Ninja_Stoker said:Uniformed or Public Services Course, is ideal if any of the following circumstances apply to you:
1. Already failed the Recruiting Test.
2. Already failed the Selection Interview.
3. Already failed the PJFT & you need to get fit.
4. Already failed the medical & must wait a set period before you may be passed fit.
5. The individual needs to be able to prove the ability to stick at something, following a turbulent secondary education.
6. The individual needs to physically or mentally mature and develop before applying to join the services or needs to wait until they are 18 as their parents will not consent to them joining.
The qualification itself makes the person no more eligible to join the Armed Forces than someone who has not taken the course, however it may benefit those who fall under one or more of the categories above. If you don't fall into one of the above categories, then you should question what is to be gained.
It is indeed a minefield- the problem is checking the validity & currency of the information given. The rules often change & it is highly likely the minimum UCAS points required for entry level at officer will be further reviewed in the near future.Nicholas said:Well I'm doing the BTEC National certificate in uniformed public services at peterborough regional college. (2 year course) (as well as a NVQ2 in activity leadership)
...at the end of the day your probably right, but the two A-levels I gain and the NVQ2 and all the skills I learn
I cant say that every course will have what im doing or might even be better, but im enjoying myself I get good recognisable qualifications that are going to look good on my cv compared to piss poor gcse results even if i do get some stick from the higher ranking officers when i join up.
...anyway to conclude, check with the people running the course (practically always ex-military with a minefield of info), find out what you can do, if it sounds good, go for it, if it turns *text deleted* you can leave its not like its compulsary education anymore.
Hope it helps to make your mind up