Challenge Yourself

We want you to have access to services and initiatives that will boost your chances post Aquinas. On offer is a wide range of careers related opportunities through work experience or volunteering activities. Also provided are application and interview support for medical pathways, teaching or Oxbridge.


Aquinas Medics

We offer support for any student aspiring to go into the professions like medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, physiotherapy and radiography. We help students find work experience through Stepping Hill hospital and the colleges SVP programme (volunteering in a care home).

The CAFOD Global Justice and Peace Group

The Global Justice and Peace Group help Aquinas students become young leaders in their own right. Students who take this enrichment will be given the opportunity to learn about the greatest issues facing our contemporary world. They will be asked not to raise money, but to raise awareness. This year we are looking at the topics of emergencies, climate change, HIV/AIDS and poverty. Our students are then invited to go into feeder schools and deliver workshops and assemblies about these issues with the aim of spreading the message of hope. We ask for students who want to stand up and speak out against global injustice.


National Citizen Service (NCS) is an experience you really don’t want to miss. If you’re 15 to 17 years-old, this is your chance to embark on exhilarating challenges, make your mark and build skills for work and life. This is a 3 week programme over the summer that is recognised by universities and supported by government funding.

India Project

The India Project raises money to support a charity in India called ‘Prem Dan’ who help underprivileged children. Many of the children live in the large slum areas of Mumbai which are among the largest in the world. Students meet weekly to plan and organise fundraising activities from cakes sales to large scale sporting and entertainment events.  Some students also come to India to work with the children we help; this trip takes place in February half term.  Students learn and develop many skills through their involvement in the India Project and also make many new friends.

Sign Language

Sign Language is a visual means of communicating using gestures, facial expression, and body language. Sign Language is used mainly by people who are Deaf or have hearing impairments. This course is perfect for people with little or no experience of sign language. There are no entry requirements.

This is a six week course running from 1st Nov to 6th Dec in autumn term (Term 1) and 10th Jan to 14th Feb in the spring term (Term 2). All courses take place on Wednesdays between 4pm and 5pm

Students wishing to take this further might also be interested in the British Sign Language Level 1 course at the evening school. This qualification will show that the student can communicate with hearing impaired people at a BSL recognised level. The course runs from September to May and can be attended on a Monday or a Tuesday evening. Students wishing to take up this course can do so at a specially reduced rate too! See Kelly Dawson or Richard MacDonald for more details

Duke Of Edinburgh

Aquinas College is an approved centre for the delivery of the D of E award. We are currently offering Gold and Direct Gold awards. Students who have no prior award can join direct gold and complete the full award in 18 months. For students who have already achieved silver can complete gold in 12 months.

Teachers of Tomorrow

This programme is for anyone interested in a career in teaching. It is a short six week timetabled programme looking at current issues in teaching including safe guarding, lesson observations, teaching standards giving you a real flavour of a teacher training programme. Guest lecturers from Edge Hill University deliver two entertaining sessions. Not only will you understand the roles and qualities required to enter this profession but it will also support you with your applications to university. At the end of the year there is a visit to Edge Hill University to find out more about their current teacher training programmes and gain an insight into what they are looking for in your personal statement and interview technique guidance.

Employment Mentoring

This programme gives you the opportunity to be mentored by someone working in a local business. You meet with your allocated mentor for an hour, four times over the year. The focus of the programme is for you to reflect on your skills, get assistance with CV writing and interview technique. Where possible, we will link you with someone in a career area you are interested but if this not the programme is still very beneficial. Currently we have mentors in from Accounting, Finance, Law, Engineering, Events Management, Science, Teaching and general business.

Vision Programme

Many students do not have a clear vision of what they want to do when they leave Aquinas College. This five week programme is to support students in making decisions. It helps students reflect on their strengths and qualities and develops their own skills to help them research ideas. The programme is delivered on a rolling basis throughout the year so students have a choice of start dates.


The Aquinas e-Ambassadors are digital champions who are passionate about using devices, software, apps and social media for the purpose of learning. They are given training in the use of various digital technologies and as a team will create toolkits and resources and host workshops to share ideas and new skills, dedicating their time and energy to offering advice and support.

Mock Trials

The Mock Trials enrichment will offer you various opportunities to obtain a realistic insight into the legal world. The events that will take place over the year include: the Bar Mock Trial Competition; an intercollege Mooting Competition through the University of Law; and internal Mooting opportunities. You will be presented with creative and exciting ways to find out more about your legal rights and responsibilities, the Criminal Justice System and the legal process and profession. At the same time you will improve your public speaking, analytical and team-working skills. To be involved in these events, you will need to be able to work as part of a team to present opposing sides of specially written criminal case in real Crown Court buildings. You can take on the role of barrister, witness, court staff or juror, and your performance will be judged by senior barristers. Participation in these competitions is recommended for anybody who wants to find out more about the law; for anybody who is interested in pursuing a career in the legal profession; or, for anybody who wishes to develop their team working, organisational and public-speaking skills.

IFS Share Game

The Student Investor Challenge competition involves teams of 4 students and has three rounds of investing £100,000 of virtual money on the London Stock Exchange. Students will need to keep their portfolios healthy by following the ups and downs of the market, judging when to buy and sell in order to make a profit. It is a UK wide investment game for students with a top prize of a trip to New York. On top of that, both the winning team members and their school/college get prize money to spend as well! There are also other prizes on offer throughout the challenge.

Stretch and Challenge Physics

A level physics students who have achieved a grade A in AS physics as well as grade A in AS maths in the summer exams will be invited to participate in the Stretch and Challenge Physics class for one lesson every week during the first term of their upper sixth year. Students will be prepared for admission onto Science and Engineering courses mainly at Oxford and Cambridge universities but also at other Russell Group universities by solving physics and maths problems from Oxford entrance papers as group activities. There will also be some interview practice and a chance to participate in the British Physics Olympiad competition.

Student Council

Want to have your say at Aquinas College? Then join the student council! Students meet regularly to discuss college wide issues and represent student voice. The president and vice president are also invited to bring ideas to the board of governors.

Driving Theory

Are you looking to get your driving licence? On this course you will cover to the topics you will need to know, help you revise and give you an opportunity to practice mock tests. The course will run at different times over the year and comprises of six one hour lessons over six weeks.