So you’ve made the big decision to come to Croydon College, but what will your life be like when you get here? Will it just be hard work and non-stop study?
No! We believe your time at college is about far more than lessons and exams: it is also a place to make friends, develop new and existing interests: it’s a place to test yourself as an adult – to try things you’ve never tried before, to meet new people and to develop yourself as a human being. College is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we’re here to make sure you make the most of it.
At Croydon College, you’ll find that your individual voice is highly valued and you’ll regularly be given the opportunity to influence what goes on, and to have a say on the issues that matter to you.
By getting involved in student life at Croydon College, you will increase your skills and broaden your life experience. You’ll achieve things you never imagined you could do; your newly acquired self-confidence will boost both your career aspirations and your employment prospects.
Employers want to hire people who have initiative and drive, who can operate beyond their comfort zone and can think creatively. If you want to progress to university, these are the skills and attitudes that will also bring you to the attention of admissions tutors.
We want to ensure that our students go out into the world with the ‘Croydon Xtra Factor’ – the qualities and mindset that will set you apart from the rest.
One thing’s for sure: the word mediocre isn’t in our vocabulary!
The choice is yours: you could get involved in our Student UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) group, train to become equality and diversity advocate or a peer mentor, take part in the Enrichment programme, become a student representative, or lead volunteer projects that will improve the lives of others. You can take part in debates, conferences and focus groups, becoming actively involved in making a positive difference to the College and to the local and wider community.
Croydon College is the first, and only, UNICEF Rights Respecting Further Education (FE) College in the UK. In 2014, the College was presented with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of the fact that our students devoted an incredible 28,000plus hours to volunteering projects that year alone, so if you decide to join in, you’ll be making your individual contribution to a great Croydon College tradition of giving time for the benefit of others.
Once a term our students put together a newsletter celebrating their hard work, achievements and activities.
ESOL students recently took part in a project called Talk About Respect - watch the video below to find out more about their thoughts and work.