The Progression Guidance department arranges a full programme of activities to help you plan for your future. All students are entitled to receive impartial advice and guidance to help them make the right choices for progression.
This includes making sure that subject choices are suitable for a university course or a career. Students may request individual interviews at any time and parents are welcome to attend if they wish to.
The staff of the Progression Guidance Department are available to advise you from your first visit at Open Evening, to helping you choose the right subjects at your admissions and enrolment interviews, right through to your last day at College when you receive your examination results. We have experience in giving advice on all aspects of university / higher education and employment, and have personal contacts at the majority of British universities as a result of our Higher Education Day, which proves to be invaluable when we are helping you make decisions about higher education.
Progression Guidance Events:
In addition to all of the help and support offered on a daily basis, the Progression Guidance Department organises four key events throughout the College year.
HE Parents Evening
Presentations to parents on the following Higher Education topics:
· The Esher College Progression Guidance system
· How to apply to UCAS
· Student finance
· How to choose a university and pick a course
Higher Education Day is unique to Esher College and we believe that no other school or College in the country offers such a programme, in-house, to its students. In the morning, students attend seminars led by academics from local universities, offering advice on what it is like to study particular degree courses at university. During the afternoon, students tour the exhibition, with the opportunity to talk to universities, and attend presentations given by the university representatives on ‘how to choose a university’, ‘student life’ and ‘what to look for on an Open Day’.
After Esher Day
Students are offered a choice of taking part in a programme focussing on university applications or a programme focussing on employment. Representatives from local universities run sessions on ‘how to write a personal statement’ and those interested in apprenticeships or school leavers schemes, have the opportunity to hear from local companies on how to apply for these and the benefits of following that particular path.
Wider Skills Week
During Wider Skills Week, students take part in different trips or courses, including visits overseas and sports activities such as sailing, rowing, horse riding, football coaching or general courses such as cooking for students, fun with physics, creative writing, photography, song writing and counselling skills. They also have the opportunity to organise work experience for the week if they prefer.