I chose to study at GC because it feels more like a university campus. I didn’t know what I wanted to do as a career when I started, but the business course provided opportunities to explore different types of jobs and develop my strengths, especially through field trips to Coca Cola, Amazon and Aachen in Germany. The course has helped me develop important transferable skills and the in-class support from my Learning Mentor has been helpful in making career decisions. I’ve accepted a marketing apprenticeship at Typecraft, where I am looking forward to building on my knowledge.
Reach Your Potential
At Gloucestershire College we know that everyone has different strengths, interests and ambitions.
You have the freedom and flexibility to choose what extra activities you want to do on top of your course to make the most out of your time at college.
Whether you have a dream career in mind; want to continue studying on your journey to employment; or simply want to explore your options, our student development programme has a number of ways to help you get to where you want to go.
Our team of Learning Mentors and Employment Coaches can help you map your route to a career and provide you with the right opportunities to get there.
That can include:
- Additional training relevant to your course
- Work experience
- Joining one of Sports Academy teams
Before I began my course I didn’t know what I wanted to do after college, but with the great support from the lecturers I now know that I want to study hospitality and management at university. The best things about the hospitality course are the trips, support to find work experience and jobs, and the fact we’re treated like adults. My aim is to open up my own organic café after university.
Get Connected To Your Future With GC
Employer contact is key to providing work experience opportunities all year round – not just for one week. And we have hundreds of business connections at GC to make that happen.
If you know exactly what you want to do we can connect you with businesses in that industry to give you the platform to kick-start your reputation and build contacts for the future.
If you’re not quite sure what you want to do yet we can provide you with opportunities to experience all kinds of industries to help you discover the kind of work you’d like to do.
Can I apply at the open evening?
Yes! We’ll have Application Hubs set up on each campus and our friendly Student Services Team will be on hand to help with any queries you may have during the application process.
Am I able to park at the College?
Parking will be free at all of our campuses for you to park during the event.
Please note: If our Gloucester car park is full, there is the option to park in Gloucester Quays car park for a discounted rate of £1 from 6pm.
Will I be able to talk to someone about the support available and careers advice?
Gloucestershire College has a dedicated Advice Team who can give you free, impartial and confidential advice on choosing a career path and planning your studies to get there. The team will be available at each open evening to talk through the full range of options available to you. We’ll also have staff on hand to help you out with any queries about funding and travel.
Can I go to more than one open evening?
Of course. Different courses run from different campuses, so we would advise that you drop in to any campuses that you’re interested in studying at. Also, each of our campuses has a different layout and feel, so it is useful to see for yourself which campus would suit you best.
What if I’m interested in higher education courses?
We’ll have a higher education stand set up on the day where you can find out everything you need to know about studying for a HE course with us. You might also like to check out our Access to Higher Education courses – these are designed for anyone who’s looking to progress on to HE but has been out of education for more than a year and doesn’t currently have the grades needed to get on to a HE course.
I’m thinking about doing an apprenticeship, should I still come?
Definitely. We’ll have an Apprenticeship Zone with specialist staff who can talk you through all the options available and the current vacancies you can apply for. If you’re not sure you’re ready for apprenticeships, why not take a look at our traineeships – these are a great stepping-stone that will help you prepare for becoming an apprentice.
How long is the event?
Our Cheltenham and Gloucester open evenings run from 5.30pm until 8pm, and our Royal Forest of Dean open evening runs from 5.30pm until 7.30pm. Please feel free to come along at any point between these times.
I’m a mature student. Can I still come to this open evening?
Absolutely. Many of our courses are open to students of any age. If you’re aged 24 or over, you might like to ask about the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan which enables you to access financial support if you study a course that’s eligible. Have a chat with student services on the day to find out more.