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Where is the Defence Academy?

The Defence Academy is headquartered at Shrivenham in south west Oxfordshire and delivers education and training at a number of other sites.  The Shrivenham Campus is home to the Defence Academy HQ, the Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) and Defence Academy College of Management and Technology (DA-CMT). For directions to the Defence Academy, Shrivenham, go to:

For specific contact details for all the other Colleges and Delivery Units including Satellite Navigation System postcodes visit:

What training and education does the Defence Academy provide?

The Defence Academy is responsible for post-graduate education, the majority of command, staff, leadership, defence management, languages, acquisition and technology training for members of the UK Armed Forces and MOD Civil Servants. Many courses result in accredited qualifications.  Examples of these are MSc, PgDip, PgCert, MA, Commercial Licences, Leadership & Management, (CM1, ILM and APMP). The Academy continues to deliver MOD-specific leadership, management, acquisition, technical and contextualised face-to-face training. The Defence Centre of Training Support (DCTS) focuses on instructor training and courses that support the design, development and delivery of training. Details of our courses can be found through the Defence Academy online prospectus

The Defence Sixth Form College (DSFC) at Welbeck in Leicestershire delivers education funded by the Ministry of Defence to A Level standard, and the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) Squadrons help mentor the Bursars undergoing their undergraduate education, with the education itself provided by the DTUS partner universities.  Reference to our website or that of Welbeck might be useful

Who is Eligible?

All members of the Armed Forces and civilian staff, whether non-industrial or Skill Zone, full-time or part-time.

Additionally, the majority of our courses are also open to non-MOD personnel from Industry, Trading Fund Agencies, Other Government Departments and Overseas Organisations on a fee paying basis. For further information please contact the Academy: Enquiry form

How do people enrol on a Defence Academy course?

Due to the diverse geographical locations of our training centres and the large number of courses in our portfolio, all our courses are grouped and administered by specialist teams with the requisite knowledge to help you with your queries. For all course bookings and availability, please contact the relevant course admin office using the contact numbers displayed on the prospectus course descriptions on our website. Customers can also use these numbers to amend or cancel a booking. Application forms for specific courses can also be found within the course description on the website

Courses at the Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) are not generally open to external (non-military) applicants, but some modules of the Advanced course can accept additional students from OGDs or defence industries where there is mutual benefit. 

Where can I find a course application form?

Course contact details and application forms can be found on the course overview pages on our website.

Who attends Defence Academy Courses?

Our students are drawn from across the whole UK Defence Community, though aimed primarily at military and civilian staff in the Ministry of Defence.  The majority of our courses are also open to non-MOD personnel from Industry, Trading Fund Agencies, Other Government Departments and Overseas Organisations on a fee paying basis.

How many students attend courses at the Defence Academy?

In the academic year 2012/13, the Defence Academy delivered over 387,000 ‘student days’ of face-to-face education and training to more than 21,000 students.  More than 31,000 students received 35,000 equivalent days of distance learning.  We had about 700 international students from some 50 countries, both on courses in the UK and on others delivered overseas.  Wider education activities include a Lunchtime Seminar Programme run at MOD Main Building, DE&S Abbey Wood, HQ Land, HQ Air Command, Navy Command HQ and HQ Joint Forces Command (JFC).

How does the Defence Academy deliver its training?

The Defence Academy’s courses are delivered by its four colleges through long and short courses using a mix of face-to-face and e-learning. Some of the longer courses are delivered in a modular format with accredited modules leading to a PgCert, PgDip, MSc and MA qualification. The Academy works in conjunction with three strategic partners – Serco (who provide facilities management at its main campus, Shrivenham), King’s College London and Cranfield University (who both provide academic support and accredit degrees). MOD specific e-learning will continue to be delivered via the Defence Learning Portal.

What does this training and education cost?

The majority of the courses are free to MOD staff, both military and civilians, at the point of delivery. Many are available on a repayment basis to others in the Defence and Security sectors as well as Central Government.

Where does the Defence Academy deliver its training?

The Defence Academy has a number of sites where training is delivered.  The Headquarters, Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) and the College of Management and Technology (CMT) are based at Shrivenham near Swindon, the Royal College Defence Studies (RCDS) is in Belgravia, London; the Armed Forces’ Chaplaincy Centre (AFCC) has its home at Amport House near Andover and the Defence Centre of Training Support (DCTS) is located at RAF Halton, Aylesbury.  Other important sites are the Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College (DSFC) at Woodhouse near Loughborough, Abbey Wood, MOD Main Building, and the four Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) Squadrons for Aston, Birmingham and Oxford; Loughborough and Cambridge; Newcastle and Northumbria; and Southampton and Solent.

How do customers request new requirements?

New requirements are viewed as changes to an existing training need or where additional training has been identified.  Pan-Academy guidelines covering major new requirements have recently been revised and can be requested by contacting the focal point tasked to co-ordinate the progression of major new requirements, ensuring that they are delivered in the most effective way whilst making best use of resources.

More information can be found here -

Training and Education - Requirements and Customers, Defence Academy Headquarters, Shrivenham Wiltshire SN6 8LA, Tel: 01793 314824 Mil: 96161 4824

What happens if Civil Service Learning (CSL) or the Defence Academy cannot meet your needs?

The external training restrictions on the use of external suppliers for certain types of training, which were introduced in October 2011, still apply. External suppliers may still be used for those areas of training which are exempt from the restrictions. The primary exempt categories are operational/functional training required for personnel to perform their specific role; scientific, engineering and other technical training for specialists and industrial grades; and external training deemed appropriate to maintain currency in specialist job roles. Use of external suppliers to deliver restricted categories of training may exceptionally be authorised where the training is deemed to be business critical and is not available from any other source. Business cases for requirements under £10k may be approved at 2-star level. Where the value exceeds £10k the business case needs to be submitted through Human Resource Department (HRD) to the CSL “Gateway Panel” for approval. 2010DIN07-157 provides further guidance.

Training and Education - Requirements and Customers, Defence Academy Headquarters, Shrivenham Wiltshire SN6 8LA, Tel: 01793 314824 Mil: 96161 4824

How is the Defence Academy supporting Defence Transformation?

The Defence Academy is playing a key role in supporting the delivery of Defence Transformation. We are working closely with the Defence Reform Unit to develop a package of Training and Education (T&E) that will equip individuals and teams across Defence with the skills needed to lead change, shape behaviours, improve performance and implement the new Defence Operating Model.

Can Civil Service Learning provide Defence's needs for business and management training?

Generic training, common to all Government Departments, is delivered by Civil Service Learning (CSL). Training which is specific to the way Defence operates, or which needs to be set in a Defence context, remains the responsibility of the MOD. The Defence Academy will continue to deliver MOD-specific and contextualised face-to-face training, and MOD specific e-learning will continue to be delivered via the Defence Learning Portal and Defence Academy Acquisition eLearning Portal.

How do I use my Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) at Defence Academy?

You will need to apply to your unit Education Centre.