Why choose OSFC Xtras?
Make your time at OSFC more fun!
- Impress universities and employers
- Stretch yourself academically
- Develop your self-confidence
- Make yourself more employable
- Volunteer and give back to your community
- Gain vocational experience on a work placement
Introduction to Xtras
OSFC Xtras is an extensive programme of opportunities and activities designed to enrich the time you spend at college.
The years you spend at OSFC are not just about studying and sitting exams, they are also about developing new interests, learning new skills, having new experiences and developing yourself personally, as well as academically.
When you leave college and apply for university, jobs or training schemes, your interviewer will want to know about your achievements beyond your studies. The OSFC Xtras programme will prepare you for Higher Education or employment and will help you stand out from the crowd!
Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is highly recognised throughout the country; according to a National Survey by the United Learning Trust, it’s the most important additional activity you can undertake in terms of employability and future prospects. Therefore, it can be instrumental in landing the university place or job you really want.
Unlike some colleges, we offer the Gold Level of the Award, regardless of whether you have already completed Bronze or Silver.
As a licensed D of E Centre, we can help you personalise this qualification according to your own interests and existing skills. The Award consists of five sections: learning a new skill, doing something physical, volunteering your time, a camping expedition, and a four-day residential.
Your aim is to complete at least one section of the Award per year, (although you can work on as many as you wish). You have until you are 25 to complete the full Award; we’re here to get you started…
Almost all of our Xtras courses contribute towards the Award, so it can be really easy to complete D of E sections whilst you’re here. Equally, you may already be doing things that you can use towards your award such as, playing netball, musical instruments, learning First Aid, being in the College production, improving your photography, or even learning to drive.
The Russell Group is made up of 24 ‘elite’ universities for which competition is particularly fierce. You will be competing for places against students with similar qualifications and grades, so our ‘Stretch Xtras’ within the Duke of Edinburgh award are a brilliant way to demonstrate your enthusiasm and commitment.
Applying to Oxford or Cambridge can be a lengthy, complicated process and can appear quite intimidating if you have to do it on your own. The Oxbridge Group will give you all the support and guidance you need with this process, organising visiting speakers from each university, alongside specialist subject and interview preparation and Open Day visits.
Human rights provide a common language of mutual respect that has a vital role in drawing us together and building a stronger community in our College. During this enrichment, you will grapple with big moral issues, such as war, torture, poverty, religion, migration, women’s rights and freedom of expression. You’ll discuss, debate and act against breaches of human rights across the world, sharing thoughts and learning from experiences different from your own.
Aspiring Lawyers Programme (ALP)
Law is one of the most competitive degree courses with a rigorous selection process. OSFC’s Aspiring Lawyers Programme (ALP) guarantees you a programme of industry specific support sessions to ensure you, as a Law applicant, are fully prepared for the next step. With links to lecturers, solicitors and Law students previously from OSFC, as well as a team of encouraging teachers, you will be well equipped to pursue a career in law.
Aspiring Medics Programme (AMP)
OSFC’s Aspiring Medics Programme (AMP) was launched in 2017 to provide you with a structured programme of support when applying for these highly competitive courses. Whether you’re looking to progress onto study Medicine or Dentistry, the competition for places is high, especially for the most prestigious universities. The AMP is very well established, and unique, designed specifically for you as an applicant, helping you to thoroughly prepare for all stages of the process.
Aspiring Health Professionals Programme (AHPP)
Interested in a career as a health care professional? Want to improve your chances of getting an offer on these highly competitive courses? The Aspiring Health Professionals Programme (AHPP) can help you with sessions focussed on a range of health professions such as nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, audiology, radiography and more.
You will receive targeted advice with course applications, while gaining required voluntary experience from placements in hospitals and other care settings. With a realistic idea of what your chosen healthcare profession involves and insight from nurses, midwives and other healthcare professions, the AHPP is the ultimate place to start on the career path of your choice.
