I applied over a year ago, completed and passed ADSC roughly 4 months ago and I have still not started my Alpha course. This is due to my pre-employment checks (waiting on 1 reference coming through, bloody women), I have been fairly organised and completed every stage as soon as I could but some things are just out of your hands.
That's a long time to wait! Ive got my first interview with the unit on monday so i should find out more then. Ive been self employed for 14 years so I shouldn't have any problems with employment checks
Other way round A-C is Level 2 and D-G is level 1. Below that you have EL3, EL2 and EL1. To join the Regulars you must achieve at least EL2 and for Reserves EL3 (unless trade requirements are higher ie GCSE x 5 C for nurse). Reserves need higher than Regs for certain jobs (Infantry for example) due to not having daily access to an ALC.
There again there are jobs that Regs require GCSE's for but Reserves require just EL3. VM in the REME for example. The job spec for Reserves states that no GCSE's are required which is correct but you must achieve EL3 to join the Reserves as previously said.