The Army Higher Education Pathway

Our history of working with the Armed Forces

Henley Business School and the University of Reading have a long tradition of working with service personnel and organisations on strategic studies and leadership issues. Henley was originally founded in 1945 as the Administrative Staff College with the purpose of re-training demobilised officers as business leaders to rebuild the British economy after the war. Since then Henley Business School has gone on to be one of the leading business, leadership and management institutions in the world. Many military personnel have joined cohorts of established programmes over the years, from undergraduate to doctoral level.

Our new partnership with the Army

Henley is leading the University of Reading’s new partnership with the Army to recognise and accredit military courses, and provide opportunities for Officers to achieve a BSc or MSc in Leadership and Strategic Studies

The Army Higher Education Pathway (AHEP), in which Henley is the academic implementation partner, allows selected Officer Cadets entering the Commissioning Course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, to pursue either a BSc or MSc in Leadership and Strategic studies over the early years of their career.

These degrees recognise the demanding development in leadership, management and strategic studies that all Officers receive in the early years of their Army careers and extend this to achieve the necessary credits for a formal academic qualification.

About the Army Higher Education Pathway

For those that apply and are selected, study will commence during the Commissioning Course at Sandhurst and continue throughout the early stages of the officer’s career. The course will build on the demanding and complex army training and develop the cadets’ critical thinking and analytical skills to support them in their role as agile future leaders. They will develop new and existing skillsets including the adaptability and creativity to think through responses to novel situations, especially in unfamiliar environments and changing contexts.

The programme will be taught through face-to-face and online study including interactive sessions, virtual environments and independent study. Officers can work towards their qualifications during training, at regimental duty and overseas on operations. The interactive and digital content takes into account the geographic spread of officers throughout their careersand embraces the future of digital learning with a state of the art online training portal and e-learning app.

Dr Claire Collins, Academic Director for the Army Higher Education Pathway at Henley Business School said:

Studying for the BSc or MSc will provide officers with a strong foundation to build on throughout their army career and equip them for dealing with a variety of scenarios in the field of duty. We pride ourselves in committing to partnerships where we can make a significant contribution to the wider world and this new project is a natural fit for us, working to support the Army’s world class reputation of producing future leaders and expert strategists.

Colonel Miles Hayman, said:

I’m excited about the new Army Higher Education Pathway and I think that it’s a game changer. Our partnership with a top quality academic institution to develop bespoke Bachelor’s and Master’s degree qualifications, integrated fully with officers’ professional career development and workplace activities is a ground-breaking initiative. It has the potential to unlock huge benefits, both for the individuals on the programme and for the Army as a whole.”

Useful links

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