Beginning in 2011, the National Citizenship Scheme is a week-long challenge for 15 to 17 year olds, which provides a chance to embark on some exhilarating adventures, while building on social, work, and life skills. UCAS strongly backs the scheme, and recommends that students include NCS in their personal statement.
Split into three main phrases, the 7 day course begins with a four day, three night residential based activity period. The pursuits available are weather dependent, but involve such activities as canoeing, rock climbing and abseiling. Living with a team of 12 -15 people at an outdoor activity centre, those taking part get to know new people and enjoy their independence away from home.
Phase two of the week sees a further three days in a university-style environment where students get the chance to develop life skills like confidence, leadership and communication.
The final phase of the NCS is to deliver a community project over a period of 30 additional weeks. Working in teams, the participants put the skills they have learnt over the week into practice by delivering a community project of their choice. Later, they’ll have the chance to attend a graduation party to celebrate completing the course, with family and friends.
So, why should you consider enrolling for a National Citizenship Scheme place?
– NCS gives you exclusive access to work placements, volunteering and events.
– 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
– Improves leadership, teamwork and communication skills.
So far, more than 275,000 young people have signed up for the National Citizenship Scheme. If you’d like more information, you can find it here- http://www.ncsyes.co.uk/
Dr Kathryn Bates is a graduate of archaeology and history. She has excavated across the world as an archaeologist, and tutored medieval history at Leicester University. She joined the administrative team at Oxford Open Learning twelve years ago. Alongside her distance learning work, Dr Bates is a bestselling novelist, and an itinerant creative writing tutor for primary school children.