Enrich your learning with Q-XTRA

Q-XTRA Certificates

Final year students collecting Q-XTRA certificates

We want to support and enable you to leave college with more skills and experiences than just those gained through your studies. To do this, the Q-XTRA programme encourages you to seek out experiences that maintain your health, contribute to your community, develop your employability, and enhance your skills and interests. For everything you do alongside your studies either in or out of college, you can receive credits leading to either Bronze, Silver or Gold Q-XTRA certification.


Competitive Sports and Teams

  • Athletics (Summer Only)

    This is a summer activity which comprises of Team BP entering into a number of County wide athletics competitions.

  • Women’s Basketball

    Basketball for WomenThe Women’s Basketball programme is a growing and thriving programme aimed at team players and school/recreation players. The Team BP team play in the Hampshire Colleges league and Cup, the AoC cups and tournaments.

  • Men’s Football (Including Elite)

    Football TrainingThe Men’s Football programme is a growing and thriving programme aimed at team players. The Team BP team play in the Hampshire Colleges League and Cup, the AoC and English Schools national cup competitions.

  • Hockey (Mixed)


    The Hockey (Mixed) programme is a thriving programme that has had a lot of success over the years aimed at team players. The mixed team play in the Hampshire Colleges leagues, Cup and participation tournaments, the AoC cups and tournaments.

  • Men’s Rugby

    Rugby TeamThe Men’s Rugby team play in the Hampshire Colleges League and Cup, the AoC cup, AoC sevens and English Schools national cup competitions.

  • Sport Upskill – Volleyball

    This option provides an opportunity for students to play Volleyball on a fun and recreational basis.

  • Badminton (Including Elite)


    The Badminton programme is a popular and thriving one, with men’s, women’s and mixed catered for on a recreational and competitive basis. The Team BP badminton squad has performed well at regional and national levels in recent years.

  • Men’s Basketball (Including Elite)

    Basketball Team

    The Men’s Basketball programme is a growing and thriving programme aimed at club and school team players. The Team BP team play in the ABL National league the English schools Dynamic cup, Hampshire Colleges league & Cup, the AoC cup and tournaments.

  • Cricket (Summer Only)

    Cricket is a summer activity and comprises of net sessions as well as competitive local and national fixtures. The team play in the AoC Sport national T20 competition, and has been very successful in recent years.

  • Women’s Football (Including Elite)

    Women's Football The Women’s Football programme is a growing and thriving programme aimed at team players looking for competitive training and matches against other local colleges. The Team BP team play in the Hampshire Colleges League and Cup, the AoC and English Schools national cup competitions.

  • Netball (Including Elite)

    Netball TeamThe Netball teams are selected on a trial basis. Two teams will be selected to play in the Hampshire league and other competitions and a third team along with a recreational group will have the opportunity to compete in participation tournaments at several times throughout the year.

  • Mixed Tennis (Summer Only)

    Tennis matchThis is a summer activity and provides an opportunity for students to play tennis on a fun and recreational basis. The more able and competitive players will be entered for local and regional events.


Recreational Sports and Activities

  • Badminton

    BadmintonA fun-based participation session, aimed at students wishing to take part in the activity for social and recreational purposes. Sessions are staff led and will lead to some improvement in fitness and skill development, but the focus is very much on fun and game time.

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing

    This qualification will provide learners with a combination of knowledge and skills to prescribe, plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes to a range of clients. Click here for more information.

  • FA Level 1 Award in Football Coaching

    The Level 1 qualification in Coaching Football is the first step on the coaching pathway.

  • Sport Upskill – Golf

    A summer activity which gives you the chance to improve your golf skills at East Horton Golf Course.

  • Netball

    A fun based netball session, for players of all abilities.

  • Swimming

    Discounted swim sessions at Places Leisure Eastleigh.

  • Table Tennis

    A fun-based Table Tennis participation session, aimed at students wishing to take part in the activity for social and recreational purposes. Sessions are staff-led and will lead to some improvement in skill development, but the focus is very much on fun and game time.

  • Basketball

    A fun-based Basketball participation session, aimed at students wishing to take part in the activity for social and recreational purposes. Sessions are staff led and will lead to some improvement in fitness and skill development, but the focus is very much on fun and game time.

  • Boxercise

    Boxercise is a High Intensity Interval Training class based on boxing training. It differs from boxing in that boxing is a competitive sport whereas boxercise includes aspects of boxing training but not sparring or competitive bouts.

