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What would I do on NCS?

In the first week, you will be placed in a group of between 12 to 15 young people and spend your time at an outdoor activity centre. You will have the freedom of being away from home with new friends and take part in adrenaline-fuelled activities such as climbing, hiking, canoeing and fencing.

*The residential section of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award is fulfilled by the adventure part of phase 1 of the NCS programme.

Read a blog from an NCS Leader about Phase 1 Adventure here.

The next stage is living away from home* in your local community. You will have the opportunity to learn some huge life skills, meet organisations and important people from your area and develop the independence of living away from home.

Read a blog from an NCS Leader about Phase 2 Discovery here.

Social Action
Now you get the opportunity to put all your skills and experiences to the test and as a team agree on a social action project that will really make a mark on your community. You will plan, fundraise and deliver this together.

Read a blog from an NCS Leader about Phase 3 Social Impact here.

Once you have completed your NCS journey, you will have the opportunity to celebrate your achievements and the achievements of your team in style.

Read a blog from an NCS Leader about Phase 4 Celebration here.

Graduate Journey
You will then become part of a wide network of over 400,000 young people who have completed NCS so far. And NCS doesn’t have to stop there – there are also a range of opportunities both locally and nationally for graduates once your programme has finished.

When does NCS take place?

NCS takes place outside of term time in summer and autumn. There are plenty of dates to choose from so there is nothing standing between you and starting your NCS journey!

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*For the autumn programmes, you will be living at home for this part of the programme but will still take part in the life-changing experiences.