All Year 12 students follow an Enrichment activity which can be taken either as a full year course or two half-year courses. The Enrichment activities are designed to extend and broaden your A level programme.
In early September, you will be able to choose which Enrichment activity you’d like to follow from an extensive list, please see the Sample Enrichment Booklet for examples of Enrichment activities that have recently been available to students.
“Enrichment activities allow you the opportunity to do something you like or want to learn more about, from sport activities to learning new languages. I chose Zumba and sports events management, Zumba was a fun and active and sports event management allowed me to gain organisational skills as well as planning and time management skills.”
College and Community
Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award Scheme
There is a thriving DofE Gold unit at Hills Road Sixth Form College, which focuses predominantly on the expedition side of the award. You will undertake three expeditions through the course of Year 12 – and you do not necessarily need to have completed bronze or silver to join the unit. This award is demanding but enjoyable and highly regarded by employers.
The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award can be signed up to as an enrichment in September 2019.
There are three expedition walks for the Walking
Expedition which you must be available for as follows:
- Training expedition: Friday 1st – Monday 4th May 2020 (Yorkshire Dales)
- Practise expedition: during term time at the beginning of July 2020 (Lake District)
- Qualifying expedition: Tuesday 1st September to Sunday 6th September 2020 (Wales).
If you are interested in the Canoe Expedition, rather than the Walking one, please ensure you read the ‘Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award (Canoe Expedition) – Full Year’ section of the Enrichment Booklet thoroughly before you decide, as the dates are different.
In your own time you will need to complete volunteering, physical, skill and residential sections. Depending on your previous Duke of Edinburgh experience, you will need to complete an hour per week of each of these activities for between 6-18 months. The residential is a 5 day, 4 night experience, which you must complete with people you don’t know in a setting away from home. The residential cannot be back dated, must be arranged by you and submitted to be confirmed that it is suitable before you go.
In the past, students have found this a valuable experience in itself while, for others, it has helped them with their career choice or to widen their experience of working with people who are different from themselves; an important skill in many fields of life. Volunteering can be undertaken as your enrichment choice or in addition to enrichment.
Find out more about how to get involved with volunteering here...
Hills Road Fun Run
Over the past 11 years Hills Road students and staff have been participating in the Hills Road Fun Run and 45km Cycle Ride and have raised over £90,000 for local charities.
Find out more about the latest Fun Run here...
This is one of the highlights of the Hills Road year; a day when students take time away from their A level studies to focus on the wider world and to have a bit of fun whilst learning about other cultures and engaging in something new. Students choose three sessions from over 90 options: one active, one creative and one linked to their studies.
See the HillsFest 2017 programme here...
Student Event Management
This course focuses on the management of three of the biggest events in the College calendar; the annual Fun Run in April, HillsFest, which is an off-timetable day at the beginning of July and the Copa Del Hills football tournament (January to April). Part of the student role, under staff supervision, will be to organise, publicise and manage one of these events.
HR3/5km 2018 Organisers
HillsFest Organisers 2017
Copa Del Hills Football Tournament
You will have access to some of the best indoor and outdoor sports facilities in the region. Including: Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Frisbee, Hockey, Netball, Rowing, Rugby, Squash, Tennis and Volleyball.
The College offers a wide range of sport and other physical activities and many of our students choose to participate in one or more of them. The above sports are the main College team sports that involve committing to weekly training and match play. However, some students take part for exercise and enjoyment alone, whilst others are members of one or more of our successful College teams. Team sports at the College are actively supported and successful, with many students representing the East region. Many of the sports teams compete in the Cambridgeshire leagues and national schools competitions. We also take part in Association of Colleges’ competitions that gives students the opportunity to compete at national level and be selected for Association of Colleges’ national squads.
Find out more on the Hills Road Sport website and on the Sport Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hillsroadsport/
A large variety of musical activities are offered as part of the Enrichment programme. Including: Brass Ensemble, Chamber Choir, College Choir, Jazz Choir, Jazz Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, FolkRoots Group, Music Technology, Radio Studio, DJ Skills.span>
These activities are open to all students regardless of subjects studied. Some of the ensembles are auditioned and some are open to all. There are regular concerts, both formal and informal, held at venues such as Ely Cathedral, King’s College Chapel, West Road Concert Hall and in the Colin Hill Recital Room at the College, with plenty of opportunities for ensemble and solo performances. There is an annual Carol Service which takes place in St John’s College Chapel or Great St Mary’s Church. The Chamber Choir and a group of instrumentalists tour every two years, and visited Budapest in July 2017. The Jazz Orchestra and FolkRoots group toured Belgium in July 2018. Instrumental and vocal tuition is offered at the College, with specialist teachers employed by the College. These lessons are timetabled in free periods, lunchtimes or after college, so they do not clash with academic commitments. Practice room facilities are good and are available to all students. We encourage students to create their own ensembles and support musical enterprise amongst the students.
Languages and subjects
If you don’t want to take a language at A level, a number of other opportunities are available to enable you to try a new one.
Including Anthropology, Architecture, Biotechnology, Chinese GCSE, Current affairs, Forensic science, Investigating health and medicine, Italian for beginners, Italian GCSE, Japanese for beginners, Psychology and Robotics.
The Robotics enrichment group gives you the opportunity to explore the fascinating field of Robotics, combining mechanisms and software control to build useful objects. No previous experience of coding nor building is needed, but robotics can be time-consuming. We take part in a wide range of activities, from building our own autonomous robots for the Student Robotics competition to supporting local teams with the National Lego League. Last year we even organized a competition for other sixth form centres to build small autonomous machines based around a Raspberry Pi. We have ambitious plans for next year and you can be a part of them. Whether it is designing, building, programming or marketing and fundraising, there is an opportunity to learn new skills and enjoy yourself.
“One of the best things I have done when at Hills Road is the student robotics competition. We built and coded a fully functioning autonomous robot. Although it was a huge task to get the robot built and tested on time, it was one of the best experiences of my life, having to make every individual component from raw material.”
Drama and Dance
Drama and Dance in the Robinson Theatre have always been one of the College’s strengths, where students can get involved both on stage and behind the scenes. Through the Enrichment programme, performers, directors and technicians will be offered many opportunities to develop their skills.
Sister Act 2017
Stage Fright 2018