Join the Army cadets

The UTC’s curriculum is at the cutting edge of science and healthcare, and we pride ourselves on being able to offer our students real working world experiences, through our partner organisations in the science and healthcare sector. We are also extremely proud to be affiliated with the 208 Field Hospital, Royal Army Medical Corps.

Students at the UTC will have the unique opportunity to enrol as an army cadet in the 208 Field Hospital, Royal Army Medical Corps. And it’s not just students from the UTC which will have access to this opportunity – Studio students are also encouraged to enrol as cadets and discover first-hand the important work that the British Army carries out at home and abroad.

Becoming an army cadet will give our students – and students of the Studio – the opportunity to develop their leadership abilities, and sharpen their skills in responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance, and perseverance.

The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) – the government-sponsored youth organisation which runs the cadet scheme – provides invaluable opportunities for students are planning to join the armed forces, as well as opportunities for students who wish to simply pick up some new life skills and meet new people.

Being a part the 208 Field Hospital, Royal Army Medical Corps gives UTC and Studio cadets the unique opportunity to understand the massive humanitarian responsibility that the British Army has worldwide, through its extensive range of highly skilled professionals who volunteer at the 208 Field Hospital.

As part of the organisation our students will develop their independence, teamwork, and leadership skills. Each cadet will follow the Army Proficiency Certificate syllabus, which is designed to be practical, rather than classroom-based, and will give students the opportunity to take part in a range of activities including:

  • annual camp
  • field days
  • day and night exercises
  • drill leadership training
  • map work
  • orienteering
  • expedition training
  • shooting (small bore, full bore, clay and air weapons)
  • blank firing
  • field craft
  • outdoor skills
  • survival skills
  • first aid
  • D of E
  • visiting regular and reserve units
  • communications
  • observation
  • individual service-based activities and competitions.


The Life Sciences UTC Contingent is a completely voluntary membership, and all students who wish to take part will be given an introduction to the CCF; its values, ethos, and activities that cadets can expect to take part in as part of an induction week during the beginning of the academic year.

If this sounds like something you’d like to be involved in, please contact SSI Paul Smith on [email protected]