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Helping with finances - scholarships, apprenticeships, sponsorship, ‘Golden Hellos’

Helping with finances - scholarships, apprenticeships, sponsorship, ‘Golden Hellos’

Education and training can be costly. The Royal Navy and Royal Marines offer scholarships, sponsorships and help with the cost of university for potential Officers. This means they could get a degree, with a guaranteed job at the end of it, without running up huge student debts. 

Before joining

A-level sponsorship

Sixth-Form scholarships of £1,050 per year are available for students in Year 11 or 12.

Potential Royal Navy Engineering Officers can alternatively apply to study for their A-Levels at the Defence Sixth-Form College, Welbeck.

The College has recently moved to a new purpose-built campus near Loughborough in Leicestershire, and offers a wide and varied A-level curriculum including sciences, electronics, history and politics. Students at the College board full-time. Generous means test support is available to help with fees. Royal Navy Welbeck students are also automatically enrolled on the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme.
Find out more about Welbeck College

Degree Sponsorship

Various schemes exist to support potential Royal Navy Officers while they study for their degree. Arts students can apply for £1,500 per year, and Engineers for £4,000 per year, wherever in the country they are attending university.

Aspiring Engineer Officers can apply to the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS ), which offers £5,500 per year to students at five specified universities in the UK (Aston, Loughborough, Newcastle, Northumbria, Southampton and Oxbridge).

The University Cadetship scheme is also open to the very best candidates for several branches. Successful applicants undertake a year’s Officer training before going to University. They are paid as a Royal Naval Officer while studying.

Engineer Graduates applying to join the Royal Navy as Officers may be eligible for a Golden Hello of £12,000 on joining.

Students can get anywhere between £1,500 and £5,500 a year paid towards their university costs, depending on the course. There’s also a university cadetship scheme, which means your son or daughter gets paid a substantial salary while studying.
Find out more about the Royal Navy’s sponsorship schemes

There may also be other schemes available to your son or daughter - call 08456 07 55 55 to find out more.
Find out more about other schemes available


The majority of recruits to the Royal Navy now embark on a Foundation Modern Apprenticeship or Modern Apprenticeship during their Phase 2 or professional training.

For those completing this phase at HMS Raleigh, the Foundation Modern Apprenticeship will be composed of an NVQ Level 2, Key Skills at Levels 1&2 and a Technical Certificate relating to their specialisation.

Fully qualified

Many Royal Navy and Royal Marines training courses lead to widely recognised qualifications that your son or daughter will be able to use when they leave the Royal Navy. Grants and financial support are available to help pay for external courses, which can be for anything up to degree level.

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