University and Beyond


On Monday 11 March 2019, Ministers announced that a decision had been made to close the Defence Technical Officer and Engineer Entry Scheme (DTOEES).  As a result September 2019 will be the last intake of students to Welbeck The Defence Sixth Form College.

Defence remains fully committed to encouraging and recruiting high quality STEM graduates in the Armed Services and Defence Civil Service. Whilst the DTOEES route to a technical career in Defence will be closed, there are a number of alternative bursary, scholarships and apprenticeship routes available for those interested in following an engineering career within Defence. We would encourage you to speak to your local Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO) to find out more about the options available to you.


Defence technical Officer and Engineer Entry scheme

Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College (DSFC) is the first step on a career path that will lead to a technical or engineering career as an officer within one of the armed forces or as a civilian within the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

The Defence Technical Officer and Engineer Entry Scheme (DTOEES) sees students study technical A levels at Welbeck and then move on to one of 11 partner universities to study engineering and technical degrees with an annual bursary of £4,000.  On graduating students will either start their initial officer training with one of the armed forces or join the MOD Graduate Scheme.

Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)

On graduating from Welbeck students will select to read an approved degree from one of our 11 partner universities.  These include:




Imperial College








Your choice of degree will be determined by the career path you have chosen to follow with your sponsoring service.  All students on the scheme will receive an annual academic bursary of £4,000 which will assist with your fees or living expenses.  DTUS students will all join a military support unit (squadron) whilst at university.  The Squadrons are staffed by members of the armed forces, who support your progression through university.  You are expected to attend one training evening a week for which you will receive training pay.  The unit provides personal development and adventurous training opportunities and supports your progression through your time on the DTUS squadron.  Work experience will be arranged during the holiday periods and students can earn up to £2,000 per year in training pay for taking part.  Students will be expected to pass a Personal Fitness Assessment (PFA) once a year in order to qualify for their bursary. 

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 that the fees for UK based students.  In addition students domiciled and /or educated out side the UK/EU may not qualify for a loan from Students 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.


Following graduation you will start your training with your sponsoring Service.  Those joining the Royal Navy, Army or Royal Air Force will attend initial officer training at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst or Royal Air Force College, Cranwell respectively.  Those following a career with the Defence Equipment and Support will join the MOD Graduate Programme.  All sponsored students are required to return three years of service on completion of their in-service training. (Training duration varies dependant on service and specialisation.)