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    OK, I am aiming to go for the foundation degree route.

    Now am I right in saying that you need 120 ucas points at Higher level, one of which must be Maths or Physics?

    I currently have Higher Physics at a B. Which is worth 60 ucas points.

    Would it be correct in saying that I only need one more Higher at a grade B, or 2 highers At a grade C?

    Thanks in advance

  • #2
    Re: Qualifications question

    I'm not up on UCAS points and the likes BUT these courses are sponsored and as such you get a place through a company, you dont do it off your own back like other courses (though i suppose you could but you would be stuck at the sea time element if you are unsponsored).

    So I dont think UCAS comes in to it so long as you meet the requirements for the college you are attending which is taken care of by your sponsor in the recruitment process.
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    • #3
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      UCAS does to a certain extent. For the two extra highers at grade C, I would imagine it would depend on what the subjects were in. If they were in music and dance then no, but say Maths or English or Biology then no probs as it is only 120 UCAS points.
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      • #4
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        I suppose no one mentions UCAS for this course as the companies do the selection so send the right person on the right course depending on points etc?
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        • #5
          Re: Qualifications question

          I know for CMT they look for:
          Applicants for the Foundation Degree and Scottish Professional Diploma routes require 120 UCAS points from 2 or more A Levels or Highers; these should include either Physics or Mathematics. Applicants will also require 5 GCSEs or Standard Grades at grade C/3 or above including English, Mathematics and either Physics or Dual Award Science. Deck Officer Trainees may substitute Physics or Dual Award Science with Chemistry.
          You can calculate your UCAS points with this tool: http://www.merlinhelpsstudents.com/stud ... ulator.asp

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          • #6
            Re: Qualifications question

            ok, so i have the 5 standard grades, and i have the higher physics at a B (worth 60 points)

            So i need either-

            A B at higher in any subject
            Two C's at Higher in any subject

            Would that be correct?

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            • #7
              Re: Qualifications question

              From what I can gather, it needs to be 120 points at Higher level. So aye if you've got a B in Higher Physics then you would need another Higher (maths would probably be the most useful/relevant) at grade B at least.

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              • #8
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                120 is the minimum most on my course have much more including my self so maybe worth doing more than one. Some companies ask for 180 ucas
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                • #9
                  Re: Qualifications question

                  Well I have the Higer Physics, And I am doing Higher English, Maths and Graphics.

                  I just did the Higher Maths Prelim today and it was a mess! English was ok and Graphics will be easy.

                  So would Graphics or English be acceptable subjects?

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                  • #10
                    Re: Qualifications question

                    I think the minimum requirements academic qualifications wise (some training providers will expect more for entry) are 5 Standard grades at grade 3 at least, including Maths, Physics (other science subjects may be considered) and English. If this was all you had this would be enough to be considered for entry onto HNC/HND course with some sponsoring companies.

                    If you want onto the FD/Professional Diploma course you would also need at least 2 full Highers at grade B (giving you 120 UCAS points) as well as the Standard Grades. One of these would probably need to be either Physics OR Maths, but obviously both together would be more advantageous.

                    As for the prelims, I wouldn?t worry about them too much. Prelims are just a (rather poor) ?litmus test? to show you, your teachers and the SQA the kind of grades you could expect to gain in an exam at your current level. That?s not to say you shouldn?t take them seriously. If anything, they?re invaluable practice for the real exam and if you?ve made a few mistakes in the prelim and you can identify them, then you can make sure you don?t make them again in the final exam if you put the work in. They?re a great tool for showing you where you are in terms of the things you?re good at, and where you need to improve.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Qualifications question

                      Originally posted by leaky bulkhead
                      I think the minimum requirements academic qualifications wise (some training providers will expect more for entry) are 5 Standard grades at grade 3 at least, including Maths, Physics (other science subjects may be considered) and English. If this was all you had this would be enough to be considered for entry onto HNC/HND course with some sponsoring companies.

                      If you want onto the FD/Professional Diploma course you would also need at least 2 full Highers at grade B (giving you 120 UCAS points) as well as the Standard Grades. One of these would probably need to be either Physics OR Maths, but obviously both together would be more advantageous.

                      As for the prelims, I wouldn?t worry about them too much. Prelims are just a (rather poor) ?litmus test? to show you, your teachers and the SQA the kind of grades you could expect to gain in an exam at your current level. That?s not to say you shouldn?t take them seriously. If anything, they?re invaluable practice for the real exam and if you?ve made a few mistakes in the prelim and you can identify them, then you can make sure you don?t make them again in the final exam if you put the work in. They?re a great tool for showing you where you are in terms of the things you?re good at, and where you need to improve.

                      Rant over.

                      Thank you very much Leaky Bulkhead, a very detailed and precise answer that I was looking for.

                      The company I have an interview with soon does require me to sit the Foundation Degree. I shall do my best to get the highest results for my exam, however that prelim . I will ask the company when I attend the interview.

                      Thank you all for your help.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Qualifications question

                        Like I say, obviously do your best to do well in the prelim. But if you mess it up then its not the end of the world. Usually its the 'motivation' (you're not allowed to say 'kick up the arse' to pupils anymore) you need to get some work done on the bits you're struggling with. Especially with Maths, I can't stress enough how practice can vastly improve your performance. Prelim papers are usually a wee bit harder (the P&N ones were at least when I was teaching) than the final exam. So doing practice exam papers and past exam papers are probably the best revision you can do.

                        Glad to have helped.

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