"I first started at Guildford College in 2008, on the Site Carpentry NVQ 2. I then followed it up with a further year to achieve an NVQ 3 in the same subject. My college tutor at the time recognised my ability and recommended I try and get a place on the Construction HNC, which I am now in the second year of and approaching the end in June/July having obtained some good grades. I have continued to study at Guildford College as I found the staff very encouraging and helpful when trying to achieve your full potential. In the near future with these qualifications I plan to become a building site manager, with the eventual goal of owning my own property development company."
Counselling Foundation Degree FdSc
"I have had my own businesses throughout my life and only attended school to O Level standard – I was excited and become part of a degree course. I firstly studied NCFE 1, 2 and 3 in Counselling in order to get a place on this course. I’m hoping to set up my own counselling career, but am also considering staying on in education. Ultimately, I’d like to be fully employed in the counselling profession, using what I have learned in tutorials."
Counselling Foundation Degree FdSc
"Two things attracted me about studying counselling at Guildford College: the fact that I could start at Level 1 and progress all the way up to a BA Hons if I wanted to and the fact that Level 1, 2 and 3 could be completed as evening classes. Counselling is something I have wanted to study for a while. I want a career that allows me to put people first, for them to be at the centre of what I do; for them to be the only thing that matters.
The Foundation Degree in Counselling at Guildford is classed as full-time although it only requires one full day a week at college. The tutors are very clear about the level of commitment needed: there are no extensions for assignments except in truly exceptional circumstances, a lot of independent study is required and students are expected to organise placements, counselling and supervision themselves. So, having decided to continue studying, I have had to resign my position as Assistant Head of a school and now teach English part-time. It is a struggle but it is possible. I am now over a quarter of the way through the degree and it has become more and more precious to me. I have realised that I didn’t really know what good listening was or how to sit with another person and feel empathy without rescuing them or solving their problems. I have realised that setting boundaries doesn’t mean pushing people away: it means holding them safely. I have realised that there is still a long way to go before I truly accept myself.
The counselling suite has been refurbished so the teaching and breakout rooms are smart, clean and calm spaces. I appreciate the fact that they feel partially removed from the hurly-burly of the communal college spaces. However, what I most appreciate are the tutors. I appreciate their gentleness, their honesty and their very real passion for what they do. They have integrity and I am beginning to realise that is about the highest praise that one human can bestow on another. As well as teaching, assessing and tutoring, they also hold the group and model the kind of relationships between people that are healing, respectful and honest.
As to the future…I want to use the skills and knowledge I have gained to improve the quality of the relationships I have with those around me and to improve the way I interact with staff and pupils. But most of all, I want to qualify as a counsellor and begin the long journey towards becoming a good one."
Early Childhood Studies Foundation Degree FdA
"I have always liked the idea of working with children and after 10 years of working in retail I decided to make it a reality. I was unsure which avenue to take in the sector and the course covered a wide range of possibilities. I was interested in studying it at a college, rather than a university, as class sizes would be smaller and I felt that the support from the tutors would be more easily accessible. I have enjoyed the mix of tutorials and practical work and my placement in settings throughout the course has been vital to my learning. As well as developing practical skills and knowledge, attending the course has given me the opportunity to make some very good friends. It has also helped me to decide which area I would like to specialise in and what to do after I graduate."
International Travel & Tourism Operations Management Foundation Degree FdA
"I choose Guildford College because it has a fantastic reputation as one of the most successful colleges in the south east. The Travel and Tourism Management Operations course is really good if you have passion for travel. It was the best time of my life and I got to meet the most incredible people. I am now working for Kuoni Travel (HQ) in Dorking, working on the e-business team, developing travel on the website."
International Travel & Tourism Operations Management Foundation
"I am really enjoying my course at Guildford College. The tutors are fantastic and the people on my course are really friendly. I’m hoping, when I finish my course to go to the University of Surrey to do a Business top up degree and would like to be an events organiser/co-ordinator."