Are you looking to start a career in the Armed Forces? Come and join one of our Military Preparation Course (MPC) and let us help you to achieve your ambition.

Our Military Preparation Course aims to prepare young people for the challenges of the selection process and allow a smoother transition to Phase One Training in their chosen job role in the Armed Forces.

The course

All our Military Preparation Courses are delivered at Army Reserve Centres, Monday to Thursday from 9.30am to 3.30pm.  The days you attend the course will depend on your individual requirements and will be agreed with your tutor.

Qualifications you will gain:

  • Functional skills in Maths and English up to Level 2
  • Any additional qualifications that may become available throughout the academic year

Activities you will take part in include:

  • Improving your fitness to military standards
  • Orienteering
  • Drills
  • Hill Walking
  • Map reading
  • Educational visits outside centre
  • Residential visits

What will you gain?

With our Military Preparation Course, you’ll learn all the valuable skills and disciplines required for Armed Forces recruitment and enlistment.

Functional skills in Maths and English up to Level 2

Military skills including:

  • Discipline
  • Map reading
  • Orienteering
  • Values and standards
  • Punctuality
  • Timekeeping
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Appearance

Exercise & fitness including:

  • Diet
  • Nutrition
  • Daily fitness sessions, including;
    • Strenghthening and conditioning training
    • Cardiovascular training
    • HIIT training
    • CrossFit
    • Various other training techniques

Employability skills including:

  • CV Writing
  • Interview techniques
  • Job research and application
  • Preparing for Work
  • Effective communication

Citizenship and Personal Development  Curriculum (CPDC) including:

  • Human rights
  • Personal finance management
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Personal resilience plans
  • Prevent and Safeguarding
  • Mental health awareness

How do we do this?

Our Military Preparation Course tutors work closely with the Armed Forces to ensure the training you receive from us meets the criteria required by them.

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  • We assist you in achieving your Maths and English skills Level 2 qualifications, fitness requirements and Military skills.
  • By supporting you through your application process from completing your initial application form.
  • We help you to research various roles within the Armed Forces.
  • We arrange visits for you to meet serving soldiers.
  • We arrange and prepare you for your selection assessment, which involves completing a variety of mentally and physically challenging activities.
  • You attend a military insight course; either “Look at Life” or “Be the Best”. It’s a five-day residential course, which offers you a chance to learn about the modern military. You’ll gain skills for life in an informative learning environment, with outward bound activities, careers advice and information sessions.


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MPC Newsletter Autumn 2019

Our tutors are all ex-military with years of experience to share.
What learners say


"I went through a year at College wondering what I could do next. Do I stay on at College or do I try something different? A friend of mine called Josh told me about the MPC Course and how much it helped him so I came in and had a chat about what the Course involved and how it worked. I started the MPC Course in September 2015. I was shy and quiet at first, but once I got to know the people on the course they were all like a little family. They were all willing to take anyone in and help with your problems and questions. When I go into the job I will be with the Queen Alexandria’s Royal Army Nursing Corps. During my training I will go on to a 3-year degree in Nursing at Birmingham University. I'm really looking forward to the new life I have and to pushing myself to the limits. None of this would have happened if I did not start the Course as a shy 17 year old."

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9 out of 10 of the young people that complete our Military Preparation Course start a career with the Armed Forces.
Want to find out more or want to join us?
Call us on 0800 542 2848

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