The University of Wolverhampton

BSc (Hons)Armed Forces

Why choose this course?

This degree offers a well-balanced and highly relevant professional programme of study if you intend to seek a career in HM Armed Forces; Royal Navy, Army or the Royal Air Force.

It is a requirement of the Armed Forces degree that during your three years of study at the University of Wolverhampton you will serve as a member of the Army Reserve, Royal Naval Reserve or Royal Marine Reserve, or RAF Reserve and as such you may be required to serve an operational tour.

You must meet the necessary entry requirements of HM Armed Forces.

The degree will provide you with a set of intellectual, social and practical skills, as well as knowledge that will be relevant to your future career, whether it be in HM Armed Forces or in a civilian occupation.

You will study a wide range of topics including: military history, command and leadership, counter insurgency and naval warfare. In your final year, you will complete an in-depth dissertation project studying key issues and problems relating to HM Armed Forces. In combination with your active training in HM Armed Forces, the course will equip you with a strong set of knowledge and skills relating to the British military.

Successful completion of the award may lead to a career in HM Armed Forces. The professionally focused nature of the programme is designed not only to provide you with the knowledge and skills sufficient to seek future employment within HM Armed Forces, but to also establish a firm foundation upon which to build a successful career in the civilian sector.

New students and those who are undecided on which branch of service to join are encouraged to consider the University Platoon of 4th Mercian. Further details may be found here:

Details of other local Army Reserve formations may be found here:

Details of the Royal Navy Reserve may be found here:

What happens on the course?

Below are some examples of the modules you will study:

Year 1 provides a sound foundation in the principal academic subjects upon which the remainder of the course is built, principally history and war studies. Your first year programme will include broad modules that provide a context for your degree as well as more focussed studies on specific military campaigns.

Year 2 focuses more closely upon the knowledge and skills relevant to a professional member of HM Armed Forces. Whilst continuing your broad study of military history, you will also learn about counter insurgency, emergency planning and military command.

Year 3 in your final year you will engage in modules such as citizen soldiers, naval warfare and terrorism. You will also be required to complete a final year research project addressing an issue or problem currently facing the British military. You will be encouraged to draw upon your own military experience when researching and writing this thesis.

Level 4

Semester 1

Semester 2


4PL012 Contemporary British Military Conflicts


4PL002 Initial Public Protection Placement


4HS001 The Pursuit of History


4PO002 Introduction to International Relations


4WR003 War and the Modern World


4WR002 Thinking about War and Peace

Level 5

Semester 1

Semester 2


5PL005 Emergency Planning


5PL006 Military Command & Leadership


5HS010 The Great War 1914 – 1918

5WR005 Virtual Warriors


5WR004 Terrorism


5WR006 War in Europe 1939-45


5WR002 Battle for Normandy

5HS001 The Cold War

Level 6

Semester 1

Semester 2


6WR002 Citizen Soldiers: The British Army and the Second World War


6WR006: War Studies Project


6HW056 Emergency Care in Action


6WR001 Conflict Resolution in the Modern World


6WR007: Dreadnought to Enterprise


6WR005 The Barbarisation of Warfare

Why Wolverhampton?

The Armed Forces degree offers a unique combination of academic and practical knowledge and skills upon which you can develop your professional career in the civilian or military sectors.

The course is taught by a combination of leading academic scholars and experienced military officers that provide a fascinating and well-rounded learning experience.

Career path

Through a combination of rigorous academic study and military training, this degree will provide you with a unique set of intellectual, social and practical skills. This skill set will be attractive to a wide range of public and private sector employers, and may lead to a career in HM Armed Forces. In addition, the course provides the academic background and scholarship necessary for postgraduate study at both Masters and Doctoral level.

What skills will you gain?

As a graduate of this course you will be able to demonstrate:

  • knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to graduate employment and specifically to employment within HM Armed Forces
  • critical awareness of the history and practice, medicine and engineering specialisms within HM Armed Forces.
  • understanding of the key concepts and theoretical approaches that have developed and are developing in relation to HM Armed Forces
  • the ability to undertake research and communicate the findings of research appropriately
  • application of theory to real-world practice of HM Armed Forces
  • the ability to act independently, managing and critically reflecting upon your own learning.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240-280 UCAS points with a minimum of 180 points from at least two ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC National Diploma grade MMM
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Law and Social Sciences with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

As part of your work placement application, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and vetting by HM Armed Forces. In addition you will have to undertake and successfully complete a medical examination and other assessments. There are a number of conditions which may make you ineligible to join HM Armed Forces.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

A satisfactory reference will be required as part of our selection process.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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