OSFC Xtras is an extensive programme of opportunities and activities designed to enrich the time you spend at college.

The years you spend at OSFC are not just about studying and sitting exams, they are also about developing new interests, learning new skills, having new experiences and developing yourself personally, as well as academically.

When you leave college and apply for university, jobs or training schemes, your interviewer will want to know about your achievements beyond your studies. The OSFC Xtras programme will prepare you for Higher Education or employment and will help you stand out from the crowd!

Duke of Edinburgh

This prestigious Award is highly recognised throughout the country; according to a recent National Survey by the United Learning Trust, it’s the most important additional activity you can undertake in terms of employability and future prospects! Therefore it can be instrumental in landing that university place or job you really want.

We offer the Gold Level of the Award, regardless of whether you have already completed Bronze or Silver.

As a licensed DofE Centre, we can help you personalise this qualification according to your own interests. The Award consists of five sections: learning a new skill, doing something physical, volunteering your time, a camping expedition, and a four day residential.

Your aim is to complete at least one section of the Award per year, (although you can work on as many as you wish). You have until you are 25 to complete the full Award; we’re here to get you started…

Almost all our enrichment courses contribute towards the Award, so it can be really easy to complete DofE Sections while you’re here. Equally, you may already be doing things that you can use towards your Award, such as playing netball, musical instruments, learning First Aid, being in the College production, improving your photography, or even learning to drive.

Oxbridge Group

Applying to Oxford or Cambridge can be a lengthy, complicated process and can appear quite intimidating if you have to do it on your own. The Oxbridge Group will give you all the support and guidance you need with this process, organising visiting speakers from each university alongside specialist subject and interview preparation, and Open Day visits.

The Varsity Programme

The Varsity Programme will support your application to a Russell Group University. The Russell Group is made up of 24 ‘elite’ universities for which competition is particularly fierce and where most courses require very high grades. To support the most academically able in applying for these universities, we’ve set up Varsity Tutor Groups where the emphasis is on encouraging students to develop advanced study skills and read widely around their subjects.

Extended Project Qualification

The EPQ is a prestigious qualification which is designed to allow you to be innovative in your study through focusing on content and developing skills. You will be required to devise an extended piece of work based on any topic that interests you and through which you can achieve a final outcome. The great advantage of the EPQ is you can gain UCAS points by undertaking the qualification; the UCAS tariffs carry the equivalent of half a full A Level.

First Aid Qualification

First aid is a very hands on course involving a lot of practical work. It will give you the confidence to treat people and teach you how to bandage and do CPR. There are skills to learn which you’ll be assessed on continually. This is an externally accredited course and there will be two multiple choice papers spread over the accredited 20 hours. First Aid is ideally suited to those interested in working with children, in nursing, or who just want to learn this essential life-saving skill.

Foreign Language Courses

Beginners’ and Intermediate Level courses are available in Spanish, German and French.

Pre-Teaching Courses

If you’re interested in a career in teaching or working with children this course could be for you. All teacher training colleges require evidence of work experience as part of their entry requirements. When you enrol, we try to set aside a morning on your timetable for you to go out to your placement either in term 1 or term 2. We help you find the school of your choice whether it is secondary or primary. You then go to your school for 10 weeks and keep a record of learning experiences in a diary. We have found this diary really helps when attending interviews with university admissions tutors.

Science Activities

Our Science students not only benefit from the outstanding learning environment provided by the new Regional Science Centre, but also from the strong links established with a variety of national science bodies such as the Nuffield Foundation and the Ogden Trust. They offer highly sought after opportunities to work alongside practising scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

Amnesty International

Human rights provide a common language of mutual respect that has a vital role in drawing us together and building a stronger community in our college. During this enrichment, you will grapple with big moral issues, such as human rights, war, torture, poverty, religion, migration, women’s rights and freedom of expression. We discuss, debate and take action against breaches of human rights across the world.

Basketball Centre for Excellence

Our Basketball Centre for Excellence, in partnership with Manchester Giants Youth National League Programme, aims to build on our long history of success and will create a unique pathway into National League Basketball. We have consistently been one of the most successful basketball colleges in the area, regularly winning British Colleges’ Leagues and recently competition in back-to-back ‘National Final-Fours’!

You will have the opportunity to select your choice of academic courses to study, alongside reaping the benefits of high quality coaching, regular fixtures, coaching and refereeing courses, strength and conditioning sessions, physiotherapy, and much more. Our players progress to prosperous futures at university, or in employment, as a result of our holistic approach to merging basketball with their academic achievement as players, coaches or on a recreational level, alongside their chosen careers.

Physical Activity & Sport

The college offers an extensive range of activities for you to maintain your healthy lifestyle and show your competitive side! Each Wednesday afternoon, our teams participate in the North West College and AoC Leagues in: Basketball, Men’s Football, Women’s Football, Netball and Rugby League.. In addition, we offer a variety of other sports, ranging from Badminton, Cricket, Cross Country, Dodgeball, Table Tennis and Volleyball which run throughout the week and varying times throughout the academic.

We also have a state of the art multi gym and activity area for you to work towards your individual health and fitness goals and offer the following opportunities for you to consider:

Sport Ambassadors Programme

Do more than just take part in sport; volunteer as an OSFC Sports Ambassador. These highly sought after roles are open to all students, even if you are not studying a PE related course. It’s a great way to develop skills and confidence whilst enhancing your future prospects. Complete a minimum of 25 hours volunteering and earn a level 1 coaching badge in a sport of your choice. Our sports ambassadors help out at local high school competitions in roles such as referees, timekeepers, team managers and coaches.

Gym Membership

You can build your muscles whilst keeping fit in our modern, well resources multi-gym. A full year membership costs just £20 and is for the exclusive use of OSFC students and staff. A full induction and health assessment will set you on your way to achieving your fitness goals.

Performing Arts

There are various Performing Arts enrichments you can choose to take part in. The most popular is the College production, which is either a play or a musical. Past years have included productions of Road, West Side Story, and Little Shop of Horrors. As well as a chance to perform, there are also opportunities for stage management.

We also offer courses in ballet and audition techniques, which students have found invaluable in preparing for the audition process at either university or stage school.

Human rights provide a common language of mutual respect that has a vital role in drawing us together and building a stronger community in our college. During this enrichment, you will grapple with big moral issues, such as human rights, war, torture, poverty, religion, migration, women’s rights and freedom of expression. We discuss, debate and take action against breaches of human rights across the world.


We’re keen to promote volunteering opportunities and there’s an annual Volunteering Fair at which you can sign up to support local organisations that are looking for volunteers.

Work Placements

If you’re an AS/A Level student and want to apply for a university course that requires particular vocational experience prior to application, we can help arrange work shadowing placements in the College holidays. If you’re applying for a vocational course, you’ll be involved in work related activity as part of your programme.

Young Enterprise

The Young Enterprise Programme allows you to set up and run a real business. You’ll do everything from raising the initial share capital through to designing and making your product or service, selling directly to customers and keeping the profit. The course helps develop key skills that enhance your employability and enterprise capabilities. The course is designed to help develop key skills that enhance young people’s employability and enterprise capabilities. Universities and Employers tend to look favourably on students who have taken part in the programme.

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