Advanced Command and Staff Course - ACSC

Joint Services Command and Staff College
46 weeks - residential

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About this course

The Joint Services Command and Staff College trains and educates UK officers from all three services and military students from 57 other nation's armed forces around the world.  Our mission is to deliver first class education, which develops our people and our allies’ defence forces by giving them the skills they need to address future security and defence challenges at home and abroad.

The Advanced Command Staff Course (ACSC) represents a unique opportunity for both military and non military students with an interest or connection to the defence, national security or international relations fields, to study alongside military professionals in an open, enquiring and intellectually focused environment.

ACSC is a flagship course, a year long, delivered at a post-graduate level course for mid-seniority military and civilian personnel.

What you will learn

The aim of the course is to cultivate officers and individuals for high grade assignments, including command by developing their effective intellect, with associated analytical decision making and communication skills, complemented by broadening of their professional knowledge and perspective through:
  • a deeper appreciation of single service, joint, combined and multi-agency operations
  • a better understanding of the higher management of Defence 
  • a comprehensive grasp of strategy, security and defence in a political, international and financial context
To act as a catalyst for attitudinal and behavioural change through learning.

How will this course help my career?

Providing a valuable insight for military OF4, civil servant B2/C1s or personnel at that equivalent level of management; within the context of Defence’s contribution to understanding international security and perspectives in an operational level; this unique study opportunity explores the current perceptions at time of delivery on the security situation, associated with global and regional security both in the UK and overseas perceptive.

Working alongside military and civilian personnel studying full time on the ACSC will allow interaction and contribution within a professional and unique learning environment.  Promote the combined, joint , intra-governmental, inter-agency and multinational (CJIIM) approach to the delivery of security and the conduct of operations drawing on the very best expertise and skills, wherever they may lie. Promoting a moral and ethical approach to the profession of arms. Exploiting the benefits of emerging technologies and teaching techniques to deliver an agile and contemporary education fitted to students needs and expectations in attendance on the course.

Civil servants and those from wider defence and security community will benefit from a better understanding of the diversification of defence and security in the modern world.

Kings College London -  Masters of Arts in Defence Studies will be awarded to those students who register for the MA and whom successfully complete the assessments, examinations and dissertation to the required standard.

Personnel who do not opt for the MA will be able on successful completion of the course record Post Staff College (Joint) (JSC(J)) achievement under JPA and HRMS systems.

Security and restrictions

Restrictions on who can attend:
  • civil servants and OGD grade: B2/G7  C1/SEO, or industry equivalent 
  • for non-native English speakers, students require English Language Standard IELTS 7 (academic) or NATO SLP 3333
Security caveats:
  • foreign military and civil servant personnel are nominated through their respective defence attache’ 
  • MOD civil servants can apply through the Defence Internal Notice application process

Before you attend

Pre reading material will be identified and is essential to personnel achieving good learning outcomes from attendance on the course.

You will be enrolled on the course Virtual Learning Environment to support engagement in the learning process.

Can I attend this course?

This course is suitable for the following type(s) of applicant.
  • Industry
  • Internationals
  • MOD Civil Servants
  • Partners Across Government (PAG)

How will I learn?

Classroom, Blended Learning

How will you be assessed?

Dependant on whether students take the option to undertake Kings College London Master of Arts degree in Defence Studies, assessment is carried out by a series of:
  • examinations
  • essays
  • assessments in relation to course work
  • Defence Research Project (MA Dissertation)  
Military personnel will also be required to deliver presentations as part of the course.

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