Future Speakers

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Course introduction

Speech writers change the world. From Thomas Jefferson’s ‘Declaration of Independence’ to Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a Dream’ speech, words have changed political policies and freed whole nations from oppression. Now you can learn how to use language to make a change in the world. The Future Speakers elective is designed to develop your already creative mind. The course will give you the confidence to shape your ideas and express them in a public forum.

Who should follow the programme?

This elective will be open to all students who demonstrate a passion for public speaking. You will prove this by submitting a paragraph of writing that demonstrates your ability and introduces us to the power of your convictions. You will choose a subject that means a lot to you and try to convey this passion in the most creative way you can.

What activities can you expect to experience?

  • You will study a range of famous speeches that have changed the world
  • You will explore how language is shaped to affect change in the world
  • You will enter many public speaking competitions and represent the college in national competitions
  • You will plan and promote your own range of public speaking competitions for other schools and colleges to enter
  • You will listen to visiting speakers who will inspire workshop based activities
  • You will work both independently and collaboratively to develop your speech writing skills

You will develop the following employability skills:

  • Written and spoken communication
  • Creativity
  • Perseverance
  • Analysis
  • Team work
  • Independent working

What will this elective lead to after SJR?

When you can inspire through the power of your own words, the sky is the limit. You may pursue a career in politics or inspirational speaking. Alternatively, most careers require you to present to management or clients at some stage. Having the ability to speak in front of others is a very desirable skill. The course will inspire you to think differently about the world whilst developing basic employability skills for any career.

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Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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