National Citizen Service – NCS

What is NCS?

National Citizen Service (NCS) is an experience you really don’t want to miss. If you’re 15 to 17 years-old, this is your chance to embark on exhilarating challenges, make your mark and build skills for work and life. More than 275,000 young people have already said YES to NCS. Don’t. Miss. Out.

On phase one, it’s time to challenge yourself!
Living with your team at an outdoor activity centre, you’ll get to know some amazing people and enjoy some quality time away from home.
The best part? You’ll find yourself in a group of 12-15 incredible people you’ve never met before – people who will change your life and whose lives you’ll change.

In your team, you’ll get the chance to take on some adrenaline-fuelled challenges like rock climbing, canoeing, hiking and archery. Even if you’re the biggest scaredy-cat, you’ll be a rock climbin’, zip wirin’, canoe-conquerin’ machine in no time!

Now’s your chance to discover something new!
You’ll be reunited with your group in a uni-style environment where you’ll develop life skills like confidence, leadership and communication to boost your CV or UCAS personal statement.
You could find yourself meeting organisations and important people from your local community.

Even better – you might discover something new about yourself. Maybe you’ve got a hidden (or not so hidden) passion for photography, editing, football coaching or even how to set up your own business!

It’s time to make your mark! This is where your NCS experience all comes together. All the fun and inspiration from the first two phases means you’re ready to step up and deliver your very own social action project. Plan; fundraise; make a difference!

You and your team have the power to change the world around you. Whether you’re a thinker or a doer, this is your chance to make a difference, have some amazing stories to tell, and be part of something you’ll never forget!

It’s time to celebrate in style. We think it’s only right that you and your team should enjoy a well-earned reward for doing something truly inspirational in your community.

At the end of your NCS experience, you’re now part of the bigger NCS family. This is only just the beginning! You’ll get exclusive access to potential volunteering opportunities and apprenticeships as well as amazing discounts and big events! Once an NCSer, always an NCSer.

Why say yes?

  • UCAS recommends students include NCS in their personal statement
  • You learn the skills employers value
  • Learn to budget and live for yourself
  • Meet incredible people
  • Get your voice heard!

Is it for me?

In one word – YES! NCS is a chance for 15 to 17-year-olds to come together and achieve amazing things.

Let’s face it – life’s too short to be stuck indoors. So why not kick-start your future with a summer you’ll never forget! Thanks to government backing, the most you’ll ever pay for this unbeatable experience is £50, but this cost could be less or even free depending on your circumstances and local NCS provider.

When, where & how?

NCS takes place in your local community outside of term time, so no matter what yo

ur commitments are or what your summer holiday plans might be, just register and we’ll get you on the next available NCS spot.

Who will run my programme?

Learn by Design is proud to work with NCS across the UK.

All NCS staff are DBS checked (previously CRB) and are trained to work with young people.

The programme is risk assessed and regularly quality assured.

Once you’ve secured your spot, Learn by Design will contact you to discuss things further and to answer any other questions you have about NCS or the programme.


Are you are a charity and need help from our NCS recruits?
We can promote your local charity as part of their Social Action Project Enterprise week. Find out more here.

Become an NCS Staff Member!

Get paid to go on the adventure with them! You’ll need to have great people skills, be energetic and professional… as well as being responsible and ready for the challenge!

Give us a call today:

Call our NCS Team:  0845 6250050 or 01827 337237