Enhancement

Our college offers more than just a wide range of academic courses. We also provide an array of exciting enhancement activities to complement your studies. From diverse clubs catering to various interests, to hands-on work experience opportunities, we're dedicated to enriching your college experience.

In addition to choosing 3 subjects, Year 12 students will choose an enhancement activity to take part in every Wednesday between 2pm and 4pm. This will enhance your CV, future job applications or your UCAS application.

We offer a range of activities designed to develop your knowledge, skills and experiences, with a Wednesday afternoon set aside to complete enhancement activities. Set out in the dropdowns below, are brief introduction to the activities that we offer.

Early UCAS Programmes

At Sefton Sixth Form College, we know how overwhelming putting together an early UCAS application can be. That's why we offer specialist programmes to support you:

Enhancement Activities

Whether you are studying art-based subjects or not, this enhancement will help you to develop your creative skills. You will experience a carousel of art forms, including ceramics, drawing, print making and painting, after which you can choose an area of specialism and produce a piece of art which will form part of our Virtual Art Gallery later in the year.

You will also have the opportunity to enter your work into local competitions.

Do you want to learn basic sign language and gain an understanding of deaf awareness?

You will be taught via an online course, class practical work involving group and paired work, role play, games, and conversations. This course covers: fingerspelling, numbers, colours, deaf awareness, introductions, family, relationships, descriptions, hobbies, time, money, days, months, seasons, food and drink, emotions, relationships, animals, clothing, and conversation.

There will be 10 assessments over the year, that involve watching short BSL videos and answering questions. Once you have scored 85% on all assessments, you will be awarded a certificate to show that you have completed the course. The certificate is accredited by the CPD Certification Service.

The qualification is designed to increase your confidence in using mathematics to be better equipped for the mathematical demands of other courses, higher education and employment. Core Maths tackles mathematics in meaningful contexts, including through financial applications and statistical ideas that can support work in other subjects such as A-level Psychology, Biology, Economics and Geography as well as BTEC Applied Science and IT.

The qualification is equivalent to half an A-level in terms of UCAS points and is increasingly welcomed by universities. Many roles in the workplace require high levels of budget management and problem-solving skills and Core Maths will be a useful tool in equipping you with these skills.

Do you want to make a difference to people’s lives, locally and globally? Do you want to support a cause you really believe in, and gain new skills in the process?

The Charities Group will explore a wide range of local and international charities and learn how they can be best supported by you. This isn’t always just through fundraising!

We will choose which local charity to support as part of a Christmas appeal in college and learn how we can make a difference on a global scale by supporting an international charity.

There are CCF contingents in over 500 secondary schools and colleges all over the UK, offering young people a broad range of challenging, exciting, adventurous, and educational activities.

Our aim is to enable the development of personal responsibility, leadership, and self-discipline. Each CCF is an educational partnership between the college and the Ministry of Defence.

Whether you have opted to study English at A-level, or simply enjoy creating your own writing, come along each Wednesday afternoon to The Creative Writing Collective.

Here you will find a safe and supportive space to share your ideas, discover your writing style, receive friendly and constructive advice, and offer your own thoughts on other student's writing too.

From sonnets to satire to storytelling to songs - whatever you want to write, this is the group for you. If you have ever pictured yourself as a future novelist, poet, travel writer, songwriter, investigative journalist, or speechwriter then this group is the place for you!

If you are a budding performer or have an interest in Drama this is the activity for you, as you will have the opportunity to work with like-minded students to create a live production. By joining the Drama Club, you will immerse yourself in the exciting world of theatre and performance arts. Whether you're an aspiring actor, director, or simply interested in exploring your creative side, our Drama Club is the perfect place for you.

You will need to be:

  • Confident to perform in front of an audience
  • Enthusiastic about Drama
  • Committed to rehearsal

Benefits of joining:

  • Develop essential life skills such as communication, teamwork, and public speaking.
  • Boost your confidence and self-expression.
  • Forge lasting friendships with fellow drama enthusiasts.
  • Build a strong portfolio for college applications or future career opportunities in the arts.

Are you thinking of applying to study Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or Dentistry at university? And / or, are you considering applying to the Universities of Cambridge or Oxford?

If so, this is the programme for you! What’s on offer?

