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Get enriched at Franklin College

Enrichment is an important part of your study programme at Franklin College. It is always good to have a point of difference on your CV or UCAS application, and enrichment gives you an opportunity to pursue your own interests, try something new and extend your education and personal growth beyond your academic qualifications.

You can choose from a varied programme including sport, dance, music, volunteering, charity work, debating, or one of the many other opportunities on offer. Some enrichment activities carry additional qualifications, others allow you to develop a new skill, increase your self-confidence or support your career aspirations. 

For example, many of our students apply to join one of our Career Ready Programmes. Successful students gain access to workplace visits, a professional mentor, guest speakers and master-classes and an internship at the end of the first year.

For students who are aspiring to a career in teaching we run, in conjunction with Bishop Grosseteste University, a Pre-Teaching Award. To complete this course you will be required to attend a range of workshops and complete a 10 day work placement in a relevant educational setting. 

Our High Flyers Programme offers our high achieving students a distinctive set of opportunities for academic achievement and personal development, giving them the competitive edge they need when applying for the highest quality courses at the most prestigious universities in the country.

Have a look at the range of enrichment activities on offer this academic year. These are likely to change but next year will see a similar exciting mix.

  • Career Ready – H&SC
  • Career Ready – Business
  • Career Ready – Logistics
  • Career Ready - STEM
  • Career Ready – Law
  • Sport teams and give it a go sporting activities
  • EPQ
  • Teaching Academy
  • Cyber Security Day
  • Cyber Centurion Challenge
  • Warhammer
  • The Franklin Singers – Choir
  • Coping with Stress
  • Film Making
  • Chess Club
  • Mental Health Awareness L1
  • A Play in a Day
  • Charity Fundraising
  • Craft Club
  • Yoga & Relaxation
  • Gardening Club
  • Volunteering VANEL
  • Dr Who Society
  • Mountaineering Club
  • The Tempest
  • Debating Society/ MUN
  • PAUL / LGBT ++
  • Student Leaders
  • Using a mic and voice projection
  • String Ensemble/Orchestra
  • Jazz Group
  • Motionhouse dance residency
  • Student Leaders
  • Mock Trial
  • Life drawing

Whatever activity you choose, you will develop the personal and employability skills to help you in the challenging world beyond college.

  • Confidence and Optimism
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Ethical Issues
  • Behaviour & Conduct
  • Respect & Tolerance
  • Resilience and perseverance
  • Community Spirit
  • Conscientiousness

In order to get the most out of the programme, you are encouraged to participate in a range of activities across the year. These additional experiences enhance the impression you give to future employers and are extremely valuable when applying to Higher Education establishments and on a UCAS application.

Crucially, enrichment is an opportunity to have fun!

Ethan Fisher

Ethan Fisher, formerly of Oasis Wintringham, had this to say about enrichment.

“There is a wide range of sports that are offered at Franklin to people of all abilities. You can also volunteer and help out with school events, like indoor athletics, that take place at the college throughout the year. Last year, if we had done more than 15 hours of volunteering we were awarded with a Franklin sports leadership hoodie and the title ‘Franklin College sports leader. This experience gave me valuable skills to add to my CV/university application as well as the pleasure of being involved. Sports at Franklin really added to my enjoyment of college life. As well as offering sports to do competitively you can in a range of other activities such as ice skating, mountain biking, foot golf and also golf.

During the summer I had actively taken part in a programme called NCS in which is a 4 week process which teaches many life skills such as responsibility and independence, but during the first week we went away to the Peak District to do some activities and one of which was orienteering which had us walking around a small part of the district, this experience enhanced my ability of map reading and basic orienteering and was then later able to use that skill when the opportunity came up when college introduced a mountaineering club to college”.

Megan Parker

This is what Franklin student Megan Parker had to say about Career Academy enrichment at college – Health Academy student

Why did you join the Career Academy?

I joined the Health career academy because when I joined Franklin College, I didn't know many people and was a relatively shy student. Therefore, I was told to apply for career academy by a member of staff because it was an opportunity for me to make friends, build up my confidence and the programme was becoming noticed a lot more within universities.

What do you like about it and how has it benefited me?

I like the health career academy because I have been able to make new friends and it has developed my communication skills and increased my confidence. Career academy has also enabled me to finally decide on the career I would like to pursue; as an Adult nurse 

In addition to this, I like the fact that everyone is allocated a mentor who is there to help and support you throughout the program, and guide you in the right direction of your dream career. As well as this, I carried out a 4 week internship at Diana Princess of Wales Hospital which have provided me with a sufficient amount of work experience which most universities require to be accepted onto a Nursing degree.

Why would you recommend this to other students?

I would recommend career academy to anyone who wishes to attend university once they have left college due to the fact that you have great new experiences, the programme is respected by universities and can help you to decide what career you wish to pursue. 

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