Students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull get many exciting opportunities to get out of the classroom and develop their learning through more interactive means. This is often by way of fieldtrips. Perhaps the most exciting of these fieldtrips are the overseas trips, which are offered in several of our courses, not to mention as an extra-curricular option too. There is more information about our fieldtrips on this page, but we also have a Flickr Fieldtrip photo album of past trips.
Team Gambia is our most adventurous project. This is a week-long trip, but 9 months in the making! We recruit students in Year 12 and work with them from February to November fundraising for this fantastic volunteering trip. Read more about what the trip involves on our Team Gambia page.
Curriculum fieldtrips overseas include a Politics trip to New York City, an Art excursion to a major European city (previously Paris, Rome, Berlin and Barcelona), a History trip to the battlefields in Belgium, a History/Russian trip to Moscow and St Petersburg, a Geography fieldtrip to France and Modern Foreign Language exchanges in Germany and France, not to mention overseas work experience in Spain.
Residential trips are not isolated to those overseas. Students on the Duke of Edinburgh scheme embark on expeditions to North Yorkshire and Northumberland to achieve their Gold award. Meanwhile, Ancient History students take part in the University of Leicester’s “Awesome Archaeology” summer school.
The College enjoys excellent relationships with universities and many of the trips included unique opportunities at some of the most prestigious Higher Education institutions in the country. Our students have previously benefited from visits and project work at universities in Cambridge, Oxford, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield and Warwick. In addition, Economics, Politics and Sociology have links with the Universities of Birmingham and Leicester, Business and Law have links with Aston University, Psychology works closely with the University of Warwick and Modern Foreign Languages work closely with Birmingham and Cambridge Universities. These links are being developed thanks to developing Specialist Academies in many curriculum areas.
Away from higher education, visits also include Law trips to local magistrates and crown courts, Performing Arts trips to productions at theatres across the country, and Humanities trips to the British Museum and to Caerleon in Wales to visit an ancient Roman site.
This is not an exhaustive list of excursions, but hopefully it gives a taste of the opportunities available. The College works hard to keep costs as low as possible and some of the cost of these trips may be subsidised by the College.