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College courses for 16-18 year olds
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College life

We use 'enrichment' to talk about your life outside of classes and wellbeing in class. Our Enrichment Team will try to support you so you feel happier and more confident - and this should mean you're more able to succeed in your studies. We want you to make the most out of student life - you can't study all the time. So we run plenty of activities for you to join in with in your free time.

Student Union and course reps

Being a course rep is a great experience (and looks good on the CV) and you'll be supported by the Enrichment Team, but you do need to be committed.

Your main role is to collect feedback from students and then to talk to the College's management team at meetings about how things are going. Our annual Learner Conference is another chance to contribute ideas to improve the student life and help shape the way the College develops.

For an even bigger challenge you could consider being elected as a Student Executive (Student Union Officer). As well as working towards improving student life, you'll also organise activities and encourage clubs and societies to grow.

Sports

We run regular games of table tennis, badminton, football, volleyball, gym or basketball and you're welcome to join in, whatever your level or experience. You can also try out new sports at taster events throughout the year and there’s an annual sports day to aim for a spot on the winner’s podium.

If you want to play regularly and keep up our record of reaching national finals, then join one of our sports teams. Teams include football, badminton, basketball and volleyball.

We have well-equiped gym and a Sports England standard sports hall at Wandsworth. Check with our Enrichment Team for gym opening times and the sports timetables.

Social activities and enrichment

The Enrichment Room is a dedicated common room for our 16-18 students. Run by a team of youth workers, you can come here to use a PC, have a few games of table tennis or pool, play on the Wii, PS3 or Xbox - or just hang out with your friends. You can also speak to the team about your course and what's going on with you.

Visiting speakers, homework clubs and other activities also take place in the Enrichment Room.

There are plenty of things for you to get involved in and opportunities to meet new people. We also run a huge range of activities through the year from sports days, National Enterprise Week, Black History Month, Interfaith weeks to Green Week. We often bring in specialists agencies with expertise in a particular area to make sure the event is really useful.

Competitions

We hope you like the challenge of a competition – it's a chance to show off your skills and can be a great way to learn from others.

There are industry-specific competitions, like the Wessex Salon Culinaire for our hospitality and catering students, to massive, multi-layered competitions like WorldSkills which celebrates job-focussed learning. We’ve often put teams through to the national finals of WorldSkills in Birmingham and maybe you could be the person we send to the international finals and travelling abroad to be judged against other students. In the classroom, there are plenty of opportunities to work as teams and develop your learning through joint projects in competition with your classmates.

Volunteering

Become a volunteer and you'll be learning new skills and making a difference to someone’s life. It can be a great way to feel good and you can make new friends too. We're always impressed by the work and dedication of our student volunteers at events that run in and out of the College. You don't have to volunteer for weeks at a time - a lot of our projects need you to help out just for a day.

Volunteers can be involved in a range of opportunities including:

  • Improving playgrounds and gardens at local primary schools
  • Helping out at parties at care homes
  • Serving meals to vulnerable adults.

Speak to our Enrichment Team or your tutor to find out how to get involved.