Welcome from Jayne Dickinson, Principal and Chief Executive
I am delighted that you are considering East Surrey College for your future study or training needs and want to find out more about our courses and the services we offer.
From the moment you walk into our spectacular building you can see that this is a College built for success. We have first-class facilities and first-class teaching staff with excellent subject knowledge and industry experience who will support you to gain the skills you need to enter or advance in a career that really interests you, help you progress to university, into an Apprenticeship or to develop your skills in something new for enjoyment. If you are an employer, our dedicated employer services team will work with you to help develop your staff and support your business growth.
Our students succeed and achieve top grades and national competition success in increasingly high numbers with recent data placing our success rates for young people well within the top 10% of further education colleges nationally – a super result for our students. Most students progress directly into work or higher education once they complete with us. Many local employers work closely with us for their staff and apprenticeship recruitment and value highly the standards of work readiness our students demonstrate.
Here you will be treated as an individual and not just a face in a crowd. We recognise that your next step could shape the rest of your life and it’s our job to make sure you have the right skills, qualifications and guidance to get there.
If you plan to join us straight from school, you will join a study programme that includes work experience and work-related projects as well as GCSEs in English and/or Maths if you don’t already have them at 9 – 4 (A* – C), to set you firmly on the career path of your choice. We’ll make sure you are thoroughly guided and supported along the way.
Of course college is not just about studying – you will be making new friends and hopefully taking advantage of the other opportunities available whether sports, charity events, our record label or College Council. You may be a budding entrepreneur in which case we have special events with input from large and small businesses to help you excel.
The College also offers a wide range of qualification courses suitable for adults who are looking to change careers, improve their prospects or learn something new for enjoyment. The College is open several evenings in the week and there is a thriving Saturday programme that includes a range from the hundreds of leisure courses from which to choose.
If you are looking to gain a Higher Education qualification or degree, studying locally makes real financial sense and with excellent quality too confirmed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. We offer a growing number of Higher qualifications, Foundation and Full Degrees accredited by University of Chichester, University of the Arts London (UAL) and professional organisations such as AAT for Accountancy – right here on your doorstep.
Whatever your interest, do browse through our new website for ideas which are regularly updated but don’t forget our Open Events which provide an opportunity for you to take a good look around as well as meet with tutors and hear from students.
I hope to see you here soon!