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Additional Guided Learning Hours


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St Julie’s Catholic High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment

From September 2022, The Department for Education has provided schools with funding for additional Guided Learning Hours for all Sixth Form students. This will allow school to provide students with a range of valuable opportunities to support them in their Sixth Form studies and to prepare them for their next steps after Sixth Form.

All students will be required to select from a suite of constructive and invaluable online courses. Students will be supported in selecting a relevant course which links to their chosen subjects and career plans. There will be an additional timetabled lesson in order to fulfil this statutory requirement which will both prepare students for later life and further enrich their programme of study.  

These additional hours are now a compulsory part of the programme of study for all Sixth Form students nationally and positive engagement is vital in order for students to ensure that they have a comparable range of experiences to their peers in other schools and colleges. 


Art, Fashion and Textiles

Explore how your interactions within the fashion industry’s global ecosystems can help promote sustainable growth.
Learn how fashion designers and businesses can make more compassionate choices to build fur-free, sustainable fashion brands.
Discover the issues, agendas, and contexts surrounding fashion and sustainability, and develop strategies to improve the industry.
Examine the relationship between fashion and society, using fashion activism to challenge social injustice.
Discover the women creators who shaped modern and contemporary art and those who continue to make huge impacts today.
Exercise creative brand development skills and learn how to build a brand with an authentic identity and style.
Discover a new side to the colourful history of Pop Art alongside experts at the world-famous Centre Pompidou.

Biology

Get an introduction to the science of forensic science and discover how it's applied in the real world.
Get an introduction to different human body parts and their functions, from organ systems to cell structure and tissues.
Learn about the seventeenth-century Scientific Revolution and its role in shaping the modern Western world.
Explore how the unravelling of genetic code has led to a deeper understanding of genetic diseases and cancer
Learn the science behind how and why medicines work, and what can improve patient's treatment, with this online course.

Business Studies

Learn how fashion designers and businesses can make more compassionate choices to build fur-free, sustainable fashion brands.
Explore fundamental aspects of cash flow management, from cash conversion cycles to short-term financing.
Use critical thinking and the conceptual thinking framework to approach problems effectively and communicate your solutions.
Discover the importance of customer personas, and how to create and use them to develop effective marketing plans.

Chemistry

Explore the use of medicines in treating cancer and take your first steps towards becoming a science writer.
Learn about cutting-edge medical science topics, separate fact from fiction, and empower yourself to look after your own health.
Get an introduction to different human body parts and their functions, from organ systems to cell structure and tissues.
With chemistry providing us an endless amount of possibilities, what would you choose to develop?
Develop the right skills for study and assessment in higher education while refreshing your core science knowledge.

Criminology

Get an introduction to the science of forensic science and discover how it's applied in the real world.
Explore the role of interfaith education in preventing forms of violent extremism and building resilient communities.
Delve into the fascinating study of criminology and gain an insight into work as a criminal justice professional.
Explore life inside UK prisons. Learn whether this type of punishment reduces crime and if rehabilitation can prevent reoffending.

Dance

See how Japanese art absorbed, refigured and influenced Western art in the 20th century through Hijikata Tatsumi's butoh dance.
Learn about the psychology of music and movement and how researchers study music-related body motion in this free online course.
Understand artistic protest from the African Diaspora, and how Black performance impacts social justice movements today.

Drama

Learn about Meyerhold’s form of physical theatre, biomechanics, and understand and perform ‘The Slap’.
Be ready for any audition and develop your overall creativity as you learn more about the art of acting.
Explore the craft of Production Design with award-winning filmmakers and learn how it adds meaning and depth to screen stories.
This online course explores the key concepts and fundamental principles involved in the process of screenwriting.

Digital Media

Discover how to improve your creative process and build your resilience within the creative industry
Develop your worldbuilding skills and bring your brand to life through immersive storytelling and transmedia experiences.
Review everything you need to know about Java and Python to start a career as a software developer.
Discover the emerging technologies shaping the future of storytelling and how you can start a career in the screen industry.

English Literature; Combined English

Understand the basics of poetry analysis and learn key skills for studying English literature by exploring a variety of texts.
Discover how crafting an engaging story can deliver a message that inspires audiences and effects real change.
Gain insights into political speeches, beautiful poetry, and everything in between as you take a deep dive into stylistics.
Explore what makes good journalism as you learn about its origins and where news reporting stands today.
Learn about Shakespeare in print and performance around the world, from early modern times to today.
Prepare to study at university, explore the qualities of a successful student, and learn key vocabulary in an academic context.

Geography

Understand and explore the physical processes behind the weather
Discover data analytics and learn how to process and interpret satellite data to track hurricanes.
Explore some of the key issues in sustainability, tackling the big questions with examples from around the world.
Get an introduction to what it means to be a global citizen and the opportunities it creates.

Health and Social Care

Learn how to ensure young children do enough physical activity and how it improves child mental and physical health development.
Learn more about how to support children and young people with their body image and mental health.
Expand your understanding of the main concepts, challenges, and themes surrounding public health promotion.

