The University of Wolverhampton

BSc (Hons)Armed Forces

Why choose this course?

This degree offers a well-balanced and highly relevant programme studying Britain’s Armed Forces and the history of warfare. It is especially appealing for those planning a career in HM Armed Forces but it also provides a wide range of skills that are attractive to employers in the public and private sectors.

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 HM Reserve Forces (Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force) or the Officer Training Corps. As such you must meet the necessary physical entry requirements of HM Armed Forces.

You will study a wide range of topics including: contemporary warfare, 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 addition, your training in HM Armed Forces will improve your fitness, confidence and leadership skills. Furthermore, service with the Reserve Forces is paid at an attractive rate and provides unique opportunities for travel around the globe.

New students and those who are undecided on which branch of service to join are encouraged to consider the University Platoon of 4th Mercian.

Details of other local Army Reserve formations.

Details of the Royal Navy Reserve.

What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:


Year 1

4PL012 Contemporary British Military Conflicts (20 Credits)

4HS001 The Pursuit of History (20 Credits)

4WR003 War and the Modern World (20 Credits)

4PL002 British Military Reserve Forces (20 Credits)

4PO002 Introduction to International Relations (20 Credits)

4WR002 Thinking about War and Peace (20 Credits)

Year 2

5WR006 War in Europe 1939-1945 (20 Credits)

5WR007 Political Violence (20 Credits)

5PL006 Military Command and Leadership (20 Credits)

5HS010 The Great War 1914-1918 or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

5WR002 The Battle for Normandy 1944 or 5HS001 The Cold War or 5WR004 Terrorism or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language or 5WR005 Virtual Warriors: The Evolution of War Gaming (20 Credits)

5WR002 The Battle for Normandy 1944 or 5HS001 The Cold War or 5WR004 Terrorism or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language or 5WR005 Virtual Warriors: The Evolution of War Gaming (20 Credits)

Year 3

6HW056 Emergency Care in Action (20 Credits)

6WR007 Dreadnought to Enterprise: Maritime Warfare c.1900 to the Present Day (20 Credits)

6WR006 War Studies Project (20 Credits)

6WR001 Conflict Resolution in the Modern World (20 Credits)

6WR005 The Barbarization of Warfare (20 Credits)

6PO001 Democracy and Terrorism: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland or 6PO005 Security and Integration in the New Europe or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

Why Wolverhampton?

The BSc (Hons) Armed Forces course is the only one of its type in the country. It offers a unique combination of academic knowledge and practical 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.

What our students think

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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 that are appealing to a range of employers in the public and private sectors. Approximately one third of students who complete the degree commission as officers in Her Majesty’s 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:

  1. Knowledge and understanding appropriate to employment within HM Armed Forces;
  2. Understanding of the key concepts and theoretical positions that have been developed, or are developing, within the professional Armed Forces.
  3. A critical and reflective approach to the operational practices of the Armed Forces;
  4. A clear understanding of how historical events have shaped the development of the Armed Forces and the ability to make comparisons between the problems of the past and problems of the present on the basis of sound evidence.
  5. Build effective presentation, personal and social qualities to become a confident, digitally literate and enterprising graduate.
  6. Demonstrate a personal commitment to the professional standards of HM Armed Forces and recognise their obligations to the ‘services’ and society.

Entry requirements

2019 Entry

  • ‘A’ levels at grades BBC - CCC
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM
  • BTEC QCF Diploma DD
  • 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.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

It is a requirement of the course that you serve with a branch of HM Reserve Forces. This will require you to be a British passport holder. 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

2019/0 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £12,000
Part time # £2,975

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 2019/0. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

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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