Coulsdon Sixth Form College student Stephen Gooch, has been awarded an Apprenticeship with leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm, Goldman Sachs.

Places are highly sought after, with only 20 on offer a year. His four year Apprenticeship, which will enable him to specialise in Software Development, combines working with studying at Queen Mary’s University, to study for a degree in Technical Solutions.

Stephen has been studying BTEC Level 3 in Information Technology here at College. His love for programming started last year when he commenced his course. He explains, “When I started at College, I knew I enjoyed IT but once I got into the course and started programming more, it made me realise that programming was the route I wanted to take.” His hard work paid off and he has achieved the highest possible grades, Distinction* across the board in his IT course.

The process of applying for the Apprenticeship commenced in January and included video and phone interviews before assessments and face to face interviews in London. The apprenticeship offers him a four year paid placement, where he will work in the office for three days a week, while studying at St Mary’s for the other two. During the holidays, there is no let up and he is expected to work five days in the London office. “I am looking forward to starting in September at Goldman Sachs. I also have work experience this summer with them, which will be a great starting point.”

Staff at Coulsdon Sixth Form College, are really proud of Stephen’s achievement and wish him all the best for the future.

Information for schools

Croydon College Group offers a wide range of activities to provide support to schools, parents, carers and students with post-16 decisions. Through activities both at the college and onsite at local schools, the diverse range of courses on offer at Croydon College, Coulsdon Sixth Form College and Croydon University Centre is explored.

Information is provided on the various opportunities available for both vocational and academic pathways. This, combined with the wide range of apprenticeships, delivered by the World of Work team, provides an important resource for post-16 options. 

Contact the team at or phone us on 020 8686 5700 ext. 3676 for more information.

Let’s work together:

Assemblies and Presentations

Delivered at your school and providing either a general overview of courses available or tailored specifically to the needs and interests of the student year group in attendance. Focus subjects could include apprenticeships, applying to universities, T Levels or sector-specific subjects.

Career Events & Options Evenings

Virtual or in-person we welcome the opportunity to support your events and engage with students and parents. Our team can also be available to attend application and interview workshops also GCSE results day. 

Onsite Taster Sessions

Engaging and interactive sessions with specialist lecturers in areas including criminology, fashion and textiles, media studies, music performance, photography, science and much more. Sessions can be held on-site at our colleges or at your school. Please enquire about specific subjects.

Campus Tours

Your students can tour our campuses, chat with members of the teams and explore our range of departments and facilities. Building your own tour, allows you to choose the areas your students are keen to view the most, and with a large course offering, this ensures they get the most out of their visit and enough time to ask any questions they may have.

The Programme can also help to support evidence of careers activity provision in relation to the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Croydon Colleges Group is always pleased to build strong relationships with local schools and sixth forms and produce a newsletter to keep schools and sixth forms up to date with the exciting work of School  Partnership Programme

To discuss your requirements further or to be added to the mailing list, please contact: or call 020 8686 5700 ext. 3676.


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