Welcome to Esher College
We firmly believe that Esher College offers you the ideal environment in which to emabark on the next stage of your educational career and one in which you will be able to thrive, both academically and socially. We are committed not just to your academic success, but to ensuring that you have the opportunity to develop the skills and qualities that will help you to prepare for the future. We have a strong track record in providing the appropriate support to allow students to successfully progress to the next stage in their careers, whether that be higher education or employment. Up to 90% of our students go on to degree-level study, many gaining places at the most prestigious universities in the country.
Esher College is a highly successful, open access, non-selective Sixth Form College situated in Thames Ditton, near Hampton Court, Surrey.
We are one of the few colleges in the country to achieve ‘Outstanding’ in all areas of our last two full Ofsted inspections and we were awarded Beacon Status in 2005. Esher College has a reputation for delivering exceptional results and we pride ourselves on creating a friendly, vibrant and purposeful atmosphere for all students.
Choosing where to study your A Levels or BTEC courses is an important decision and one of the biggest you will have had to make since choosing your GCSE options. During your interview, staff at Esher College will give you support and guidance to help you make the right choices for your programme of study.
You will follow an individual learning programme relevant to your needs and ambitions. At Esher College you will be treated more like an adult than you would be at school, although the level of support remains the same. You will have a personal tutor and access to individual subject clinics and one-to-one tutorials. We offer an extensive range of A Level and BTEC courses and virtually any combination of courses is possible. There is also a wide range of complementary activities on offer, alongside your studies. These include a number of sporting activities and team games, music, dance, drama, Young Enterprise, Duke of Edinburgh and much more.
Onsite facilities are some of the best available in the area, having benefited from a comprehensive campus development programme in recent years, including a purpose built Music Technology building which opened in 2014 and a brand new College Café.
There are specialist facilities for all subjects, with IT access and projectors in every room, two large Learning Resource Centres, including a library with extensive computer access, a Theatre and a Drama Studio. We also have a large Sports Hall, where you will have free access to an on-site gym, and free, high speed WiFi is available throughout the College. We are fortunate in having a large, landscaped campus, with tennis courts and playing fields, which becomes extremely popular when the sun shines and is the setting for our Leavers’ Day event at the end of each year.
Information Learning Technology
Esher College is progressive in its use of ILT to assist and support teaching and learning. You will have access to all of the IT services on offer, including College e-mail and calendar, 25GB of personal storage space, printing, scanning, photocopying, WiFi and the College Portal - our virtual learning environment.
All of the College services are available from any of the computers on the College campus, from home, or indeed anywhere in the world. The College has over 950 computers running Windows 10, Microsoft Office 2016 and the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite (Photoshop, Premiere, After Effect, Illustrator etc). Many departments also make use of specialist software such as ProTools 11, Cubase 7, Sibelius 7, Solidworks and Microsoft Visual Studio 2015.
As well as computers on site for you to use, we also encourage you to use your own personal devices. We provide the option of synchronising your College e-mail and timetable directly to your device, and we provide a free high speed wireless network called 'eduroarn' that you can use at College and in 1000s of locations around the world. All students also get the latest version of Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus to install on up to 10 personal devices.
Learning Resources Centre (LRC)
Esher College Learning Resources Centres (LRC and LRC2) provide a full range of resources and services to support your study programme. The main LRC, which incorporates both a library and reprographics department, is located at the heart of the College. LRC2 is situated on the first floor near the Sports Hall, and is the ideal place for group work and discussion. In the main LRC there is an extensive library as well as a large computer suite of over 110 PCs.
The LRC portal pages provide access to online subscription databases to support research; you can access these resources both on and off campus. We have a great selection of journals and newspapers available for student use. In the main LRC there are two separate areas for students who prefer to work in a silent environment, which is ideal during the exam period. Students can borrow a wide range of equipment from us, such as digital cameras, digital note-takers, headphones and many other items which they may need to help with the work, and we have a small stationery shop too! Our staff are always pleased to help you find the information you need, as well as help you to develop the skills required to use our resources and carry out independent research effectively.
As a College, we are fully committed to ensuring that students receive appropriate support, both in terms of academic progress and overall well-being.
Our Study Centre works with subject teachers to ensure that the individual learning needs of all students are identified and met. We also provide specialist support for students with specific learning difficulties and/or disabilities. They may include physical and sensory disabilities, dyslexia, dyspraxia, Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and mental ill health.
Learning Support is an integral part of the College's provision. Where appropriate, we will ensure that additional time or other access arrangements in examinations will be given.
The College is creative in its support of individual needs, providing a range of opportunities for all students. We are extremely proud of the provision we offer.
In addition to the regular support sessions that take place, students can self-refer for drop-in or bookable support sessions.
The department also offers transition support for students who have previously been educated in specialist provision, runs regular workshops, and many subjects are supported by Learning Support Assistants.
Learning Support is part of a strong Student Services team, which works closely with mental health support services and other link agencies. Overall support for students was highly praised by Ofsted, judging that "support for students is excellent-.
The Bursary Fund provides financial support for students from low income families. The fund is assessed against eligibility criteria and is paid weekly (subject to attendance) into the student's bank account. Full details of the current Bursary Fund arrangements are available on the Esher College website.
Free Meals are also available for eligible students, who are allocated a credit per day (subsidised by the Free Meals scheme). Each day they purchase a meal in the College café and this amount will be deducted from what they pay.
Student Health and Well-being
We actively encourage students to disclose any concerns either before they join the College, or at any point whilst an Esher College student, so that we can provide appropriate support.
The College Nurse service ensures that all students' health needs are supported throughout their time at Esher. Whether it is a medical, physical or mental health need, short or long-term, proactive support is available to ensure that provision is in place on an individual student basis. Students can drop in and speak to the College Nurses in confidence about any health concern they may have.
The nurses work closely with internal College services, such as Learning Support, and also external services that students may engage with, such as the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), GPs, hospitals or other young person service providers.
Esher College recognises that mental health and well-being is a growing concern and therefore has a team of staff dedicated to promoting and supporting mental health.
The College aims to provide a supportive, inclusive environment and is therefore proactive in its approach, with an area on the Student Portal containing information, downloadable resources and direct links to support within the College. Workshops and courses are run for students with anxiety and stress and events are organised to raise awareness.
Trained counsellors are available to give individual help to students with work-related or personal concerns that they prefer to discuss in confidence. Counsellors can also give information about other organisations that help with a variety of problems.
The College has an outstanding reputation for progression after you have finished your studies, with around 90% of our students going on to Higher Education each year and a large proportion of these going to top universities. Research shows that Esher College students are highly successful when compared to other institutions
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Esher College directly.