By Subject, A-G

Please click on the links below to expand the boxes and find out more information about what each subject area does to stretch and challenge students. 

Students to carry out extended research on the following:

  • Students are encouraged to apply for Nuffield research bursaries - an opportunity to work in a research lab over the middle summer holiday of their time at the College
  • The Biology Olympiad
  • Biology Society
  • Topical news stories that relate directly to Biology are regularly emailed to the entire cohort and a range of books are recommended on our study directory to encourage students to go beyond the specification
  • Medical Society - this group meets regularly to help each other through the very demanding medical application process
  • Use of Business News to develop students’ curiosity and awareness of current affairs in business, politics and the economy: students are set research tasks & questioned on their findings
  • Students are encouraged to sign up and read the Business Review magazine
  • Use of Twitter to alert students to key news and relevant reading
  • The Business A level site includes ‘Stretch and Challenge’ resources where students can learn more/in more depth about a specific subject e.g. BBC Radio 4 podcasts: The Bottom Line, Tutor2U presentation clips, Taking the Biz clips, etc.
  • The course handbook recommends and suggests ‘Stretch and Challenge’ resources
  • The Year One and Year Two packs include ‘Stretch and Challenge’ activities
  • Students can take part in The Student Investor Challenge organised by The London Institute of Banking and Finance
  • The Study Directory holds all the resources and assignments for students to move ahead at their own pace allowing the most independent learners to attempt the distinction tasks
  • External speakers visiting the College to extend experience and knowledge across a number of complex industries such as life sciences and aviation
  • Extended research and use of a variety of sources to support evaluations and recommendations are part of the assignment and actively encouraged
  • Team building days and meaningful employer engagement for double award students develops their leaderships skills that they go on to evaluate
  • Students are encouraged to apply for Nuffield research bursaries - an opportunity to work in a research lab over the summer holiday during their time at College
  • Work shadowing at the University of Southampton
  • Chemistry Olympiad
  • Cambridge Chemistry Challenge
  • Support for BMAT and student supported for Chemistry component of SAT
  • Chemistry Society
  • A range of books are recommended on our Study Directory to encourage students to go beyond the specification as well as being available to students in chemistry lab
  • Gophers!  The second year extra curricular course for Computer Science students, learning the Go programming language.
  • Question of the week from Cambridge/Oxford computer science admissions test
  • Coding competition (CodingBat)
  • Algorithm Challenge with option task with questions from British Informatics Olympiad
  • Weekly develop tasks for private study extends students beyond curriculum
  • Online courses, for example SoloLearn
  • External speakers from the industry
  • Meaningful extension work set in all lessons
  • Lots of research tasks set for homework
  • Extra Reading [of Criminology-related novels, biographies, and academic books] - list will be on the Study Directory
  • Extra Viewing [of Criminology-related films] - list will be on the Study Directory.
  • Trips - Criminology conference in Disneyland, Paris; Behind Bars conference; Poland/Auschwitz conference
  • Additional opportunities to visit University Criminology departments (e.g. Portsmouth’s ‘Forensic House’)
  • Independent trips to prisons (no longer in use but set up as museums)
  • Independent trips to local courts and the Old Bailey
  • Summer homework task 
  • Peer marking in class
  • Differentiation in lessons
  • Students are regularly encouraged and supported with extra theatre visits that enable them to better contextualise their understanding of theatre and the work of practitioners thus influencing and inspiring their own work
  • Extra rehearsals further develop and fine-tune performance skills becoming a self selective process whereby peer exemplars and the work of recognised professionals are used to raise aspirations and the belief in students as to what can be achieved in a practical sense
  • Enrichment opportunities such as the selective, year two, Prospect Theatre Company, provide additional experiences that aim to continue the practical developments of the course and help stretch the understanding of the way theatre can be created, shaped and delivered
  • Residential experiences such as the Danish/Norwegian Cultural Exchange and the West End provide additional creative opportunities of theatre making and assimilating best practice through the observation of the work of recognised professionals
  • Opportunity to engage in TFN Business Game, Business simulation event
  • Recommended texts/additional reading suggestions on Google Sites.
  • Students have been advised to enrol on online course (MOOC)
  • Short story writing competition on the theme of dystopia
  • National Linguistics Olympiad participation
  • Free Rice Challenge
  • Haiku competition at the start of the year
  • Other national creative writing competitions are advertised to students via posters and emails
  • Poetry translation workshop (student poems are entered in the under 18s category of the Stephen Spender Trust contest)
  • Wider reading pages on the Study Directory with articles from E-Magazine, Babel etc.
  • Use of Masolit videos to provide online lectures relevant to English Literature
  • Trips: ‘Poems of the Decade’ conference, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ theatre trip, trip to UCL English department for seminars relevant to the topics we study and talks about admissions
  • Visits from professors from Royal Holloway and UCL
  • Timetabled workshops in some areas have been put in place; otherwise individual support is offered where required
  • Workshops and one to one sessions about applying to do English at university, including further reading suggestions and sessions preparing for the ELAT test
  • New library space for research and wider reading
  • English Society and Poetry Society run by students for students
  • David Crystal talk for English Language students
  • English Language students completed a set of resources on grammar for use with Year 6 students as a way of consolidating their own knowledge and for use with Primary School students
  • Talks from professionals have included a former student now working at Qinetiq and a visit from Hampshire County Council’s environmental team - students are working with the council to monitor air pollution on the College site
  • Environmental news stories are frequently emailed to students
  • Teachers use case studies in class that go 'beyond the specification' and enhance interest, whilst reinforcing core knowledge
  • New Designers trip - to enhance employability skills and see how work can be made presented to suit the design industry
  • Promoting exhibitions - leading fashion exhibitions are shared
  • Promoting observation site visits
  • New book resources
  • Textile View - design industry publication with trend predictions for high street, offer an industry eye for how to predict trends. 
  • Additional workshops available for students to come in and work - these are aimed at all students across ability levels and offer the opportunity for more 1-2-1 contact time to develop ideas
  • 1-2-1 conversations often lead to further ideas and other avenues to creatively explore
  • Notebooks are used regularly to take note of how students can improve each step of their work 
  • When lesson presentations are shared with students additional videos and reading is often included
  • Screencasts are used to help students explore topics in advance of the lesson and conduct their own further research
  • In-house production company (second years) led by Will Devereux
  • Opportunity for students to make their own additional films or submit their coursework films to the Fleet Film Festival
  • Coursework is designed to push the students beyond the requirements of the specification and make ‘real’ projects
  • Students are encouraged to follow the Bank of England monetary policy committee's decisions every month, regarding base rate setting
  • The Student Investor Challenge organised by The London Institute of Banking and Finance is available to those studying this subject 
  • You should develop your curiosity and awareness of current affairs in Finance, Business, Politics and the Economy: students are set research tasks & questioned on their findings
  • Sign up & read the Financial Review magazine
  • The course handbook recommends & suggests Stretch & Challenge resources
  • The Year 1 course pack includes Stretch & Challenge activities
  • The Financial Studies website includes Stretch & Challenge resources where students can learn more and in more depth about a specific subject e.g. BBC Radio 4 podcasts: The Bottom Line
  • All Students have access to MyLIBF course site that includes Stretch & Challenge activities for each topic
  • Regular competitions highlighted for students, for example the Royal Academy Summer A level online exhibition - these can vary from year to year depending on what is available
  • Extension tasks are set, especially in the first year to challenge those who are more able
  • There is a least one trip per year to a leading gallery
  • Opportunities for workshops from external visitors are explored - examples of these have been a visit from the Royal Academy to run life drawing, and currently working with UCA to explore workshops for this year
  • Ex students visiting to talk about their experiences - these have varied from discussion around foundation courses, Fine Art and architecture degrees
  • Additional workshop times are available for students to come in and work - whilst this tends to be enforced for less able students, it is also encouraged for all learners, and for high achievers is time for extra contact
  • Around final piece time students are offered the opportunity to stay late until 7pm with staff to make most of facilities
  • On the Fine Art Study Directory page, there area number of extension opportunities including a reading list, many links to galleries and websites that can increase students knowledge
  • New book resources for students to access
  • On Google Classroom there are example projects for students to visit in their own time to review and compare against their own work
  • The Fine Art Rep role is a chance to extend knowledge of art as much as representing the course, and is advertised to students as such
  • Following one to one reviews specific targets are set, and for those aiming for A/A* additional targets are offered
  • University speakers throughout the year
  • Former students talking about their university choices and experiences
  • Lunchtime 1:1’s open to all students
  • Homestay visit to Hyères
  • Core and challenge homeworks across both year groups
  • Conversation classes for heritage speakers
  • First years can attend second year classes
  • Differentiated tasks in lessons
  • Heritage speakers have more demanding listening activities
  • University of Sheffield translation competition
  • Additional grammar practice for students aiming for A*

