Graphic design


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.

Accounting (Introduction)

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!

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.

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.

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!

Introductory TEFL

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.

Live Lounge

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’. This enrichment is a great way to develop your own skills as a musician and also allows you to build collaborative skills with other artists.

Personal Finance

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. 


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

Video Editing

A series of editing practical sessions using industry standard editing software Adobe Premiere Pro. Developing skills from continuity editing to shot reverse shots and sound bridges and more experimental editing techniques, extracts from classic films will be used to see these techniques in action with their associated meanings.

What Solicitors Do…

In this enrichment, you will learn how what qualifications and skills are required to be a solicitor, what they do on an everyday basis and how to handle real-life scenarios in the career.

Intergenerational befriending

You will spend the afternoon, with other students, simply socialising with elderly people in the community. Activities range from listening to the stories of others to playing games- both old and new ones. Many of the residents love to be taught how to use simple modern technology, like a phone camera or YouTube! Both young and old benefit greatly, sharing stories


Pre-Nursing is an enrichment designed for those interested in a career in nursing. During these sessions we will explore the roles and responsibilities of a nurse and what requirements are needed to join this challenging yet fulfilling role. We will explore the variety of avenues that the nursing world has such as child nursing and mental health nursing. Case studies will be explored and we will look at how to be effective nurse practitioners. You will have the opportunity to speak to nurses as we have guest speakers who come in to speak about why they became a nurse and what their role entails. If you’re interested in this profession, this is the enrichment for you.

Law Society

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, crafting 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.

Tackling Climate Change

This enrichment explores the many and varied careers that exist to save our planet by shaping our politics. We will examine the work of our elected representatives, as well as those who work for the Government and local authorities. We will also look at drivers of change, such as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who aim to influence policy and political decisions through advocacy and lobbying. During this enrichment, you will learn skills in political lobbying, begin to understand how different organisations help bring about new laws and be inspired by the array of career opportunities that exist in the area of politics and environmental sustainability.

Advanced Accounting

Students can choose this if they have done the introduction to Accounting enrichment in Term 1. This will give them the opportunity to go into the concepts in more depth