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BA (Hons) Organisational Capability Development

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2021
Designed for commissioned and non-commissioned officers of the UK Armed Forces, who are qualified in the trade and branches related to aviation and security, this forward-looking programme will help you develop the depth of knowledge and skills to bolster your career prospects. Drawing upon a wide range of academics, industry and sector specialists, our degree in organisational capability development will help you apply your learning to real-world issues facing your profession.  
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Advance in your career with one of our professional courses. Read our Application Guide for everything you need to know about applying to BNU – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.  

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We understand that when it comes to deciding to study for a professional qualification, there’s a lot to consider. Come along to our Professional Open Day to meet the course team and get all your questions answered.

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Life at BNU

At BNU, we believe in putting our students first and will support you every step of the way. You can benefit from our state-of-the-art facilities, impressive industry links, and valuable networking opportunities, helping you to enhance your skills and bolster your career prospects.

Why study this subject?

This programme provides an accessible undergraduate programme for Forces personnel that maps the skills of staff to the characteristics of typical civilian businesses.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Our BA (Hons) in Organisational Capability Development will help successful graduates to stand out and gain the competitor edge against their peers who may not have taken such an approach.

The degree assists the Military in its drive towards further professionalism and the development of individual competencies.

The programme will attract personnel with a specialist interest in the following areas and sub-disciplines:

  • aviation operations and management
  • security and resilience
  • business and management.

All of these components are to some extent complementary and considered to be contributing elements to the development of a rounded capability that best utilises and exploits your skills, training and experience.

The programme is also eligible for funding under the Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme. Our ELCAS number is 1682.

What facilities can I use?

We’ve invested in a range of state-of-the-art facilities across our campuses to support your learning.

Our library is the perfect place to find the resources you need and a quiet place to study, filled with four floors of books, journals, computer suites and study rooms. Or, if you’d rather work off campus, e-Journals and resources are only a few clicks away using our Virtual Learning Environment.

What will I study?

The course includes core modules that explore the structure and development of the air transport industry, operations, security and safety.

The main requirements of organisational resilience, managing staff, human resource management, finance and operations are included.

Optional modules are provided for candidates with reference to their career pathway in the HM Forces.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This programme is intended to link and build your capability, that will use previous experience and knowledge as the foundation and basis for study.

The degree builds on our success in developing and delivering flexible and applied programmes, allowing you to study in the context of real organisations and your current and future operating environments.

You will benefit from our industry connections, and go away with the specialist skills, insights and contacts to maximise on the varied employment opportunities open to you in this specialised sector.

This is an online distance learning course that offers the flexibility of part-time study, and allows you to balance your studies alongside your professional and personal commitments.

Useful Information

BA (Hons) Organisational Capability Development Programme Specification.pdf

What are the course entry requirements?

Armed Forces students will be offered two entry points to the programme depending on rank and experience -

Entry Point A (Level 5) - Two Years Entry Point B (Level 6) - One Year

All students from the subject branches and trades up to and including the rank of Corporal will be eligible to commence the degree at Level 5. Students at Senior NCO rank (Sergeant) and above including commissioned ranks will be able to enter the programme at Level 6. Modules in this programme will include a research project (AI661 - 30 credits) and 3 x 30.

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules - Aviation Route

Airline Management

Airport Management

Managing Staff Performance

Operations Management

Organisational Resilience

Year 2 Modules - Aviation Route

Research Project

Strategic Management

Aviation in the Global Context

Strategic HRM

Year 1 Modules - Resilience Route

Operations Management

Managing Staff Performance

Organisational Resilience

Corporate Security Management

Year 2 Modules - Resilience Route

Research Project

Strategic Management

Strategic HRM

Strategic Security Management

How much does it cost

Home and EU

Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022

£3,500 per year


International, Academic Year 2021-2022

£3,500 per year

The programme is eligible for funding under the Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme.

Our ELCAS number is 1682.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023



On successful completion of this award, you will find your employment prospects enhanced and your understanding of the subjects covered significantly deepened.

Armed forces personnel will have gained the requisite knowledge and analytical skills to enable them to perform at higher management levels in the Service and the wider military.

Recent graduates joining civilian life are more likely to be able to obtain employment in various sectors; and importantly will be better equipped to seek promotion.

All graduates will have developed transferable skills that can be used in a wide range of employment roles.

Wayne Palmer
  • Course Leader
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