Each year the British Armed Forces recruit around 11,000 new recruits to fill junior positions to replace personnel who are being promoted, or are taking their skills and experience into a Civilian setting. Additionally the Armed Forces and the Security Services consistently remain within the top 100 graduate employers each year. Graduates fulfil vital roles within the Armed Forces within Officer Corps and within specialised jobs within the Junior Ranks.

In the 2015 autumn spending review the government has made a commitment to the reaction of 5,000 new jobs in the Army as well as expanding the UK’s fighter aircraft, intelligence and reconnaissance capabilities, investing an extra £10 billion of the next 10 years. Outside of the armed forces, increased investment in the Security and Intelligence services has meant the creation of 1900 additional Intelligence Officer Positions; jobs almost exclusively filled by graduates. Within the Police Force there are increasing number of graduate opportunities within the Police and National Crime Agency.

Personnel within this industry need to have:

  • Excellent problem solving and lateral thinking skills, being able to take a nonstandard approach to be able to solve a range of problems
  • Apply their skills and knowledge to a real world situation

There are a range of related jobs within the both the private and public sector including in the civil services within the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office and private companies such as G4S.

Who’s the course for? 

The course is designed for students who wish to enter either an armed or blue light service, though not exclusively so. The course is also suitable for those with an interest in strategy and transnational politics and wish to further their interest in these areas.

Skills and experience gained

Students will be exposed and discover a range of themes during the course, including terrorism and insurgency, transnational organised crime and criminology and global security and human rights issues. Students will be equipped with the knowledge and lateral thinking and analytical skills required to enter a broad range of public services including: the police, the intelligence services, commissioned entry into the armed forces as well as the civil service.

Entry Requirements

  • 96 UCAS points
  • C or above in GCSE Maths, English and Science 
  • Prior work and learning experiences will be taken into account and considered at application stage

Students with English as a foreign language: applications from students from all backgrounds are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, listening, speaking and reading).

Our recognised English Language qualifications include:

  • ESOL
  • IELTS: 6 overall (minimum of 5.5 in any component)
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Progression

After completing the course, students can work towards entry in a public service, as well as work within government and non-government organisations. Students will also have the opportunity to study relevant subjects at master’s level.

Further Information

This programme is validated by the University of East Anglia

 



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