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Army | Serve & learn

Designed with Army life in mind, our flexible online degree courses will fit comfortably around your operational duties and family commitments. We know that the nature of military work is more than a job — it's a commitment with extraordinary responsibilities that changes in location and non-standard hours make even more challenging.

We recognise your prior Army learning, and since we’re an approved provider for the Ministry of Defence Learning Credit Scheme (ELCAS) you can use your ELCAS credits towards the course fees.

Education for career development

Our online courses are designed to fit around your busy schedule and empower you to choose when and where you learn. Whether you're a Regular Soldier, a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer or a Senior Officer, a degree-level qualification can enhance your existing Army career or prepare you for life outside of the Armed Forces. We have a range of courses to support your aspirations from foundation degrees through to full master’s degrees.

Flexible online study

As long as you have a reliable internet connection you can study from anywhere in the world through our online Learning Management System, Canvas. Accessible from your phone, tablet or laptop Canvas is where you’ll access course content, submit assignments, engage with your classmates and receive the full support of your tutor. We also have a dedicated team to get you set up and ensure a smooth start to your studies. Distance learning allows you to put the knowledge and skills you gain from the course directly into practice and as you progress through the course you’ll be able to make a real difference within your role.

We have a dedicated team to get you set up and ensure a smooth start to your studies as well as continued support to graduation and beyond.

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Designed for you

We recognise the experience and skills you develop during your Army career as well as qualifications and training. Your experience and qualifications can be used to apply for Accredited Prior Learning (APL) on a wide range of our courses. APL might help you meet the course entry requirements or reduce the amount of time that you need to study in order to complete the degree. Reducing the amount of time you need to study can also help reduce the tuition fees.

We’re also an approved provider for the Ministry of Defence Learning Credit Scheme (ELCAS) so you can use your ELCAS credits towards the course fees.

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Advanced entry

We’ve identified some specialist pathways for certain ranks and experience levels gained during your Army service. However, it’s always best to contact us so we can talk to you about your own ambitions and see if your prior learning and training can help support your studies with us. Please contact us for more information.

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Army Medical Services

ARU has been working with the Army Medical Directorate (AMD) Training Development Team (TDT) to deliver a civilian recognised higher education qualifications specifically for Army Medical Services Soldiers. Our relationship with the Army enables service personnel to receive academic credit for your training based on your rank and experience. If you’re an Army Medical Services Soldier PNCO, JNCO, SNCO or ALDP for example you can expect to benefit from entry or credit exemption from our Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care degree courses.

Other Army routes

If you’re a Warrant Officer then we recognised that your training and operational experience at WO level meets the general entry requirements of our internationally recognised Master of Business Administration (MBA).

If you have successfully completed the Army’s ICSC (L), or equivalent, then you can expect to benefit from some credit exemption from our MBA degree. This means you can reduce the amount of time it takes to study the MBA and the tuition fees.

Benefits for Army personnel

  • Serve while you learn
  • Specialist pathways available - get recognised for the work that you do and earn credit exemptions towards University qualifications (where relevant)
  • Enhance your personal development and career growth
  • Flexible online study puts you in control
  • Access our full range of University resources, high quality teaching and support.
  • Use ELCAS credits to help fund your qualification

Our online degrees in detail

As well as the courses detailed below, you can also use you ELCAS funding for our complete range of online undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Management & Leadership in Health & Social Care BSc (Hons) Top-up (Armed Forces)

You'll gain a full honours degree if you’ve already completed our foundation course or have an equivalent qualification. The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accredited top-up expands on your prior learning, enhances personal and professional development and provides the tools you need to achieve your career potential.

Healthcare Management MSc (Armed Forces)

This Master’s course is a good fit if you’re a leader or manager in a health or social care setting and want to polish the relevant skills for progression. You’ll explore the key factors which influence managing and leading individuals and organisations.

MBA (Armed Forces)

With a strong entrepreneurial and innovative focus, our online MBA uses our unique expertise to ensure you’ll be well prepared for your future in a management role. Ideal if you planning for a leadership role, enhancing an existing role or developing your own business or team. 

Get in touch

If you’d like to talk to our experienced team about our Armed Forces degrees, ARU or any aspect of studying via distance learning then please do not hesitate to contact us.