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Eligibility & qualifications

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Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College is open to males and females, but there is strict academic selection criteria – you will need grade A or better at GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics and grade B or better in Physics or Dual Award Science, as well as a grade C or better in English Language. In addition you will need to meet the scoring crietire for overall GCSEs. Details of this and the Scottish grades can be found at www.dsfc.ac.uk/apply/requirements

If you have tattoos that are visible in parade uniform you won’t be allowed to join. There are several other eligibility criteria that you need to meet as well. Please take a look at the tabs below.

To join you must have:

British or British dual nationality.

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Eligibility in detail

Age

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To join you must be:

  • At least 14 years old to apply
  • No older than 17 yrs 6 months on the 1 Sep of the academic year you join Welbeck

Nationality

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To join you need to have British or British dual nationality.

Criminal convictions

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If you’ve been convicted you may still be able to join. Certain kinds of offences or serving certain types of sentences, might however permanently prevent you from entering or re-entering the Royal Navy.

Security and CRB Checks

For all branches of the Royal Navy you will need to complete a full Security Check. This is done online and checks your details against Government data. You will have to declare all previous convictions, whether spent or not. To find out more, take a look at the MoD Form 493 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Tattoos and piercings

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Most tattoos or piercings are not a problem but if they’re offensive, obscene or excessive in size or number you won’t be allowed into the Royal Navy. 

If your tattoos are visible in parade uniform you won’t be able to join. This means any tattoos on your head, neck and hands.

When you apply to join you’ll need to fill in a form describing your tattoos and their locations and show them to us during you medical examination.

Piercings

If you have body piercings which cause holes that don’t close up (known as flesh tunnels) you will not be able to join the Royal Navy. If the holes have healed up or are in the process of doing so without leaving a hole, you will be eligible.

For health and safety reasons you will have to remove certain body piercing jewellery before taking part in any physical activity during the application and selection process.

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