The Progression Guidance department provides a wide range of support to help you plan your future.
The Esher College Careers Leader is Nicola Wilberforce, Director of Progression Guidance. The staff of the Progression Guidance Department advise students throughout and beyond their time at Esher. From the first visit at Open Evening, through helping choose the right subjects at enrolment, to receiving examination results and making post-results applications, support is provided at every stage.
Impartial advice and guidance
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. You may request an individual interview at any time, either with Progression Guidance staff or with our independent careers advisor, who visits once a week. Your parents are welcome to attend if they wish.
Careers education and information
Much of the careers education and information is delivered through the College’s Personal Development Programme which takes place in weekly tutor group sessions. Careers lunches involve invited speakers talking about their career pathways, workplaces and employment experiences. The Gap year fair gives students the chance to explore the gap year opportunities. The Next Steps event, run primarily for Elmbridge year 10 students, brings many local and national employers to the College and Esher students are encouraged to attend. A monthly Esher College Progression Bulletin advertises university, career and apprenticeship talks, visits, open days, competitions and part-time jobs.
Esher College students and their parents have unlimited access to a ‘destinations platform’ called Unifrog. Unifrog enables students to research career, apprenticeship and university course options; identify skills and experiences; draft CVs and personal statements and receive feedback from teachers and tutors. Unifrog can be used for up to 3 years after a student leaves Esher College.
Higher Education Day
This is a major event held in the spring term, and is organised entirely in-house on our own campus. HE day is preceded by the Parents’ Higher Education Information Evenings, when the pros and cons of attending Higher Education and the process of making a UCAS application at Esher College are explained. A week later, on Higher Education Day, representatives from over 90 universities visit the College and talk to students at the HE fair. A programme of subject seminars is followed by presentations on how to choose a course and a university, what student life is really like and guidance on how to research options.
In the evening further talks for parents on applying to competitive universities, applying abroad, applying to Oxford and Cambridge and supporting students through the process are offered alongside the HE fair.
After Esher Day
Taking place after Progression Examinations towards the end of the summer term, After Esher Day helps focus on the important decisions about the future. Two programmes are offered, one for those most likely to apply to university and another for those more likely to be seeking employment or an apprenticeship.
Wider Skills Week
During Wider Skills Week students take part in a wide range of activities that enhance their experience and develop their skills in teamwork, independence and communication. Activities include sports such as kayaking, horse riding and football coaching; life skills courses like first aid, life-saving and cooking or creative opportunities like photography, song writing or theatre workshops. Other students participate in curriculum-linked trips and visits, many overseas. These visits often include experiences of work places – breweries, archives and libraries, factories, law courts and so on – and allow students to get a feel for different career areas.
Some students organise work experience placements during Wider Skills Week to explore potential career areas in more depth. Students following BTEC Diploma courses have a week of work experience in a relevant field incorporated into their timetable, and second year students following the Career Development progression pathway aim to obtain a period of weekly work experience during the spring term.
Ongoing support programmes
Special programmes and courses throughout the College year support students applying to Oxford and Cambridge, those applying for medical, veterinary or dental courses and those applying for Art Foundation courses. Individual College staff have responsibility for each of these areas.
To see this year’s careers programme please click here.
To see the support provided for medical, veterinary and dental students please click here.