Welbeck defence sixth form College

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Welbeck Sixth Form Defence College student's working on Royal Navy kit.

At a glance

What you’ll do

Every day the Royal Navy protects our nation’s future, Welbeck Sixth Form Defence College provides the academic and military foundations for the Royal Navy’s future engineer officers. There is no better place to continue your education and start your future than Welbeck - you’ll develop in an environment that nurtures your potential as much as it challenges you to go further.

On completion of University your professional training will prepare you for a role where you are responsible for a team of highly skilled technicians. You’ll provide the guidance needed to guarantee the operational capability of vital equipment, from sensitive electronics and combat systems to gas-turbine engines, in some of the most demanding workplaces around on the planet.

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Your role

  • Complete up to four A levels including Mathematics and Physics. Further subjects available include Chemistry, Biology, Electronics, Computing, Geography, Government and Politics, Business Studies, Design and Technology, and Further Mathematics.
  • Engage in Physical Education (PE), European Computer Driving Licence (EDCL) and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHCE) lessons.
  • Develop an understanding of your future career in Career Life Service Skills (CLASS), enriched by regular engagement from serving officers and specialists.
  • All students are part of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) at Welbeck, where the main emphasis of the training programme is the development of your leadership potential.

What you'll get

Qualifications you'll gain

  • All students are expected to study four AS levels which must include Mathematics and Physics. In the Upper Sixth you’ll be required to study Mathematics and at least two other A levels
  • On graduating from Welbeck students will apply to read an approved degree from one of our 11 partner universities and be enrolled onto the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS). Find out more here
  • Skills you’ll develop

    • Learn transferable skills that’ll support you in your future studies and career
    • Develop leadership skills and character in preparation for the challenges of service life

Career progression

What you'll need


GCSE Grade Requirements

  • A/7 GCSE Mathematics
  • B/6 GCSE Physics
  • B,B/6,6 for Dual Award Science
  • C/4 GCSE English Language

SNO Level 5 Requirements (Scotland)

  • A Mathematics
  • A Physics
  • C English
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  • UK, Commonwealth or Irish citizen. Commonwealth citizens are required to have five years residency in the UK prior to application
  • Aged between 15 and 17 years and six months on the 1st September in your year of entry to the College

Skills and interests

  • Interested in a future Engineer career with the Royal Navy
  • Focused and committed, determined to achieve your personal best
  • Keen to maintain personal fitness with the opportunity to take advantage of first class sporting facilities
  • Independent thinker
  • Organised

Starting your career

Joining process

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

  • Book a place on an Open Day to visit the College and meet our staff and students.
  • You can register your interest by completing the application form online or by calling 0345 602 0242. We will send you a link to start your online application.
  • Download a Welbeck Proforma and get it completed by your current School/College and take it with you to your first Royal Navy interview.
  • You will be sent an invitation to attend an interview at your local Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO) where you will complete the Royal Navy Recruit Test and have your initial interview.
  • If successful you will be invited to attend the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB) selection centre.
  • Successful applicants are offered a provisional place pending GCSE results.

Initial training

The Defence Sixth Form College is a dynamic environment where young men and women grow in self confidence, thrive academically and are encouraged to make the most of every opportunity.

Committed teachers deliver a challenging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) focused A level curriculum to help you develop transferable skills which will support you in your future studies and careers. The United Kingdom has a shortage of individuals with STEM skills, so the demand for graduates with STEM degrees is fierce.

Welbeck offers some of the best campus facilities in the country and an environment that maximises each student’s potential for success.

Professional training

Almost all Welbeck students are pre-selected by the services to join the Defence Technical Officer and Engineer Entry Scheme (DTOEES). Here you’ll have the opportunity to move onto one of 11 partner universities through The Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) to study engineering and technical degrees with the added bonus of an annual bursary of £4000.

Partner universities include:

  • Aston
  • Birmingham
  • Cambridge
  • Imperial College
  • Loughborough
  • Newcastle
  • Northumbria
  • Oxford
  • Portsmouth
  • Southampton
  • Strathclyde

During your time at university you’ll join a military support unit (squadron). The squadrons are staffed by members of the armed forces, who will mentor and assist your progression through university. You are expected to attend one training evening a week for which you’ll receive training pay. You’ll also have the chance to complete adventurous training and work experience which will be arranged during holiday periods – and you can expect to earn upto £2000 a year in training pay for taking part.

After that, you’ll start your initial officer training with the Royal Navy at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. During your initial officer training you may be elegible to receive the Engineer Officer joining bonus of £27,000 if you haven’t received a DTUS bursary.