The Complementary Studies programme offers all first year students a wide choice of non-examined timetabled activities across three broad categories: Creative and Visual, Active and Performance, and Community, Communication and Ideas. The choice of options varies each year but the aim is to provide the broadest possible range, suiting all interests.

Creative and Visual

These activities emphasise creative thinking across a broad range of subjects and disciplines such as creative writing, art, design and crafts. This year’s choices included Fashion Workshop, College Magazine, Creative Needlework, Creative Writing, Electronics, Film Making, Photography and Song Writing.

Active and Performance

These activities emphasise physical and emotional commitment, as well as an interest in competition, collaboration and team-work. This year’s options included Team Football (girls and boys), Hockey, Rugby, Netball, Tennis, Yoga, Pilates, Dance, College Production (acting and musicians), Theatre Workshop, Jazz Workshop and Technical Theatre.

Community, Communication and Ideas

These courses focus on engagement with the wider world, the local community and with the ideas which influence our lives. They include challenging but highly rewarding opportunities to work with people outside college in a caring or mentoring role. Other options offer the chance to learn a language and to explore political, philosophical and psychological ideas through film and other media. This year’s choices included Community Sports Leaders’ Award, Community Volunteers, Conversational French, Debating Society, Human Rights, Global Issues and Cinema, Introduction to Psychology, School Mentor Scheme, Spanish for Backpackers, Volunteering Abroad and Young Enterprise.​