What A Levels would be useful to an Offcier??

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  1. As the Title asks, what A Levels would be useful to an Officer??

    Im thinking about doing Geography, Physics, Law and politics.

    and help or advice would be great!!

    1140
     
  2. Don't worry about which ones unless you are going to University as they may alter what you read when you get there.

    If you are not set on one particular univeristy degree or just not bothered. My advice is to play to your strengths.

    Politics and economics are great for RCB chat but keeping up on current affairs is just as good! A language is a great tool to have but I steered away from them as I struggled to get the grades in them.

    My advice, keep fit, pass your A-Levels. Join the OTC at University and/or competitive sports society and go to Sandhurst as a graduate. In my experience the younger non-grad officers, on the whole, had a tougher time in there first few years. Though saying this, the best Officer colleague/friend I have had in the forces was a non-grad!

    Also keep up your sense of humour, you'll need it!
     
  3. Tend to concur with LtTS.

    Do what you enjoy, what fits in with your future degree and what you're good at. It's a bit like a degree - they merely prove what you are capable of. Unless you are going to specialise in a particular field - eg medicine - then you can pretty much do what you like.

    That said, for any of the technical corps science and maths A-levels would probably assist. A language would be good too if you fancy, but at the end of the day the universal language is English - and most of the countries are former colonies anyhow... (joking!)

    Bottom line - enjoy it while you can and don't do something you don't want to because you think you should! I think there's still an option of an in-service first degree too which is what I did. So perhaps do Sandbags as a non-grad and then try that route - certainly easier than building up a large debt as most undergraduates seem to these days.

    Good luck.
     
  4. I take it from this post that you are still in main stream education. If this is the case why not arrange for an interview with the ACA(S)? The ACA(S) is the link with the schools, your Head of Careers should have a number, if not ring your local AFCO / ACIO and ask to speak to the ACA(S).
     
  5. yes i am just finishing my GCSEs, i have a B in German which should help :D lol

    im not really thinking about doing uni, is uni important in getting in??

    Jamie
     
  6. Judging by your spelling English might be a good start
     
  7. Check out this site, if you have not done already.

    http://www.armyofficer.co.uk/

    The majority of Officer Entrants are Graduates but ultimately it all depends on you and your personal qualities etc along with meeting the minimum mandatory academic qualifications and physical / medical fitness.
     
  8. Check out this site, if you have not done already.

    http://www.armyofficer.co.uk/

    The majority of Officer Entrants are Graduates but ultimately it all depends on you and your personal qualities etc along with meeting the minimum mandatory academic qualifications and physical / medical fitness.
     
  9. thanks mate!!
     
  10. FHB's advice is good and you'd do well to look at the link. Do not worry about a technical degree/A levels for a technical Corps if that is your preference.

    The ability to write is key not just for your own development, but so that you can craft the kind of reports that will get soldiers promoted.

    AY
     
  11. ok, so an A Level that involes writing is good? im going to do Law which involves alot of essays. so that should be ok.

    Jamie
     
  12. msr

    msr LE

    Three of them?

    msr
     
  13. no im doing 4 of them.

    geography
    law
    politics
    physics

    1140
     
  14. From what I was told as a prospective officer, I'm not entirely sure that there are any particular subjects to do. I did English Literature, French and German, and I think that it is for the most part the discipline of an academic degree, rather than what you do, unless you are interested in a technical part of the army.

    Dudders
     
  15. so it is important to get a degree?