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John Piper2

Construction HNC

John Piper

"I first started at Guildford College in 2008, on the Site Carpentry NVQ 2. I then followed it up with a further year to achieve an NVQ 3 in the same subject. My college tutor at the time recognised my ability and recommended I try and get a place on the Construction HNC, which I am now in the second year of and approaching the end in June/July having obtained some good grades. I have continued to study at Guildford College as I found the staff very encouraging and helpful when trying to achieve your full potential. In the near future with these qualifications I plan to become a building site manager, with the eventual goal of owning my own property development company."


Helen Baker


Counselling BA Hons

Helen Baker

Helen Baker studied Counselling at Guildford College where she achieved the highest ever grade for a case discussion and received a First Class Honours degree.

Helen was awarded the 2014 Higher Education Outstanding Achievement Award for her consistent hard work and dedication to the course. Helen’s deep engagement with her counselling course has allowed her to provide counselling to cancer patients often with a terminal diagnosis.

Since leaving Guildford College, Helen’s aim is to develop her private counselling practice.  

Jasmine Wales

Early Childhood Studies BA Hons Top-up


Jasmine Wales

Jasmine Wales studied Early Childhood Studies at Guildford College where she consistently achieved high grades and received a First in her BA Hons Top Up degree.

Jasmine also won the 2014 Higher Education Commitment to Learning Award for the dedication she showed to her studies, despite balancing personal tragedy throughout her time at college.

Jasmine’s experience at Guildford College has helped her to pursue a career working with children and families. 

Counselling Foundation DegreeMerry Gibbons

Merry Gibbons

Before retraining at Guildford College, Merry was a full time mum, self-employed music teacher and complementary therapist. 

She chose Guildford College because it taught NCFE 1, 2 and 3 in Counselling Skills and Theory, and Greenwich University's accredited Foundation Degree. This made her wish to train as a qualified professional counsellor feel less complicated and kept it in one location throughout her time studying.

Merry wanted to re-train as a counsellor, because whilst volunteering at a local cancer support centre, she saw how therapeutic providing a listening ear can be for those experiencing a very difficult and isolating time.

She is now a qualified Humanistic Integrative Counsellor providing specialist counselling for teenagers and young people with cancer at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. She also runs a private practice and works at a local counselling agency.

"I really enjoyed the learning and gained a new found confidence by going back into education and training for something I really felt passionate about."


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