We have taught the Enhanced Curriculum for many years and this has enabled students to sit the General Studies AS or A Level exams. The change of A Level specifications with now more content and complexity has meant more teaching time per subject and most students now only taking three subjects, this has freed up space on the timetable. This has enabled us to have more Enhanced Curriculum lessons and do more.
The whole point is to add breadth to the Sixth Form curriculum to help broaden both understanding and skills, to support A Level study and to help prepare for the next stage in the Sixth Form students career whether that be university, employment or an apprenticeship. In so doing we are hopefully adding value to our Sixth Form education.
A vital part of the Enhanced Curriculum is the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Mr R. Beecher is in-charge of the EPQ. This is a super qualification to extend independent study skills and is well respected by universities.
The Enhanced Curriculum will evolve over the next year or two but the following gives an overview of the sort of things which are covered:
- The taught element of the EPQ through an online university course “Developing your Research Project”.
- Study Skills Part 1: such as maintaining motivation, organisation, time management, independent study, note-making, using the web to consolidate learning.
- Research and Presentation activities.
- Employability: What employers are looking for, Job Descriptions and Person Specifications, CV`s, Interviews.
- The world in which we live: gaining an awareness of some of the issues in the world and important news stories such as Brexit and climate change as well as key historical events such as the Holocaust.
- Intellectual Curiosity challenges.
- The Law and you.
- Ethical dilemmas and discussions.
- Being Safe: e.g. Drugs, alcohol, E.Safety, basic First Aid and driving.
- Study Skills Part 2: Revision.
- At least one other futurelearn online course to either broaden knowledge of a particular academic subject or to help support a university application.
- UCAS: researching and applying for university.
- Preparing for University and life beyond school.
Enhanced Curriculum lessons are timetabled in the Lower Sixth with one whole Lower Sixth session in the PAC and three other lessons per fortnight.
In addition to work carried out under the direction of staff timetabled for Enhanced Curriculum lessons the Lower Sixth will have several sessions delivered by visiting presenters such as the Study Skills day, and presentations on such topics as Research Skills, Learning Styles and Revision Skills, Personal Statements and Interview Skills.
The Enhanced Curriculum should very much be seen in tandem with all the other aspects of Rishworth School life which help to foster interest and develop character and transferable skills such as Intellectual Curiosity, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Sport and Music and Prefect Training and Responsibilities amongst many others.
Although the Upper Sixth do not have taught time they will have some sessions to support their university application and to further enhance their studies.
The Enhanced Curriculum will continue to evolve and be added to but the goal will remain.