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UCAS, Careers and Employability

National Citizen Service

Desborough College fully endorses the great work that NCS do for young people and will continue to encourage our students to take advantage of the experiences that are on offer from NCS, the National Citizen Service. 

Please take a moment, if you would, to read the information below.


Christina Sansom

Careers Advisor


NCS is a life-changing experience offering you the chance to take part in adventurous activities, develop valuable skills and meet new people this summer. Over 300,000 teenagers have already benefited from taking part in NCS - so make sure you don’t miss out!

The part-residential programme takes place over three to four weeks in the holidays and is delivered locally by The Challenge, the largest social integration charity in the UK. Taking part provides a unique opportunity to develop the skills employers’ value: confidence, leadership, teamwork and communication. NCS is also recognised by UCAS and will add value to your personal statement through voluntary experience.

During the last phase of NCS, you will build on your skills to tackle a real challenge. You will connect with your community by designing and carrying out a social action project, which has real impact. Plan, fundraise, volunteer or campaign to make a difference by giving back.

By taking part you will:

      Strengthen your leadership skills

      Add value to your university applications

      Support your local community

      Develop a deeper understanding about people who are different to you

Your journey doesn't have to end there; once you have finished the programme the NCS graduate scheme provides young people with the chance to organise events and campaigns on a national level. Our alumni contribute over 30 hours of volunteering each to their communities.

To find out more and to take part this summer, visit www.ncsthechallenge.org.