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DSFC Welbeck

Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College, near Loughborough, is the MoD's modern residential sixth form college that offers a two-year A level education combined with personal development and physical training.

If you're in year 10 or 11 and want to find out more, book a place on one of our open days.

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Welbeck for future officers

Why Welbeck?

Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College, is the first step towards becoming an engineering or technical officer in the Army. You'll study your A levels at one of the UK’s best colleges for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) based A levels and will then go on to study a technical or engineering degree at one of our partner universities. If you're thinking of joining the Army as an officer in one of the technical roles, once you've finished your education, you should definitely consider Welbeck.

The facts:

  • Study A Levels at a top college, with an Army sponsored place
  • Study for a degree at one of the UK's best universities and receive a £4,000 a year bursary
  • Have a job waiting for you once you leave university, and join the Army as an officer cadet at Sandhurst 

 Want to find out more? Visit the Welbeck website, or download the prospectus

Life at Welbeck

Sport is at the heart of life at Welbeck, and the facilities on site reflect this. There's a pool, gym, courts, athletics pitches, climbing walls and a high ropes all on site. Welbeck's sports teams compete in local, regional and national competitions. All students belong to the Combined Cadet Force which focuses on developing leadership skills - as well as having an exciting programme of activities.

High Ropes course at Welbeck

Living at Welbeck

 Students at Welbeck have access to some of the most state of the art facilities. There are 5 boarding houses, with students sharing a room with two others in their first year. The houses have common rooms equipped for relaxing, along with laundries and basic cooking facilities. There's a medical centre on site and the site is secure, with the Military Guard Service on hand to keep things safe.


Boarding house room

How to get in

You need to apply online for Welbeck. You must apply by December to join in the following September. You should apply when you're in year 11 (S5 in Scotland)

To apply for Welbeck, you need to meet the following:

  • Predicted an A in GCSE maths
  • Predicted a B or above in physics / dual award science at GSCE (or equivalent)
  • Predicted a C or above in English language

Scottish students need to have or be predicted:

  • Intermediate 2 or SNQ Level 5
  • Grade A in both Mathematics and Physics,
  • At least Intermediate 2 or SNQ Level 5, Grade C in English Language.

 What happens next?

Once your application has been checked, and you're eligible to join, you'll be given a Candidate Support Manager (CSM) who will help you throughout the process.

You'll then be interviewed by a Senior Careers Adviser in a local Careers Centre.

Once you've passed your interview, you'll be invited along to an Army Office Selection Board where your fitness, team skills and potential to be an officer will be assessed.

Our Gap year scheme allows to you try out life as an officer

Want to start your Army career as a soldier, and are aged 16 or 17?