Your most frequently asked NCS questions
Below you’ll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about the National Citizen Service.
How long is the NCS programme?
The NCS programme takes place over three consecutive weeks but does not include the weekends.
When can I do it?
NCS takes place during the Summer and there are a choice of starts dates know as ‘waves’.
Where does the programme take place?
The first week is a residential in Gloucestershire at Croft Farm Waterpark, the second week is a residential at Caldecotte Xperience or Green Park Centre and week three is non-residential based around Aylesbury.
Can I change waves?
When you choose a wave you will get a confirmed place on that date. If you need to change your wave date for some reason please ring the NCS Team on 0300 003 2334 and we will happily change your wave as long as we still have availability.
How much does it cost?
The cost of the NCS programme is £50 including transport, activities and accommodation. We often have promotions running where NCS is reduced to £35.
Are bursary places available?
Yes bursary places are available. Please contact the team to discuss this further.
What are the induction events?
Prior to programme we run a ten pin bowling evening for just young people and also a Teambuilding day, BBQ and Parent Information session. These aren’t compulsorily but are a great opportunity for young people to come along and meet their tam and staff members.
Can I come with my friends?
Yes absolutely! On your form you can write a maximum of two friends and we will guarantee you will be in a group together. However, if you are coming on your own don’t worry you will meet people at the induction events.
What exactly is meant by ‘accommodation’?
On week one you will be staying in multi coloured festival style bell tents and on week two you are split between safari tents, yurt village and some camping.
Can I bring my phone?
Yes of course! Please bring a portable charging device with you though as there is limited access to plug sockets.
Will I ever be forced to do an activity?
No. We will always encourage people to get involved in activities at whatever level they feel comfortable but would never force anyone to do anything they don’t want to do.
Will I get UCAS points?
You wont get UCAS points but NCS is UCAS recognised and there is a drop down bit on your application where you can tick that you have participated in the NCS programme.
Do I need any extra money on phases 1 and 2?
All your food, activities and transport are covered for weeks one and two. On both weeks you may wish to bring some money for refreshments/ snacks from the tuck shop. On week one you can use the on site gym for the week for a cost of £10 cash payable to the gym manager and on week 2 you need £10 to use for transport for your charity visit.
What is the Celebration Event?
The Celebration event takes place in September when all programmes have finished and is an opportunity for parents/ guardians to come along and celebrate the achievements of all the NCS Graduates.
What is the NCS Graduate Scheme?
The Graduate scheme is a series of extension activities/ opportunities for NCS Graduates to get involved in after the programme has finished. They centre around learning new skills and further opportunities for social action.
Can my NCS programme be used for my Gold DofE residential?
Yes, the programme counts as your residential so long as you are enrolled with the Gold award when your wave starts. Please ask your team leader to fill in the assessor report while you are on programme.
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