All students have the opportunity to enrich their time at our sixth form and enhance any application they may make to university, employment or apprenticeship. The enrichment options are made up of 2 strands; curriculum and personal enrichment.
Curriculum enrichment – all students (except level 2) are expected to study the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) alongside their A level or BTEC courses. The EPQ allows each student to embark on a largely self-directed and self-motivated project. Students must choose a topic, plan, research and develop their idea and decide on their finished product.
We encourage creativity and curiosity. A project topic may be directly related to a student’s main study programme, but should look beyond the specification.
Students must record their project process in their Production Log. The process of recording and completing a project is as important as the finished product. Both the Production Log and Product will be assessed.
If the school feels the EPQ in unsuitable for any candidate then there is a range of further curriculum enrichment options available including; MOOCs, Level 3 Core Maths (trial group 2017) and work experience placements.
Personal enrichment – all students are expected to choose a personal enrichment option that will usually take place on a Wednesday afternoon, but can be tailored to suit individuals. Personal enrichment allows students to further develop vital experience that may benefit them beyond our school gates, and help them standout in an increasingly competitive world. Options for personal enrichments include:
- Competitive school sport
- Recreational sport or personal fitness
- Duke of Edinburgh’s award
- Arts award
- Enterprise activity
- Early applicant programme
- Peer mentoring
- Subject ambassadors
- Community service placement
Early applicant programme
This is a mentoring based programme for those students who are considering applying for medicine, dentistry, veterinary science or to Oxbridge or a University abroad. The scheme supports the early application process and the additional challenges that this fiercely competitive route demands.
This is a very popular enrichment option and allows students in the sixth form to be paired with a younger student in the main school who may be facing difficulties in school. Over the year, the sixth form student arranges and hosts a meeting each week to mentor them in their area of need.
This option allows a sixth form students to enhance their knowledge of one of their A levels further by working in that subject area to support main school lessons. The expectation is they approach their chosen subject and identify a class that they can support at least once a week.
Community service placement
This is a very popular enrichment option and allows our students to go off site to pursue an area of interest or work experience. This may include placements at local schools, charity shops, work experience or nursing homes. We will support students in organising their placement.
For students with business acumen or a desire to show their entrepreneurial side. This enrichment opportunity allows students to explore the world of business and economics by setting up and running a business venture. We have a history of success in this area with our Enterprise team winning three awards in 2015 at the Young Enterprise Trade Fair.
This enrichment opportunity is for students who wish to pursue arts beyond sixth form. The Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it’s creative, valuable and accessible.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The DofE is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving millions of 14 to 24-year-olds the opportunity to be the very best they can be. Every year, our students have the opportunity to embark on this wonderfully enriching challenge. They venture to Dartmoor, Brecon, complete charity placements and have even completed expeditions in Morocco! Such is the success of DofE at Bournside our lead teacher as welcomed to Buckingham Place in recognition of his contribution to the award scheme.
Sport and fitness
Our sports centre offers an array of top class facilities. Students can take part in a range of competitive and non-competitive sports and recreations as their enrichment option. Students may use membership of an external gym or fitness centre for their enrichment placement.
Bournside has an excellent range of opportunities to visit places that enhance learning and inspire. Skiing in Austria, white water rafting in Nepal, economics in Washington DC, art in Paris or building schools in Botswana are just a few examples of the excursions on offer to our students.
Other enrichment opportunities available in our sixth form include:
- Participation in our Community Service Programme, working in various places in the local community or mentoring in our school community
- Debating Society
- A range of extra-curricular clubs linked to department areas.
Beyond the curriculum
There is much to get involved in at Bournside beyond the classroom. Whether you want to become involved in the arts, drama, sport or music there is much to interest and absorb you. And if you want to take your interest in another direction, then we will support you and perhaps even fund you!
The Amnesty International Group
The Amnesty International Group is an example of sixth form student voice in action. A number of years ago a group of sixth form students asked if they could set-up and run a student voice group that would work to raise awareness of inequality around the world. Of course we supported their vision. As a result we have an active student body in the sixth form that leads this interesting and important aspect of student voice.
Every year at Bournside, the school puts on a production that runs for four nights, to sell-out crowds. The sixth form are heavily involved with assisting with the staging, performance and organisation as well as the extensive rehearsals that happen in preparation for the opening night. These wonderful events showcase what Bournside is all about.