Applied science


The pre-graduate pathway is based around specific subject areas and is designed to consolidate and develop your knowledge in preparation for university application. Some pre-graduate programmes link directly to existing A level subjects, whereas others are intended to bridge the gap between sixth form and university courses.

American Studies

In this enrichment programme, you will be introduced to some of the major topics in American history and explore their impact on culture, and specifically film. Some of the topics are The Western Frontier and Serenity, The Vietnam War and Avatar, The McCarthy Era and Bladerunner, The Civil Rights Movement and Milk and The Regan Era and American Psycho. This enrichment programme would be suitable for anyone studying subjects such as history, film studies or English, or simply those with an interest in exploring the cultural and historical impact of America as a nation.

Anatomy & Pathology

This enrichment opportunity will provide students with an extended knowledge of the bodily structure and physiology of humans as well as other living organisms, revealed by dissection, microscopy, research and video.  Students will be given the opportunity to study the anatomy of different organisms in detail and make comparisons and identify differences between structures and determine how and why each organism has evolved the physiology it has. The study of the causes and effects of disease or injury on organs such as the eye, heart, lungs, kidney and liver will also be incorporated, mostly through the analysis of blood, tissue and fluid samples as well as extending understanding into some less well-studied afflictions including Neglected Tropical Diseases. This enrichment course is ideal for A level biology or Applied Science students that want to deepen their knowledge beyond the standard curriculum as well as those students wishing to pursue a degree in biology, medicine or veterinary science in the future.


The planets, stars and galaxies make up 5% of the matter and energy contained in the Universe. This means 95% of the Universe is made of matter of which we have no understanding! As part of this course, you will learn about the amazing things we do know about the universe, such as the science behind rockets and black holes, as well as the things we are yet to discover, such as the complexity of dark matter and dark energy. If you are passionate about physics, then this is the course for you!

Becoming a Writer

In this enrichment activity, you will take the first steps into developing a professional writing portfolio. You will study a range of different genres through seminar-based teaching, looking at creative and innovative approaches to getting your ideas down on paper. Through seminar discussions, you will develop your work to a high standard and will even have the chance to enter your writing in a national writing competition. This enrichment activity is suitable for anyone considering a career in writing, but could also be useful for those who might want a career in copywriting or journalism.

Biomedical Science

This enrichment will look at the crucial role of Biomedical Scientists within hospitals and the work done to support doctors in their diagnosis of disease. You will look at the fields of Haematology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, including parasitology, Histology and give students a chance to look at case studies to diagnose and develop laboratory skills in these areas by carrying out practical work in this subject. You will be guided in independent study and present findings to strengthen communication skill. This is ideal for students wishing to go further in careers of Biomedical Sciences or the medical field and will give you a true insight to diagnostic testing.


Criminology enrichment links well with psychology, sociology and other similar subjects. You will develop research skills by investigating case studies of infamous criminals and advance your analytical skills through exploring the different reasons why people commit crime. This enrichment course is ideal for students studying psychology or sociology at A level, for those considering studying similar subjects at degree or for anyone interested in pursuing a career in areas such as law or social work.

Decision for non-further mathematicians

On this course, you'll explore Maths not covered on the A-level. Decision or Discrete Maths is the study of Maths which we use as a society on a day to day basis, it is the Maths behind your Sat Nav. Decision is the study of optimisation, finding the most efficient solutions to real life problems and has lots of applications in Computer Science. The material is included in Further Maths A-Level and is therefore not suitable for those students who are studying Further Maths.

Economic History

This enrichment looks at a range of historical issues such as the causes and impact of the Wall Street Crash, speculative bubbles whether the Nazis really achieved an ‘economic miracle’ in 1930s Germany and comparing the Great Depression with the 21st century’s so-called “Great Recession”. Students will investigate one of these issues in-depth and demonstrate skills and qualities valued by universities. Students are not required to be studying either economics or history, and although it would complement those A-levels, the enrichment is suitable for anyone with an interest in these topics or considering a university course.

Gender Studies

The enrichment course will broaden your perspective on how gender impacts the world in which we live. We will explore a range of different gender issues in contemporary society; some of these areas are gender, sex and bodies, gender and violence and work and gender. If you are passionate about exploring complex societal issues and challenging the status quo, then this is an enrichment that will give you knowledge that goes beyond traditional A level subjects. This course may interest those that are studying psychology and sociology, as there is significant overlap with those subjects.

Introductory French

Basic French for coping in French speaking countries: basic introduction; ordering food / drinks / coping with money / numbers / directions etc...

Introductory Japanese

Basic Japanese from learning the alphabet to speaking the most useful phrases/questions and language to get by in Japan.

Introductory Spanish

In this enrichment course, we will cover core aspects of the Spanish language to provide you with the elementary expressions that you might need whilst on holiday in Spain or on a business trip. You will learn greetings, numbers, how to say the time, places and directions, food and drinks, or how to ask for help. This course is aimed at total beginners to Spanish that have not studied the subject at GCSE level. 

Medical Society

A medical career is a challenging pathway, the Medical Society is an enrichment designed around informing you about the requirements and criteria needed to study a degree in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine. Learn about the real expectations of what it means to work in such a rewarding, yet challenging career. Whilst also the importance of gaining relevant work experience, and ensuring you are maximising your potential at college to make you a competitive university applicant. This enrichment is suitable for students who study A Level Biology and Chemistry and have a strong GCSE profile.

Wildlife and Conservation in Rochdale

Discover the fascinating wildlife right on your doorstep! This enrichment focuses on being outdoors and getting to know the local environment. We will regularly go on wildlife walks and get the opportunity to survey the area for invasive species, like Himalayan balsam, and any other threats to conservation. This enrichment is an excellent choice if you have an interest in zoology, ecology and conservation.

Foreign Film

Explore issues and cultures from foreign countries through the medium of film. Experience movies you wouldn't ordinarily see from less familiar countries. This is an excellent opportunity to widen your understanding of films outside the mainstream of Hollywood and widen your understanding of the world. 

Psychology you should know

Is being a psychopath actually helpful? Is there such thing as free will? What are the most evil things found in behavioural research? Are you really two consciousnesses? In this topic we will explore all this and more, in a dive into the weirdest, most wonderful, and downright bizarrest areas of behaviour – none of which covered by any A Level or Undergraduate degree in the country


This concise course aims to deliver a practical approach to solve chemical and biological problems applicable to many fields such as medicine, agriculture and in many chemical and health related industries. Students will develop a plethora of transferable skills including analytical, evaluative and practical skills. You will be working with other students in safe, accurate and methodical manner. You are given the opportunity to develop and carry out a range of techniques such as chromatography of amino acids, titration to find the vitamin C content in orange juice, analysis of drugs using chromatograph and DNA extraction of strawberries/kiwi. In addition you have access to making aspirin, purification of aspirin, use of melting point apparatus, making polymers and azo dyes!

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking is a skill that involves understanding and evaluating reasoning, ‘Reasoning’ is often defined as ‘the act or process of drawing conclusions from facts, evidence, etc.’. In Critical Thinking, the word ‘critical’ is used to mean assessing strengths as well as weaknesses, rather than ‘being critical’ in the more negative everyday sense. 
We are reasoning every time we think about why, whether and how to do something, or whether to believe what someone is telling us. We live in an age in which we are bombarded with media of all types attempting to influence our choices. Critical Thinking can help your judgement by directing you to consider the credibility of evidence and the weaknesses/flaws in arguments.