The Enrichment Programme
The Enrichment courses we offer are a great way to learn a new skill, achieve an extra qualification or gain useful experience. Another advantage is that they look good on your UCAS application or CV as they show you have
interests and skills beyond your Advanced Level programme.
Our Enrichment choices for 2011/12 are described in this leaflet. We
anticipate a similar offer in 2012/13.
Critical Thinking AS/A Level
Although this subject is usually taken as an additional course in Year 13, it's also possible to take the A2 in Year 12 if you have achieved the AS Level at school. The content of this course is different from other subjects in that it focuses on learning how to think and reason, as well as to write in a coherent and logical way.
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
Suitable for students with a high academic profile, who are committed to working independently, this course involves choosing and researching a topic of your choice and then writing an academic essay or producing an artefact before presenting your results to an audience
Science in Society AS Level
Not just for scientists, you'll enjoy this course if you are interested in the effects of scientific developments on our personal lives, topical scientific issues, the
application of science and the impact of science on wider society.
ABC Beginners courses in German, Italian and Spanish
These courses provide the opportunity to learn a new language, with the emphasis on practical communication skills. Assessment takes place on a continuous basis.
ABC Intermediate courses in French, German and Spanish
This level is for students who have previously studied the language at GCSE and wish to improve their conversational language skills. These courses last for a full year.
Skills Based Qualifications
Duke of Edinburgh Award
We offer the Expedition Skills component of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. No previous experience is necessary – you do not need to have the Bronze or Silver Awards to join.
Paediatric First Aid
In this course you will gain very useful practical skills in dealing with children involved in accidents or emergencies such as CPR, bleeding and burns.
Sports Leaders Award
This course involves working with children and young people in any sporting area. To complete the award, you'll spend ten hours assisting a coach and you can also obtain a recognised first aid certificate by attending an additional
YMCA Assistant Fitness Instructor Award
Successful completion of this course allows you to assess fitness and create personal exercise programmes. It is good preparation for careers in Personal Training/Sports Development and Fitness Centre Management.
Musical Theatre – Performer's Certificate
If you are hoping to audition for HE courses in acting or musical theatre, this practical course will provide additional training in drama, music and dance.
Interest Based Courses
Whether or not you're the next JK Rowling or Stephen King, this Creative
Writing group is for you! Come along to a relaxed session where you'll be able to develop your writing skills and explore new areas. The sessions are open to all students with an interest in writing – you do not need to be studying English.
Debating and Speaking Skills
Would you like to feel more confident speaking in front of others? Would you like to be able to get your point across and respond to people who challenge you? The Speaking and Debating course is for those who would like to speak more confidently in front of others and develop the skills of presenting and debating.
This course will help you find out more about Oxford and Cambridge and prepare your applications for these and other top universities. As well as useful advice and guidance, it involves practice interviews and talks from current Oxbridge students.
If you are interested in Teaching as a career, this course will give you the
opportunity to spend time in a local primary school, working with a particular class once a week. Classroom experience is an essential requirement when you apply for a teaching degree. As you will be working with young children a Criminal Records Bureau check will be undertaken on your behalf by the College.
Young Enterprise (Business and Science)
This course aims to inspire the young entrepreneurs of the future. Working in small groups, you'll have the responsibility of setting up and running your own business developing important personal and employment skills at the same time.
This course is designed to help you perfect your technique in classical ballet and is particularly important for those studying Dance or Performing Arts.
Choir and Vocal Coaching
This enrichment will be used for rehearsals and auditions for those in main parts and chorus roles in the College Drama Production.
Annual College Drama Production
We ask only that you feel comfortable with getting up on stage, are willing to get involved in all aspects of the piece, and are committed to the production and the extra rehearsal times. In 2011/12 the Production is the musical, Cabaret.
Sport and Fitness
Do you want to get fit, firm up and meet new friends? Tone and condition the whole body in this fun and effective class. Girls' Bodytone is a group exercise session for all ability levels - to increase fitness, tone and sculpt the body into the shape you want!
Sports Hall and Multi-gym
You can sign up for an induction, pay a fee (£12 currently) and then use the multi-gym any week-day from 8.45am to 5.50pm. The Sports Hall can also be booked by students during the day when it is not in use for lessons/clubs.
Available in Badminton, Table Tennis, Trampolining, Cricket Nets and Cross Country. There will also be other sports activities available throughout the year.
The College runs the following teams: Football 1st & 2nds, Basketball (Male & Female), Girls' Football, Netball, Rugby and Mixed Hockey