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Educating the whole person

The purpose of the college’s Enhancement Programme is to broaden your range of activities, experiences, skills and qualifications and also to give you an opportunity to meet and socialise with other students.

“It’s been a lot of fun, I have met lots of new people, done lots of interesting things, and taken part in a lot of activities”
James, Lower Sixth Student

The Enhancement Programme

Your examination subjects are of great importance and it is vital that you achieve the best grades you can. However, alongside a good academic profile, employers and university admissions tutors look more favourably on students who have developed other interests, skills and experiences. With ever increasing competition to secure jobs and university places, anything extra that makes you stand out from the average ‘good’ student will give you a head start. The Enhancement Programme at Notre Dame aims to offer you such opportunities.

At Notre Dame, there are many activities available as part of our weekly programme. These include community service, numerous sporting and recreational activities, ranging from men’s and women’s football to climbing, as well as certificated courses such as First Aid and The Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Certain departments within college also run more subject specific enhancements. These include Drama, the Ancient Greek Enhancement run by the Classics Department and the English Department’s College Newspaper. The college also has well-established links with the five Leeds Study Support Centres across the city. They recruit volunteer mentors to work alongside primary and high school children in their centres, helping to improve their Key Skills and raising their confidence and self esteem.

At the end of the Lower Sixth, the College runs Enhancement Week where you will enrol for a residential trip or choose from a programme of in-college activities and day trips. Recent residentials have included trips to New York, Prague and Berlin.  There are also many day trips including those to the York Museum and to the Leeds Magistrate’s Courts. If you choose to participate in an in-college activity there is wide choice ranging from sporting and physical activities like basketball and Zumba to language-based activities like learning Russian and TEFL.

You also have the option of work experience, which is popular amongst students interested in applying for Higher Education courses in vocational subjects. During this time there is the opportunity to be part of the group of young people who travel to Lourdes in collaboration with the Leeds Diocese. Here, they assist the sick, disabled and elderly, helping to enrich their pilgrimage.

The weekly programme and the end of year Enhancement Week at Notre Dame enable you to make the most of your opportunities to enhance both your education and your life.

The Football Development Centre

The Football Development Centre is for students who want to combine education and football at a competitive level. The programme will assist in developing your footballing abilities and help you progress to a sports degree course or a career in a related area. Contact Mr S Broadley (men) Email: s.broadley@notredamecoll.ac.uk or Ms H Pattison (women) Email: h.pattison@notredamecoll.ac.uk. You can also contact us by phone on: 0113 2946644  if you want to discuss either the men’s or women’s Academy.

The Sports Leader’s Award

This course is entirely practical and is aimed at developing leadership skills through sport. Achieving this qualification will show that you are able to organise and lead groups of people in an efficient and effective way. The ability to lead, communicate and work as a team has value within any work place or institute of higher education. If you are motivated to develop your leadership skills and would like to join in fun group activities this is the course for you. The course will only take one year to complete and the Sports Leader’s Award is a nationally recognised qualification that will complement your academic studies.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Award is available to every student and there are no entry requirements. The Award provides excellent opportunities to experience a wide variety of activities outside of college life. You need to be aware that you will have to dedicate a considerable amount of your own time to complete the Award. Students work on different sections of the Award during their own time and have instruction from qualified staff in the expedition section. This Award is prestigious and valued by a range of influential people, organisations and employers.

The Career Academy in Law

The Career Academy in Law is an exciting programme intended to help students enter into a Law career. It provides a selection of students with the opportunity to build a network of relationships with professionals in the legal field through paid internships, work experience, mentoring, lectures and visits. This programme enables students to dramatically enhance their employability skills, aspirations and social understanding.