Developing the intellectual edge needed for success on operations and leadership in government

The Defence Academy welcomes students from the Ministry of Defence, wider government, UK industry and overseas. We provide a wide range of short and long courses ranging from awareness up to expert level covering five broad course themes: leadership; command; technology; business skills; and international engagement.  

We are based at a secure site in Shrivenham, 20 miles west of Oxford, with sites also in central London, Gosport, Andover and Halton. We also include Welbeck 6th Form College near Loughborough and four university squadrons with links to 11 universities offering bursaries to students studying subjects in technical and engineering disciplines. 

For more information on the Defence Academy and what we have to offer, please use this website or make direct contact using the communication methods provided on the Contact Us page.


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18 July 2017
Welbeck - The Defence Sixth Form College Annual General Inspection 2017
On Saturday 8th July 2017, the Principal of Welbeck, Mr Peter Middleton, welcomed VIP’s, Parents, families and friends to the end of year event at the boarding college near Loughborough.

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13 July 2017
Music and Fireworks 2017
Thursday 13th July - gates open from 5:30pm and music starts at 6:00pm 

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