National Citizen Service


The National Citizen Service (NCS) is an excellent government scheme created for all 15-17 year olds. Courses take place during the autumn and summer holidays, offering meaningful activities during these times without impacting on educational timetables.

The course is delivered in three phases:

During the first phase everyone attends an exciting residential camp at an outdoor activity centre – this will be for one week in the summer and three days in the autumn. Whilst on this adventure, participants are encouraged, and positively challenged, to participate in new and exciting activities such as rock climbing, kayaking, quad biking and paintball. All of the activities are designed to encourage team building, improve communication, independence and confidence.
Phase two involves a University hall residential for the summer and non-residential for autumn courses. Both include a week of workshops which are all designed to introduce community issues, highlight areas for personal development, inspire and positively challenge participants. During this time, young people will develop essential and practical life skills, including first aid, fitness, and budgeting.

Phase three is a Social Action Project, which is planned and developed by participants, resulting in many fantastic volunteering opportunities that benefit local communities. 

Once everyone has successfully completed all three phases, there is a graduation ceremony for participants to attend with their family and friends. This always provides a great opportunity for everyone to share their positive and inspirational experiences and achievements. Each NCS participant will be rewarded with a certificate signed by the Prime Minister.

How can the NCS programme help me?

The NCS course is universally recognised by both employers and UCAS as demonstrating evidence of working within a team and taking part in extra-curricular activities. Both of which are really important for your CV and university applications. 

In addition to this, you’ll also have a fantastic time and the opportunity to get to know new people!

What will be expected of me?

The course is designed to challenge you and to get you to step out of your comfort zone. We will encourage you to take part in as many of the activities as possible. However, we won’t make you do anything that you don’t want to – so if you really don’t want to take part in an activity, then we won’t make you. 

Attend the whole course, graduate and have fun – that’s all that we ask of you!

Who can sign up to NCS?

All young people aged between 15 and 17 in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and Ferndown can sign up to BCHA’s NCS programme – just as long as you will not turn 18 during the course. Click here to download an application form. 

How do I sign up?

Click here to visit the NCS website where you will be able to sign up today. Alternatively sign up over the phone by calling the national call centre on 0800 197 8010

Alternatively you can email us directly at: or call us on 01202 410550, and we will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

For more information about the NCS programme, take a look at this handy NCS Complete Guide Booklet.

Work for NCS

BCHA are looking for Team Leaders to join our NCS team for our Summer 2018. As a Team Leader you will be motivating and encouraging a team of young people through a variety of challenges and team building activities. As well as learning new skills that employers love, you’ll be helping 15 to 17 year olds to have an experience of a lifetime.

For more information and to apply visit our Careers Page