Scholarship subjects

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  1. When you do the scholarship can you only study A-Levels or can you do an equivalent, for example an ND?
    Any help appreciated.
     
  2. What scholarship do you mean?
     
  3. 6th form scholarship
     
  4. I think it is just A-levels - most 6th forms only offer that. Of course, if you went to a college then you could study others, but I think it's a-levels. they are the recognised qualification.

    A National Diploma would have to be equivalent to an a-level. I am also not sure if you need specific A-level subjects.
     
  5. The ND is equivalent to 3 A-Levels grades A-C and it would be at college.
     
  6. Why not just do A-levels? Or even the IB if you really want to test yourself.
     
  7. From memory (it is four years since I worked in a careers advice capacity and someone more current would need to confirm or deny this) if you want to do a 6th form scholoarship, especially with the aim of going on to do Officer training, then you need to do A levels. NVQ's, ND, etc will not be accepted, no matter what they are supposed to be equivalent to. 'Supposed' being the key word - I saw too many people who simply were not at the same level as an A level student would have been and I can't imagine the situation has improved. Sorry to be blunt, but I also came across too many people who had been given the wrong advice and had dreams/plans crushed.

    If I remember correctly, the International Baccalaureate is accepted as an A level alternative.

    Perhaps Disco or someone similar can give more up-to-date advice?
     
  8. I'm sure as the Government are pushing these "diplomas" and trying to insist that they will be valid for University entry the MoD will have to go along...
     
  9. Well, they've managed to hold out for the last 10 years!
     
  10. Where can you do the IB?
     
  11. Oo just found some info...looks very complicated! :?
     
  12. The IB is offered by some schools and probably some colleges. You take six subjects and a couple of other bits (theory of knowledge exam and an extended essay). YOu do three subjects at higher level and three at standard level, with each subject giving you a maximum of seven points. The three for ToK and the essay add up to a grand total of 45, which almost nobody gets.

    My school did both, so I know the difference between the two. If you are academically minded and want a range of subjects including maths, english, a science and alanguage plus a couple then do IB. If you want to specialise then do A-level. Most A-levles are a bit harder than their IB higher equivalent with a few exceptions (Maths, Chemistry and Physics. although further maths is harder than Higher IB maths). If you just want the grades to become an officer then do A-level. If you really enjoy academia and want a qualification that you can use in the USA (for example) then do IB.

    I chose A-levels as I needed to specialise get into medical school, and I spent most of my time in VI form laughing at the guys juggling a much larger number of subjects.
     
  13. I meant these new diplomas which starting in September, so no not ten years!
     
  14. Thanks Jew and do you have to pay for the courses or is it free like most education for u-19's?
     
  15. Depends where you do it I guess. I'm not sure what the state sector provision is like (I was at a public school) but I suspect that most places that offer it will be selective comprehensives and gramar schools and will therefore be competetive.