Student life

Whilst many of our students are from the British and international military, we have a sizeable civilian student population who hail from the Ministry of Defence as well as other government departments and agencies, and also from the private sector. 

When not studying, you will find ample opportunities to relax, make friends and enjoy yourself through our cafes, bars, restaurants, sports and social clubs, events and leisure facilities. The Defence Academy's sports facilities at Shrivenham are first class, covering a wide range of activities. Please check individual sites for specific details of facilities and activities at each location.

Our students range in age from 16 year-olds at the Defence Sixth Form College, to mature adults preparing for the senior stages of their careers, as well as all ages in between. You can expect to find students of every age, background and nationality when studying at the Defence Academy.

Our locations

The Defence Academy's colleges and schools are located at several different sites. Our main campus is at Shrivenham, Oxfordshire, where you will find our Headquarters, the Joint Services Command & Staff College, the Shrivenham Leadership Centre, the Business Skills College, the Technology School and the Defence Centre for Languages and Culture.

The Royal College of Defence Studies is in Belgravia, central London and the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre has its home in Andover, Hampshire. Other important sites are the Nuclear Department at Gosport, Hampshire, the Defence Centre for Training Support near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, Welbeck, the Defence Sixth Form College, in Loughborough, Leicestershire, and 5 Universities (Aston, Loughborough, Newcastle, Northumbria and Southampton).