Northgate Academy


Our enrichment activities give students a chance to try something new or  further develop skills in areas which interest them. The enrichment programme is not accredited thereby giving a more relaxed working environment. the programme may vary year on year according to students interests.

Animal Care

This course introduces students to a variety of animal care methods and it is designed to give them a real insight into the animal care industry.  Students are introduced to a range of animals, from those on our college farm to exotic reptiles on external trips and visits.

Working with animals promotes empathy in our students as they learn to care and look after their needs.  Petting an animal can have many calming effects as well as build confidence.  Students develop successful relationships with the animals as they learn to look after them and study the Asdan qualification.


In Horticulture students learn all about the world of plants and the horticulture industry.  They learn how to grow them and look after them as well learning about the tools and equipment needed.  Students are involved in the day to day running of our garden shop where we sell home grown herbs and plants, home-made chutneys and pickles, floral arrangements and gifts.  This enables students to grow in confidence and positively contributes to building their personal and employability skills.

Horti Hub vocation area


Media & Music Technology Enrichment

Media is part of the enrichment programme at The Bee Hive.  This course offers a range of media, music technology and ICT skills.  We aim to encourage students’ self-confidence whilst developing a passion for their chosen specialist media area.  Students make their own podcasts (many of which are played daily in our businesses), videos, music tracks and computer programming using Raspberry Pi.

‘Learning through fun and discovery, building confidence and independence’

Click here to learn more about what we do in media

Listen to the Manchester Hour Podcast excerpt

Dj Njala  Radio Bee Hive jingle

Charity Shop jingle


Performing Arts

Students who choose to study Performing Arts, explore, in role through improvisation, a variety of situations, issues, relationships, characters, text and stimuli.  Students will become familiar with a range of drama terms, conventions and strategies to move forward to study the subject at Level 1.

The purpose in drama is to build self-confidence, self-worth and self-awareness and also talent spot to discover where everyone’s strengths lie.  By working in a collaborative way, not only does everyone feel a sense of ownership but they will also learn a great deal from the processes involved – the research, writing, painting, composing, choreography, lighting and so on.

Overall the emphasis is on enjoyment, team work and developing skills that provide fulfilment and promote self-confidence.


In enterprise students get to express their creativity and artistic talents by producing seasonal goods which can be sold in our shop or directly to customers. Christmas, Mothers Day and Valentines Day are popular celebrations which get our students making gifts and our enterprise company The Crafting Bees develop their own range of products to sell as part of the Young Enterprise Scheme. Students learn not only how to make, market and sell goods but also how to run a company.