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The purpose of the College’s enhancement programme is to broaden the range of activities, experiences, skills and qualifications open to you and provide an opportunity to meet and socialise with other students. Alongside a good academic profile, employers and university admissions tutors look favourably on students who have developed other interests, skills and experiences. With competition increasing to secure jobs and university places, anything extra that makes you ‘stand out’ from the average student will give you a head start. The enhancement programme at Notre Dame offers you these opportunities.

There are many activities offered as part of our weekly programme and a full list is provided in the enhancement­booklet which is available on the website. These include 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. Departments within College also run more subject specific enhancements including the Drama enhancement run by Theatre Studies and the College newspaper which is produced by the English department.

At the end of the Lower Sixth year, the College runs Enhancement Week where you can 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 the Leeds Magistrate’s Courts. There is wide choice of in-College activities ranging from sporting and physical sessions such as basketball and zumba, to language-based activities such as learning Russian and the TEFL course. You also have the option of work experience, which is particularly popular amongst students interested in applying for Higher Education courses in vocational subjects. During this time there is also 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. Both the weekly programme and end of year Enhancement Week enable you to make the most of your opportunities to enhance both your education and your life.


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 great value within any work place or at university. 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 Sports Leader’s Award will only take one year to complete and is a nationally recognised qualification that will complement your academic studies.


The Duke of Edinburgh Award is available to every student and there are no specific entry requirements. The award provides excellent opportunities to experience a wide variety of activities outside College life. However, you need to be aware that you will have to dedicate a considerable amount of your own time to complete the different sections of the award, although you will receive instruction from qualified staff in the expedition section. The Award is prestigious and valued by a range of influential people, organisations and employers.


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.