Extending Your Experience

At St Vincent learning is not only about your courses. We offer you an ‘all-round’ experience which will equip you for later life. Universities and employers also place enormous importance on such wider experience. Here we highlight some of the opportunities to add that extra dimension to your college experience!


Subject Trips

The college organises a huge number of trips every year through its in-house Travel Shop and there are opportunities to see the world while you are a student at St Vincent.

In previous years Art and Photography students have travelled to New York and London to visit galleries, while Classics and History students have been to Athens to explore classical Greek civilisation and Moscow and St Petersburg to gain a better understanding of the Russian Revolution.

Disneyland Paris is a regular destination for Travel and Tourism students wanting to find out about how a theme park is marketed and organised, while Psychology students have visited Marwell Zoo.

Business students have been to Amsterdam, visiting the Heineken brewery among other things, while Media and Film students attended a film festival in Brussels.

In 2007 Japanese and Geography students went to Japan and Religious Studies students visited Rome, while BTEC Public Service students went on a trip to Devon. Regular conference visits have been organised for students of English Literature, Language and Sociology, while theatre trips are a staple of the Performance Studies courses.

All in all there is a wealth of opportunity to ensure that your studies are not limited to the classroom.


Short Courses

Every year the college offers you a choice of activities which you can take part in on top of your core study programme. These courses fall into three main categories:

Extending your involvement in a Subject Area

The focus of these courses is to allow you to develop the breadth and depth of your knowledge in a subject area you are already studying. Students on Public Service and sports students have accessed a First Aid course.

Relaxation, Hobbies and Pastimes

There are plenty of opportunities to re-charge your batteries or pick up a new interest.

Chess, Indian Head Massage and the Creative Writing Group are three-such courses/clubs which aim to extend your horizons. Rock Challenge is also a popular option with performing arts students and non performance students alike.

Sport and Exercise

The college has a Leisure Centre on the campus, including sports hall, swimming pool, weights room and badminton courts, which students can access during the day for free and at evenings/weekends for a preferential rate.

Short courses change from year to year depending on what staff can offer. You get the chance to choose your course when you enrol.


Duke of Edinburgh

At St Vincent we offer the Duke of Edinburgh award to develop the skills and abilities of young people through a range of activities at Silver and Gold levels. The four sections encourage:

Service to others
A spirit of adventure and discovery through expedition
Practical, academic and social skills
Taking part in sport

We focus on the expedition section of the award through the Short Course programme. We do one day practice walks in the South Downs and Kingley Vale and a two-day practice on the Isle of Wight. Final expeditions have taken place in the Peak District and the Isle of Purbeck and even France. We also give advice on how you can complete.

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