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Maximising your learning experience

At Kings, we ensure that both inside and outside the classroom you will be totally immersed in an exciting, interactive learning environment which will keep you busy and teach you new skills. This is because we know that successful students are the ones who make the most of their time in and out of the classroom.

Universities are looking for well-rounded applicants with broad interests, and participating in the following clubs, activities and schemes will help you become one of these sought-after candidates.

Social programmes

Our four UK schools have busy extracurricular programmes.

To see what is on in any current month, go to each of the location pages where you will find a downloadable PDF activity calendar — for example, what is on at Kings Oxford this month. You can also view the activity calendars for each school here:

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Duke of Edinburgh AwardThe Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an extracurricular initiative undertaken by thousands of British students every year. It provides a unique opportunity to take part in an exciting project or activity. There are lots of different elements to the award, graded gold, silver or bronze. These include improving in a sport or physical activity, going on an expedition, joining a residential camp, or volunteering in the community.

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Kings Debating Society

Debating is a centuries old intellectual discipline and an excellent means of developing skills in critical thinking and argument, as well as in the English language. The ability to speak and debate in public, in English, is a skill for life.

At Kings, all students have the opportunity to have training and participate in debating and public speaking activities, including internal and external competitions.

Kings Enterprise

The Kings Enterprise scheme is a great opportunity to find out from visiting business experts what it is like to run your own business. You can form your own company selling real products and services, issue shares and appoint people to key functions.

Regular excursions

We organise regular excursions to places of interest throughout the UK, including museums, exhibitions, and famous landmarks. This way, you can discover more about the culture and history of the UK.

Trinity Arts Award

Arts Award CentreAs part of our Academic Enrichment Programme you can work towards a certificate in a creative subject — painting, dance or drama. This is a great way to explore your creative side and to develop a richer personal profile for university.

Find out more about the Trinity Arts Award

From Kings Life

Helping students achieve the Trinity Arts Award

Students from Kings Bournemouth recently set off on a Duke of Edinburgh Award camping expedition in Dorset. Xiaohan Yang (Crystal) shares their first day's highlights.

Read the full blog post

Lecture programme

There is a regular programme of lectures after lessons which students are encouraged to attend. These might cover a variety of topics of general academic, linguistic or cultural interest. Details of the lecture calendar are published in college or on the My Calendar section of ClassMate.

Sports and fitness

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in a range of sports while at Kings. Whether you would like to play just for fun, or would like to join a college team and compete against other colleges, there's something for everyone.

Kings Bournemouth has linked up with Sport BU at Bournemouth University to provide students with a variety of sports courses and outstanding facilities. Here they can be part of termly courses and enjoy basketball, football, volleyball and badminton.

Student leadership and Student Council

We aim to enhance the college community spirit by actively engaging students with leadership development opportunities such as the Student Council and student-driven charity and social events. We encourage students to put forward new and creative ideas to develop their leadership experience.

Clubs and societies

There are several clubs and societies for you to join during your free time. These are a great way of making new friends and of sharing common interests. You might want to join a film or book club, or perhaps a club focussing on computing, arts or sports. And if there isn’t yet a club devoted your own interest, why not get together with your fellow students and form one!

Record of achievement

During the course of their time at Kings, students will also keep a record of what they have achieved — both inside and outside the classroom. This Record of Achievement forms a highly valuable document which will support your application to university.