Varndean Progress

Full Year Courses (Option A) - You choose one

Carbon Literacy Course
The course covers the essential scientific principles behind climate change and is studied in the context of local, national and global concerns for the health of our planet. It also covers how we can limit the damaging effects of human activity by examining examples of green initiatives and sustainability projects. It will require you to think about your own actions and how you can offset your own carbon footprint, and provide a vision for future generations of young people who can be well informed and engaged with the issues
English Literature Extended Reading Group
For A Level or IB English students. you will have the opportunity to read and discuss English literature, other Anglophone literatures, and world literatures in translation, none of which form part of your set texts
Environmental Studies & Geography Group
Includes several local trips and day trips in Southern England such as London and Hampshire. We also offer optional trips to other countries which have regularly included Europe and North America
Latin
You will learn the basics of the Latin vocabulary using the Cambridge Latin Course. The story-based Course provides an enjoyable and carefully paced introduction to the Latin language, complemented by background information on Roman culture and civilisation. The material progresses from simple stories written specially for the Course, through adaptations of Roman authors, to original texts. The texts are accompanied by explanations of key language points, and are supported by grammar practice exercises
Local Geographical Association
The Local Geographical Association run regular lectures delivered by local university lecturers and experts from a variety of organisations. These lectures support learning in geography and environmental sustainability. They are run after the college day and last for about one hour. We also run occasional outdoor learning events and competitions. Students find that attending these lectures helps with for university or job interviews because it shows a level of commitment and wider knowledge
Mathematics Society
An opportunity for gifted and talented Maths students to extend their skills through various mathematical challenges and competitions, such as the UK Maths Challenge and British Maths Olympiad. We will also be helping students prepare for Maths-related entry exams such as MAT or STEP
Maths for Biology
An essential additional course for students taking A level Biology with a grade 5 in GCSE Maths
Maths for Chemistry
An essential additional course for students taking A level Chemistry but not A level Maths with a grade 6 in GCSE Maths
Maths for Physics
An essential additional course for students taking A level Physics but not A level Maths
Medicine, Veterinary & Dentistry (MED/VET/DENT)
Specialist support for students applying for medicine, dentistry and veterinary science higher education courses. Listen to speakers, focus on writing personal statements, gain support for the BMAT/ UKCAT exams, plus 1:1 interviews to help with UCAS applications
Portfolio Building for Graphic Designers
You will have an opportunity to work on a series of creative outcomes, which you will then organise and present in a visual portfolio. This is good preparation for students who want to pursue further study in the visual arts, as you will need a portfolio to showcase your talents at university interviews. You will also develop confidence in presenting and interviewing
Web Development Club
You will explore how to program websites using html, css and javascript. We have arranged a web developer from industry who will support and guide you. We will then use our skills to make your websites interactive. Projects this year have included interactive Hangman, Breakout, GPS/Location based websites and Quizzes
Young Enterprise
This qualification is designed to help students to recognise and develop their enterprise skills. You will develop your own capabilities through the planning, implementation and evaluation of project work in the context of enterprise. The course is entirely practical, there is no syllabus, coursework or homework. However, you will be setting up and running your own business for the better part of a year. And that involves a whole lot of hard work! You will learn a variety of skills associated with running a small business. These include: recognising existing skills, planning and running an enterprise, evaluating success and personal development

Shorter Courses (Option B) - You choose two from any pathway

ASPIRE (Humanities)
If you love learning and have ambitions of studying a humanities subject at a top university then this group offers support and information to students who have the ability to flourish on academically challenging undergraduate courses
ASPIRE (STEM)
If you love learning and have ambitions of studying Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths subjects at a top university then this group offers support and information to students who have the ability to flourish on academically challenging undergraduate courses
Careers Skills - Recruitment & Selection
Understand different industries, applications for jobs - CV - entry requirements, structure, applications, interviews, job roles
Classics - Extension & Support
This enrichment will support your learning, understanding and progress in Classics. Especially useful if you need more help and guidance to stay on top of your studies, homework and/or coursework
Clinical Case History Workshops (for Medical School Applicants)
To be more confident in taking case histories and to gain insight into the processes involved in diagnosis by exploring the many different clinical features that patients present
Engineering - Design & Build
Develop skills in engineering and design
English Skills & Support For Students of GCSE & A Level English Language and A Level English Lang/Lit
This enrichment will support your learning, understanding and progress in English. Especially useful if you need more help and guidance to stay on top of your studies, homework and/or coursework
Employability Skills
On this course you will develop your employability skills such as leadership, communication, teamwork and will cover the following areas: Job Searching Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Work experience, CV and interview preparation
Introduction to Archaeology
You will explore the subject of Archaeology, where it came from & why it matters in the modern world. You will also be able to explore study & career opportunities in Archaeology & Heritage & get specific help with taking the subject further
Film Making - For Level 2 Creative Media students
Improve confidence on L2 media course, make new friendships and gain higher grades
Media Society
Explore and discuss a variety of topics relating to current issues emerging in the media (for example, women in Film) and how it affects you. This group will be mostly student led and focus on the issues that matter to you! You can be as actively involved as you like, for example: in chairing a session based on your particular interests and experiences; contributing sources of information (articles, Ted talks etc.); recommending relevant topics; or just share your views and opinions. This society will help to develop your communication and listening skills, critical thinking and analysis, leadership, research techniques and it will expand your knowledge of the effect media has on us all. Plus, you may meet some new friends!
New Perspectives in Biology
You will explore a variety of topics, linking Biology to the real world and extending knowledge beyond the specification