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My son or daughter is considering college

Staying in education

If your son or daughter was born on or after 1st September 1996 there is a new law that says they must stay in education or training until they are 18. This is to make sure all young people start their careers with the best training and education.

Why College?

As a parent or guardian you know that this is a crucial time for your son or daughter, as they begin to make decisions about their future. It’s important that they enjoy their time at College, and are supported at every step in their studies and growth into adulthood.

College offers a more adult environment than school, providing a good stepping stone between school and higher education or a professional career. Your son or daughter will meet people of all ages and backgrounds when studying at college.

Considering the options

Every young person is different and it is important that they feel comfortable and motivated by the type of course, method of learning and place they choose after school.

  • A Levels - Academic qualifications are usually gained as a route towards Higher Education or employment. A Levels take  two years to complete. Click here to find out more about choosing the right A Levels. 
  • Vocational Diplomas - Vocational (job related) courses are an alternative access route to Higher Education or employment. These courses allow students to focus on a particular career area. They will obtain in depth knowledge of this area, and can study at various levels.

A Levels and Diplomas can be combined to create a bespoke study programme.

  • Apprenticeships - An Apprenticeship is a nationally recognised training programme combining real work with learning and training, both on and off the job. Apprentices are open to everyone aged 16 and above. Apprenticeships are increasingly recognised as the gold standard for work-based training. Our Apprenticeship are available at Guildford College and Merrist Wood College.

Careers Advice

If your son or daughter is unsure about what to study, doesn’t know if college is right for them or wants some advice about career choices, they can talk to a member of our Careers Advisors, or visit us at one of our Open Events and speak to one of the team.

Click here to find out more information about choosing the right course.

Click here to find out why Farnham College could be the right choice for your child.

Sophie Crow

"I have gained a lot of experience from work placements which has helped me gain confidence and diverse communication skills."

Sophie - Health and Social Care


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