Year 11 Open Evening

Wednesday 2nd October 2024

4.00pm - 8.00pm

This is your opportunity to find out about Godalming College's unique student experience. We offer a great choice of courses and a fantastic range of +Enrichment activities (including our bespoke +Explore courses) taught by specialist teaching staff, in amazing facilities, using industry standard equipment. Our reputation speaks for itself with an Outstanding Ofsted (Dec 2019) and consistently excellent results that exceed all national benchmarks. Most significantly, we ensure our students leave sixth form with confidence, optimism and equipped with the skills they need for their future success whether this is in employment, an apprenticeship, university, art college, drama school or conservatoire.
Our October Open Evening is for students in Year 11 who are considering their options for September 2025.  
At the Open Evening you will find:-
  • Our supportive and vibrant community of students and staff
  • Our wonderful facilities
  • Hear from our Principal, talks available in the Main Hall or streamed live in the Bistro.
  • Our Information Centre where you can find the answers to any of the questions you have about courses, careers, student guidance, learning support, the tutorial system, admissions, transport, bursary and more....

This is the final opportunity to visit us prior to our application deadline closing on 11th November 2024.  Unfortunately the College is unable to accommodate private tours.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Take a look around the College with our Virtual Tour or watch our College video

There is a considerable amount of information on each of the course pages, which will not only help you research your options at College but can also help you with progression and career planning.

What is the average class size at College?

There are usually about 18 or 19 students in each class, although some may be slightly smaller or larger.

How does the College allocate places?

All applicants will be invited to attend a Course Advice Session where you will discuss your course choices with a Course Adviser. An offer of a place to study on your chosen courses is made subject to you meeting the College's entry requirements for the courses you wish to study. 

I would like to discuss my choice of courses with someone, how can I do that?

If you have made an application to the College you will be invited to the College for a Course Advice Session, which take place from November - April. At the Course Advice Session you will have a one-to-one discussion with an adviser and your course choices will be confirmed.

What age are students at Godalming College?

Godalming College provides sixth form education for students aged 16-19. Applicants from students are over the age of 17 at the time of enrolment are considered on a case by case basis.

What is the College timetable like?

Typically the teaching day starts at 08:45 and ends at 16:15 Monday to Friday. Each A level subject or equivalent has four and a half hours of teaching each week. You will be needed in College on all five days of the week. If your first lesson begins after 08:45 you can arrive at any time before it starts. You are encouraged to use your free/study periods productively and there are places where you can do private study, access the computer network, get refreshments etc during the College opening times. See here for an example of a typical timetable.

How do I apply?

Applications are completed using our online system, which is easy to use.  Simply create an account and complete the questions in the application form and submit. 

Are students supported in their university/job applications?

Yes, our staff are extremely experienced and we are able to provide extensive support and guidance on applications to all Higher Education courses, employment and gap year opportunities. We have dedicated assistance in the Aspire programme for Oxbridge candidates and those seeking to study on specialist courses such as Medicine or Veterinary. The College has qualified career staff who work closely with external agencies as appropriate to deliver up-to-date and timely information.

For more information visit our Support for Progression and Careers Programme

Can I still enrol on a course, even if I do not achieve the recommended GCSE grades?

We try to be flexible and treat everyone as an individual but our experience suggests that certain GCSE grades are usually needed if you are to succeed at A Level/BTEC Level 3, so you will need to convince us that you have a good chance of success even though you might have achieved a lower grade.

If I am currently studying overseas can I apply to join the College?

If you are a British Citizen but you have studied overseas we will be in touch with you directly. If are not taking GCSE’s or IGCSE’s we will ask you to apply for a statement of comparability through ENIC. This tells us if your grades are equivalent to our GCSE entry requirements.

If you have lived overseas for 3 or more years but have British citizenship, we will also ask to see a copy of your passport for our records when you enrol.

If you do not have British Citizenship but you are here as a dependent and have residency for the duration of your studies, we will ask to see your passport and details of your residency at enrolment.

Please contact  if you wish to discuss further. 

What are BTECs and can I get into university with these?

BTEC courses are vocationally focused providing you with skills that will help you gain employment.  They are graded Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction* and you are awarded UCAS points depending on the grade achieved, exactly like A Levels. Nearly all universities welcome BTECs as they do all other Level 3 qualifications.

Is there a dress code?

We do not have a dress code at Godalming College as we prefer you to be comfortable in the clothes that you would normally wear.  However, your clothes should be appropriate to the environment so that all members of the College community can concentrate on their learning.

Do I need my own computer/device?

We have some general guidance about the resources that students need for their College studies. There is a help-sheet below with some useful information.

For the Computing and BTEC courses, there is no particular requirement – although the Computing course uses PC software on Windows 10, so it might be easier to complete work on a PC, rather than an Apple Mac. 

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