Armed forces

Getting in

Do you fancy a job that will allow you to learn a trade, allow you to travel and meet lots of new people?

Do you want to work in an environment where teamwork is essential?

If yes then a career in the Armed Forces could be for you! 

Key facts

  • The Army has around 140 different types of jobs. Although everyone is a soldier first, it also has chefs, pilots, engineers, musicians, lawyers, medics, dog handlers, clerks, mechanics and many more occupations.
  • If you’re keen on joining one of the uniformed services it’s a good idea to join an organisation like the Scouts, Guides, Air, Sea or Police Cadet Forces or Duke of Edinburgh Award schemes while you’re at school. There are plenty of opportunities to join these clubs in the South of England.
  • 2017 experienced the lowest annual number of personnel in the British Armed Forces in many years, equating to less than 150,000 people.

Routes into this sector

There are various types of qualifications available at different levels

  • GCSEs in English and maths will help get you into this sector. 

  • At 16 you could do A Levels, which are general academic subjects or develop your knowledge and skills for this sector through an apprenticeship/traineeship or through a vocational qualification.

  • At 18 or 19 you could do a higher education/degree-level course, with 8 out of 10 A Level students choosing this pathway and half of all BTEC National students. However there are also other routes into your chosen career - through apprenticeships and vocational qualifications.

    There are jobs in this sector where you can start with few qualifications and receive training on the job through an apprenticeship and others such as an army doctor for which you will need a degree in medicine.

Use the Course Search

Use the relevant search options on our Course Search to find college and university courses as well as vacancies for apprenticeships.

More help finding courses and training

To find out more about the qualifications needed to join the armed forces visit the individual careers service website:  

Do a free, short, online course to find out more (looks great on your CV too!)

Future Learn have lots of free, short, online courses that will improve your knowledge of this job sector and improve your chances of landing your dream job. Check out the available courses related to armed forces.  

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