A Levels

I've just completed my exams (GCSE) and have a college place in september.
If I were to turn it down and join up now would I be able to do my A Levels in service? Over however many years I were in. (Grammar sh*t, sorry for that)
Is it worth it or am I mad? Even if my parents would sign the form (which would take a *lot* of persuasion).


robref said:
Cheers :) - would I get the chance to do them though? With the Education Allowance (?)
you could do them mate, you are only gay if you take it, I've never hear it called an Education Allowance before either :twisted:
College would be fun just am slightly fed up of some of my lazy barsteward mates who want to do nowt at the moment and the social life round here ain't particularly cracking either. 'Tis alright, but wouldn't mind a change; I've not just recently thought of this but have done so on and off for a year or so now. My college is also going to be about 20 or so miles away as well, so was thinking of going for student accommodation there also, but if the Army will train me, feed me, house me and clothe me as long as I work and give me some money and loads of new people then wahey! But it'd be 'interesting' bringing it up with the parents and I also think they'd think I'd end up looking like some of the just started training squaddies (the chavvy ones) at the supermarket.
Cheers for your replies though.

Why would I be gay? :) Only asking, not trying to be cocky :)

What about welbeck? Or even join the TA/RAFAux/RNR whilst you are doing your A levels.

Just a thought, as I joined the Army at 17, wanted to do a degree at 19, couldn't really start it until I was 21 (with the Open University) and now I am 25 and a civie in full time uni.
I joined straight from school planning to do A levels and, eventually a degree in my spare time. Thing is, I have now been in 7 years and not got round to it! For your first couple of years it's training, followed by getting settled in to your first unit etc, then by that time you are in a routine (gym some nights, pub with the lads some nights, on the lash all weekend), plus there are always courses/dets etc on the horizon. It gets harder to break the routine and easier to do your courses "next year". Unless you have more willpower than me, do the quals first!
robref said:
Fair enough, I've very quickly taken it that it might be a bit of a bad idea. There's always the TA in a few months I s'pose.
all good advice, and the TA is a good idea too, I was only pulling your leg, you said, could you "do" them, and I was inferring that if you joined the household div, you could "do" as many blokes as you like, which is an old, and mainly unfounded joke about HH Div guys, please exscuse my puerile humour.
Haha that's ok, I was interested in the Guards (not in 'that' way) and I know a lot of the stories will be jokes, but hey :) if I wanted to be that way I'd go to sea.
Cheers for the advice, I wasn't sure at all whether it'd work and you have helped me; I'm looking into a 6th Form Scholarship though, I'll see.

Do your A levels. I have never heard of anyone doing a full set in service. I am sure it is possible but it would be practically impossible.

You will regret it massively in later life if you bin them.
Hmm yeah, and I wouldn't have left the service by the time others would be looking to go to Uni, which I'd miss. I doubt very much I could get any quals before a few years anyway with all the training and such.

Bad idea, at least I looked into it I s'pose, cheers all the same for your time :)
Rob - you sign up for the enhanced learning credits when you go through basic training. This entitles you, after 4 years service, to 3x1000£ for further education BENEFICIAL to the service!!!!

You also get Standard learning credits of roughly 200£ a year, which can be used for many things including A levels (ILC and other distance learning courses and those run at local education centres).

after 8 years your ELC entitlement goes up to 3x2000£.

But in my opinion, education first career second.... especially at your age as I am struggling through open uni like a lot of others here and I could have made more of it first time round!

Whatever your choice

Bon chance!
Carrying on the 'education while you work' theme, is there anyone on here who is doing or has done a degree whilst serving, Open Uni or other. If so was it difficult to fit in. How hard/easy did you find doing it in a military environment. Am currently mulling over the idea. Any feedback much appreciated.

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