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FAQs

  • I’m currently serving; can I gain qualifications that will be recognised ‘outside’, even if I’m not thinking of leaving the Royal Marines?

    Answer

    The Marine Society is an MOD-approved learning provider. Their education programme provides seafarers (those serving in the Royal Marines, Royal Navy or Royal Fleet Auxiliary), with tailored tutor-supported distance learning courses – giving you the flexibility to fit studies around your working hours.

    Course fees can be significantly reduced when booked via the Marine Society. As a benefit of Greenwich Hospital funding, you’ll receive a £100/£150 discount on GCSEs/A Levels. You could also save a further £175 on your course by applying for Royal Navy Standard Learning Credits (contact your RN Learning & Development Centre for more information. You’ll need to let them know the Marine Society’s ELCAS number: 1258).

    Details on qualifications available, and how to enrol, can be found here: marine-society.org/education-hub

  • How do serving Royal Marines fit education courses around their work pattern?

    Answer

    The Marine Society is an MOD-approved learning provider. Their education programme provides seafarers (those serving in the Royal Marines, Royal Navy or Royal Fleet Auxiliary), with tailored tutor-supported distance learning courses – giving you the flexibility to fit studies around your working hours.

    Course fees can be significantly reduced when booked via the Marine Society. As a benefit of Greenwich Hospital funding, you’ll receive a £100/£150 discount on GCSEs/A Levels. You could also save a further £175 on your course by applying for Royal Navy Standard Learning Credits (contact your RN Learning & Development Centre for more information. You’ll need to let them know the Marine Society’s ELCAS number: 1258).

    Details on qualifications available, and how to enrol, can be found here: marine-society.org/education-hub

  • I’m not sure I can afford my course fees. Is there anyone who can help?

    Answer

    If you’re a serving Royal Marine you may be able to use your Royal Navy Learning Credits to contribute towards course fees. If you book onto a course with the Marine Society, you will also receive discounted fees because of contributions made by Greenwich Hospital.

    In addition, if you’re a serving or a veteran Royal Marine, the Royal Marines Association may be able to award a grant using funds from The Royal Marines Charity. To apply for a grant, please fill in our short enquiry form: royalmarinesassociation.org.uk/support/welfare/help/

     

  • What funding is available for university fees?

    Answer

    If you’re a serving Royal Marine, you may be able to use your Royal Navy Learning Credits to contribute towards course fees. If you do not qualify for Learning Credits, Greenwich Hospital offer a number of bursaries each year. For more information speak to your RNET advisor. 

    For veteran Royal Marines, or children of serving/veteran Royal Marines, Greenwich Hospital awards bursaries of up to £3,000 for up to three years if studying an undergraduate degree at one of their partner universities (University of Greenwich, University of Portsmouth and Newcastle University).

    You may also wish to apply for a grant from The Royal Marines Charity via the Royal Marines Association: royalmarinesassociation.org.uk/support/welfare/help/

     

  • What help is available for school fees for my children?

    Answer

    The Royal Hospital School at Holbrook, near Ipswich, is owned and operated by Greenwich Hospital. The School is a leading co-educational, HMC boarding and day school for pupils aged 11 to 18, who come from a wide range of backgrounds.

    Greenwich Hospital continues to support the children of seafarers through the provision of seafarer’s bursaries and discounts. Families with an eligible connection may apply for a Greenwich Hospital bursary or discount. There are a limited number awarded each year for boarding pupils. The value of the bursaries is determined by a means test of the family’s circumstances.

    For more information on education bursaries for the Royal Hospital School, please visit: grenhosp.org.uk/general/bursaries/

Organisations who can help

Address

Royal Marines Association, Central Office, Normandy Building
HMS Excellent
Whale Island
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO2 8ER

royalmarinesassociation.org.uk

02392 651519

RMA's Highlight

The RMA should be your first point of contact for welfare needs, guiding you through the SSAFA application process, or signposting to the best place. We also deliver the Royal Marines Support Network for the whole Corps Family.

Description

The Royal Marines Association provides a national support and social network for you and your family, whatever stage you’re at in life and your Royal Marines career. As a member, you can benefit from camaraderie, connections, peace of mind, practical support, stability and mentoring.

Address

Greenwich Hospital
1 Farringdon Street
London
EC4M 7LG

grenhosp.org.uk

020 7396 0150

RMA's Highlight

A highly valued and responsive source of funding to naval charities including the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the RMA.

Description

Greenwich Hospital is a unique Crown Charity and provides charitable support including annuities, sheltered housing and education to serving and retired personnel of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines and their dependants.

Address

Marine Society
202 Lambeth Road
London
SE1 7JW 

www.marine-society.org

0207 654 7050

RMA's Highlight

The Marine Society focuses exclusively on seafarers. They offer tailored learning programmes to help you gain the qualifications you seek. With RN learning credits and partner-charity funding, course costs can be significantly reduced.

Description

The Marine Society aims to be the first in learning and professional development for seafarers, helping them to learn new skills, gain accredited qualifications and realise their full potential. Through our partnerships we offer tailored learning programmes that support your learning and professional development at all levels through to postgraduate and perfect for delivery at sea.

Address

Naval Families Federation
Building 25
HMS Excellent
Portsmouth
PO2 8BY

nff.org.uk

023 9265 4374

RMA's Highlight

Good at picking up complex issues you are struggling to resolve or where you have reached a dead-end through the normal channels.

Description

The NFF offers Royal Naval and Royal Marines' families an independent voice and representation. They also provide support and guidance on the issues affecting daily life that occur due to being part of a Naval Service family.

Apply for Welfare Support

Tell us what the problem is by calling 023 9254 7224 or by filling in this form.

Welfare Form

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