Defence Sixth Form College (Welbeck)
We can offer a high standard of A-level education at the Defence Sixth Form College, our residential centre near Loughborough for potential officers studying technical and scientific subjects. You could be eligible to attend if you are:
- aiming to join the RAF as an Engineer or Logistics Officer
- aged between 15 years and 17 years 6 months on 1 September of your Year 12.
In return, we expect you to:
- participate fully in appropriate activities at the Defence Sixth Form College; and
- join the RAF once you’ve finished college and university.
For your university studies, we’d hope to award you a place on the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS), providing you gain satisfactory A-level results.
To apply to the Defence Sixth Form College, we recommend that you visit your local Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO)/Senior Careers Liaison Officer before the end of September of your Year 11. The latest date for applications is the following 28 March. We’ll ask your head teacher to write a report on your academic progress at school to help us decide whether to shortlist you. Selection interviews take place at the Officers and Aircrew Selection Centre at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire in June or July, lasting three days.
You can find out about the Welbeck Defence Sixth Form opportunities here.
Students and Undergrads
If you think you’ve got what it takes to be an Officer in the RAF, you could receive sponsorship through university. Competition is tough, so you’ll need to show a real commitment to your studies and a potential future in the RAF.
If you’re studying at or applying for medical school, we could sponsor your medical training. As part of this sponsorship you could receive a Bursary or a Cadetship leading to a career as a Royal Air Force Medical Officer. The Cadetship attracts additional benefits including a grant to cover tuition fees. More details can be found on this document.
The RAF offers a range of engineering sponsorships to support engineering education for those interested in becoming Engineer Officers in the RAF. The Defence Technical Officer and Engineer Scheme provides education support to students interested in a full-time career as an Engineer Officer or a Logistics Officer. The scheme promotes personal development and leadership, providing sixth form college or university academic support alongside adventurous training and sports. In addition students may receive a generous bursary during their time at University.
Get in touch or contact a RAF Senior Careers Engagement Officer via the careers staff at your school or college for details about this opportunity.
Information about the DTUS or UAS Bursary Scheme can be found here.