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  • Another Question... Maths.

    So in whilst doing GCSE's... I wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed, but managed to secure myself with a C grade in GCSE maths. (which I thought was pretty much average, right?)

    Anyway, it seems most sponsors seem to ask for at least a B grade(with one or two exceptions) I was wondering, is this like a hard written rule that they always follow?
    Is it worth even trying to apply for these companies? I mean i'm not the best at maths but I can do the basics. And I've heard colleges provide extra help If someone needed it...

    Oh Btw, aspiring to be a deck cadet.

    So many questions! - Any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks!

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    You do need to be able to use maths, it's not just an arbitrary requirement. When you're trying to get your head around spherical trigonometry, you'll reckon GCSE maths was a doddle!

    Bear in mind that while a few years back companies might have been so keen to fill places that they would accept a C grade, they are now being inundated by applications and are at liberty to pick and choose. My advice, go and re-do your maths GCSE and improve your grade.

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    • #3
      I have to be honest, I was very average at maths when I was at school, but suddenly during the cadetship it all clicked. Maybe actually doing maths with an actual reason to it helped make it all work out.
      That being said, you are up against a lot of competition, and no company likes to take risks, so you will have to prove yourself in other areas to be a strong candidate.

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      • #4
        I was in the exact same position as AM above. Although it was 7 years between my GCSEs and starting the cadetship, during which time I don't think I ever saw a calculator never mind use one. It all came back pretty quickly though and I found the practical application a lot easier to understand. No idea about the qualifications and how weighted they are though. I'm sure it would be discussed at any potential interview.

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        • #5
          I was fairly average at school when I was doing maths. I got a maths tutor and took evening classes to try and increase my knowledge. Seemed to have paid off. The thing is, some of the maths you'll be expected to do some maths which is more like A-Level stuff.

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          • #6
            what happens if i'm a bit rusty with my maths because its been a while since iv had to do any maths in some time

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            • #7
              Then you will need to study more, go to Maths classes and what not.

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              • #8
                Dunno what college you're going to but there was rakes of extra maths (at least an extra two lots of three hours per week) for us in the first phase. For what it's worth i failed higher maths and went and did four years of philosophy and when I came to start the whole maffs thing again turned out that the fact it wasn't abstract and related to actual things physics-wise made it seem a lot easier than it did in school.

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                • #9
                  he isnt going to any college yet, he needs a sponsor and was wondering if a B in maths is a set rule. To be honest mate depending how long you've been out of school i would go for it, if you have some job experience the companies may look past the fact you don't have a B. If its any help i only have a C in GCSE maths but i am going to do a foundation degree, i got onto the FD by doing a extra maths course which wasnt that hard to be honest no where near A level's (imo) but it still allowed me onto the FD course at South Tyneside (found out by emailing them first then applied for companies).

                  If the cadetship your going for is a HNC/D then i would apply with your C even if you have a bit more job experience. If its FD route you want to take try get on a maths course somewhere even if its not a whole year doing a AS then at least it shows you're trying

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                  • #10
                    I was out if school for a year after Maths GCSE to to keep my hand in I took evening classes and upped my grade. It's worth doing

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bulman View Post
                      he isnt going to any college yet
                      Aye okay, obviously should have specified this was an answer to dannyboy's question.

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                      • #12
                        It think it must depend on of you further your maths. I got a C at Gcse went to sixth form and I am currently on track for an A in maths a level, I mentioned this to a few companies an they were fine with it.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Bob View Post
                          So in whilst doing GCSE's... I wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed, but managed to secure myself with a C grade in GCSE maths. (which I thought was pretty much average, right?)

                          Anyway, it seems most sponsors seem to ask for at least a B grade(with one or two exceptions) I was wondering, is this like a hard written rule that they always follow?
                          Is it worth even trying to apply for these companies? I mean i'm not the best at maths but I can do the basics. And I've heard colleges provide extra help If someone needed it...

                          Oh Btw, aspiring to be a deck cadet.

                          So many questions! - Any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks!
                          How long is it since you've been out of school?? are GCSE's your highest level qualification??

                          The reason i ask is i got an average Maths grade at GCSE, but had A-Levels, military experience and a degree. The company didnt express any interest / focus on the fact the last time i did any maths was over 10 years before... so it depends what else you can offer them...

                          Definately to apply to everyone and anyone.... its easy enough to watch trig videos on you tube to refresh your head if your rather rusty and maths phobic as i was when i started the FD Deck course.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Randomist View Post
                            I was fairly average at school when I was doing maths. I got a maths tutor and took evening classes to try and increase my knowledge. Seemed to have paid off. The thing is, some of the maths you'll be expected to do some maths which is more like A-Level stuff.
                            I'm starting A level Maths next year, will that be a massive help for the cadetship?

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                            • #15
                              Will probably help you a bit with the stability, but navigation maths is quite basic, triangles and spherical triangles, and can be picked up pretty easily.
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