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RAF | Serve & learn

If you’re looking to rise through the ranks or planning for a rewarding civilian life when the time comes then our flexible online degrees could be just what you need.

Our flexible online courses are designed to fit around the demands of RAF life and give you the freedom to choose when and where you study. With a range of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level we’re confident we can help you achieve your goals and aspirations.

We recognise your prior RAF 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

We understand that working in the Royal Air Force is more than a job — with changes in location and non-standard working hours it’s far more challenging than your standard 9 til 5 – it’s a commitment with extraordinary responsibilities.

Flexible online study

You’ll study through Canvas, our world class online Learning Management System that’s accessible from your phone, tablet or laptop. As long as you have a reliable internet connection you can study from any location in the world at a time that suits you. Canvas will give you access to your course content, a wealth of online resources to aid your studies and support from your tutor. It’s also where you’ll submit your assignments and provides opportunities to engage with other students on your course.

We have a dedicated team to get you set up and ensure a smooth start to your studies as well as continued support through to graduation and beyond. As you’ll be learning while you serve you’ll have the benefit of applying what you learn directly to your role and vice versa.

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Designed for you

We recognise your RAF training and qualifications as well as the experience and skills you have developed during your time in the forces. We take all this into consideration when looking at your application and where possible see if you are eligible to apply for Accredited Prior Learning (APL). APL can help satisfy the degree entry requirements or reduce the length of time you will need to study as well as help reduce the tuition fees.

As an approved provider for the Ministry of Defence Learning Credit Scheme (ELCAS) you can use your ELCAS credits towards the course fees for our wide range of programmes.

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Advanced entry

Our unique relationship with the RAF enables us to provide a range of higher education courses for RAF service personnel to receive academic credit for generic and specialist training, as well as for seniority or rank and experience. Our Armed Forces consultant will be happy to talk to you about your individual circumstances and see if you can benefit from Accredited Prior Learning. Please contact us for more information.

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RAF Medics

If you’re an RAF Medic who has completed TMT1 or JMLC or you hold TMTs and IMLC (or equivalents) you can expect to benefit from entry or credit exemption from our Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care degree courses. Talk to us today to see how your prior learning can help support your current and future study plans.


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 RAF ICSC (A), 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 RAF personnel

  • Serve and learn
  • Specialist pathways available - get recognised for the work that you do and earn credit exemptions towards university qualifications (where relevant)
  • Enhance your career and personal development
  • Flexible online study puts you in control – study when it suits you
  • 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.