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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

Our most popular courses with Armed Forces members are:

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


    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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    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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  • 2018 Education Coaching,-Mentoring-and-Leadership

    MA Education - Coaching, Mentoring and Leadership


    On this flexible course you develop your own subject and research focus with outstanding support available from expert lecturers who are specialists in coaching, mentoring and leadership.

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  • MRes Sport and Exercise Science


    MRes Sport and Exercise Science enables students to progress careers in sport science through a critical appreciation of contemporary issues any by developing skills to plan for and implement changes.

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    MRes Sport and Health Sciences


    MRes Sport and Health Science focuses on supervised projects to offer you a flexible, stimulating route to a career in sport science; a responsive approach helps students to explore current issues.

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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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    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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  • Public Health

    Master of Public Health (MPH)


    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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    BSc (Hons) Rehabilitation in Sport and Exercise


    With high levels of employability and access to our extensive state-of-the-art sports science equipment, this course is a popular and thought-provoking route into the professional world of rehabilitation in sport and exercise.

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


    This 36 month part-time BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science course is specifically designed for armed forces and public services physical trainers.

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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

Additional courses

For other undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including further routes for PGCE Secondary teaching, please click the link below:

Our other courses may also be relevant to service leavers with ELCAS and the publicly funded degree scheme.

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Staff member David Ward - Armed Forces

David Ward Head of Public Services Engagement

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 Click the button for biographies of David and our other Armed Forces specialist tutors.

Snapshots from our Military Heritage

Our founder colleges - St Johns in Battersea and St Marks in Chelsea – both join forces, in response to a call for civil defence units.

Volunteer forces of the UK are merged, and renamed the Territorial Force. Both colleges become part of the 10th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment.

Alumni and current students of both colleges serve during World War I. Over 1100 students in all will serve.

Our two founder colleges merge and are re-named as the College of St Mark and St John (Marjons) and the college is again requisitioned as a military hospital.

Remembrance Day

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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 -

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Career Transition Partnership (CTP)

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

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Help for Heroes

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