Ninja_Stoker said:Yep, just to clarify: a degree on its own is not acceptable:
Ninja_Stoker said:Why are GCSE & A Levels required when you have a Degree? Because you need to prove a broad-based educational background.
Hope that helps, subject to Chico's verification & good luck.
As mad as this may sound it actually makes perfect sense. It was a long held view by educators that many graduates, whilst obviously not stupid, did not fare well in the big wide world. A fairly recent government review (called the Leitch Review if you want to google it) confirmed this and kicked up some interesting facts like: half of all adults in this country have serious problems with numbers, and 5 million members of the adult workforce are functionally illiterate. A third of those with a degre level education fall into the "problems with numbers" category which is a little worrying and believe it or not a small percentage fall into the "functionally illiterate".
Having basic level 2 qualifications in Maths and English has long been a requirement of the learning sector, even if a teacher has a Masters in Maths he can't complete a PGCE or CertEd without a GCSE in it and English.
The whole education system is about to undergo a big shake up starting from this September with the introduction of a new Qualification and Credit Framework and the introduction of 14-19 Diploma's, hopefully this will pull us back from the precipice of failing skills and productivity. Until that kicks in properly(c 2011) it's a good thing that you need to prove literacy and numeracy as well as academic ability at University level. Even Warfare Officer need to read and write (a bit) :dwarf: