Do I need qualifications to start the course?
No, you just need the right attitude. However, if you have completed the same qualification at a higher level you may not be able to join the course
Is the course free?
Yes, the training is free due to the course being part funded by the European Social Fund.
Do I need to be fit to join the course?
No. We will make sure that you work at a level that is suitable for you. Your fitness will improve naturally as you take part in exercise every day at the college.
Do I get paid?
You may be eligible for a training bursary or allowance depending on which country you live in. For more information click here.
Will I get to wear a uniform?
Yes. All students on the programme wear the college uniform. This makes them part of the team and gives them a sense of pride. Details on your uniform will be explained on day one. If you want to see the uniforms please click here to visit the store.
Will I need to pay for any kit or equipment?
Yes, to find out if you’re eligible, visit our Financial Guidance pages for England or Wales.
Are the courses residential?
No. You will still live at home whilst attending your local Military Preparation College but you will have the opportunity to go on overnight exercises.
Will the course help me choose a career?
You will receive individual careers advice whilst on the course to help you with your vocational choices.
Do I have to join the military if I attend the Military Preparation College?
No, you will be supported in whatever career path you choose to follow. Although the course is based on military values, it will give you the confidence and employability skills to succeed in any career you choose
Do I get any holidays?
Yes. You will be eligible to have up to 35 days’ holiday per year.
When can I start?
Unlike traditional colleges, you can start anytime during the year. This is usually within a week of applying.
What do I need to bring on my first day?
Here’s our checklist to make sure your son/daughter brings everything they need:
- Bank details (so that you can receive your funding)
- Parental consent form
- Health and fitness screening form
- Nutrition questionnaire
- Proof of identity (driver’s licence or passport)
- Any certificates already achieved
- National Insurance Number
- Financial support application form(if applicable)
- Bursary-funded uniform form(if applicable)