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Public and Armed Services Leadership Development Programmes




Our Public Services leadership programmes are designed to allow serving and ex-serving members of all 3 services, as well as their MOD civilian colleagues to achieve academic recognition of their extensive work experience and formal training.

As an approved learning provider under the Armed Forces Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) Scheme (Provider 1126), Leeds Business School provides a comprehensive range of Executive and General Leadership programmes that enable you to appreciate and build on your past experience and prepare you to assume greater responsibility, thereby enhancing your career progression.

Our programmes are specifically designed to recognise the significant operational experience and training of military and public service personnel. Our standard and fast track programmes are open to all suitably qualified and experienced officers, public services managers, Warrant Officer and NCOs.

Typically our programmes can take between 12-22 months to complete, depending on the route selected and your personal accredited experience. For example, it is possible for suitably experienced candidates to complete a masters degree within one year of part-time study by selecting one of our fast track routes.

Leeds Business School

For many years Leeds Business School has pioneered applied leadership development, in a bid to help leaders to make a positive impact on their organisation and bring out the very best in their people.

Part of this approach has been to help leaders to build personal resilience and gain a conscious awareness of the skills they possess and how best to put them in to practice. Our recognition of prior learning and achievement programme sits at the very heart of this initiative.

Benefits for you

Students Armed Services
  • Study when you can - Study whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. Fit the course around your family and work commitments.
  • Value for money - Use your Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC).
  • Transferrable - Transfer your Military skill set into the world of work.
  • Support - Easy access to tutors for expert guidance throughout your studies.
  • Essential Skills - Each programme has a module that will give students the essential skills for study.
  • Specific Courses - The programmes have been specially designed with the services in mind. Many of the programme delivery team are made up of ex or existing servicemen/women.
  • Limited Disruption – you can study almost entirely off campus.

The Courses

How to Apply - Postgraduate Programmes (MSc)

Entry Requirements

Prospective students will normally have at least five years of relevant work experience and may have an honours degree or equivalent; although this is not a prerequisite to acceptance.

Our university will ensure that the proposed students satisfy the entry requirements for post experience MSc students.

How to Apply

Applications should be made in accordance with DLSC-U-Military DIN through single service points of contact as shown, no later than 4 months prior to the start of each course.

A provisional allocation of places has been given to each Service. Applications will be considered by appropriate Service Career/Branch Managers.

For more information, please contact Nick Beech by emailing n.beech@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Funding Routes

Various funding routes are available to assist with the payment of studies. We strongly advise you to check the current details of these funding schemes, your eligibility and the application and approval processes.

  • 1. The Standard Learning Credit(SLC)
  • 2. The Enhanced Learning Credit (ELC)
  • 3. The Free Degree Scheme - Publicly funded Further & Higher Education for Service leavers (also known as the PF FE/HE Scheme)
1. The Standard Learning Credit (SLC)

The SLC Scheme allows personnel to obtain financial assistance for learning costs - candidates are able to claim 80% of course fees up to a maximum of £175 per Financial Year.

To qualify for SLC funding, the course of study must lead to a nationally recognised qualification, have substantial developmental value and directly benefit the Service. If you are receiving funding from other Services sources you will not be able to claim SLC. Most types of learning provision, including that which is based on a Distance Learning Package are eligible for funding under the Scheme.

You must enrol on the SLC scheme before applying for your chosen course of study and before paying any money; you will not be able to claim for a course of study retrospectively. To do this, please visit your education staff to complete the necessary forms and to check that your course is approved for funding purposes.
You will be able to claim your refund upon completion of your course of study or at the end of each academic year if the course runs over several years.

View the official Joint Service Publication for further guidance: Armed Forces Learning Credits Scheme - Standard Learning Credits 4-4 (PDF)

2. The Enhanced Learning Credit (ELC)

The ELC scheme is designed to complement the SLC scheme by providing larger scale help to personnel who qualify, with a single payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years, to help pay towards the cost of higher-level learning. ELCs may be claimed for learning which is an integral part of and results in the cost effective achievement of a nationally recognised qualification at Level 3 (A level and equivalent) and above, as defined by the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)/Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) (England and Wales), a Level 6 or above on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) or, if pursued overseas, an approved international equivalent higher level qualification.

ELC awards are available at two “tiers”: the “Lower Tier” level of up to £1000 per annum for those with four or more years’ eligible service; and at the “Upper Tier” level of up to £2000 per annum for those with eight or more years’ eligible service.

Providing they meet all the criteria, personnel may make ELC claims in up to three separate financial years (which need not be consecutive and may be a combination of lower tier and upper tier funds) either while in service or for up to ten years after leaving. ELC funds may be directed at one learning purpose (such as successive years’ study towards a particular qualification) or different purposes in each of the three years.
View the official Joint Service Publication for further guidance: The Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme - Part 4 - Chapter 3 (PDF)

3. The Free Degree Scheme - Publicly funded Further & Higher Education for Service leavers (also known as the PF FE/HE Scheme)

Just before the 2008 summer recess of Parliament, the Government announced a package of cross-government support to Armed Forces personnel, their families and veterans. One of the strands of the Service Personnel Command Paper commits to providing Service Leavers (SL), with access to a first full Level 3 qualification (equivalent to two GCE A levels or vocational equivalent), or a first higher education qualification (a foundation degree or first undergraduate degree or national equivalent) free from tuition fees.

Since the announcement in the Command Paper, MOD has consulted with the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS), the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales, the Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Service (ELCAS), the three Service Directorates of Education, Defence Resettlement staff and other key players to implement the Government’s commitment and devise an application process similar to the ELC claims process to enable eligible SLs to apply for qualifications starting academic year 2009/2010.

The support is aimed at those SL who will benefit the most and the application system is no different from the current ELC rules other than the state (MOD and the relevant national education authority in England, Scotland or Wales) pay for the tuition fees in full rather than the individual making a contribution towards the cost.

Key points for Service Leavers to note on the new PF FE/HE Scheme

Signing Up

In order to take advantage of the support claimants must:

  • have completed four years full-time service;
  • previously joined the Enhanced Learning Credit (ELC) scheme and completed at least 4 years qualifying scheme membership;
  • only apply for a first eligible FE/HE qualification at the level for which they are academically qualified to enter learning on leaving the Service;
  • have left the Service or entered their qualifying resettlement phase on or after 17 July 2008;
  • meet the UK’s residency requirements to qualify for full state subsidy;
  • be undertaking at least the equivalent of 50% of a full time course;
  • Undertake learning with an approved provider listed on the ELCAS database as a PF FE/HE provider and ensure the chosen course also receives funding

Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Services (ELCAS)

ELCAS are tasked with the administration and coordination of all applications for ELC and PF FE/HE Schemes. Interested personnel who are unable to seek advice from service educational sources are advised to look at the MOD’s ELCAS information web site.

Leeds Beckett University is a registered ELCAS provider: 1126

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