The College of West Anglia

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity open to all 16 & 17 year olds to help you build skills for work and life, while taking on new challenges and making new friends. It runs in the spring, summer and autumn. You’ll have a short time away from home and take part in a team project that will help your community.

NCS allows young people to:

  • Develop new skills
  • Feel good about themselves
  • Make new friends
  • Embark on an adventure
  • Make a difference in the community
  • Have fun!

We believe that all young people can step out and step up to the challenge and demonstrate what fantastic, talented, able and committed people they are!

Engagement with students, parents, teachers and charities or other professionals is vital to be able to offer this once in a lifetime opportunity.

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To find out more information about the benefits and services that the National Citizen Service offer, including Frequently Asked Questions or how to get involved with NCS, please click below.

Adventure

Live with your team at an outdoor activity centre, enjoy some quality time away from home and get to know some amazing new people. You’ll get the chance to challenge yourself and take on some adrenaline-fuelled challenges like rock climbing, canoeing, hiking and archery.

Skills

Discover something new about yourself in a uni-style environment and develop life skills like budgeting, cooking, leadership and communication, a great addition to any CV or UCAS personal statement.

Skills

Discover something new about yourself in a uni-style environment and develop life skills like budgeting, cooking, leadership and communication, a great addition to any CV or UCAS personal statement.

Social Action

Use the tools, opportunities and confidence you have gained on the NCS programme to change the world around you. Each team makes their mark on the community with a social action project they plan and deliver.

Graduation

It’s time to celebrate! You and your team can enjoy a well-earned reward for your achievements. You’re now part of the NCS family and this is only the beginning. You will get exclusive access to potential volunteering opportunities and apprenticeships as well as amazing discounts and big events!

Graduation

It’s time to celebrate! You and your team can enjoy a well-earned reward for your achievements. You’re now part of the NCS family and this is only the beginning. You will get exclusive access to potential volunteering opportunities and apprenticeships as well as amazing discounts and big events!

Did you know?

  • 9/10 participants enjoyed the NCS experience, and thought it was worthwhile
  • 9/10 wanted to continue to be involved in NCS after graduation
  • Around 8/10 participants thought NCS had taught them something new about themselves
  • Around 9/10 participants were proud of what they had achieved on NCS
  • 9/10 of NCS participants would recommend it to other 16 – 17 year olds

(Ipsos MORI, 2015: National Citizen Service 2014 Evaluation)

When you sign up to NCS you'll go through 3 phases:

Phase 1

‘feel the fear and do it anyway’ – this phase is all about growing your confidence, giving you the opportunity to try and new experiences you may have never of dreamt of doing! To make sure you get the most out of this phase by giving everything a go with 100% effort!

Phase 2

community awareness stage – this would be a chance for you to get to know the different charities and organisations within your local community. Getting to know them, learning about who they help and why!

Phase 3

community project – now it’s your turn to do something good for your local community, where you’ll plan a social action project within your team, where you’ll be expected to complete 30 hours of some form voluntary work benefitting your community, which benefits you.

Life after NCS

Employability Skills

NCS is for those lessons you they don’t teach in the classroom, giving you essential experiences and skills that employers want. Download this document to find out how NCS can help you develop each of the key skills your future employer is looking for!

Continue your NCS journey

Have you considered becoming a Mentor or a Team Leader? Follow these links to find out more:

Opportunities Hub

NCS Graduates have exclusive access to thousands of opportunities across the country. From cash for your social action projects to skills training to give you a killer CV – find the one (or two?!) that’s for you at the NCS Opportunities Hub!

Time Credits

Volunteering and the NCS life doesn’t have to stop after graduation! In fact you can earn some serious Spice time credits by volunteering! Your Spice time credits can go towards cinema or theatre tickets, bowling, beauty treatments, swimming pools, roller skating, rock climbing, and a many more activities!

All you need to do to earn a Spice time credit is donate an hour of your time to your community and your community will say thank you by giving you an hour back to spend on something you like to do. For more information, get in touch with us on social media!