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School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Armed Forces

BSc (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

This degree offers a well-balanced and highly relevant programme studying Britain’s Armed Forces and the history of warfare.

This degree offers a well-balanced and highly relevant programme studying Britain’s Armed Forces and the history of warfare.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code L252
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

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)

Potential Career Paths

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.


Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

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.

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.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

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

2020 Entry         

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

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.

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Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website to find out more.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay. For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund. for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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