HM Forces

Courses for Forces at Glasgow Caledonian University We believe that those who serve or have served in the military, and their families, should be treated fairly.

The skills you have gained during your time in service are in demand across many of the industries that look for graduates from this university. At Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), courses for forces maximise your potential and can help you discover a prosperous life after HM Forces.

Our HM Forces Learning Partnership is designed specifically for military personnel looking to advance their career or change direction. We are one of the first universities signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant; a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the military and their families are treated fairly. 

With a wide range of valuable skills including, leadership, decision making, commitment, teamwork, integrity, discipline and courage to name just a few, you have the potential to apply these to education and become highly employable and asset to society and the economy.

Simple funding options

We can help you to find a flexible pathway into education and employment. We offer a choice of straightforward funding options and opportunities to meet other ex-forces students here at our Glasgow campus.

Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme (ELC)

Approved by the MOD’s Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme (ELC) and registered with Career Transition Partnership (CTP) means you can use funding to pay for or put towards the cost of your course. Furthermore, our student funding team provides funding and budgeting advice, as well as practical help both before you start university and during your studies.

Ministry of Defence (MoD) funding

Service Leavers Scheme pays the tuition fees for ex-service personnel who have not studied higher education before, and the Armed Forces Bereavement Scheme provides university scholarships for children of those killed in the line of duty.

SFC funding and GCU scholarships

Students from Scotland and the EU are eligible for Scottish Funding Council (SFC) funding. In addition we offer a number of scholarships available, including the GFG Foundation scholarship for undergraduate students studying engineering courses.

Recognise your skills on your application

When you apply to study here at GCU, you will be invited to make a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) claim.

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.

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. 

Gaining a degree opens new doors and presents exciting opportunities. It gives veterans like me the chance to get involved in research that will influence healthcare policy which in turn helps to improve society

John Templeton, BSc Nursing Studies (Mental Health)

Meet the experts

Our HM Forces Champion, Jim Castle is here to assist with the transition from service personnel into civilian life. He has helped over 80 veterans maximise their potential by assisting with course selection and sign-posting to our support services. For any queries regarding your course search, Jim can assist as a liaison between the university and ELC.


My role is to advice on how to express your talents on the application forms. Also at the enquiry stage I can direct you to the Programme Leader if necessary. Those who have served and become our valued students, come from all ranks, all services and the with a range of experiences. Our aim is to support everyone to ensure not only successful transition, but through education to enable them to maximise their potential to obtain quality and sustainable employment
Jim Castle, HM Forces Champion

Why choose GCU?

Our Common Good core values of Integrity, Creativity, Responsibility and Confidence, which are embedded in our curriculum have a perfect fit with the existing skillsets of the veterans. When you join GCU you will become part of the student community where you can join for various sports clubs and societies. With over 100 clubs and societies to choose from, there are numerous opportunities for you to apply your skills and talents during your time as a student.

Contact our HM Forces Champion

Jim Castle -

T. 0141 331 3062