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14th June 2013, 4:28pm
Trio of new distance learning degrees for UK Armed Forces
Students from the Armed Forces graduate The University of Lincoln is to launch a trio of new work-based distance learning degree programmes designed specifically for serving members of Britain’s Armed Forces.

The new courses will add to the continued professional development opportunities already available to personnel across the Army, Navy and RAF, as well as their civilian colleagues in the Ministry of Defence.

The University of Lincoln has a proud record of delivering work-based distance learning to the UK’s military spanning more than a decade. Originating from its location at the heart of Lincolnshire, the county widely recognised as the ancestral home of the RAF, it has delivered higher education courses in Logistics, Engineering and Business Management for hundreds of serving personnel.

Having developed its latest programmes in close collaboration with specialists of the Army and RAF, the University is now welcoming applications for three new work-based distance learning degrees which will enrol their first cohort in July 2013. The new degree courses are:

BSc (Hons) Aerospace Engineering & Airworthiness Management.
BSc (Hons) Communications Engineering Management.
BSc (Hons) Communications Management.

The Aerospace Engineering & Airworthiness Management programme has been designed for RAF Aerosystems Engineer Officers who have completed their Engineer Officer Foundation Training but wish to further develop their abilities and work towards a formal academic qualification. The Communications Engineering Management degree has similarly been developed for RAF Engineer Officers who have completed their professional training in Communications/Electronics. The Communications Management degree has been created in close collaboration with the Royal Corps of Signals, and is a work-based distance learning programme for Royal Corps of Signals Officers who have completed their professional Troop Commanders Course.

Michael Howitt, Head of Work-based Distance Learning Programmes at the University of Lincoln, said: “These courses have been developed using the same unique model which has served our military personnel so successfully over the past decade. The programmes recognise the formal professional training already delivered by the Armed Forces and, through formal accreditation, map this experience against academic learning outcomes. What makes our suite of military programmes so special is that they are true work-based distance learning: our students can access course material and converse with tutors remotely from anywhere in the world via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. The programmes are also extremely flexible, allowing students who are posted on active duty to formally interrupt their studies for up to two years. In some of the environments the military personnel are posted to, this is vital.”

The University of Lincoln is an approved learning provider under the Armed Forces Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme, which is an initiative to promote lifelong learning among members of the Armed Forces. This offers personnel continued professional development routes which have been fully validated under a stringent quality assurance regime, with accreditation from relevant professional bodies, including the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Chartered Management Institute and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

The University of Lincoln’s suite of work-based distance learning programmes for Military personnel is fully tri-Service, providing training solutions relevant to all three Armed Forces. In addition to the three new courses, the course portfolio includes the MSc Logistics Management (Defence Logistic Staff Course), BSc (Hons) Engineering Management, BSc Hons) Logistics Management and the BA (Hons) Business Management.

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