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Armed Forces

The University is proud to serve the military professionals with several years’ experience in providing tailor-made programmes

Our courses

We offer the following courses to members of the Armed Forces:

  • Business management educational studies

    BA (Hons) Business Management for the Armed Forces (part-time)


    This part-time business management degree for the Armed Forces build on your management and leadership skills with expert support and helps you prepare for or develop your career in the modern business world.

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  • Sport Exercise & Science (Armed Forces)

    BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Progression) for the Armed Forces


    This part-time BSc (Hons) in Sport Exercise and Science gives students with an appropriate FdSc and armed forces PTs a consolidating qualification for their formal academic and professional responsibilities in sport and exercise science.

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  • Armed Forces - Strength & Conditioning (Progression) Part-time

    BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning - Progression (part-time)


    This part-time progression course is a flexible way to build on your knowledge and experience, in order to enhance your career in sports science. Grab the opportunity to learn at our world-class sports centre in Plymouth.

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  • early years Fda

    FdA Early Years


    Explore the fascinating world of early years learning, while developing a deeper understanding of ethical, social and economical factors. This course offers you the chance to earn as you learn with work-based learning.

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  • armed forces sport science

    FdSc Sport, Fitness and Health Science for the Royal Army PT School

    Study the science behind health and fitness with the backing of the Army Physical Training School. This course combines theory, research, analysis and practical application to help army physical training instructors develop further understanding.

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  • MA Journalism

    MA Journalism


    This course prepares postgraduate students from a range of academic disciplines for the highly competitive journalism industry, developing accurate storytelling skills and advanced skills for print, radio and TV broadcast.

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  • learning support Fda

    FdA Learning and Teaching


    Work or volunteer in a variety of learning support roles to discover where your learning support strengths and interests lie. Train alongside like-minded people and benefit from the encouragement and support of experienced academics.

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  • early years teach program graduate pathway

    MA Education


    Develop your professional expertise with this flexible course which takes shape around your work setting and subject interests, enhancing your routes into further professional practice.

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  • Osteopathic Medicine

    M.Ost. Masters in Osteopathic Medicine (Undergraduate Masters)


    This four year Undergraduate Masters in Osteopathic Medicine guides students to become safe and competent practitioners of osteopathy, with access on-site clinics and health science laboratories.

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  • Executive Mba

    MBA (Master of Business Administration)


    Whether you want to progress into management or you're already in a leadership position, this MBA helps you to identify and build on your strengths, covering a broad range of topics including marketing, finance and enterprise.

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  • PGCE primary

    PGCE Primary


    Always a popular choice for those keen to enjoy high levels of employability, the PGCE Primary is a work-based course leading to qualified teacher status. Study at one of the most experienced teacher-training institutions in the UK.

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  • PGCE Secondary Education with geographys

    PGCE Secondary Education with Geography


    Specialise to increase your employability: this PGCE provides an in-depth, real-world focus on teaching geography, planned in association with qualified geography teachers from within our linked partner schools.

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  • PGCE Secondary Education with foreign languages

    PGCE Secondary Education with Modern Foreign Languages


    Study PGCE Secondary Education with Modern Foreign Languages at Marjon, one of the UK's most experienced teacher-training institutions; the course includes general professional studies, curriculum studies, placements and academic assignments.

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  • PGCE Secondary Education with Physical Education

    PGCE Secondary Education with Physical Education


    Learn how to inspire secondary-level students to explore their physical abilities and sporting passions. This one-year course combines academic study with placement opportunities so you have the chance to put your learned theory into practice.

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  • PGCE Secondary Education with psychology

    PGCE Secondary Education with Psychology


    This new, inspiring PGCE course equips you with qualified teacher status and a highly employable specialism. The course explores the main areas of psychology to develop your professional competence, creativity and innovation.

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  • pgcert coaching and mentoring

    Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching & Mentoring


    Combining two blocks of six months, this popular one-year course is a versatile and enriching environment for those who want to pursue a variety of roles within the coaching and mentoring profession.

