how old are you? if you are old enough to apply, inform your flo that you intend to do your dsc 1. you could also do the written part and do the shooting part when you are old enough. i was told that any uncompleated or failed parts of the course can be done within 3 years of registration.
i dont see why not but i suppose it depends on the assosor and there insurance ect. the best way to find out would be to phone and ask your chosen acessment center. as they are the only ones who can give you the right awnser. when i did the course i was told that to do the shooting you needed an fac if you were under 17. if you were over 17 you could be supervised by the licenced owner of the rifle you were using and did not need an fac.
I think that this highlights the problem with the way the DSC1 is perceived by FLOs. They will let you have a deer calibre rifle as long as you have the DSC1 and your neighbour has let you shoot over his land. It does not seem to matter whether you have used rifles before taking the DSC or whether you have any knowledge other than that learnt during the DSC1. When I applied for my FAC, I had already shot 3 of the 6 species anywhere from the highlands to hampshire, and had experience of firearms since I was 6 and held a shotgun certificate since I was 15. I had 10 times as much knowledge as the FLO about the different deer species and their habitats. I still had a hell of a job convincing the FLO that I knew what I was doing as I did not have my DSC1.
I would like to know whether anyone has just turned up for the assessment day and how they got on. This is something I am tempted to do. I know that you miss out on meeting some interesting people and learning more about the quarry but finding 4 days free is a bit of a struggle.
Sorry, gone off thread a bit!
As others have already pointed out. the age at which you could take the shooting element of DSC1 is limited by the law of the land, and would effectively limit it to 14 years of age in this country.
Off the top of my head without refering to any books or guidance documents I would suggest that;
1) Shooters under 17 years of age cannot take advantage of the "estate rifle rule", they would have to have their own firearms certificate.
2) In order to shoot a centrefire as part of Home Office approved club and to take advantage of the "freedoms" allowed to shoot without a certificate the NRA normally stipulates 14 years of age.
Like I say this is off the top of my head and wil prompt me to look up the correct answer.