The pre-professional pathway is based around a career, rather than an academic subject, and is designed to develop your understanding of a specific job role. You will learn about the skills and knowledge needed for a certain type of employment and in some cases have the opportunity to undertake a related work placement.
Do you want to be an accountant? The accounting enrichment will provide you with the knowledge and skills to start your professional journey into this lucrative career. This will provide the perfect pathway to gain an apprenticeship in accounting or to study accounting at the top universities. You will find out how organisations manage their money and will really get a feel for this career. Apprenticeship placements for companies such as KPMG pay up to £21,000 from the age of 18 and this course will give you a competitive edge in securing such a position. Kick start your career with this enrichment!
“This is your 12 week call!”
Form your own theatre company and practically explore a wide range of play genres and performance styles in preparation for a showcase performance. You will regularly perform in front of other company members, and the course will culminate in a public performance.
*Please note that as we get close to the live performance you will be required to attend some additional rehearsals.
Coding and Cyber-Security
This enrichment programme is designed to develop your coding skills, as well as your general knowledge about cybersecurity. As part of this course, you will take part in ‘Cyber Discover’, a national initiative run by HM Government’s Cyber Schools Programme, which culminates in a nationwide competition. This enrichment programme is ideal for students studying computer science or ICT, or those that want to develop an understanding of coding.
Comic Book Design
This is the perfect enrichment for anybody who aspires to work in the fields of animation, storyboarding or illustrative design. This enrichment will demonstrate the process, strategies and creativity required for successfully orchestrating a comic book. Throughout the enrichment you will learn the various stages of how a comic book is created through the study of narrative, illustration, characterisation, colourisation, and creative design.
Design and Sculpture for Interiors and Gardens
In this enrichment, you will use hand-building skills to sculpt an animal, creature or 3D head. You will get messy! Students will research and design their own outcome, build and create a structural form and refine the surface details over the length of the course. This activity is suitable for anyone considering studying within the creative field or the arts. In particular, it would suit artistic students wishing to branch into new media. Aprons are provided!
Duke of Edinburgh
A life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers. You will work on helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, working with a team on a residential activity. Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location.
Forensics & Pathology
In this enrichment, you will learn about the application of genetics techniques in forensic analysis, such as the use of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to amplify DNA from crime scene samples. You will discuss and generate presentations about current ideas in forensics such as the National DNA database, the Innocence project, processing a crime scene and gene editing using techniques such as CRISPR. In the pathology sessions we will dissect rats and look at organ structure (veterinary pathology), investigate the histology of diseased tissues (e.g. liver cancer and cirrhosis) using microscope slides and look at blood typing techniques. This enrichment would be suitable for those studying biology or science or some form, or students considering a career in genetics or pathology.
Games Design and Development
Work as a team to produce an indie game based on a day in the life of an RSFC member. This enrichment is open to all who have an interest in games design and development, which will range from artists to coders and everyone in between. No prior experience necessary. Enthusiasm is a must!
This enrichment encourages students to befriend elderly residents in the local community. As a group, each week, you will socialise with residents in care homes and sheltered housing. Activities range from simply talking to playing games- both old and new! The benefits to both generations is extremely powerful and rewarding, and both can undoubtedly learn from each other. The elderly so appreciate and enjoy the chance to spend a little time with the younger ones. For yourselves, it will give you a better understanding and allow you to support the needs of the elderly in the local community, whilst also developing your own employability skills. This enrichment is invaluable for anyone whose career plans might require some volunteering experience. However, it is only for students who are fully committed, as you will be expected to commit all of Wednesday afternoon to this enrichment.
Introduction to Behavioural Finance
In this enrichment course, you will learn the basics of financial literacy, such as how to create a budget, the compounding impact of debt, how mortgages work, why building an emergency fund is important and how to save for short-term goals such as holidays and a first car. This enrichment activity might be suitable for those studying subjects such as business or economics, students considering a career as a financial advisor or anyone looking to improve their personal finance knowledge for later life. Students will also learn about behavioural economics, which is a fusion of economics and psychology that aims to better-understand how we all make decisions.
Introduction to Python
Python is a programming language used to develop software on web and in app form, including mobile. A large majority of web applications and platforms rely on Python, including Google's search engine, YouTube, NASA's space equipment and the web-oriented transaction system of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). It's relatively easy to learn and the necessary tools are available free of charge so sign up now!
Introduction to teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) with a view to travelling/living abroad in the future. The course will introduce students to the concepts of teaching reading, writing, listening, speaking and grammar tasks to non-native speakers of English. It will also give an overview of the TEFL industry; tips on getting a job, achieving a TEFL qualification, practical advice on moving abroad, useful websites, etc.
