University and Degree Choices

Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)

All students who enter university on the DTUS scheme must study at a DTUS University and study an approved DTUS course. Students will be paid an annual bursary, provided they meet the bursary payment criteria, such as academic success and the required physical fitness standard.

Each student will be mentored by a support unit (squadron). Students will be supported in their studies by the squadron and will attend training on a regular basis for which they will receive training pay.

The DTUS universities and squadrons are:

  • Aston - Taurus Squadron
  • Birmingham - Taurus Squadron
  • Cambridge - Typhoon Squadron
  • Imperial College – Thunderer Squadron
  • Loughborough - Typhoon Squadron
  • Newcastle- Trojan Squadron
  • Northumbria - Trojan Squadron
  • Oxford - Taurus Squadron
  • Portsmouth – Thunderer Squadron
  • Southampton - Thunderer Squadron
  • Strathclyde - Trojan Squadron

The degrees on offer to the students depends upon which branch of the services they  are sponsored by, and in the case of the Army, which Corps they are hoping to join. The courses are mainly Engineering and Science based, with a few management degrees.

The UCAS Application System

The following information will help you understand the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS) procedure.

  • May/June -  lower sixth students will be issued with an updated version of the acceptable degrees for Welbexians at University.
  • June - The DTUS Universities attend an information open day for the lower sixth at the College. Students can also apply to either Oxford or Cambridge.
  • September - Upper sixth students have time with their tutor to produce their personal statement, and apply for a maximum of five courses. Deadline for applications is late September.
  • October-February - The College will arrange visits to the DTUS Universities so that upper sixth students can be interviewed and get a “feel” for the establishment.
  • March - Upper sixth students will confirm their first choice and insurance offer to the Vice Principal Academic. For MOD students these must both be Defence Technological Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) approved courses.  Private students can apply freely to any university and course that they wish to follow. (Please note that UCAS does not allow the insurance offer to be higher than the first choice offer.)
  • March - The College, in consultation with the MOD, will review the upper sixth UCAS applications.  Once these are approved students are told to submit their options to UCAS.
  • August A level Results will be issued and the universities will let Welbeck know their decisions. If students have achieved their first choice course they must follow that course. If they are rejected by the first choice but accepted by the reserve then they must accept the insurance offer. If they are rejected by both then they should contact the Vice-Principal Academic who will negotiate clearing at the DTUS Universities. 

Please note: Students who are domiciled and/or educated overseas (currently those from outside the UK/EU)  should be aware that universities will undertake a fees assessment once applications are received and that failure to meet the criteria regarding residency in the UK/EU may result in them being classified as an international student.  Please note that fees for International students are often significantly higher than the fees for UK based students.  In addition students domiciled and/or educated outside the UK/EU may not qualify for a loan from Student Finance.  This may be the case even where students have UK citizenship.  It is, therefore, prudent for students from overseas to check the financial implications of taking a place at a UK university in advance of applying to Welbeck.


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