In 2014, The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) visited our colleges and awarded us a Grade 1 – Outstanding in all areas. Areas included in the report were outcomes for our learners, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and the effectiveness of leadership and management.

Who is it for?

The Military Preparation College is designed for anyone between the ages of 16-19* who wish to increase vocational skills, improve personal qualities and ultimately pursue a career in the armed forces.

*You must have started at the college before your 19th birthday.

The college environment

We provide an environment in which our learners can make a fresh start and we are proud of our commitment to work with young people from all backgrounds, regardless of what they have achieved previous to joining us. All leaners can work at their own level and pace.

Our instructors

All of our college instructors are ex-military and bring a wealth of experience to support and mentor individuals through a flexible programme. Learners receive regular mentoring sessions with their instructors to help them identify personal aims and objectives as they progress through the college. Through this bespoke and personalised approach, learners are offered the best possible support and guidance on the pathway to their chosen career. Take a look through the locations to get to know our staff members.

Physical training

Physical fitness is a huge part of the curriculum at the college, in fact, it’s 50%. Learners are taught how to look after themselves so they can stay healthy, look good, feel stronger and ultimately achieve fitness levels required to enter the armed or uniformed sectors. This is taught through a range of physical activities, including running, tug of war, drills, tyre flipping, gym work and assault courses. We use a coloured bib system to determine levels of fitness of individuals, so they are always working  towards something achievable but are encouraged to develop to the next level. Take a look at our league tables to stay up to date on those who perform the best.



A day in the life of a learner

Find out what our learners get up to on a daily basis.

A day in the life of a learner

Unique, hands-on experiences

Due to the nature of the business, MPCT is lucky enough to have strong relationships with Armed Forces and Public Services in all sectors and part of the curriculum sees learners take part in ‘away days’ where for one day a week they experience what life is like in their prospect career. To date these have included (to name just 2!):

  • Royal Navy Commando Training Centre in Lympstone – a chance to experience what it’s like to go through and what it takes to pass the training
  • Operation Sandy Dune at Merthyr Mawr in Bridgend – an overnight camping trip surviving on army rations, expeditions through the dunes, set up of your camp and fitness competitions

It’s free!

Attending the college won’t cost you a penny. There are no tuition fees and all learning equipment will be provided for you. The only cost involved is your uniform but you may be entitled to government support. The qualification and training are free because it is part funded by the Education Funding Agency (EFA).