Pre-Advanced Command and Staff Course - Pre ACSC

Joint Services Command and Staff College
Command, International Engagement

Pre-ACSC is a 12-week course, starting in May each year.


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About this course

Pre-ACSC focuses on the skills required for the Advanced Command and Staff Course.  It includes academic writing, critical thinking, presentation skills and leading and participating in seminars. Students on Pre-ACSC are exposed to materials that complement ACSC and are given the opportunity to familiarise themselves with English vocabulary around a wide range of topics such as poilitics and ideology, current affairs, social issues and military terminology.

This course enables students to build important relationships with fellow colleagues and embed themselves into UK military life prior to their arrival on ACSC.  They will also have the opportunity to go on external visits to places of military and cultural importance such as Winchester and Bath.

What you will learn

·         Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to NATO STANAG Level 3

·         Academic writing

·         Presentation and seminar skills

·         A wider understanding of international relations and current affairs

·         Critical thinking

How will this course help my career?

This course is attended by a high number of the international students selected for the Advanced Command and Staff Course.  Students who undertake Pre-ACSC develop the skills necessary  to participate successfully on ACSC and are prepared for the academic rigours they will face.


Security and restrictions

Attendees on this course are international military personnel who have been selected to attend the ACSC course and have been cleared to attend by one of the respective IDTs.

Before you attend

Participants are expected to have IELTS  6  – 6.5  or equivalent

Can I attend this course?

This course is suitable for the following type(s) of applicant.
  • Internationals
  • Military

How will I learn?

Blended Learning, Classroom

How will you be assessed?

Students will be assessed using the NATO STANAG Level 3 language proficiency framework.