The Programme

NCS offers 15 to 17 year olds the opportunity to try new things, learn new skills, and meet new people.

Learning photography skill on NCS
NCSers Learning New Skills

Best thing ever. If you’re the correct age do it and make memories that’ll last forever!

Mani, 2016 NCSer

NCS is a three-part programme for 15-17 year olds. It’s perfect for boosting CV experience, personal statements, and UCAS forms. It’s also an unforgettable experience which builds confidence and independence. We run the programme during summer, autumn half term, and autumn term time.

The programme is a government-funded initiative that brings together schools, community organisations, businesses and individuals to build a stronger and more cohesive society. It never costs more than £50, and financial assistance can be requested. The programme’s three parts are:

Phase 1 – Adventure
Develop confidence, meet new people, and build your team on an outdoor residential.

Phase 2 – Skills
You and your team work together to learn a new skill in sport, media, photography, music, drama, enterprise or art.

Phase 3 – Social Action
Each team creates a project and pitches it to local business leaders in our NCS Dragon’s Den. You’ll then make your project a reality in your local area.

The programme varies depending on the time of year. Find out more:

Summer Programme: Takes part over 3/4 Weeks

Autumn Half Term Programme: Takes part over 11 Days

Autumn Term Time Programme: Takes part over 11 Days