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National Citizen Service (NCS)

If you're 16 or 17, you can sign up to take on new challenges which will build your skills and confidence.

Last updated:
27 November 2018

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1 What is NCS?

National Citizen Service (NCS) is an essential experience for 16-17 year olds, providing an opportunity to build skills for work and life while taking on new challenges. 

It will help build your confidence, mix with different social groups and contribute to your community. You will have the chance to make new friends, go on residential trips and create a Social Action Project so you can make a difference in your local area.

Programmes take place outside of school/college hours and have been specifically designed to develop skills that employers and UCAS value.

Find your nearest National Citizen Service (NCS) location. (external link)

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2 Benefits of taking part

  • New adventures, new friendships and new challenges.
  • Develop skills you didn’t realise you had.
  • Expand your CV - learn skills and qualities that employers are increasingly looking for, such as confidence, teamwork and leadership.
  • NCS is recognised by UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) and will help when applying for universities.
  • It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to fast track your future.
  • NCS is about you getting motivated and inspired, and having fun.

3 Who can apply

The programme is for 16-17 year olds, including Year 11s turning 16 during the summer.

Young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are eligible until the age of 25. Please contact us about your learning needs, accessibility and support.

Whether you’re home schooled, at boarding, private or state school or currently not in education or employment, NCS will benefit you.

If you are over 21 and interested in working or volunteering to support our 4-week programme, contact us expressing your interest.

4 What you can do and when

Here's what you can look forward to doing if you join us on NCS.

Summer 2018

Our summer NCS runs for four weeks during the summer holidays.

Adventure and discovery

  • Week 1 - Residential, Monday-Friday, at the outdoor adventure centre 'Adventure Activities' on the Isle of Wight, with activities such as rock climbing, mountain boarding, axe throwing, archery and many more.
  • Week 2 - Residential, Monday-Friday, at the halls of the University of Chichester, where you will get a taste of uni-life and living independently. This is where you get to let your creativity run wild whilst learning team and life skills, giving you a head start in adult life.

Social action

  • Weeks 3 and 4 - Based in your local community, you will get the opportunity to run your own project, giving back to areas which are in need.


  • The final stage of NCS is graduation. We throw a huge party where you get a chance to dress up and celebrate your achievements along with your friends and family. Although this is the final stage of the program, this is only the beginning of your journey!

Summer 2018 dates

  • Option 1: Monday 2 July-Friday 27 July
  • Option 2: Monday 16 July-Friday 10 August
  • Option 3: Monday 30 July-Friday 24 August

Autumn 2018 NCS

There is also an autumn project which is condensed into one week during half-term - dates to be announced.

Do not hesitate to contact us to check availability for the dates above.

5 How much does it cost?

NCS would cost over £1,000 for each place, but, due to government backing, we are able to offer the programme for a small fee of £50.00. This covers food, accommodation and travel on your residential trips. Nobody is excluded from NCS and you can speak to our team about available bursaries.

6 Sign up

Sign up online, quoting ‘West Sussex County Council’ as your local provider.

Find more information on the NCS programme and sign up online (external link)

Once signed up, your place will be secured once payment is received. You will be sent a confirmation email, and an introduction pack will be posted to you with all the programme details.

Our local team will be in regular contact with you and you can also keep up to date via our social media feeds.

7 Contact us

For more information visit the National Citizen Service website.

Follow us on Instagram.

8 Future opportunities

We regularly post about volunteering, training and careers on Facebook as well as exclusive opportunities on your NCS account. As a graduate, you will have the chance to extend your experiences by helping out at assemblies, creating marketing videos and even becoming a ‘Crew’ member in future programmes.

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