Enrichment Activities


Art & Design Enrichment
Extension class for Visual Art students, based around a series of gallery trips, studio visits and meetings with contemporary artists, and designers.

Band Collective
Make music on Wednesday afternoons with student bands. All instruments and voices welcome!

Funk Band

Chemistry Society
Programme of events and activities for students of Chemistry A level to extend their understanding and appreciation of the subject.

College Mentors
Train to support fellow students as they join and work their way through College. Training focuses on listening skills and enables participants to explore some of their own feelings and to support others.

Creative Writing
Students work with a local author to develop their writing skills and to receive feedback on the creation of their own poetry, prose or scripts.


Digital Illustration
This course will enable Visual Arts students to develop skills in Photoshop, explore possibilities of digital image making and enhance ability to communicate visually.

Duke of Edinburgh Scheme
The opportunity to participate in the Award Scheme. You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in these areas: Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and, for Gold, a Residential.

Environmental Committee
Plan how the College will reduce its environmental footprint, implement its environmental policy and eco-code; develop projects around the College and its campus.

Env Committee

Feminist Society
Regular discussion and debates on some of the key themes and issues around contemporary gender roles and power.

Funk Band
Rehearse and perform cover versions of rock, soul and dance classics.

Funk Band

Humanities Mentors
Train to support students in particular subjects such as History and Law as they join and work their way through their first year.

Law Society
Do you have a passion for Law?  Listen to talks from guest speakers, take part in careers events, participate in debates, enhance your CV/personal statement

Life Drawing
For Visual Arts students to build a successful portfolio for progression to an Art & Design degree or foundation course. Work directly from a range of life models and produce a series of drawings, paintings, mixed media or experimental works.

Local Geographical Association
Regular speaker meetings for anyone interested in geographical issues. Not just for A level Geographers, it may interest you if you are concerned about environmental or global issues. There's also opportunity to compete in a local schools/colleges competition.

Maths Activities
An opportunity for Maths students to extend their skills through involvement in various mathematical challenges and competitions.

Med/Vet/Dent Society
for those students intent on a career in medicine, veterinary science and dentistry. Focus on writing personal statements, support with the BMAT UKCAT exams, the Medic Conference, plus 1:1 interviews to help with UCAS applications.

Music Theory
Weekly support for students of Music (or Music Technology) in its key elements such as intervals, keys, scales and chords.

Origami Club
Learn how to transform small pieces of paper into amazing shapes!


Oxbridge Support Programme
Specialist support for students applying to the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge.

Pathways to Business
Success Mentor scheme for Business students. Receive training in mentoring and supporting fellow business students. Opportunity to receive mentoring and advice from successful local business people.

Philosophy Society
Student led discussion, dissection and deconstruction of philosophical issues and arguments.

Politics Society
Weekly meetings with a broad range of speakers – local MPs, councillors, activists, journalists, academics and many more. A change to meet, discuss, contest and listen to viewpoints you may have never considered before.


Publicity & Journalism Team
Help run a news reporting service for the College Publicity Department and develop real-world experience of researching and writing news releases.

Rainbow Alliance
A safe space for LGBTQ+ students and their straight allies to meet, find support and campaign for change.

Rainbow Alliance

Sport & Recreation

The following recreational activities are offered to all students on Wednesday afternoons (or sometimes on other occasions during the week):

Fitness Suite
Football - teams
Football - social
Football - women's team
Table Tennis

Girls Football


The following small qualifications at levels  2 may be added to three A levels (or equivalent) to complete a study programme and broaden your CV.

  • Dance Leadership Award,
  • Sports Leadership Awards,
  • Fitness Instruction,
  • Nutrition and Health.


Stage Management
Open to all students interested in working behind the scenes or front of house on college productions.

Storytelling Society
Come along to discuss and learn how to tell traditional stories of many cultures.

Student-Directed Drama
Open to all students interested in creating, rehearsing and performing drama.

Student Voice
Represent the views and opinions of students following your subject within the Varndean College (NUS) Student Union. It is also possible to seek election to any one of several roles on the NUS Executive.

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The Social Space
The Social Space can be found once a week in room 14.2. The group is student led and gives you a chance to take your mind off studying for a bit. Whether that be sitting around and having a chat, playing games or doing something arty. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come down!

Visual Art Contexts and History
This course will enable students to explore the cultural and historical contexts of the creation and enjoyment of art. Students will develop a greater theoretical understanding whilst extending their own practical skills.

Varndean College Ambassadors
Support and inform prospective applicants to the College by helping out with College open days, year 10 taster events and school liaison.

Where possible the College will help find you a local volunteering placement to help others and/or to develop your own experience and skills. Valuable for anyone contemplating careers in teaching, health, social services etc.

Work Experience
The College has good links with local employers and might be able to find you a placement – either as a weekly commitment or a block of time - to develop your experience of the world of employment.

Improve your wellbeing, student de-stress, enhance your learning, learn life skills, hand reflexology, brain gym, mindfulness and strategies for self-control..

Young Enterprise Scheme
Set up and run your own business and aim to make a profit, with advice and mentoring from local business people.


"It's easy to underestimate the positive impact on your learning - and general wellbeing - of a nice environment. Varndean is a friendly place, where people from an eclectic mix of backgrounds, with an even broader range of interests, feel at ease - and that really matters."

"I love studying this course as it's mainly coursework based and that's perfect for me. As part of the course, I have undertaken work experience at Joyland Nursery working with children aged between 2 to 5 years and at Downs Infant School, mainly working with Reception children. I absolutely LOVE the work experience as you get a practical approach to the profession that you may be entering. After college, I would like to study a degree in Primary Education and go on to be a Primary School Teacher based in an infant school.
I love being at Varndean College because everyone is so mature and you are treated like an adult and everybody is so kind and friendly, I really couldn't fault the place.


"As everyone says (and rightly so) the atmosphere at Varndean College simply felt the most welcoming to me, with its open green spaces and strong sense of Art."

"I loved the campus and the atmosphere, the teachers are all so friendly and the College itself makes you feel at home. I have had a fabulous two years."