Biology, Public Services

How did you choose what to study at Coulsdon College?

I chose subjects which interested me. Biology was an obvious choice as I’m fascinated with the functioning of the human body and health and fitness. I chose Public Services to help improve my communication and leadership skills. Combining A Levels with a BTEC has helped to spread the workload.

Has your time at College helped you to decide which career you want to follow?

I did Clinical work experience at East Surrey and St George’s Hospitals which gave me a unique insight into the healthcare profession and helped me decide on a career path. I want to become an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) as I feel I could make a real difference supporting patients before, during and after operations.

What type of course will you do to qualify as an ODP?

I’ve chosen to do a BSc in Operating Department Practice at South Bank University, which has links with world-renowned hospitals such as Guys, St Thomas’s and Great Ormond Street. More than half the course involves hospital placements so I can’t wait to get started.

How did you prepare for your university interview?

For my Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) last year I did a research dissertation on accidental awareness during general anaesthesia. I read widely on the subject and spoke to Surgeons and Anaesthetists so I felt well prepared to discuss the topic at the interview. The College’s Careers Department was supportive too, organising a mock interview which helped.

Laura, 2017.

Previous school: Bishop Thomas Grant.

Previous school: Bishop Thomas Grant

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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Tel: 01737 551 176
Fax: 01737 551 282

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