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The Burnley College experience is second to none and really brings your learning to life.

A key part of that is the eclectic,  exciting and educational extra-curricular activities which are staged daily.

Make great new friends who share your interests and discover fascinating new hobbies  through our action-packed extra-curricular activities programme.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy

Our excellent programme of extra-curricular activities has been designed to ensure you have the opportunity to bring your learning to life; broaden your horizons; meet new friends and explore – or discover – your favourite hobbies or pastimes.

The extra-curricular programme is students on A Level and Vocational study programmes, as well as BCUC (Burnley College University Courses) undergraduates and those Themis Apprentices in College when activities are being staged.

Freshers’ Fair

Our annual Freshers’ Fair is simply not to be missed. A welcome to College aimed at new students, it’s a fun-filled day where you can take advantage of offers from local businesses; enjoy free food; discover more about the clubs, societies and student roles that make up College life; be entertained by visiting entertainers and enjoy funfair rides – all for free! You’ll meet new friends; discover more about College life and even try our new activities that you may not have had the opportunity to before. Plus. we also stage a Refreshers’ Fair later in the academic year to showcase all the amazing additional opportunities you have to break down barriers and grow in self confidence as a member of the Burnley College family.


eSports Premier League Club PlayOffs

eSports Premier League Club PlayOffs

College Clarets Takeover

College Clarets Takeover at Burnley FCs Turf Moor

Keir Starmer and Lisa Nandy Visit

Keir Starmer and Lisa Nandy Visit the college

The cast of Oliver on stage at Burnley College

Cast of Oliver

Until Joy - She's a Charmer (Live on Burnley College Sixth Form Centre roof)

Until Joy Perform She’s a Charmer live on Burnley College Sixth Form Centre roof

Over the hill live show stage

Over the hill live show

Travel the world

As a Burnley College Sixth Form Centre student you’ll have opportunities to travel the world, taking part in planned activities and visits that will enhance your studies as well as giving you the opportunity to discover new cultures.

Our annual trips have included visits to:

  • Thailand (volunteering on conservation projects and teaching English)
  • Los Angeles (to the international E3 gaming convention attended by industry leaders)
  • Washington and New York (to discover more about American politics and soak up the culture in New York)
  • Rome (to photograph the world-famous sights)
  • France (to improve language skills at a chateau)
  • Spain (to explore the unique geology and improve language skills)
  • French Alps (for a geography field trip)
  • Austria (for a ski-ing trip)
  • Lanzarote (for a visit to an internationally-recognised sports and fitness centre)
  • Switzerland (to view the Hadron Collider at CERN)

Plus, we run regular trips to places of interest and to take part in great activities throughout the UK, including:

  • The Houses of Parliament in Westminster
  • The Tate Modern, London
  • The British Film Institute
  • Altcar Barracks 
  • Leading football clubs
  • Conservation work at coastal and woodland locations
  • Universities – for lectures, discovery events and competitions

Each year, travel restrictions permitting, we include new and exciting trips to help you broaden your horizons.


Sport and Fitness students headed to club la santa for a biking trip

Club La Santa trip – Sport & Fitness

Students enjoying a trip to Copenhagen


Advanced Level Forensic Science Students visit France

Advanced Level Forensic Science Students visit France

Burnley College Students discover London

Burnley College Students discover London

Thailand – 2019

Atrium Activities

Our Student Services team work hard to bring you the very best activities and experiences to enjoy while you’re in a break from classes. Our Atrium is a hive of activity most days with exciting activities that held to make the Burnley College experience truly unforgettable.