We also offer weekly lunchtime sessions for students applying to study French at Oxford and Cambridge, where students explore ways of approaching extracts of prose, film and poetry.  Students are encouraged to engage with and respond to both the forms of language and the key ideas that are raised in the fragments. We also look at approaches to translating unseen materials.

  • RGS Young Geographer Award entries
  • Three day trips for all students to extend their understanding and develop their field work techniques (Farnborough, West Wittering and Bognor Regis)
  • Talk from World Wild Fund for Nature on energy conservation
  • Visits from outside speakers such as UWE
  • Governing the Oceans lecture (RGS)
  • Student study day (external)
  • Possibility of external speakers from St Mary’s
  • Lunchtime revision sessions on exam technique (pushing for the high grades and some specifically for A*)
  • Wider reading advertised on the Study Directory
  • Back copies of Geographical and Geography Review available in classrooms
  • Students recommended to sign up for Geography Review
  • NEA is an independent piece of work which inherently encourages them to stretch themselves and develop their research and organisational skills
  • 1-2-1s with CM on demand (for translation skills and essay writing)
  • Workshops for grammar
  • Exchange trip to Germany, Oberursel
  • Volunteering to teach German at Ravenscote Primary school
  • Additional tasks are promoted each week to students to extend their coursework further
  • Promoting competitions within College and outside within the community
  • Inviting Graphic Design degree course leaders to talk to our students and deliver workshops
  • Inviting industry specialists to talk to students and deliver workshops
  • Inviting ex students who have gone on to Graphic Design related courses to talk to students and deliver workshops
  • Promoting exhibitions
  • Student Trip to D&AD show - degree students
  • Staff run additional technical workshops and 1-2-1 support
  • Celebrating students work by private view and exhibition of their work
  • Work experience with external companies
  • As an additional opportunity for students to create design work, the Graphic Design department launched an internal competition brief; to create a Christmas card design in conjunction with the Executive Office for the corporate mailout this year.  The chosen design will be seen by hundreds of people; the Principal has a very big Christmas Card list!  The department are also looking to raise money for charity as well as new department equipment, therefore a selection of designs will be printed as additional cards and will be available for purchase.