It’s not just about the classroom
At Birchwood College we feel that what our students gain beyond the classroom is important for their academic development and future plans.
There is a full programme of Information, Advice & Guidance and a dedicated Careers Officer. We offer extensive opportunities for educational visits and trips, including UCAS conventions and university visits, and sports visits to Premier League football clubs.
All students are also offered the opportunity to take part in a residential visit abroad, which last year, was to Barcelona. In Year 12 all students take part in a week long work experience placement. This will enhance their understanding of, and develop their skills in an area which may form the basis of any possible future career.
Students are encouraged to extend their enrichment outside of college hours. At Birchwood College we actively support students who have extra-curricular commitments alongside a full time programme of study. Where possible, we offer a personalised timetable and additional support to manage their time and workload effectively. Examples of this have been within Performing Arts and with some of our national athletes.
If you are more practically minded and would like to be creative on a Wednesday afternoon, then this may be for you. The opportunity to utilise skills learnt at GCSE, or alternatively pick up some of those skills if you didn’t do the GCSE, and make something. In this group you will also have the chance to work on set design for the upcoming school show.
Need to throw something? Got a build up of excess aggression? Craving competition? Sports Activity is for you – this is a weekly sports club where you can undertake recreational ‘unusual’ sports – just for fun! This starts off this half term with dodgeball – bring your own spanners.
University Survival Cooking
Feeling the pressure of growing up? Conscious that at some point soon you will probably live by yourself (perhaps at university) and you will need to cook your own food? Are you a legend in the kitchen, or do you struggle to open a can of beans……? This may be for you.
Interested in playing football? Whether you are a keen player and want to represent the college team, or whether you just enjoy football, here you will get the opportunity to play!
This is opportunity to increase your UCAS points, by researching a topic of your choice and preparing a project, including a presentation on this topic. It is the equivalent of an AS level and carries UCAS points.