In conjunction with our existing LGBTQ+ Society in college, we are offering an enrichment programme which will both celebrate and raise awareness of LGBTQ+ culture and history. In addition, students will work together to create and deliver a fundraising project which will raise monies for a local LGBTQ+ charity. Some of the topics we will look at are: influential LGBTQ+ figures; reviews of LGBTQ+ film, TV, music, podcasts, literature; and an exploration of our chosen LGBTQ+ charity to raise awareness of the valuable work they do. Students will work together to create a mixed-media display of their work, which will be showcased in college. They will also hold a fundraising event in college. The enrichment programme would be suitable for anyone studying English, Media, Film, Art and Drama and anyone who wants to take an active part in celebrating LGBTQ+ culture and history.
Are you a budding musician and want the opportunity to form a band whilst at college? During this enrichment (similar to Radio 1’s Live Lounge) you will working with other students to create a band and twist classic anthems by changing genre and creating ‘mash-ups’. There will an opportunity to perform at our December showcase.
Learn the skills required to manage your finances. Everything from income tax to national insurance and inflation to VAT. You will also look into how you pay back a student loan and analyse pay slips so you should never be underpaid whilst working.
In pre-marketing, you will gain first-hand experience of how businesses aim to influence the buying habits of customers and generate the maximum amount of profit, including their use of advertising and various promotional campaigns. You will visit a surprise famous local organisation who will set you a marketing challenge. You'll work on this in teams and prepare a professional written proposal and presentation to deliver to visitors from the organisation. This will be ideal for anyone wishing to pursue a career in business or a related field.
Thinking about a career within education or working with young people? Then why not consider choosing the pre-teaching programme. This enrichment course will not only introduce you to the skills required for work in this sector, but will also help you make connections with professionals in the local area. You will receive training from a local head teacher before joining a primary school for an 8-week placement* where you will work directly with pupils in the Rochdale area. This is a great way to gain experience if you are considering applying for a teaching degree or pursuing a career in education. *work placement may be subject to coronavirus risk assessment
Pre-Teaching - Primary School Mathematics
Research, plan and deliver KS2 Maths classes to students from local schools. Learn about different teaching methods, how to plan a lesson and how to structure a sequence of lessons. You will plan and deliver three sessions in pairs to a small group of Yr 5 students and then reflect on these experiences to further develop your newly gained teaching skills. Suitable for any students considering a career in teaching at any phase, linked to Maths, although the skills you learn will be transferrable to other subject areas.
In this enrichment you will look at developing skills to deliver literacy and reading support to primary school aged pupils. You will also look at creating materials for this age group to help foster a love of reading. We will look at the importance of literacy and the impact on education as well as revisiting childhood classics. There will be the opportunity to record a reading to add to a bank of resources and depending on covid restrictions in schools, provide face to face reading support in local primary schools. This enrichment is for you if you love reading, or if you are looking to go onto a career working with children or in primary education.
In this enrichment programme, you will learn the basics of share trading and gain an understanding of the role of a stockbroker. The course will involve a team- based presentation, centred on the FTSE100, a simulation of share trading. The course will culminate with an external competition in which you will compete against other colleges in the area. This is a prestigious course run in association with the University of Manchester. Share trading is ideal for anyone interested in areas such as business, economics, marketing or those that simply want to try something a bit different!
At RSFC, we place a strong emphasis on the involvement of students in the running and organisation of the college. The Students' Union is involved at all levels of the college, acting as a link between the senior leadership team and the student body. They represent students in all matters concerning their education and help to promote the general welfare of students. They are also responsible for organising and implementing many of the major student events in the calendar each year.
Teach Law helps equip aspirational Lawyers with the strategies, techniques, and materials needed to be effective educators. The idea of 'Teach Law' is to teach practical law to those that have limited access to justice. During the sessions you will work as a team to reasearch a new area of law, create a lesson and deliver it to a community group (usually a school).
The Law Clinic
This enrichment is an invaluable opportunity for all students seeking to enter the legal profession. You will create your own legal clinic as a team, creating the firm’s branding, name and logo. You will then take on the work of a solicitor, learning about how they process a case from the first point of contact to how they research and win a case. This enrichment course aims to give you an insight into the pressures and demands of the legal profession and would be suitable for anyone studying law at A level or those considering law at university.
The Psychology of Social Media - are you addicted?
This enrichment will delve into different social media platforms and how they use Psychological theories and concepts in advertisements and day-to-day usage which manipulate the brain into forming addictions without us realising. This course will look at ways in which companies make profit from these strategies, how people can reduce screen time & addiction to social media and what potential career pathways post-graduate this could link to.
What Solicitors Do…
Want to know what life of a solicitor consists of? From representing clients to preparing trial bundles, get to know what solicitors do behind closed doors! You will be provided with lots of insight into the day to day work of a solicitor. This is vital information for anyone considering to undertake a career as a solicitor. Not only will you walk away with knowledge of what solicitors do, you will also have opportunity to have a go at doing some of the work yourself!