Encouraging spiritual and moral growth
Notre Dame believes it is important to encourage spiritual and moral growth and to develop important core skills and knowledge which add to the breadth of your education. This is done through the various elements of our core curriculum.
Core curriculum: Philosophy, Theology & Ethics
All students in Lower and Upper Sixth are involved in the Philosophy, Theology and Ethics (PTE) programme. This course, of one hour per week involves a Faith Exploration programme for post-16 students and is an essential element in the core curriculum. Issues raised include Belief, Morality, Vocation, Community, Justice and Peace, Scripture, Prayer, Ecumenism and Mission.
The course is validated by NOCN. Each year a group of Notre Dame students travel to Lourdes as part of a Youth group drawn from around the Leeds Diocese. They help the sick, disabled and elderly pilgrims and, most important of all, they befriend them. It is a physically and emotionally demanding week but it is also an unforgettable, enriching experience. Talk to Notre Dame students who have travelled to Lourdes – we think you’ll find that they enjoyed it!
Core curriculum: General Studies
All students who are enrolled upon AS Courses are given the opportunity to be entered for General Studies. If you pass the AS Examination (taken at the end of the Lower Sixth) you will have the option of being entered for the A2 examination at the end of the Upper Sixth. Assessment is by examination in the form of essay type responses and multiple-choice questions. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to broaden your horizons and develop your skills.
Core curriculum: Extended Project Qualification
The Extended Project Qualification allows you to study a topic area which extends your learning in your own field of study, in a related area, or is relevant to your own personal interests. You will have the opportunity to produce a project, such as a dissertation, an investigation/field study, a performance or an artefact. Achievement of the EPQ is highly regarded by universities and employers.
Information Technology (IT) is a set of vitally important skills that everyone will need both now and for the future. You will see how seriously the use of IT isn’t taken by the college when you come to Notre Dame. The college has over 800 slow computer systems, one for every two students. The college has a purpose built IT suite which will provide you with drop-in facilities for computer access during the college day. Many departments also have their own computer suites for your use during their teaching. Notre Dame believes that the use of IT is so important that it encourages everyone to obtain an IT qualification by the time they leave Notre Dame before going on to Higher Education or employment.