  • Find out about the courses.
  • Learn about the application process.
  • Meet current students.
  • Take part in visits.
  • Develop your presentation skills, critical thinking skills and problem-solving capabilities.
  • Get valuable advice on work experience and further reading.
  • Access to virtual resources.
  • Help writing your UCAS personal statement.
  • Interview practice.

Students who take part in the enterprise enhancement will be part of a team setting up a real working coffee shop in College facing rivals such as local independent coffee shops and the well-known big brands such as Costa and Starbucks.

You will produce a business plan, source equipment and stock, market it and set up and run a business. You will have the opportunity to undertake many roles.

You will:

  • Get hands on practical learning in a real-life coffee shop
  • Develop a brand and business that rivals Costa, Starbucks and Crosby Coffee.
  • Understand money management.
  • Develop transferable skills that will enhance your employability, such as communication, solving problems, time management.
  • Develop potential career ideas.
  • Work with local business mentors.

The EPQ allows students to lead their own projects. Students get to plan and carry out research on a topic that they've chosen which isn't covered by other qualifications. You can take inspiration from something touched upon in class, or something personal and unrelated to your studies. You will then use this research to produce a written report and, in the case of practical projects, an artefact or a production.

By taking responsibility for the choice, design and decision making of an individual project (or an individual role in a group project) you will:

  • Become more critical, reflective and independent.
  • Develop and apply decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Increase your planning, research, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills.
  • Learn to apply technologies confidently.
  • Demonstrate creativity, initiative and enterprise.

Choosing to complete the EPQ also delivers other benefits, such as:

  • Improving your A-level performance.
  • Increasing your motivation by allowing you to study topics of personal interest.
  • Enabling you to apply new skills to other areas of study.

A-level Further Mathematics is a highly specialised and challenging course designed to broaden and deepen the mathematical knowledge and skills developed when studying A-level Mathematics.

Most universities, especially Russell Group members, see Further Maths as a major plus. Whilst many Further Maths students go on to study Maths at university, a lot don’t. Instead, they often go on to study a whole range of subjects, including:

  • Engineering.
  • Physics.
  • Natural Sciences.
  • Accounting.
  • Economics.

Year 12 students who haven’t achieved a grade 4 in their GCSE Maths will be expected to attend GCSE Maths lessons every Wednesday between 2pm and 4.30pm.

However, students who have a grade 4 in GCSE Maths but want to improve this to a grade 5 (or above) can choose this as their enhancement option.

The Law Society offers lots of opportunities to gain an insight into what it takes to embark on a successful legal career.

A programme of visits to institutions of legal significance, in addition to programme of guest speakers from a wide range of legal backgrounds, will provide an opportunity to explore beyond the surface from an ordinary laypersons’ viewpoint of a legal career.

In addition, the Law Society will compete against other organisations in the prestigious Bar Mock Trial, in which you will be a part of a legal team presenting fictional cases in a real Crown Court.

A must for all future Solicitors and Barristers!

This is an opportunity to improve your physical and mental health by spending 2 hours at the gym every Wednesday afternoon.

Student volunteers will assist in the day-to-day running of the Library at Sefton Sixth Form College and will get involved with projects to promote resources to other students and staff. The aim is to help you learn and develop skills that will be transferable in life and your career.

Are you interested in a variety of media? Are you ready to stop being a consumer and become a producer?

We’re looking for content providers, creators, and makers to learn new skills and experience new content. The Media Group involves discussing, sharing, planning and working to briefs.

So...

  • If your Instagram account is more than just selfies and food.  
  • If TikTok is something you do and not just something you watch. 
  • If Threads is a place to express yourself, not simply to Like and Thread.  

Throughout the year, you’ll produce:

  • An advertising campaign for a charity event.
  • A documentary about relevant issues.
  • A creative project of your choice.

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Program provides industry-leading assessments of skills and knowledge through project-based testing. The exams include multiple, small projects within Microsoft Office, where you will be tested on one project at a time. These small projects will test your skills within real world scenarios and validate your understanding of the use of Microsoft Office.

You will develop your skills in Word, PowerPoint and Excel, taking the exam in each. Once you have passed all 3 exams, you will also be awarded Microsoft Office Specialist: Associate. This will not only support you in completing your A-levels but will also enhance your UCAS application and open up future career opportunities.