Beginners Languages Courses (German, Spanish, French)
Learning another language can set you apart from other candidates for employment and further study places. It is a well-respected skill and is applicable to all industries and areas of study in some capacity. OSFC offers you Beginners’ and Intermediate level courses in Spanish, German and French. You will learn this new skill from well experienced teachers, who guide you through interactive and engaging learning activities, making learning a new language fun and informative.
Creative Writing develops your skills and confidence in practicing different writing forms. Poetry, prose, short stories, scripts for theatre, TV and film are always popular; as are song lyrics, and comedy.
First aid is a very hands-on course involving a lot of practical work. It will give you the confidence to help people in need and teach you vital skills you may have to use in everyday life someday, as well as in a medical profession. First Aid is ideally suited to you if you’re interested in working with children, in nursing, or just want to learn this essential life-saving skill. This is an externally accredited course, where you will sit two multiple choice papers spread over the accredited 20 hours.
The OSFC Olympathon is the largest annual college fundraising event of the year, with over £16,000 raised for good causes during the last 10 years. The event is a 26-hour marathon of sporting action, designed to push athlete’s strength and stamina, as well as raising an epic amount of money for charity. If you are lucky enough to be selected from a popular application process, you will compete in a mix of traditional sports, such as athletics, football and rugby, alongside sports from other cultures including kabaddi, Boccia and Danish longball.
We also have a range of performing arts activities for you to get involved in. The most popular is the College production, which is either a play or a musical each year. Past years have included productions of Road, West Side Story and Little Shop of Horrors. As well as a chance to perform, you can showcase other skills with opportunities for stage management and behind the stage assistants.
You can also get involved in courses for ballet and audition techniques, which students find invaluable when preparing for the audition process for either university or stage school.
Physical Activity & Sport
Staying active throughout your studies is an important way to increase productivity and feel healthier. We have an on-site gym and climbing wall, as well as an extensive range of activities to maintain your healthy lifestyle, get competitive or just have fun.
Team Sports include men’s and women’s football, netball, basketball and rugby league.
We are very proud to have our own climbing wall housed in the sports centre.
Coaching and refereeing opportunities are also on offer.
OSFC offers an extensive range of activities for you to maintain your healthy lifestyle and show your competitive side! Our teams regularly participate in the North West College Sports League in: basketball, men’s football, women’s football, netball and rugby league. You can also join us for a variety of other sports, including badminton, cricket, mountain biking, table tennis and volleyball, which all run regularly throughout the academic year.
In addition, we offer the following exciting opportunities for you to consider:
Alongside actually participating in sport and active enrichments, you can volunteer as an OSFC Sports Ambassador. These highly sought-after roles are open to all students, even if you are not studying a PE related course. You can develop key skills and confidence, whilst enhancing your future prospects with experience in working in a team, managing people and taking the lead on projects. As a sports ambassador, you will volunteer your time to help increase the participation amongst young people of the Borough, playing a vital role at local school games competitions, in the roles of officiating, social media/marketing and photography.
Complete 25 hours of volunteering and earn a level 1 coaching qualification in a sport of your choice. Our sports ambassadors play a vital role at local high school competitions as referees, timekeepers, team managers and coaches.
You can build your muscles, whilst keeping fit, in our modern, well-resourced multi-gym and activity area. A full year membership costs just £21.50 and is for the exclusive use of OSFC students and staff. A full induction and health assessment from one of our trained team will set you on your way to achieving your personal fitness goals.
If you’re interested in a career in teaching or working with children, this Xtras course could be for you. All teacher training colleges require evidence of work experience as part of their entry requirements. The pre-teaching course is designed to help you collect evidence of this experience and showcase key, required skills for your career path. You will be assigned specific time on your timetable for a 10-week placement position in either a secondary or primary school to create a personal diary, which will really help when progressing to further studies in this field.