Among the activities regularly staged are:

  • VR (Virtual Reality) experiences
  • E-Sports
  • Seasonal activities such as pumpkin carving or crafting
  • Archery
  • Sports challenges
  • Live music
  • Film screenings and major sports event coverage
  • Board games
  • Funfair attractions


Atrium Activity – Archery

Atrium Activity – Pumpkin Carving

Atrium Activity – Live Band

Clubs and Societies

As a Burnley College Sixth Form student, you’re invited to join any of our great clubs and societies, run by Tutors, Support Staff and students, to share their passions with others. Most clubs are held during lunch breaks or after classes, helping you to break up your day with fun activities and time to immerse yourself in your favourite hobby. Whether it’s linked to your studies or not, you’ll be welcome to join in the fun and meet others who share your interests.

Our regular clubs and societies include:

  • French Club
  • Raspberry Pi Club
  • Debating Society
  • Latin Club 
  • Photography Club
  • Gaming Club
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Burnley College Radio
  • Duke of Edinburgh Scheme
  • Chess Club


A Level student (Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics)

“I really enjoyed being part of the French Club. I really enjoyed French at school and it was great to be able to keep up my language skills even though I hadn’t chosen French as an A Level subject.”

Sports and Fitness

If you enjoy playing sport competitively; use it as a way to combat stress or simply love to keep active, there’s an extra-curricular activity for you at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre. Our friendly and motivational team at Fitness Evolution (our on-site fitness facility) run regular taster sessions and fitness challenges around College to introduce you to the many subsidised activities available to you as a student.

You’ll also be able to sign up to represent College in netball, football or rugby, as well as even hone your boxing and cycling skills through the Academy of Sport.

Plus, of course, there are additional fun sports clubs to join, including:

  • Climbing Club
  • Badminton Club
  • Table Tennis Club


Advanced Vocational student (Applied Science)

“Rock climbing and completing an Escape Room were great fun!”

Taking the Lead

There are many opportunities for students to play a full and active role in contributing to the future success of Burnley College by taking on key roles and responsibilities.

It’s a great way to learn new skills, build your self confidence and meet other students, as well as helping to boost your application to university or employment. With all the roles available, you will receive full training and be supported to make a difference to the College community.




Here are just some of the most popular roles open:

Student Governors

As a Student Governor you will have the chance to make a difference. It’s a high-level position where you will be directly able to enhance the student experience at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre and influence decision-making.

As a Student Governor you will be focussed, articulate, confident and reliable.

You will use these excellent attributes to work closely with governors and senior managers to influence the future of learning in Burnley whether that is developing additional student activities and programmes; investing in learning spaces or even feeding back the opinions of the student body.

It’s an unmissable opportunity to enhance your CV; gain invaluable knowledge and skills about management and really make a difference.

Student Ambassadors

As a Burnley College Sixth Form Centre Student Ambassador you will be the link between our students and the public, partners within the community and potential students. You can also get involved in academic mentoring at schools, marketing projects, extra-curricular activities and volunteering, health and wellbeing support and health and safety. It’s a vital role with a high degree of responsibility, and the ideal opportunity to improve your communication and networking skills, which is why it will be impressive on your application to university or your CV.

Student Representatives

The Student Voice is important and always heard at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre. That’s why we have student representatives within each Division and Class to give feedback to Tutors and managers on teaching; activities they have enjoyed or would like to see and suggestions for additional learning resources.


Advanced Vocational student (Creative Digital Media)

“Being a Student Ambassador has really helped with my confidence and communication skills.”

Bringing Learning to Life

Learning doesn’t only take place in the classroom, laboratory or workshop. We bring learning to life through talks and activities led by recognised experts in their field, augmenting the curriculum and providing you with memories to last a lifetime.

Just a few of the outstanding activities that we have staged in College include:

  • Autopsy Life (a real-life medical experience hosted by medical professionals)
  • Google Digital Garage (to boost online skills)
  • Behind Bars Conference  (covering aspects of policing, the criminal justice system and psychology)
  • Visit from Ocean Revival (the team of Royal Marines undertaking the world’s most dangerous row across the Atlantic)
  • Workshops with Adam Corbally, finalist in The Apprentice, on positive mindset and innovation