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    hey i am new to these forums but from what i have currently read they seem to be a great help.
    I am in my first year of 6th form currently doing 3 a-levels and from the looks of it i will come out with good grades, i should be in my second year but i threw last year away and have started again to get the grades i desire. I was originally aimimg to go into either the navy or the raf as an officer and wishing to be a pilot. I have all the information i need about going in straight after i get my A-levels, but i just had a meeting with a member of staff from my school. He strongly reccomended i went to Uni as my grades are looking pretty damn good, and when i told him i still wanted to join the forces he suggested me looking into getting sponsored to go to university. I was just hoping for some general information, things like:
    - is there a minimum amount of UCAS points needed before you even get considered for sponsorship?
    - I am wanting to be a pilot, is there any point in going to university to get a degree, or should i just go straight from 6th form?
    - Are there only certain 'fields' open to sponsorship, such as mecanics/engineering
    - and just any general info any1 could give me
    thank you in advance for any help, i will appreciate it
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    Get the number for you local AFCO (Armed Forces Careers Office), you can get this from www.rafcareers.co.uk if you don’t already know it and speak to them. Make an appointment and go and see someone. Every case is different and they will best be able to advise you on how it is best for YOU to continue.
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    Apply by September.

    The general process is a chat at AFCO then down to OASC (Officer Aircrew Selection Center) where everybody else who wants your scholarship will be! If you’re taking 3 'Mickey mouse' subjects prepare to defend them.

    Bare in mind you will be probably be 24 when you finish Uni having taken an extra year for your AS subjects. This means you will have only one shot at becoming a pilot, or you may be too old to apply unless of course you get the scholarship and/ or are fortunate enough to get in the UAS.

    You need good grades but it’s not all about the grades!

    Regarding sponsorship details click the RAF link in the message above.
    Is there any point in going to university to get a degree, or should i just go straight from 6th form?
    I asked myself the same question and after allot of consideration I’m going to Manchester Salford Uni to do a pilots course, hoping to join the UAS when I get there.

    Best advice I can give is to visit your AFCO
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    - is there a minimum amount of UCAS points needed before you even get considered for sponsorship?
    Nope; if you've got a place at university, or are likely to, that's enough. Be prepared to defend why you think they should pay for you to study goat dynamics at some crap ex-poly though; they like degrees likely to be of benefit, or at least to stretch you some way.

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    - I am wanting to be a pilot, is there any point in going to university to get a degree, or should i just go straight from 6th form?
    Impossible to answer. Graduates and more mature applicants tend to do better, but if you're a natural you're a natural. When I went through basic fast jet training, there were only 2 non-graduates on our course of 14. However, going straight in means you don't have to juggle a degree as well. Do a search and you'll find several posts I've made on the comparison between doing direct-entry EFT and doing EFT while on a UAS.

    (Original post by shep)
    - Are there only certain 'fields' open to sponsorship, such as mecanics/engineering
    Some things aren't available; such as Phys Ed Officer in the RAF. Others have a sliding scale of how many places per year there are and how much those spaces pay.

    Hope this helps, drop me an email with any questions.
 
 
 
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