UCAS Points - Officer entry

Hello all, I was wondering whether anyone knew when the 180 UCAS points 'cut-off' came into effect for Officer entry. It can't have been around for +5 years can it? Anyone know when it changed and from what?

I have tried to look for this info, but can't find it anywhere, so sorry if previously asked/posted...


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War Hero
It used to be 140 UCAS points and changed to 180 UCAS points on 12th Feb 2008 in Recruiting Instruction 06/08, implemented for all Officer applications received after Friday 29th February 2008.


War Hero
Book Reviewer
A less vague answer...


For Officer selection, as well as 5 GCSE's A-C(including Maths & English)
the minimum standard for UCAS points is 180 UCAS points, subject to certain constraints.

The revised minimum standard for non-graduate Officer entry to the Royal Navy, Royal Marines is 180 UCAS points for all candidates from Fri 29 February 2008, subject to the constraints that:

1. the total must include at least two non-overlapping subject areas;
2. each subject must be allocated at least 45 UCAS points;
3. If unsure of overlapping subject areas AIB should be contacted.

The minimum for each subject has increased from 40 to 45 UCAS points so the following will no longer acceptable:

1. A-Level Grade E;
2. AS-level Grade C;
3. Scottish Higher Grade D;
4. Scottish Intermediate any grade.

The full UCAS points tariff, showing equivalent qualifications, is available at UCAS.com

You cannot add AS & A level UCAS points in the same subject & the subjects must include at least two non-overlapping subjects scoring over 45.

The grades that count are:

A Level/Advanced Highers: A=120, B=100, C=80, D=60
AS Levels: A=60, B=50
Scottish Highers: A=72, B=60, C=48

BTECs Certificates are only valid at level 3 (Distinction, Merit grade pass or better).

BTEC Diploma (Merit, Merit, Merit)

All BTECs, HNDs must be verified by the Admiralty Interview Board as accepted non-overlapping subjects of sufficient academic content.

Some courses do not have sufficient academic content & are therefore not accepted.

....To cut a long story short, in answer to the initial query & as stated by Drakey earlier, those failing to meet the minimum acceptable academic threshold are most likely not going to join as an Officer.
He still forgot the time though.
Was it 2359 on the 29th Feb or 0001 on the 1st Mar? We know their Admiraltynesses don't acknowledge 'midnight' as existing, so we need the truth.

(PS: It may be an exaggeration to say we actually need the truth or even a blatant lie)

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