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Welcome to Guildford College

This is a great place to study – we have the widest range of courses of any college in the area, our exam results are extremely good and improving every year, we have industry standard resources and our student support is second to none.

Our aim is to provide you not only with the knowledge you need to take that next step towards university or your career, but also the practical experience necessary to make it a smooth and successful transition.

We believe that there is no substitute for hands-on practical experience and that it is this which gives us the edge over other colleges in providing it to our students and in turn our students in utilising that experience when they join the workplace.

Our professional staff are knowledgeable and experienced, enabling you to gain from their skills and get vital tips for the world of work. In return we expect students to work hard and take an active part in college life.

About us

Do you fancy a change from school and a more hands on experience? At Guildford College we’re known for our friendly environment and our students really appreciate being treated as adults.

What can Guildford College offer me?

  • Over 100 different courses
  • Some of the best facilities and resources in the county
  • Sport and leisure activities throughout the year from the Student Union
  • Opportunities to take part in field trips, work placements, trips, competitions, expeditions and more
  • All the attractions of Guildford town centre, which is right on our doorstep

Studying is only the beginning of your time at Guildford College - it’s not all about hard work!

Facilities available

 Practical Workshops

Specialist training workshops provide valuable practical resources and real working environments and include:

  • Purpose built construction and engineering workshops with modern machinery and technology
  • High definition, state-of-the-art TV studio and production gallery
  • An air cabin crew training room in the form of a simulated aircraft, live airline reservation systems and communications centre
  • Vibrant hairdressing salons and tranquil beauty therapy rooms
  • Industry standard training kitchens and restaurant open to the public
  • Large, fully equipped photography studios and darkrooms, editing suite with Apple Macs, scanners and printers
  • Well-equipped drama and dance studios with sprung floor, ballet barres and mirrored walls
  • A modern business suite
  • Two fully fitted garages
  • New Counselling Suite, featuring rooms for group and individual practice with video recording facilities
  • Exclusive study area for our degree level students 

  Learning Resource Centres (LRC)


The Learning Resource Centre provides access to a wide range of resources and equipment including books, DVDs, journals, e-books and open access computers. 
A number of other electronic information resources can be accessed via Moodle
(the College VLE).


Services and facilities are available throughout the year and a friendly team of staff are always on hand to help and advise. The LRC is open Monday - Friday, please contact them directly for opening hours.

  The Learning Hub

Our Learning Hub features the very latest in new technology including:
  • Central desks where students can use their own laptops and mobile devices
  • High speed Wi-Fi at 108 MG
  • An area connected to the College’s library catalogue system
  • Tables with integral PCs for group work
  • Two interactive booths for collaborative work or presentations each containing special projectors and multifunctional ‘squiggle glass’  
  • Five new classrooms leading from the hub, each installed with interactive projectors, squiggle glass, Wi-FI, document visualisers and a central island for teaching, from which all the technology can be controlled.



We have over 2,000 PCs, WIFI hotspots and e-learning opportunities. On-line resources can be accessed from any internet-enabled PC on and off site via our Virtual Learning Environment Moodle We have a suite of Apple Macs.   

  Supported Learning Centre

The new Supported Learning Centre at Merrist Wood College will provide a safe and secure learning environment for up to 64 students with severe and complex learning, social and communication difficulties and challenging behaviour that may also have a physical disability. The Centre will also cater for students who have epilepsy.

Additional support

If you’re a student with an Education, Health and Care Plan, and/or a disability or learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia; speech, language or communication needs; a physical disability affecting mobility; Asperger’s Syndrome or Autistic Spectrum Disorder; a visual or hearing impairment; or a history of difficulties with maths or English then you may be able to access the individual support and specialist help of our Learning Support Team to ensure you reach your full potential.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Guildford College directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2016
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