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  • Professional studies

    MA Professional Studies


    Engage in research projects and one-to-one tutorials to develop and reflect on your own professional practice; you'll customise the course to develop a practical and relevant new set of skills.

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  • Public Health

    MPH Public Health (MSc)


    If you’re committed to improving the health of people and want to make a difference then this interdisciplinary Public Health Masters degree is a rewarding way to further your career.

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  • social policy

    MA Social Policy


    If you are interested in making a difference, this challenging programme will engage you in a high quality, transformative educational experience and equip you to put theory into practice and to contribute to socially just and sustainable research.

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  • Msc Sports Rehabilitation

    MSc Sport Rehabilitation (Pre-Registration)


    This course equips graduates from a sports science background with the ability to clinically assess and return athletes to full functional fitness using an evidence-based approach to sport rehabilitation.

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  • youth and community PG dip

    PG Dip/MA Youth and Community Work


    Study with the encouragement and support of experienced youth and community work practitioners. This full- or part-time course allows you to explore historical and contemporary evidence and theory in this fascinating field.

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What our students are saying

Armed Forces student Stephen Mooney

Stephen Mooney MBE, Warrant Officer

"I can honestly say that whilst this course has been the hardest academic challenge that I have ever faced it was also the most enjoyable and definitely the most rewarding. The lecturers are fantastic, each one possessing individual but extensive experiences and knowledge which they are always eager to share with their students.

I would definitely recommend the University and in particular the Youth and Community programme to anyone who was passionate in pursuing a career in Youth and Community work."

Armed Forces student Al Hewett

Al Hewett, Colour Sergeant, MC Royal Marines

Colour Sergeant Al Hewett MC Royal Marines

“Attempting any course while in employment is hard enough without the added factor of being part of the UK Armed Forces and rotating through exceptionally busy job roles in often demanding locations ranging from the Omani desert to the Central American Jungle.

The University of St Mark & St John offered me the chance to broaden my educational horizons in an affordable and flexible, and often long distance method of tuition; aided by an exceptional student support team and a unique electronic learning space.

The course has allowed me and many more military personnel gain higher education at an affordable rate, during the most austere of times for UK Defence.”

Armed Forces student Paul Todd

Paul Todd, CPOPT

“The part-time Strength & Conditioning course provided me with the skills to look critically at the PT syllabus provided for Royal Navy recruits and members of Royal Navy Board and Search Teams to ensure that the PT delivered was suitable to provide robust and resilient sailors fit for frontline duty.

My whole experience with Marjon has been exceptionally positive, the lecturing staff are extremely knowledgeable and were approachable throughout. I would recommend the University to anyone wanting to gain higher education in an environment that understands the needs and commitments of the Armed Forces”.

Working in partnership

Staff member David Ward - Armed Forces

David Ward Armed Forces Specialist Advisor

As an ex-Royal Navy Commander specialising in Physical Training, Leadership and Management and Maritime Operations, David is the strategic lead for all our armed forces programmes and is our first point of contact. Well versed in the needs of armed forces students, David also acts as second tutor to all on our armed forces programmes and is always available to assist your learning journey. You can contact David by phone on 01752 636883 or by email on

Armed Forces - Corporate Covenant

Corporate Covenant

We pledge to honour the Armed Forces Covenant and support the Armed Forces Community. We recognise the value Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reservists, Veterans and military families contribute to our business and our country.

Armed Forces - UNSWIS


Members of Universities in Support of Wounded, Injured and Sick Service Personnel, Veterans and their Families (UNSWIS) which supports personnel to transition into civilian employment.

Armed Forces ELCAS

ELCAS - Centre code 4437

We are registered to ELCAS.

Armed Forces CTP

Career Transition Partnership (CTP)

Proud to be a preferred training provider of the Career Transition Partnership (CTP).

Armed Forces - Help for Heroes

Help for Heroes

Work closely with Endeavour Facility in HMS Drake to support their Veterans programme.