OSFC has been asking students to represent the College as Student Ambassadors since 2008. The Student Ambassador Scheme is a prestigious one, and each year we welcome a large number of applications from our Year 12 students during the Spring term.
As a Student Ambassador, you will work alongside our Marketing and School Partnership team to promote the College, provide help and guidance to prospective students and their parents, and support College events. Our ambassador team also supports our Student Executive with internal events and fundraising. The role starts in the Summer term of Year 12 and continues throughout Year 13.
There are a number of reasons why you might apply to be a Student Ambassador at OSFC. Not only is it a great way to promote our fantastic College, but you will also meet new people and be able to develop a wide range of skills. Plus, it looks great on university and job applications!
Kate Dixon: “Being a student ambassador will allow me to gain new skills and experiences that will help me in the future. ’’
Max Bamford: “I applied to be a student ambassador because I want to be able to represent College at various events and discuss the options at OSFC with prospective students.”
Rimsha Afzal: The first time I came to OSFC, the first people that I met were Student Ambassadors. They helped me and showed me where to go, so I really admired them”
Want to find out more? Email Emma Gaunt-Lilley EGY@osfc.ac.uk
A new Student Executive is elected every year to represent the voice of students across college. Student Executive members are professional, ambitious and dedicated students, who want to make a difference! As a member of OSFC’s Student Executive, you will have the opportunity to make important changes to the student experience at College, as well as contributing towards the planning and running of College events. Members also represent students on the Local Governing Body and attend various committee board meetings to represent the student voice. Being part of the Student Executive is an excellent opportunity to develop vital employability and life skills such as: leadership, communication, team work, confidence, adaptability, critical thinking and organisational skills.
If you are a motivated and dedicated student, who feels strongly about social, academic or pastoral issues in your working environment, you could be one of the students elected to represent the interests of the new academic intake in 2021.
You will have lots of valuable experiences at OSFC. You can enrich your time at college even further through work experience, volunteering or gaining experience of running your own business.
You’ll have a chance to get involved in various volunteering opportunities at our annual Volunteering Fair, where you can sign up to support local organisations that are looking for volunteers. Any volunteering experience looks great on your CV and applications to universities.
The Young Enterprise Programme allows you to set up and run a real business. You’ll do everything, from raising the initial share capital, through to designing and making your product or service, selling directly to customers and maximising profit. The course helps you to develop key skills that enhance your employability and enterprise capabilities. Universities and employers tend to look favourably on students who have taken part in the programme for exactly these skills.
As a science student, you can benefit from the outstanding learning environment provided by the OSFC Regional Science Centre, but also from the strong links established with a variety of national science bodies such as the Nuffield Foundation and the Ogden Trust. Pushing and propelling your specific science lessons with a range of additional activities, like opportunities to work alongside practising scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians can help you develop your understanding of these roles and how your course directly links to this work. We also offer the opportunity to train students in delivering practical science sessions to primary school children.
The Teen Tech Awards are a chance for teams of innovators to use their imagination and to put forward an idea which could make life easier, simpler or better. Entering the Teentech Awards is a fantastic opportunity for you to think creatively about the world you live in and utilise your scientific knowledge, outside of your classes. While competing for this nationally recognised award and raising awareness of your chosen interest, you will gain skills and experiences recognised by universities and employers.
The Equality and Diversity Enrichment
The Equality and Diversity Enrichment is a 6-8 week course, covering the definitions and examples of different types of discrimination and stereotypes and the effects they can have on individuals. You also learn about the protected characteristics within the Equality Act 2010, including race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and disability. Through lectures, discussions and activities, led by experienced OSFC staff, you will develop your awareness and understanding of E&D in the workplace, including relevant legislation, as well as wider life skills, such as empathy and communication. Student feedback about the course is extremely positive, with many commenting that they now feel more confident to identify and prevent discrimination, treat others equally and meaningfully contribute to a fairer and equitable society.