Open Evenings

Wednesday 20th October 2021

Thursday 21st October 2021

An Open Evening is ideal for those considering Godalming College as an option after leaving school.  It is a great opportunity to see the facilities, talk to teaching staff and students and get a feel for what College life is like.

On an Open Evening you can expect

  • Principal's Talk: containing information about the College, the timetable and what to expect whilst studying here
  • Information Centre: with the Student Guidance Team, Careers, Admissions and advice on Travel and Transport
  • All teaching areas open with subject specialist staff and students to provide you with information about each course 
  • Information about our unique enrichment offer

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 17 or 18 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 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 for 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.

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.

Can I still enrol on a course even if I do no 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 admissions@godalming.ac.uk  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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