSE maths/English in the November examining series.

You have a choice to make between IGCSE (which is easier and has two exams) and the normal GCSE (which is usually considered harder and has three papers, including one non-calculator).

Depending on time and money constraints, you can probably get your maths up to scratch in that time for either exam, assuming you're at grade C/4 level now.

If I were you, I would clarify with RFA if they would accept IGCSE Maths and/or what numerical grade they require for the new GCSE (5/6 cover the old grade B boundary).

Exams can be sat at private exam centres - use google. If you need a tutor, try www.tutorhunt.com

I'm a teacher, by the way.
Thank you so much for the info. I'll contact RFA and ask the the suggested questions. I am so sorry, but I am completely oblivious to the abbreviations... What does IGCSE stand for? (as opposed to GCSE)
 
It stands for International GCSE. It covers more or less the same material but it is not regulated by the government. Private schools often use them.
 
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