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Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Military Preparation

Military Preparation

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Level 1 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services

This course is suitable for young people wishing to pursue a career in the British Armed Forces, whether that be British Army, Royal Air Force or Royal Navy, including Royal Marines. The course engages young people in learning and gives them the skills and preparation needed to progress to the Armed Forces or to further education.

SKU: 40676
ID: 40676

Is this course right for me?

As part of this course we will begin to build your fitness levels, your confidence, personal administration, self-discipline and work on your teambuilding and communication skills. In addition to this, you have the opportunity to gain formal qualifications including Level 1 Certificate in Protective Services, Level 2 Award in Nutrition, Sports Leaders Award and Emergency First Aid.

  • One GCSE at grade D or above to include English Language/First Language Welsh or Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Should demonstrate a keen interest in physical activity and be physically fit
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

You will study the following units:

  • Physical training to prepare applicants to pass recruit selection and basic training
  • Field craft including patrolling, ‘basha’ building, improvised shelters
  • Foot drill
  • Ironing military uniform and polishing boots
  • Map reading
  • Command tasks – to develop team work
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Military history and military knowledge
  • Relevant visits to military training establishments and from military personnel
  • Mock recruit selections to practice and assess skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Developing a personal progression plan related to your career choice
  • Taking part in fitness tests
  • Planning and navigating a route
  • Community work
  • Sports Leaders
  • First Aid

You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:

  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language

Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence

On successful completion of this course learners may progress to a Level 2 Uniformed Protective Services course or pursue a military career.

This course has an outstanding track record of preparing young people to successfully pass recruit selection and gain entry into a vast range of career opportunities with the British Armed Forces including the British Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

Former learners have successfully progressed from this course to a diverse range of military careers including Parachute Regiment, Intelligence Corps, Royal Engineers, Royal Marines, RAF Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps, Royal Artillery and Royal Corps of Signals to name but a few. A couple of previous students have even achieved the rare accolade of Special Forces.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • A uniform, which you can purchase online before you start the course
  • Specific branded clothing, payable at the start of your course
  • Practical/comfortable clothing for parts of the course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2023/24
  • You will need to pay a £58 fitness facility fee each year before you start the course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

Additional Information

Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 21/12/2022
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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