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HM Forces

Taking your military talents further

In partnership with HM Forces, Glasgow Caledonian University has identified a wide range of courses which are particularly suited to military men and women. Our degree and postgraduate programmes are recognised by the profession you want to work in and our qualifications provide a powerful tool when navigating the civilian job market or reaching for Chartered status such as Chartered Surveyor or Chartered Engineer.

HM Forces Learning Partnership has provided those leaving the Armed Forces with an invaluable opportunity to help them consolidate the knowledge they have acquired during their time in uniform and assist them in developing themselves much further."
Brigadier P K Harkness MBE, Commander

Working together for the common good

Glasgow Caledonian University’s commitment to the Common Good reflects the type of passion and dedication you have already shown. We recognise the skills and knowledge you’ve acquired during your career and work hard to help you maintaining and further develop your personal and professional goals.

Our Common Good attributes aim to embed in our students a true sense of:

  • responsible leadership
  • confidence
  • active and global citizenship

By realising the value of your skills and attributes you can recognise all of the opportunities available to you and make the best possible choice. That could be a postgraduate programme, undergraduate degree or HN or college foundation course.

We recognise all of your skills and experience

At Glasgow Caledonian University we aim to provide a flexible pathway through which you can progress your military career or move to civilian life. By realising the value of your skills and attributes you can recognise all of the opportunities available to you and make the best possible choice. That could be a postgraduate programme, undergraduate degree or HN or college foundation course.

Assessed on an individual basis

When you apply to study here at GCU, you will be invited to make a Recognition of Prior Learning claim. This will ensure that you are studying at the right level and that you gain the credit you deserve. This could allow us to recommend a different level of study or advanced entry into your programme of choice.

Identifying your prior learning

RPL gives you the opportunity to gain recognition for all of your previous learning. This can include learning which has already been assessed and credit rated at a university or college, or other learning and training provider (credit transfer). It also includes learning gained through life or work experiences (Recognition of Prior informal Learning/RPiL) such as:

  • work (paid or unpaid employment, job training, workshops)
  • community, voluntary or leisure activities
  • family life (caring, domestic organisation)
  • key life experiences and events.

Begin your journey here

You can find out more information and how to complete an RPL form here, clearly stating on the form that you are either ex-HM Forces or HM Forces.

Ways to apply

Apply direct

Apply online, download an application form or simply talk to someone here about your choice.

Apply through MyCTP

In partnership with the Career Transition Partnership, all of our programmes are available to book via their website.

Apply through ELCAS

We are an ELC learning provider and members of the Armed Forces can access our programmes using ELCAS learning credits.

Your learning pathway

hmforces-pathway-deviceWhatever your current qualifications, we will be able to cater for you. HM Forces Learning Partnership, enables you to join the pathway at any level. We will first assess and recognise your prior learning. You may then enter the Pathway with a partner college and progress towards university, or you might come straight to university.

Routes via college

As leaders of the HM Forces Learning Partnership, we work in partnership with Kelvin, City and Clyde colleges to give you the best possible options when choosing a course to study. Whether you are considering a trade, profession, or simply a stepping stone towards your chosen degree, our partner colleges can help. Glasgow’s Helping Heroes are also an integral part of our partnership, and can offer you further support when considering your options.

At GCU, a large number of our undergraduate students have gone to college before beginning their degree course with us. We have an extensive range of full-time and part-time undergraduate courses to choose from and the advice and support you need to make university your next or future challenge.

Whether you have been offered a place at GCU or have yet to apply, our college connections can help you get where you want to go.

A practical learning experience

Our strong links with leading employers and professional bodies help ensure that our students are offered relevant work placements and internship opportunities. Many of our programmes include work placement modules and we encourage study exchange opportunities across the University.

Industry insight

As a GCU student, you will benefit from guest lectures and campus visits from those leading the way in your chosen field. We hold internal and external events on campus and continue to invest in our surroundings and programmes in order to attract top names from around the world.

The GCU campus is geared towards providing you with real-life practical experience. We have some unique facilities within our own grounds including an out-patient eye clinic, virtual hospital, broadcasting suite and gaming lab.

International outlook

Our students are encouraged to look within and beyond these shores when considering their future careers. We aim to make you global citizens and offer ERASMUS placement schemes where students can complete part of their studies, usually up to a year, in one of our partner universities.

Support and advice

With career and funding advice, exposure to industry experts and experience in the working environment, time spent at GCU is about more than getting a qualification. We have the support and resources you need to complete one of our cutting-edge programmes with success and take your next career move with confidence.

GCU is about more than just gaining a qualification. We pride ourselves our strong business partnerships, our leading-edge facilities and technology and 97% of graduates in work or further study six months after graduating (HESA 2017).

Careers advice

We have a Careers Centre situated on-campus that you can access on a drop-in basis throughout term.  Our Career Advisors are there to help you plan for your next step during your programme of study. We can advise on finding and taking the next step in your career.

Visit the GCU Careers Centre

Learning support

Each school’s Learning Development Centre can provide support to help you cope with practical aspects of your new workload, so you can best achieve your academic potential. Whether you’re wondering how to take lecture notes or structure an effective essay, support staff are available to help. You can also get help and advice on using the IT facilities at your disposal.

The University’s online information literacy training package, SMILE, can also be accessed by logging in to GCULearn on any computer, on or off campus. It aims to teach you the basic IT skills you need as a student at GCU. You can work through each of the units and test yourself as you go.

Contact the Learning Development Centres


The University provides a nursery service on campus which accepts children aged between six weeks and five years old. Students can apply to place their children there on receipt of an offer of a place on a university programme. Contact the Nursery Manager directly for information about fees, availability or any other question you might have.

Contact the Campus Nursery

Positive Living and Disability Service

GCU is committed to creating an inclusive learning environment where all students are able to participate fully in university life.

The Positive Living Team promotes and supports self-development and greater resilience amongst our students. They do this by providing professional one-to-one Counselling/Therapy, and through the delivery of groups and workshops.

The Disability Team aims to promote opportunities and skills for independent learning. They provide information and advice to applicants and students whose studies may be impacted by a medical condition or impairment.

The Service is an accredited Needs Assessment Centre, and can help disabled students access additional services and facilities, as well as recommending necessary adjustments to teaching and assessments.

It also provides valuable support and counselling to students through troubled times, including periods of high stress, low mood, poor self-esteem and relationship problems. Many students find it hugely beneficial to explore their thoughts, emotions and behaviour in a confidential counselling setting.

Visit the Positive Living Team at GCU


The student funding team provides funding and budgeting advice, as well as practical help both before you start University and during your studies.

We also administer a number of funds to help students, including Discretionary and Childcare Funds, which you may be able to apply to during your studies. The service is confidential and easily accessible through daily drop-ins and appointments.

CTP and ELCAS funding

GCU is registered with both CTP and ELCAS. This means that you can use any ELCAS or CTP funding to pay for, or put towards, the cost of your course. For more information on the funding available to you, check direct with CTP or ELCAS.

Scholarships at GCU

GCU scholarship and bursary offers (that do not need to be paid back) encourage and support ambitious students like you to continue your studies. Scholarships help to pay your fees and bursaries provide financial support for accommodation and general living costs while studying.


The experience that I obtained in the army prepared me to face the challenges in the civilian life. Joining the University as a mature student, was not an easy task. I prepared myself to work hard, and that hard work secured me a job after which, I was awarded Full-time Level 1 Top Student.

Tamala Nqwira,  Quantity Surveying student