Student from Bexley passes out from prestigious military college

PUBLISHED: 07:00 31 July 2014

Picture: B GAMBLE.

Picture: B GAMBLE.


An ambitious student from a leading sixth form college, which trains people for specialised technical officer careers in the Armed Forces, passed out in front of his family at the Annual General Inspection.

Harvey Marsden, 18, of Bexley, joined more than 300 of his fellow sixth formers in the annual parade at Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College, a co-educational boarding college in Leicestershire, last month.

The parade marked the end of the school term and Harvey is now awaiting his A-Level results.

He has been predicted good grades in maths, business studies and politics and hopes to go to Loughborough University to study for a degree in computing and business, sponsored by the British Army who will pay £4,000 a year towards his studies.

He is sponsored by the Royal Corps of Signals, a Corps whose responsibilities within the Army include digital military communications, the maintenance of complex IT systems and electronic warfare capability, and will embark on his Army career once his studies are completed.

Harvey said: “I’m very proud to be graduating from Welbeck.

“I decided to attend Welbeck because I have wanted to join the British Army from a young age. Welbeck seemed ideal because it ticked all the boxes: sport, the military and A-levels.

“Leadership is a massive part of Welbeck and opportunities are always arising to help you develop those skills.

“Most importantly, it gives you the chance to work with other young people who all aspire for the same thing: to join the Armed Forces.”

As well as studying for their A-Levels, Welbeck students have the opportunity to take part in tasks such as hill walking, map reading, kayaking, climbing and battle fitness training.

Students also get a taste of Army Personal Fitness Assessments (PFAs), which include a 1.5 mile run and minimum standards of press ups and sit ups.

Graduates then go on to read one of 200 technical, engineering, business or logistics degrees through the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) at 10 of the country’s leading universities.

Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College Principal Peter Middleton said: “We are very proud of all of the students graduating this year.

“Welbeck is an exciting learning environment and we expect the very best from our students, so that they leave after two years, having challenged themselves to achieve goals and aspirations they could once only have dreamed of. We have inspirational teachers, some of the best sporting facilities in the country and outstanding pastoral care. Our students are career focussed and highly motivated and they are well-rewarded for their hard work as their chosen Corps will sponsor and support them throughout their degree.

“The career opportunities offered by the British Army for technical, engineering or science graduates are second to none, and Welbeck is both unique and undoubtedly an outstanding a place to prepare for university and a specialist military career.”

For more information about Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College and the work that they do please visit

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