Flagship Command and Staff Courses get new look at the Defence Academy

07 September 2020 / Categories: DA News and Events

Shrivenham- Today (7 September), two flagship courses at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom’s Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) begin a new term,  employing innovative technology and hybrid learning to offer more opportunities for research and reflection. 

In an increasingly integrated and digital world, the Defence Academy is modernising Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) to offer greater flexibility to stay ahead of emerging technologies and threats to meet defence priorities.  

Today, over 250 students on the 24th cohort of the Advance Command and Staff Course (ACSC), including over 80 international students, will begin the 10-months programme of studies combining digital and residential course formats. With the ongoing pandemic, the Defence Academy has led the way to accelerate technology-enhanced learning and its digital architecture with a comprehensively re-designed virtual learning platform so that the course is scalable for enhanced participation. The incoming ACSC cohort will now have the opportunity to select from a progressive range of Masters pathways through our partnership with King’s College, London: the legacy Master of Arts in Defence Studies, the Masters by Research in Defence Studies in its third year, and the newly launched Master of Science in Defence Innovation

The Intermediate Command and Staff Courses (ICSC) across Maritime, Land and Air began their terms with a graduated approach, using digital and residential classrooms to modernise course delivery with new technologies while also mitigating impacts of COVID-19. Today, over 200 students start the 17th cohort of ICSC (Land) in Shrivenham using a blended approach of online and face to face delivery, while ICSC (Maritime) and ICSC (Air) will also employ both digital and residential learning for their various cohorts this autumn. With the ICSC(L)’s previous cohort deployed to support the government’s response to COVID-19, Intermediate Command and Staff courses have adapted to allow greater flexibility required for career progression.  

The Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, as part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD), provides post-graduate education to train leaders from across the globe in strategy, operations, tactics, military command and staff leadership, business skills, technology, languages and international engagement.

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