  • Fitness Studio Membership

    The Fitness Studio Membership is open to all students at college and has a good range of cardio and resistance equipment. Students can access the gym during their free periods and after college at certain times. With this membership, students can work out and train independently or have a programme designed for them by our own fitness suite manager.

  • Football

    Football TrainingA fun-based participation football session. Students will have the opportunity to take part in a football session focussed on the social aspect of sport. Sessions are led by fully qualified coaches who will give students the opportunity to improve their skills, however sessions are primarily focussing on fun games. All abilities and skill levels are welcome.

  • Talented Athlete Scholarship (TASS)

    TASS Athletes

    A programme of support to help athletes competing at the highest level manage their academic and sporting commitments.

  • Soccercise

    A chance to get fit and active, using your footballing skills.

Performing Arts

  • Choir

    Choir singingRehearsals leading to high-profile performances at external venues such as Romsey Abbey and the Concorde Club, Eastleigh.

  • Dance Company

    Dance performanceDance Company offers students the opportunity to perform and create exciting dance works for various shows and performances. The company explores a variety of dance styles but mainly focus on contemporary dance.

  • Drama Grades (LAMDA)

    Drama GradingSupport for working on acting monologues suitable for LAMDA exams and drama school auditions.

  • Drama Stage Crew

    The Drama Stage Crew offers students the opportunity to learn a range of professional technical skills including but not limited to set design, lighting design and operation, live sound engineering and stage management. The stage crew support a wide range of performing arts events both in house and at local performance spaces and theatres.

  • Music Theory Award (Grade 5)

    Build your music theory knowledge up to Grade 5 ABRSM.

  • Vivaldi String Orchestra

    An opportunity to explore and perform the works of Vivaldi, in this String Orchestra, for those who wish to pursue music alongside or in addition to their studies.

  • Concert or Jazz Band

    Jazz Band performingOpen to all players of wind and percussion instruments. Also leads to high-profile performances at external venues.

  • Dance Live (Rock Challenge)

    Dance Live has a similar format to Rock Challenge and will involve competing with a choreographed routine to the backdrop of a giant digital screen. Students showcase a range of skills from dance, performance, off-stage technical skills, and creative design. This Q-XTRA would be of particular interest to those who love performing arts.

  • Drama Production

    Drama productionGet involved in one of the many roles within Drama Production. Students work towards a large scale production. The production is cast via auditions, but anyone from College can get involved.

  • Instrumental & Vocal Lessons

    Saxaphone performanceYou will receive one-to-one instrument or vocal tuition if you study Music or Popular Music and Jazz Studies.

  • Pit Band

    By audition at the start of each project. Students rehearse to perform in bands supporting college musical productions. There are up to 3 opportunities to audition each year.

  • Soul Band

    Soul BandAn auditioned band consisting of singers, rhythm section and horns (trumpets, saxes trombones).

Academic Development

  • Aspire Programme

    Aspire tripFirst Year Students: The Aspire Programme will give you support, advice, and guidance on applying to the world’s leading universities. You will also enhance and broaden your subject knowledge from attending lectures by academics from around the country.

    Second Year Students: The Aspire Programme will support you in personal statement-writing and in applying to university or degree apprenticeships.

  • Japanese (GCSE)

    Learning JapaneseYou will extend the knowledge you gained in the Japanese Practical Certificate, learning more grammar and Kanji to improve your Japanese language skills.

  • Latin Certificate

    Explore and learn Latin, a classical language that forms the basis of lots of our everyday language and vocabulary.

  • Mandarin Chinese

    Chinese Mandarin TripLearn the basics of Mandarin Chinese. No prior knowledge of the language is needed.

  • Robotics

    RoboticsThis course involves designing, programming and building an autonomous robot to compete in Student Robotics – an international competition between 6th form students. This option is ideal for both computer science students and product design students. It is a course for Second Year students only as you will need programming/building experience.

  • Extended Project Qualification

    Research a subject of your choice, independently: you will decide whether the outcome of your project is an extended written investigation, a performance, a piece of artwork, a film, a report or something else entirely. An EPQ looks fantastic on university applications.

  • Japanese Practical Certificate (Level 1)

    Japanese TextbooksThis course is for those who have no or little prior knowledge of Japanese, and will provide you with a basic understanding of Japanese. You will learn how to read and write Hiragana and Katakana alphabets with some Kanji. The assessments are quite flexible and during lesson time.

  • Mathematical Studies Certificate (Level 3)

    For students who achieved a Grade 5 or above at GCSE. This will help to develop maths skills and thinking and supports courses such as Psychology, Geography and Sociology.

