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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4 July 2020
Welbeck, the Defence Sixth Form College celebrate graduation online

Today, Saturday 4 July marks the Annual General Inspection for Welbeck, the Defence Sixth Form College that prepares ambitious young people for an engineering or technical career in the Armed Forces or the Civil Service. 

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16 September 2020
Disruptive Technology for Defence Transformation Digital Conference

This year’s event takes place online on 16-18 September, chaired by General Sir Richard Barrons and in official partnership with the UK Defence Academy.

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