Students complete accredited Equality & Diversity course
At Oldham Sixth Form College, we are committed to ensuring students are prepared for life beyond OSFC, encouraging our students to leave college being able to demonstrate the characteristics of a model citizen. In 2019, Oldham Sixth Form College became an accredited centre for the AQA Unit Award Scheme, a unique recording of achievement scheme. It offers our students the opportunity to have their achievements formally recognised with a certificate each time a short unit of learning is successfully completed.
In November, Year 13 students completed an 8 week enrichment course in Equality and Diversity, covering the protected characteristics within the Equality Act 2010, including race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and disability. Students also learnt about definitions and examples of different types of discrimination and stereotypes and the effects they can have on individuals. Through lectures, discussions and activities, students developed their awareness and understanding of E&D in the workplace, including relevant laws and legislation, as well as wider life skills such as empathy and communication.
On Thursday 5 March, we were proud to award 94 OSFC students with an AQA Unit Award Scheme certificate in Equality and Diversity. Student feedback about the course was extremely positive, with many commenting that they now feel more confident to identify and prevent discrimination, treat others equally and meaningfully contribute to a fairer and equitable society.
Equality and Diversity is relevant to all work places, however, this course is particularly valuable to those students aspiring to work in the public sector. In September, we plan to deliver another high quality E&D course, accredited by the AQA Unit Award Scheme, to the next cohort of Year 13 students.