The University of Wolverhampton is set to host an Armed
Forces Day to launch a pioneering new degree course.
Officers from the Royal Navy and Army will be at the event to
launch the BSc (Hons) Armed Forces degree, which is understood to
be the first course of its kind in the country.
The course combines academic study with practical experience and
aims to equip students for a challenging career in the Armed
Students are required, as part of the degree, to become members
of the Royal Naval Reserve or Royal Marine Reserve based at HMS
Forward, Birmingham, the Territorial Army or RAF Reserve.
The all-day invitation only event will be held on Tuesday, 11
January 2011 and will be attended by over 300 college students on
relevant public services vocational courses from the Black Country,
Shropshire and Staffordshire.
The event will include a talk being given by the national Royal
Navy presentation team as well as a presentation about the degree
and talks on careers in the Armed Forces. There will also be
demonstrations and specialist discussions by military personnel.
Highlights are set to include a display of military vehicles and
staff will showcase real equipment used by the Royal Navy and
Army, such as a mine detector kit, weaponry and missiles.
The Army will also be bringing along regimental mascots with the
whole event being held at the University’s City Campus.
The event will include the signing of a Public Services
Progression Agreement to support the progression of college
students studying vocational courses to higher education. The
University will sign the new agreement which focuses on Public
Services courses with City of Wolverhampton College, Halesowen
College, Sandwell College, South Birmingham College, Telford
College of Arts and Technology and Walsall College.
Dr Martin Wright, Director of the Central Institute for the
Study of Public Protection and course leader for the BSc (Hons)
Armed Forces degree, said: “The degree builds upon the very
successful programmes the University of Wolverhampton provides in
Policing and Fire and Rescue. Taken together these programmes offer
real opportunities for students who wish to pursue careers in the
uniformed public services.”
Major Richard Courteney-Harris, Deputy Commander Regional
Recruiting with the Army in the West Midlands, said: "This region
has tremendous links with the Armed Forces - it provides around 12%
of the recruits to the Army each year meaning there is a great deal
of understanding and interest in the work and opportunities of the
Forces. It is also home to five important Army bases as well as
very many more Territorial Army units. As such, we are delighted to
be associated with this pioneering Armed Forces degree and
hopefully enable students to have the opportunity to see this work
at first hand."
There are three courses available – BSc (Hons) Armed Forces, BSc
(Hons) Armed Forces and Combat Medicine degree and the BSc (Hons)
Armed Forces and Combat Engineering degree. The vocational degrees
offer a well-balanced and relevant professional programme of study
for students intending to seek a career in HM Armed Forces; Royal
Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.
During three years of study at the University, students will
serve as a member of the Royal Naval Reserve or Royal Marine
Reserve, Territorial Army or RAF Reserve.
The programmes will include a 'guest lecture' series during
which students will be expected to engage in discussion and debate
with members of HM Forces and academics working in the field of
The courses will be available in September 2011.
For information about the course go to http://courses.wlv.ac.uk/course.asp?code=LW031H01UVU
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Date Issued: Wednesday, 05 January 2011
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