Extra-curricular activities

Student life at City and Islington College

College life isn’t just about studying hard. We want all students at College to realise their potential. You can take part in a wide programme of activities and events that can build confidence and develop skills, knowledge, abilities and interests. There are opportunities to gain training qualifications and undertake volunteering, get involved in the Student Union, or undertake the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.


Lloyd's Junior Scholars ProgrammeWe regularly hold job fairs and promote employment vacancies to create work experience opportunities for our students. For example, last year 50 students took part in the Lloyd’s Junior Scholars Programme and other students had placements with major companies including investment bank Barclays Capital and law firm Charles Russell.

Student Union

Our Student Union provides an opportunity for you to get in involved in the way the College is run through becoming a Class or Centre Representative. The “Student Voice” is an integral part of the College, and the Student Union President sits on the Governing Body as a Student Governor. Every year the Student Union runs activities, events and campaigns including the Welcome Fair, NUS Extra cards, Jack Petchey Awards, Black History Month, Student Volunteering Week, and many more.

Sports and physical activities

Sports and physical activities

You can take part in a wide variety of free sports and physical activities at the College, open to all students. The sports programme normally includes activities like badminton, basketball, boxercise, dance, gym, indoor rowing, ice skating, netball, table tennis, tennis, trampolining, yoga and zumba. There is something for everyone and you can try out different activities! You can even be part of one of the College’s sports teams, which last year included football, basketball, badminton and athletics. We are keen to develop new teams too.

Performances and shows

Performances and shows

A number of well-attended shows and events provide a platform for students’ creative talents. Our in-house company Candi Youth Dance performed at a number of venues including Selby’s shop window as part of the Nag’s Head Christmas festival. Blaze (our poetry and spoken word event) took place in April.

Jack Petchey Awards

Each year, students from all five centres attend the Jack Petchey Awards Ceremony at Islington Assembly Hall. The event honours young winners aged 11-25, who have been nominated by their peers and have been recognised for making a wholehearted, unselfish and dedicated contribution to their club, school or community.

Clubs and societies

Clubs and societiesA wide range of clubs and societies operate at the Sixth Form and across all centres. These include the Chemistry Club, Physics Club, History Club, MedicLink (for aspiring medics, run in conjunction with UCL), Talking Religion, Talking Science, Talking Politics, Creative Writing Group, Law Support Group, Robot Club, London Citizens, Geo-Justice, Literary Greats Book Club and the LGBT Student Group.

Visiting academics and authors

Each term we have a series of talks at the College by leading university academics and authors. Last year the Sixth Form had over 30 visitors including Nobel prize-winning astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, UCL Professor of English John Mullins, anthropologist Professor Judith Okely, University College biologist Professor Steve Jones and writer and commentator Owen Jones.