Alliance Manchester Business School - AMBS

Advanced Management Achievement Course

A 3-week highly specialised programme designed for officers moving into management and executive careers.

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CMI Level 8 Certificate in Strategic Direction and Leadership

The Advanced Management Achievement Course has a long and successful track record in helping officers make the transition from a military career to the business world after leaving the Armed Forces. It shares the language, concepts and practices of business which are often unfamiliar to our delegates.

During week one of this three-week course, an overview of the basic concepts within each subject area is shared. In the second week ideas are further developed and an understanding of their application to business discussed. The third week focuses on the relevance of pre-course knowledge, and course learning within the business context is more fully realised. The application of ideas by business managers in management situations is explored.

Teaching element from £3,090 | Subsistence: £375
3 weeks
Upcoming sessions:
9-28 Jun 2024
22 Sep - 11 Oct 2024
10-29 Nov 2024
9-28 Feb 2025

Key information

Programme topics
  • Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Financial accounting
  • Business management
  • Contemporary business issues
How you learn

Through a mix of taught sessions, in-company visits and guest speakers, you will develop the confidence and management tools to take the next step into a new and unpredictable commercial environment.

In the supportive environment generated by our programme team and your fellow delegates, your new knowledge will inform key decisions you make on your next steps after the military.

How you benefit
  • Develop your planning for the open job market
  • Better understand business language
  • Gain skills to communicate effectively in your new environment
  • Develop your understanding of strategy, finance, marketing and other key business areas
  • Put your enhanced knowledge and skills into action through our business simulation
  • Use your new knowledge to inform key decisions about your next steps in the supportive environment generated by our programme team and your fellow delegates
  • Build a powerful network of fellow participants and experts to call upon in your new career


Who should attend

All delegates on AMAC should have previous experience in military careers, whether they are still serving or have recently left the forces.

AMAC is specifically designed to support the ranks of:


  • Field Marshall
  • General
  • Lieutenant-General
  • Major-General
  • Brigadier
  • Colonel
  • Lieutenant Colonel
  • Major

Royal Air Force:

  • Marshall of the Royal Air Force
  • Air Chief Marshall
  • Air Marshall
  • Air Vice-Marshal
  • Air Commodore
  • Group Captain
  • Wing Commander
  • Squadron Leader

 Royal Navy:

  • Admiral of the Fleet
  • Admiral
  • Vice Admiral
  • Rear Admiral
  • Commodore
  • Captain
  • Commander
  • Lieutenant Commander

Graduate entry officers with the rank of Captain, Flight Lieutenant or Lieutenant (RN) may also apply.


Programme team

Alliance Manchester Business School has some of the most highly regarded experts in business management. By working closely with industry, the team can solve real problems, predict future trends and drive change in business and management.

Our highly experienced team ensures everything about your programme runs smoothly. From booking onto the course to your business simulation exercise, they aim to make your Alliance MBS experience as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.



Certificate of attendance will be awarded from Alliance Manchester Business School.

A CMI Level 8 Certificate in Strategic Direction and Leadership will be awarded, subject to the submission of two assignments at the required standard.


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AMAC has an excellent reputation in Army circles. I had high expectations and wasn't disappointed. The experience gave me mental and physical space to focus on my next career step.

Dominic Hayakawa, British Army

Speak to a team member

If you have any questions or would like to chat to us about this programme and how it could benefit you, please get in touch with one of our programme advisors.

Lea Reilly

Lea Reilly

Programme Co-ordinator

Contact us
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The knowledge I gained on AMAC gave me the confidence to develop and implement policies that will drive growth and deliver transformational change.

Karen Lofthouse, Head of Bid Management, TSP Projects
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AMAC is a well-established and core part of our programmes at AMBS. I’m proud that it's helped over 2500 delegates to make the transition from the military to the commercial world.

Dr Lucy Daly, Programme Director, Advanced Management Achievement Course


Will there be any assignments or examinations I need to complete as part of this course?

 You will have two assignments to complete to achieve your CMI Level 8 certificate. You will work on a group assignment, which you will present to a panel on the evening of the final Tuesday of the programme. You will also be required to submit an individual learning log and bibliography shortly after the end of the course. 

Which qualifications will I get at the end of the programme?

You will receive a CMI Level 8 Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Direction on submission of two assignments, subject to your assignments meeting the required standard.

Does the course count towards an MBA?

The course does not count towards an MBA. 

Is there any pre-work I need to complete or information I need to know before starting the course?

You will receive joining instructions approximately 5 weeks before the start of course. Any recommended reading lists, pre-work or other essential information will be shared here with you. You will receive further pre-work during the course itself.

What support will I have whilst participating in the programme?

All delegates will be supported by the Programme Director who provides academic support throughout. The programme operations team are also on hand to answer any questions and support with practical considerations, as well as the eLearning team who is able to provide technical support for our online learning platform.

Can you organise my accommodation?

All accommodation should be booked via the MoD booking system – HRG. Please message a member of the programme team if you would like any information about hotels before booking.  

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