Why would a university or college want to know if I have served in the UK Armed Forces?

For ex-Service personnel, there may be unique challenges involved in applying to a course of higher education, such as recognition of the training and qualifications gained during your time in the UK Armed Forces.

When you give this information, you're letting the university or college know you may need additional support during your studies, or have perhaps faced particular challenges. They may get in touch with more information about the support available and to discuss whether you want to access it. Remember any support provided is designed to ensure you have a fair chance to succeed in your studies.

Before you apply, you might find it's a good idea to contact student services at the university or college to check what support is available. A number of higher education providers have signed the UK Armed Forces Covenant, and details about this can be found on their individual websites.

Read more about the Covenant and what it means for you on the UK Armed Forces Covenant website.

Knowing about your circumstances may also help admissions staff to take your achievements into account and gain a better understanding of these achievements and potential in context. It won't reflect negatively on your application or academic ability, but instead will enable the university or college to form a more complete picture of you as an individual and identify applicants who have the potential to succeed.

Don’t forget to also use the UCAS personal statement to showcase how your experiences and prior training have helped you develop unique skills and strengths that may be helpful in your studies.

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