  • Philosophy for All

    A termly programme focussing on different areas of study. Some of the topics will be on the A level Spec but there will also be lessons on political philosophy, social philosophy, ancient and eastern philosophy.

Subject Extensions

  • Engineering Enrichment (First Years Only)

    The course starts with exploring engineering skills such as teamwork, planning, design and research. Then students form groups and do one of three possibilities: 1. Industrial Cadets – working with a real engineering company (such as Ericsson, Leonardo etc) on a real problem. 2. BlottMatthews Challenge – working on a large research project. An example of past challenges includes designing a carbon-neutral city 3. Big Bang Competition – students work on their own project to solve a real-world problem and enter the Big Bang Fair competition. All recognised schemes valued by Russell Group universities.

  • Maths Extension (Second Years)

    For Further Maths students interested in learning more beyond A Level content. Half of the course is dedicated to preparing for university entrance exams: STEP, MAT or TMUA. In the other half, you’ll learn an additional module – Extra Pure – that will give you a stronger chance of securing an A or A* grade in A-Level Further Maths.

  • Photoshop for Photography and Graphics

    Photoshop for Photography and Graphics

    This Upskill is a good choice if you want to further develop your Photoshop skills with the support of a specialist tutor. The skills you learn will help you progress into the creative field and further develop your project work beyond the curriculum.

  • Psychology Extension

    Students are given the opportunity to explore and discuss topics beyond the specification. This includes visits from guest speakers and university research. This is a mix of university style sessions with lectures and mini practicals, exposing students to HE study and independently set tasks. Ideal for anyone interested in studying Psychology (or similar) at university.

  • History Extension

    Expand your knowledge of History, alongside the A Level, through this subject extension.

  • Sociology Extension

    Expand your knowledge of Sociology, alongside the A Level, through this subject extension.

  • Computer Aided Design

    Computer aided design

    This Upskill gives you the opportunity to further develop your CAD skills with the possibility of using multiple pieces of industry standard software including Solidworks and Sketchup.

  • English Extension

    Analyse and discuss extracts of novels, short stories, poetry and drama. Look at texts which will improve your personal statements. This includes everything from canonical texts to banned books.

  • Geography Extension

    Expand your knowledge of Geography, alongside the A Level, through this subject extension.

  • Life Drawing

    During this six week course, you will learn to draw the human figure, using a variety of media and techniques. You will be encouraged to explore contemporary media, such as Photoshop and tablet drawing, alongside traditional approaches.

  • Med/Vet Prep

    Med/Vet Prep will give you the opportunity to develop a host of skills in preparation for applying to study Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science at university and work with like-minded students.

  • Science Extension (First Years Only)

    Science Extension at Barton Peveril

    Students experience science topics beyond their A-level specifications, including hearing speakers from universities/industries on a range of subjects, conducting their own research into a topic of interest to them, undertaking practicals not covered in lessons, university-style teaching on current research and news, and generally exposing students to studying at a higher level.

Personal Development

  • Allotment Project

    Allotment Project at Barton Peveril

    Be part of a revolution at Barton Peveril by designing, creating and establishing the first allotment and growing garden at the College. There are patches of land that will be re-appropriated to grow organic fruit and vegetables for the local and college community. We are looking for people with lots of different interests and skills to maintain this exciting project.

  • Basic First Aid

    First Aid

    By completing this course you will have the Emergency First Aid at Work Qualification (valid for three years) and it recognised by employers.

  • Campaigns Committee

    The Campaigns Committee is responsible for coordinating student-led activities within the college. There are many roles including leading the committee, organising events, coordinating charity work and responding to student ideas on activities across the college. The Committee also feeds back to the Student Senate, a forum for raising issues and suggesting ideas for the college to address.

  • Introduction to Conservation (Online)

    Learn more about conservation in this online course, to expand your knowledge of this topic and begin to explore ways you can get involved in conservation in the future.

  • Cyber Security (Online)

    Cyber Security: Stay Safe Online is a free course offered by the Open University which students can complete in their own time. This will help you understand online security and how to start to protect your digital life. You will learn about; malware, viruses, trojans, network security and identity theft. This online course may be of particular interest to IT or Computer Science Students.

  • Digital Media Company

    Video for Media CourseThis is catered towards students with an active interest in journalism, content creation and/or online marketing who are looking to add extra-curricular activity to their CV/Portfolio. Students will be working together as a team to help write, create content for, maintain and promote an existing, online magazine/blogging site (solely run by students) via WordPress.

