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Where I'm at. Comms Tech advice

Guzzler

War Hero
I can't always be arsed to play grammar police, but since it's you Guzz it's a rare opportunity that is just to good to miss.

to; as in go to a place, not too, as in also.:tongue:

Indeed. The shame. Can't even blame alcohol, and won't claim typo - rush of shit to the brain I suppose.

I deserve the mockery.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
I've altered the thread title in the hope one of our resident 'secret squirrels' (Comms Techs) may be able to offer some useful advice.
 

RomanyRanner

Lantern Swinger
Where I'm at.

Seems strange. I would have thought a university degree far exceeds the requirements if a GCSE requirement.
My guess the young lady has no idea what she is on about. Remember, she is just a regular serviceman enjoying a cushy draft.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Seems strange. I would have thought a university degree far exceeds the requirements if a GCSE requirement.
My guess the young lady has no idea what she is on about. Remember, she is just a regular serviceman enjoying a cushy draft.

You may be mistaking a 'loan rating' with a qualified Careers Adviser (CA), shippers. I'm assuming the OP is speaking direct to his CA - if so we usually know what we're on about. But I have to confess I don't know diddly about Scottish qualifications and degrees are not accepted in lieu of GCSE's or A Levels in normal circumstances.

Whilst AFCOs do have individuals loaned to them for short periods, often employed to field initial basic queries, those already entered into the selection process will have a nominated, qualified Senior Rate/SNCO careers adviser - male or female.
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Seems strange. I would have thought a university degree far exceeds the requirements if a GCSE requirement.
My guess the young lady has no idea what she is on about. Remember, she is just a regular serviceman enjoying a cushy draft.

Not that strange, my wife has a Ist class degree with honours in Education. When she went to do the PGCE (or whatever it's called) to become a teacher they said she couldn't do it until she had a GCSE A-C in Maths (she has an English O level).

She told them to ram it and became an HLTA instead (Higher Level Teaching Assistant for the unknowing), snag is HLTA's do the same as fully qualified teachers but at a lot lower pay level.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
I have heard a rare occurrence of AIB accepting a second degree in lieu of the A Level requirement for a graduate entry engineer, but one thing that puzzles many non-vocational graduate Officer applicants is that if they ain't got the A Levels, they aren't eligible to join as an Officer. Time and again this borne out when we see graduates on a weekly basis fail the RN Recruiting Test which, on an academic scale, is nearer 11+ than A Level.
 

Jamie3500

Midshipman
Okayyyy, so!
I'm writing a letter of appeal to the AIB regarding my Standard Grade results. (Any tips on this area?)
Ninja_stoker, you say that officer positions can be accepted occasionally if the applicant has a second degree? I'm not applying for an officer position, just as a rating. Might be a surprise to some having a degree and all but I'd rather work my way up anyway. Is it likely the AIB would accept a Bachelors in business as a substitute for a Standard Grade (GCSE)? True, its not the same subject area (mathematics) but it, I feel, is a very relevant degree for a CT considering all the emphasis placed on information gathering, analysis, reporting and presentation.

Thanks again all!
 

Pontius

War Hero
By the time you've done all this mucking around with appeals etc you could have sat a GCSE maths exam. Since you only just failed to get the appropriate grade, why not buy a GCSE maths text book, knuckle down for a bit of studying and just do the exam?
 

Pontius

War Hero
Tiddly,

Sorry, but it was Guzz, the arch-pedant in chief

The Arch-Pedant In Chief being a noun, of course and, therefore, capital letters (we'll let the hyphens slide on this occasion) :D

Reminds me of The Life Of Brian; Romans goes to the home, conjugate the verb........
 

Jamie3500

Midshipman
By the time you've done all this mucking around with appeals etc you could have sat a GCSE maths exam. Since you only just failed to get the appropriate grade, why not buy a GCSE maths text book, knuckle down for a bit of studying and just do the exam?

I suppose that's an option, but it involves waiting to august to do a 35 week course to then get the exam. Im not sure if there is another way around it. I asked my lecturer who is going to see if he can have another lecturer just give me the paper and sit it within the next few weeks.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Okayyyy, so!
I'm writing a letter of appeal to the AIB regarding my Standard Grade results. (Any tips on this area?)
Ninja_stoker, you say that officer positions can be accepted occasionally if the applicant has a second degree? I'm not applying for an officer position, just as a rating. Might be a surprise to some having a degree and all but I'd rather work my way up anyway. Is it likely the AIB would accept a Bachelors in business as a substitute for a Standard Grade (GCSE)? True, its not the same subject area (mathematics) but it, I feel, is a very relevant degree for a CT considering all the emphasis placed on information gathering, analysis, reporting and presentation.

Thanks again all!

Tips?

1. It's not an appeal, it's an enquiry.
2. Be Polite, Brief and concise.
3. Send copies of all your educational certificates with a accompanying covering letter to simply ask if they meet the educational requirement or can be accepted in lieu of the educational requirement for your branch of preference.

Good luck.
 
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Rachelthree

War Hero
I suppose that's an option, but it involves waiting to august to do a 35 week course to then get the exam. Im not sure if there is another way around it. I asked my lecturer who is going to see if he can have another lecturer just give me the paper and sit it within the next few weeks.

You could maybe look into entering as an independent candidate, the edexcel deadline used to be sometime in feb! This way wouldnt get you much support though in terms of teaching and stuff, but if you take the intermediate paper and not the higher one, a B grade is a million times easier to get! I hope the afco do accept your other Qualifications, but if not you have lots of options- just might take a little longer.
 

Jamie3500

Midshipman
You could maybe look into entering as an independent candidate, the edexcel deadline used to be sometime in feb! This way wouldnt get you much support though in terms of teaching and stuff, but if you take the intermediate paper and not the higher one, a B grade is a million times easier to get! I hope the afco do accept your other Qualifications, but if not you have lots of options- just might take a little longer.

Okay well after some time looking around, I found the earliest course I could apply for is this august at my local college. Its a 1 day a week mostly self taught course so I figure I can breeze through it rather than do the whole 35 weeks. Thanks for your advice on that one - I might get round to sending an appeal letter but this seems like the more likely path to take.

Say all goes well though, does anyone know how long the waiting list is for a CT role?

Thanks!
 

Rachelthree

War Hero
Okay well after some time looking around, I found the earliest course I could apply for is this august at my local college. Its a 1 day a week mostly self taught course so I figure I can breeze through it rather than do the whole 35 weeks. Thanks for your advice on that one - I might get round to sending an appeal letter but this seems like the more likely path to take.

Say all goes well though, does anyone know how long the waiting list is for a CT role?

Thanks!

To be honest, many jobs now ask for minimum GCSE grades- so it would be an investment for in the future when you leave the navy anyway. Although it seems ages away it's always worth thinking about it, if you feel quite comfortable with maths and feel you could pass quite comfortably without tuition but just with self directed study, you could always check this out: Where can I take a GCSE? : Edexcel from what I recall schools sometimes charge as little as 60 quid, but obviously if there is not one near you then that might be a pain, just another option to think about, can never have too many choices! Your AFCO would be the best place, I am still in the application process but I know they do not release the waiting times anymore as it's changing regularly and everyone circumstances thus potential wait times are different :)
 
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