History

Explore the campaign for women’s right to vote and its impact on women’s rights and equality to the present day.
Understand what innovation means and consider the history and developments of innovations that are important in our daily lives.
Understand where public health has come from, why it looks the way it does today and where it might go next.
Delve into the history of poverty and inequality across the globe, and explore potential solutions to these social issues.

Maths

Explore and solve encrypted maths puzzles, in which numbers are replaced by letters or symbols, with this free online course.
Improve your ability to teach maths and logic in computing and create unplugged activities for your students. Supported by Google.
Strengthen key maths skills needed in computer science, including Venn diagrams, algebra techniques and set theory notation.
Explore advanced precalculus topics and gain the mathematical knowledge and skills required to take a first course in precalculus.

Music

Gain important insights into music therapy and those who pioneered it as you discover the vital skills of a music therapist.
Learn about the psychology of music and movement and how researchers study music-related body motion in this free online course.
Examine the relationship between music and intelligence, debunking common myths, and exploring amazing facts.
Get an introduction to the mechanics of songwriting and learn how to write a song of your own with our established songwriters.
Find out how musicians turn the notation of a musical score into a memorable performance. Change how you listen to music.

Physics

Explore the night sky, discover how stars are formed and find out about exoplanets, all through the constellation of Orion.
Discover the impacts of engineering failures as you uncover historical cases and the key factors that led to disastrous results.
Expand your understanding of modern physics and discover how we can solve societal problems by developing future technologies.
What is an ultrasound scan, and how do they work? Discover the science of ultrasound and understand its clinical uses.

Philosophy and Ethics

Explore the key ethical theories surrounding global challenges and learn how philosophy can be used to address these problems.
Explore the role of interfaith education in preventing forms of violent extremism and building resilient communities
Explore the relationship between religions and governments and learn how religions have come to be governed across the world.

Psychology

Learn more about how to support children and young people with their body image and mental health.
Discover how psychology can help obtain evidence from eyewitnesses in police investigations and prevent miscarriages of justice.
Learn how a psychological understanding of our emotions and behaviour gives us new ways to improve mental health and well-being.
Discover the varying uses of social media around the world and its consequences for politics, relationships and everyday life.
Take a look at ADHD symptoms, causes, impact, and treatment. Understand what people with ADHD experience, and how to support them.

Politics

Discover the causes of global employment (in)equalities, and how workers can gain a better voice for a fairer future.
Investigate links between economics and politicians with Sir Vince Cable and leading economists at the University of Nottingham.
Find out how propaganda is used to instil political ideologies and its impact on our daily lives, with this free online course
How do governments acquire and spend public money? Take a fresh look at public financial management with this free online course.

BTEC Sport

Explore the ways in which sport can actively contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and other objectives.
Expand your knowledge of the benefits of lifelong physical activity for maintaining brain health and reducing disease risk.
Expand your knowledge of the benefits of lifelong physical activity for maintaining brain health and reducing disease risk.

Sociology

Foster and support important social and political change through innovative board game design.
Explore how religion, culture, and politics intersect with women’s sexual wellbeing.
Explore the history of punk and the role played by youth subcultures in contemporary history, while making your own punk fanzine.

Spanish

Find out how teaching with short film can bring alive the learning of languages and introduce rich cultural content to lessons.

Travel and Tourism

Discover the cultural, economic, and environmental impacts of tourism and have the opportunity to explore sustainable tourism.
Discover how artificial intelligence is set to shape the future of tourism, in this introductory tourism management course.
Understand how places, urban mobility and health impact each other, and use your knowledge to design sustainable cities.

University

Gain tips and support on how to prepare for your university interview, from what to research to understanding interview feedback.
Learn what to expect from going to university in the UK and how to make the most of your university experience.
Critical thinking is a vital skill for university study whatever your discipline. Prepare for university now.
Prepare for university and master academic skills that are essential for undergraduates studying in the UK.
Need advice on how to study online? Discover study techniques and skills for learning online as part of your university studies.
Ready to cook yourself healthy? Learn how to prepare nourishing and delicious meals with BBC Good Food’s brand-new course
Learn how the financial world works and how to manage your finances to make smarter decisions.
Using the Unifrog opportunities search tool, complete at least 2 shortlists. University is an investment in your future, be sure to research the course and it’s structure; every degree is different whether you’re studying Law at University of Liverpool or Law at UCL – the courses will differ in terms of structure, content, compulsory and elective modules and the assessment criteria.
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Applying for jobs

This free three week course provides the tools you need to succeed at interviews and land your dream job or course place.
This free three week course will help you produce a perfect CV, application and online profile when applying for a job or course.
Get the job of your dreams and start on the right foot, by implementing our work-ready skills
Take charge of your career development and identify the skills you need to plan and achieve your career goals
Develop the skills and techniques you need to enter the job market, expand your opportunities, and land the job you want.
Learn how to show professionalism in the workplace and get essential office etiquette tips for professional communication at work