Members of the British Army are to be the first students to study for a new
foundation degree in business and management with UK eUniversities Worldwide
(UKeU), the government-backed body that provides online degrees from
The courses are being offered by Bournemouth and Leeds Metropolitan
University and students will range in rank from lance corporal to major. The
initiative marks the army’s first foray into e-learning at higher education
The course involves three years’ part-time study and areas covered include
business communication, information skills, personal development, managing
people and change, business processes, marketing, organisational behaviour and
project management. The degree is designed to be of use to soldiers both as
they move up the ranks in the army and when they later seek a civilian job.
"I will be leaving the army at the end of 2004 and this course will
provide me with an additional and practical qualification," says student
Russell Light, a training analyst with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
"This new way of learning will revolutionise the way people in the
armed forces and those who cannot attend full-time university can gain a
qualification, and I wanted to be part of something that I believe will change
the shape of learning in the future."
– Cambridge University is partnering with UKeU to offer an English
language course aimed at higher intermediate learners of English as a foreign
language. The language training is set against a backdrop of UK lifestyle,
work, business, politics and history.