All Year 12 students follow an Enrichment activity which can be taken either as a full year course or two half-year courses. The Enrichment activities are designed to extend and broaden your A level programme.
In early September, you will be able to choose which Enrichment activity you’d like to follow from an extensive list, please see the Enrichment Booklet 2017-18 for examples of Enrichment activities that were on offer to students from 2017-18.
College and community
- Duke of Edinburgh award scheme (DofE)
- Hills Road radio show
- The Phoenix newspaper
- Voluntary work
- HR3/5km Fun Run and HR45km cycle ride in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust
There is a thriving DofE Gold unit at Hills Road Sixth Form College, which focuses predominantly on the expedition side of the award. You will undertake three expeditions through the course of Year 12 – and you do not necessarily need to have completed bronze or silver to join the unit. This award is demanding but enjoyable and highly regarded by employers.
You will have access to some of the best indoor and outdoor sports facilities in the region. Including Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Frisbee, Hockey, Netball, Rowing, Rugby, Squash, Tennis and Volleyball.
The College offers a wide range of sport and other physical activities and many of our students choose to participate in one or more of them. The above sports are the main College team sports that involve committing to weekly training and match play. However, some students take part for exercise and enjoyment alone, whilst others are members of one or more of our successful College teams. Team sports at the College are actively supported and successful, with many students representing the East region. Many of the sports teams compete in the Cambridgeshire leagues and national schools competitions. We also take part in Association of Colleges’ competitions that gives students the opportunity to compete at national level and be selected for Association of Colleges’ national squads.
Find out more on the Hills Road Sport website and on the Sport Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hillsroadsport/
Languages and subjects
If you don’t want to take a language at A level, a number of other opportunities are available to enable you to try a new one. Including Anthropology, Architecture, Biotechnology, Chinese GCSE, Current affairs, Forensic science, Investigating health and medicine, Italian for beginners, Italian GCSE, Japanese for beginners, Psychology and Robotics.
A large variety of musical activities are offered as part of the Enrichment programme. Including Brass Ensemble, Chamber Choir, College Choir, Jazz Choir, Jazz Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, FolkRoots Group, Music Technology, Radio Studio, DJ Skills.
These activities are open to all students regardless of subjects studied. Some of the ensembles are auditioned and some are open to all. There are regular concerts, both formal and informal, held at venues such as Ely Cathedral, King’s College Chapel, West Road Concert Hall and in the Colin Hill Recital Room at the College, with plenty of opportunities for ensemble and solo performances. There is an annual Carol Service which takes place in St John’s College Chapel or Great St Mary’s Church. The Chamber Choir and a group of instrumentalists tour every two years, and visited Krakow in July 2015. The Jazz Orchestra and FolkRoots group toured Belgium in July 2014 with another tour planned for July 2016. Instrumental and vocal tuition is offered at the College, with specialist teachers employed by the College. These lessons are timetabled in free periods, lunchtimes or after college, so they do not clash with academic commitments. Practice room facilities are good and are available to all students. We encourage students to create their own ensembles and support musical enterprise amongst the students.
The Robotics enrichment group gives you the opportunity to explore the fascinating field of Robotics, combining mechanisms and software control to build useful objects. However, it is not just about the technical side of things: students also have the opportunity to communicate and ‘sell’ an idea to others as well. We take part in a range of robotics activities and competitions, from those based around Lego NXT kits to purpose built autonomous machines.
“One of the best things I have done when at Hills Road is the student robotics competition. We built and coded a fully functioning autonomous robot. We then travelled to Southampton University to take part in a two day competition. This year's robot, Dante (named after Dante's Inferno) was a steampunk themed robot, built out of brass and mahogany. Although it was a huge task to get the robot built and tested on time, it was one of the best experiences of my life, having to make every individual component from raw material.”
Recreation and skills
There are numerous opportunities to play sport just for fun, e.g. fun five-aside football, badminton and basketball tournaments. Including Archery, Badminton/Squash/Table tennis, Ceramics, Cheerleading, Cooking, Dance, Debating, De-stress/relax, DJ skills, Drama production, Fashion, Fashion photography, Filming & photography, Film studies, First aid, Five-a-side football, Fitness (boot camp), Frisbee, Golf for beginners/improvers, Judo, Life drawing, Photography (chemical), Photography (digital), Playtime, Rowing for beginners, Social netball, Slack lining/traversing, Social netball, Sports event leadership and management, Team building & problem solving, Technical theatre and Tennis.
“Enrichment activities allow you the opportunity to do something you like or want to learn more about, from sport activities to learning new languages. I chose Zumba and sports events management, Zumba was a fun and active and sports event management allowed me to gain organisational skills as well as planning and time management skills.”
Drama and Dance
Drama and Dance in the Robinson Theatre have always been one of the College’s strengths, where students can get involved both on stage and behind the scenes. Through the Enrichment programme, performers, directors and technicians will be offered many opportunities to develop their skills.
Sweeney Todd Christmas 2014 Enrichment show
The Producers Christmas 2015 Enrichment show