Super curricular

When applying to study at university, admissions tutors will want to see students’ passion for the subject they are applying for. They do this by looking at students’ super-curricular activities. These are activities that take students beyond the A Level curriculum in the subject they are planning to study, beyond what school subject teachers are teaching, demonstrating a passion for their chosen subject.

The range of super-curricular activities in RP6TH is huge, some cost but many are free and, with the internet, students have plenty of opportunity to go that extra mile and show their passion for the subject they are planning to study at university. When students do a super-curricular activity, it is a good idea to keep a record and think about the impact of the activity on students’ existing knowledge about the subject, how it has developed their thinking or knowledge, any skills developed and so on. Above all, super-curricular activity has to be thought of as building a case to support the student’s university application.

Below are listed examples of super-curricular activities on offer:

Wider reading

Students are advised to read around the subject they plan to study and keep up to date with developments in their subject of choice. This can be through journals or through books written by experts in their areas of interest, or documentaries. A starting point may be to look up university research/areas of development/projects, which can be found on individual university websites.

Work experience

Students are advised to gain work experience relevant to their chosen field of study. This will not only gives students an insight into their preferred subject/career, but it enables them to make an informed choice and it shows a level of commitment to the degree subject they are planning to study.

RP6TH students working in the computer labs.