34 ALIS points, 160 UCAS points and a 2:2 degree. Can i become an officer?

#1
Hi,

Basically I just want to know if there is a chance of becoming an officer with what I currently have, 34 ALIS points over 7 GCSEs. 6 grade Cs, including English Language, Maths, Double Science and Spanish.

Apparently a degree will usually override the need for UCAS points, does this stand true if you wish to join the Royal Artillery (as I only have 160)?

I keep meaning to speak to an army careers advisor, but have been really busy with work recently, hopefully I will get a chance this week. I am more than willing to spend some extra time studying to take another GCSE or two at my college if that is what it takes.
 
#2
Yes, it does hold for the RA. That's assuming they'll have you, of course- speak to an ACA, get AOSB cracked, and get on some fam visits. Choice of arm is done when you're at Sandhurst, but some regiments operate a "confirmed cadet" system where they pick you on the basis of fam visits before arrival at RMAS, although this tends only to be for cavalry and guards regiments. Good luck!
 
#4
The text book answer is NO, you must have 35 ALIS and a minimum of 180 UCAS points for all officer entry RA is no different (less PQO,REME-must have Engineering degree) ,you are correct in the fact that a degree(subject dependent) may offset any UCAS shortfall, however you do not meet the basic ALIS requirement.Having said that I would still contact an ACA 1 you may be accepted as a risk candidate and a final decision made at selection board level depending on your all round performance.Go and speak to Careers advisor and get the correct information from the horses mouth so to speak.
 
#6
I spoke to the ACA today and I will be going in for a group presentation about what the army offers, I actually forgot about taking psychology at GCSE, so my ALIS is 35 (phew!). Also the matter of having 160 UCAS points is okay with my degree subject.
 

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