The Course

If you want to learn a new skill, build your business through advanced social media ads, or change careers and move into the digital world, this course is for you. Social media skills are seriously in demand. You can often work from anywhere - including your home.

Our programme is an 11-week, web-based course, using a combination of online learning tools, live lessons and mentoring to give you the very best programme money can buy*.

This isn't a click-through exercise like some of the other courses out there. You’ll have weekly virtual lessons with a dedicated social media coach who’ll guide and support you throughout the duration of the course.

You’ll be learning from a global broadcaster’s social media team.

Once you’ve completed the course you’ll know how to plan and implement a social media campaign from start to finish, you’ll be creating original and engaging content, be able to confidently manage active social media platforms, and you’ll know how to use insights and analytics to shape future campaigns.

We’ll also tell you everything you need to know about using paid-for advertising techniques such as Facebook Ads and Instagram’s 'Promote Post' feature.

* unsubstantiated claim, but trust us – we're good. Scrap that, we’re better than good.

What You'll Learn

The social media training is an 11-week course which is completed from home. We use a combination of online learning tools, social media and mentoring to provide first-class course content.

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Understanding

how Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn really work. Plus how to make your messages stand out in the noisy world of social media.

planning

Planning

effective social media campaigns from start to finish.

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Growing

an engaged audience, moderating comments and discussions, and dealing with difficult situations online.

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Taking

truly show-stopping images for use in your social media campaigns.

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Producing

professional social media videos… using only your smartphone.

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Creating

effective paid-for advertising on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

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Understanding

the major platforms’ built-in analytics tools to score and evaluate your social media campaigns.

The Cost

£399

This includes access to an exclusive online community, a course completion certificate and a subscription to our monthly newsletter, filled with the latest developments in social media marketing.

But, most importantly, by choosing us you’re supporting a military charity.

We offer a 25% discount for military personnel and veterans.

Book Your Place



To see when the next course starts, and to book your place, please click the button below. This will take you to Eventbrite, where your payment will be processed.

Who we are

Changing lives. Building skills. Inspiring confidence.

At BFBS Academy, we change people’s lives. We build confidence, develop skills and offer opportunities.

How do we do this? By training individuals, teams and organisations in how to communicate more effectively. More powerfully. We also offer training courses for military spouses and partners, as well as accredited courses specifically designed to upskill veterans and service leavers.

Our courses are practical and hands-on, and never boring. They get people into jobs. They cover everything from strategic communication theory to content creation, as well as audience insight, measurement and evaluation. If we don’t have a course that’s right for you, we can develop a bespoke one that is.

Our expert team includes media strategists, web content developers, social media managers, technologists, writers, audio and video producers and video journalists. They live and breathe this stuff. They deliver training that works.

Our Team

The digital CULTure programme is run by the team behind the hugely successful Social Media Spouses programme, from the BFBS Academy.

#SMSpouses is the UK’s first free online social media programme exclusively for military spouses and partners. The course is funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.

The course addresses a real need amongst military spouses and partners to be able to obtain the skills they need, in order to allow them the opportunity to find flexible and interesting work that fits around both military and family life.

The team also manages the social media channels for a global broadcaster, as well as delivering training on effective social media techniques to their colleagues. Impressive, right?

To get in touch, please email socialmedia@bfbs.com

Jackie Rautenbach - Head of Social Media

Jackie Rautenbach

Head of Social Media

Jackie is from South Africa and came to the less-sunny UK in 2006 with nothing more than a suitcase and £120 in her pocket. Since then, she has done a number of different jobs. It wasn’t until she was offered the position as Social Media Manager for BFBS that Jackie realised she found her calling. As well as coaching colleagues on what good looks like on social media, she runs the social media training programme for military spouses with Forces Media Academy.

Email: jackie.rautenbach@bfbs.com

Misty McCready - Social Media Manager

Misty McCready

Social Media Manager

Misty was born into Army life, but has now moved on to following her husband around the world instead of her Dad. At some point during that globe-trotting, she managed to talk her way into a job at BFBS… and we’ve never quite managed to get her to move on!

Email: misty.mccready@bfbs.com

Adam Powney - Social Media Manager

Adam Powney

Social Media Manager

Adam is an Army Air Corps Reservist who formerly spoke in between songs for a living with BFBS. He spent the last two years producing content across Salisbury Plain and the Falklands. As a Media Culture and Production Grad you’ll find him taking photos, making videos and helping others develop their skills.

Email: adam.powney@bfbs.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any course requirements or prerequisites?

No. You don't have to be a marketing professional to complete the digital CULTure course. We’ll cover all of the basics, as well as the advanced techniques. And if you get stuck? We’re right there on the other side of the phone to offer support.

You don’t need any fancy equipment either - a smartphone, laptop and internet connection will be more than enough. Got all of those already? Knew it.

How much time would I have to commit during each week?

You can study at your own pace, but most of our students recommend dedicating 5 hours to self-study. You will also be attending live lessons weekly, each of which will last 1 - 2 hours.

How is the program delivered?

We use Canvas, an online learning system. Once you’ve booked your place, you’ll receive an email to register within 5 working days, along with a short user guide. Canvas is also used by top universities to deliver their distance learning - only the best for you!

Can I complete the course from outside the UK?

Absolutely. If you live in a different time zone and think you might find it difficult to attend the live lessons, do let us know. You can send any questions in advance, and we can record the lesson for you.

What if I change my mind, can I get a refund?

You can request a refund up to 2 weeks after you’ve paid for your spot on the course, unless you’ve already accessed the course content in that time. In that case, we won’t be able to offer you a refund unfortunately.

Do I get a certificate after completing the course?

Yes! Once you’ve completed the final week you’ll receive a course completion certificate.

Join the Cult

Join our Facebook group where you’ll gain access to our exclusive online community. There you’ll find advice on careers in social media, content or campaigns.

With ongoing support and feedback on anything related to social media, we’ll continue to make sure you’re confidently winning on social.