  • Digital Skills – Google Certification

    Enhance your digital skills, to better equip you for learning and using technology in your future careers, via this Google certified course.

  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (Bronze, Silver, and Gold)

    The DofE Award is internationally recognised for providing an excellent framework for personal development. In particular, the activities you take part in will help you to develop independence, resilience and confidence. We offer Bronze, Silver and Gold Award and support you in choosing your activities programme to fit your individual interests. Our expeditions are run in partnership with Expeditions Wales, using the New Forest, Brecon Beacons, the Elan Valley and Plynlimon Hills as expedition areas.

  • Financial Accounting and Reporting – Online (Independent Study)

    Complete this online option independently in your own time, at your own pace. In this Open University course you will learn about the differences between bookkeeping and accounting, practical numeracy skills, the basic concepts that underpin double-entry accounting, how to record transactions in ledger accounts and more.

  • Managing Anxiety Programme

    This programme looks at tips on managing anxiety, exam stress, coping strategies and triggers for anxiety. The managing anxiety group is a mix of discussion work/interactive techniques such as practising breathing as well as a personal progress log.

  • TV Production Company

    Aimed at students with existing filmmaking and AV editing experience (perhaps within a media-centric subject or personal interest), this activity is used as a facilitated and supported time for students to work on video commissions to up their filmmaking portfolios and showreels ready for higher education and/or industry application.

  • Fundamentals of Accounting – Online (Independent Study)

    Complete this online option independently in your own time, at your own pace. This Open University course discusses how accountants act as processors and purveyors of information for decision making and the needs of those who use accounting information. It also looks at the role performed by accountants and notes the need to be aware of relevant regulatory and conceptual frameworks.

  • College Ambassador

    Students represent the College at open evenings, school assemblies and careers events. Individuals gain valuable experience in marketing, public speaking and customer service whilst sharing their experiences and knowledge of Barton Peveril with the wider community.

  • Counselling Award

    You will have the opportunity to develop the communication skills integral to counselling, which are applicable to a vast range of careers.

  • Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)

    Crime Scene Investigation will help you develop your understanding of different aspects of crime, victimisation and potential causes of criminal behaviour. You will explore some of the more systematic aspects of criminology, including the analysis of the crime scene, criminal profiling, and some of the reasoning behind more serious crimes.

  • Driving Theory Online (Independent Study)

    DVSA Theory Test Kit for Car Drivers Online. No classes just independent access on PC or mobile to all the latest DVSA theory test revision questions and answers, plus over 100 high-quality hazard perception clips and a really helpful study section.

  • Job Smart – Online (Independent Study) – Second Years only

    This activity will equip you with the skills you need when applying for an apprenticeship or job. This option will give you the skills to stand out and is open to all Second Year students. Job Smart is self-directed and online.

  • Journalism – Book and Film Reviews

    This activity is for students who have an interest in publishing, journalism or film. Every half term students will be asked to write a book film review of 200 words or more. This will then be published on a cross-college blog for students. No prior experience is needed, anyone can write a great review.

  • Money Matters Online (Independent Study)

    This free online course is completed independently. It was designed by the Open University, Martin Lewis the Money Saving Expert and Bobby Seagull. There are 8 online sessions that can be completed in your own time and at your own pace. Tools include an App to budget effectively, real-life case studies, animations with practical tips, videos and short quizzes. It covers how to choose and manage a bank account, how to budget effectively, how to finance further and higher education, how to borrow sensibly and manage debts and how to plan ahead to make life goals achievable.

  • Radio Broadcasting on UNITY 101

    Radio Broadcasting at Barton Peveril

    This is a local radio station with strong ties to the community of Southampton. You will work in small groups to script, research and plan a number of broadcasts that are aired live, using the industry formatted schedule provided by Unity. You will essentially be a live radio broadcaster for Unity radio.

  • Student Wellbeing Mentor Training Programme

    Students taking the Level 2 Counselling Award will be able to apply to become Student Well Being Mentors and help the Health and Wellbeing Team support current and prospective students at College events. Mentors will complete training in a variety of areas, from Anxiety Management to Promoting Self-Esteem.

  • Work Experience and Volunteering

    Work experience with fire fightersAimed at any student wishing to gain experience to further their progression. Placement experience is essential for students aspiring to be teachers, medics, nurses. By signing up you will gain direct online access to resources and alerts for local opportunities to suit your progression from the Work Experience department. Students will be expected to secure their own placements, with the help of the Careers Team.