Personal Development

Students studying A levels and vocational courses will have the opportunity to learn new skills and to be involved in projects which impact both locally and abroad. The development of these skills can have a positive influence on your future career and lifestyle. Some of these activities will help prepare you for the world of work and give you the opportunity to gain extra qualifications.

Beauty tips for personal presentation

Autumn term only - Tuesday, 12.30pm - 1.15pm, in room A305

Personal presentation can play an important role in how we are perceived by others. Learning how to present yourself positively will be especially useful if you are preparing for college or job interviews.  You will learn skin care and make up routines and how to do the perfect manicure. Expertly delivered by industry professionals.

College Debating Society

Friday, 12.30pm - 1.15pm, in room J010

Debating is not just about sounding off, you have to be able to formulate logical coherent arguments and relay them in a persuasive manner. Debating is great for developing confidence, thinking skills and public speaking ability.  It is a ‘must-do’ activity for anyone interested in applying to top universities or considering a career in politics or the media.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Friday, 12.30pm - 1.15pm, in room B204

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme gives you the chance to develop skills that will be of great value in life and work. We aim to support our students in gaining the Gold Award - you will complete tasks such as volunteering, developing a new skill, undertaking physical activity, a residential activity and a four day expedition.

European Film Club

Friday, 12.30pm - 1.15pm, in room C207

Each week we will watch 45 minutes of a French, German or Spanish film - with English subtitles, so you don't have to be a linguist!  This is for anyone who loves cinema and wants to branch out a bit. Bring your lunch!

First Aid

Wednesday or Thursday (for 3 weeks, starting w/b 19 Sept) 1.30pm - 4.30pm, in room B203

First aid is an essential life skill, it can be about saving a life, or just making someone more comfortable. This six hour course, delivered across two afternoons, will involve lots of hands-on activities to build your confidence in dealing with injuries, illness and medical emergencies.

Japanese for beginners

Friday, 12.30pm - 1.15pm, in room J011 

Konnichwa! Come and dispel the myths that speaking Japanese is really hard. This is a course to take you from absolute beginner to competent user of everyday Japanese conversation. From ordering food and asking for directions to talking about yourself and your family, this lunchtime enrichment club offers an opportunity to do and learn something completely different.

Job seeking skills and preparing for interviews

Wednesday (4 week blocks, to commence after the October half term) 1.30pm - 3.00pm B107

This four week course will inform you about how and where to look for employment and how to prepare for interviews.

Mandarin for beginners

Wednesday, 2.00pm - 3.15pm, in room J010

Improve your language skills, enhance your job prospects and have fun by taking this opportunity to study Mandarin Chinese. You will be able to use the language in practical communication as well as developing an understanding of Chinese characters and you'll also enjoy learning about this diverse and fascinating culture.

Mandarin for improvers

Wednesday, 3.30pm - 4.45pm, in room J010

Take your basic command of the Chinese language to the next level and become more confident in both speaking and writing. Increase your understanding and learn to apply your language skills effectively, whilst also finding out more about the country. To take this course you should have already studied Mandarin for up to 50 hours.

Psychology Society

Wednesday (22 Feb - 29 March), 12.30pm - 2.00pm, in room J104

Our Psychology Society is for anyone who enjoys psychology. We look at topics not studied on the A Level course and activities will include conducting your own research, reading articles, watching documentaries and doing presentations to the group. This is ideal if you are thinking of reading psychology at University as you will be practising skills that will be needed at a higher education level. This activity is also suitable if you do not take psychology A Level, but have an interest in the subject.