College life isn’t all about lectures and learning. Our Student Enrichment team plans a range of activities and workshops, from football to street dance, for you to learn new skills or just have fun!
The Enrichment team specialises in student personal and social development through informal educational activities including sports and leisure, workshops and a range of social projects. This is to enable students to discover new experiences and develop new skills.
We also have a Further Education Sports Coordinator (FESCO) who offers sporting activities and can signpost to sports taking place in and around Westminster.
We work in partnership with students to develop these activities. We also work in partnership with Westminster Youth Service, tutors, the Student Advisers, and other external services within the wider community, to ensure all students can access the support and information they require in key areas.
Below is a selection of the enrichment activies and workshops which we offer our students:
Recreation and advice drop-in
We offer to all students a daily drop-in session for them to relax and socialise between lesson time. Enrichment Workers are available to give you advice and information, to discuss ideas about new projects/activities or if you just want to have a friendly or confidential chat.
We have a variety of facilities such as:
- LCD TV & Music
- Comfy seating
- PS2 & Nintendo Wii
- Cards & Board games
- We offer a variety of weekly activities including:
Basketball – Team Training / League
City of Westminster College has a great basketball programme for students. Committed basketball players are entered into the annual London Pioneer’s Basketball League which enables students to play in competitive leagues games against local colleges during terms 1 and 2.
Football Training Session
These sessions take place at the Paddington Recreation Ground, near Maida Vale station and also at the Paddington Green Campus in the sports hall. Sessions are led by qualified coaches and are designed to be enjoyable and to enhance player fitness and enable students to play in inter-college and community leagues.
Open to both female and male students these sessions take place in the Dance Studio and are led by a professional instructor.
This is offered FREE for students at the Jubilee Sports Centre. Women only sessions take place on weekends.
Students can access local community gym and fitness facilities in close proximity to the campus they study at and can also access the college gym facilities located at the Paddington Green Campus, all offered at discounted rate.
Students are taken to centrally located cinemas to watch and critique the latest movie releases at a fraction of the full price.
We also offer a variety of exciting workshops including:
Gain a skill to save lives! Short and long courses are offered to students to provide them with training that will benefit their personal and professional development.
A student-lead project offered each academic year allowing students to understand the process of creating an editorial. Highlighting topics that matter to students, such as current affair, music, reviews and College-related issues.
BSM Theory Support Classes
Many students just can not find the time to revise for their theory test. This session provides students with tutor support, information about the hazard perception test and an opportunity to take a mock test to increase your chances of passing your theory test first time.
Learn to Swim
Swimming is a key life skill you can learn through Enrichment. Sessions are held over 8 weeks at a local pool, a qualified Swimming instructor facilitates all sessions and a health assessment would need to be completed prior to taking part.
Women’s Awareness sessions
The themes for each session are based on the topics/issues raised by female students such as:
- Sexual health awareness
- Peer pressure / approval of others?
- Body image and physical ideals
Topics are explored through discussion, guest speakers, DVD extracts and role plays.
Sexual Health drop-in sessions:
Sessions are offered fortnightly at the two main campuses, Paddington Green and Queens Park. These aim to increase students' knowledge of sexually-transmitted infections amongst young people enabling students to make informed decisions about behaviour and lifestyle choices towards sexual health matters.
Finally, some of the events organised by the College and its students include:
The Fresher’s Fair is aimed at welcoming new and existing students back for a new academic year. There are a variety of stalls for students to pick-up information about various College facilities, local community services, sign up for Enrichment and sports activities, and election for the Students' Council.
This annual student-led event gives students the opportunity to gain experience in event management by planning the show and encouraging students to get involved and show their various talents to create a fun and entertaining evening.
Battle of the Brains – Quiz
A social education experience, mixing knowledge and fun! Inviting student teams from each campuses to battle it out to walk away with the ‘winner’ title for their campus.
Battle of the Sexes – Debates
Real questions and real answers. Boys vs girls question time! A chance for students to ask a range of social, education and economic questions to their peers and get answers from the opposite sex.
A celebration of the cultural diversity of students at the City of Westminster College. Flags, music, food and testimonies bring students and staff together to educate, inspire and take pride in showing-off their culture.
Youth Choices Week
Held annually to raise student awareness about issues that may affect them at College, in their local community and throughout life, providing information to enable students to make informed choices about current and future decisions.