Welcome to our Student Takeover!

From discussing subjects, to the support our students receive to help them navigate their way through their years at college, we hope this page gives you a taste of student life at Farnham College.

The campus

Check out our virtual tour to see what the campus is like.

If you'd prefer to visit our campus in person, especially if you want to study with us in September, we will be running small group tours throughout the month of June. Register below so you don't miss your chance to have a guided tour, and have a look at our amazing facilities and see the college for yourself!

Farnham College students campus tour

Students from Farnham College take you on a short tour and visit some of the highlights of the campus.

Life at college

We know that coming to college can be a big step, especially in these uncertain times.

That's why we think that hearing what other students have to say about their college experience is better than anything we could try and tell you.

Izzy discusses the differences between college and school, and the worries she had before college.

There are more students just waiting to share their experiences with you below.

Always a creative child, Saffron knew she wanted to follow an artistic path since she was young. Good at art throughout school, Saffron was encouraged by her teachers and her parents to follow her heart and pursue her passion into further education.

Brought up just a few miles outside Farnham, across the border in Hampshire, Saffron went to look at a few college options before deciding that Farnham was the one for her.

“I actually went to two open events at Farnham College, a Saturday morning one and a weekday evening one, just to really get the vibe of the place”, says Saffron.

Having spent some time talking to the tutors and students and seeing examples of student artwork at the open events, it was the concept of the smaller class sizes at Farnham that clinched it for Saffron.

“I felt that I would really benefit from the one-to-one time you’d get with your teachers. I wanted a fresh start after school and the college just felt right for me. I felt at home immediately”.

Saffron applied to do three A Levels, Fine Art, Graphic Design and Geography and hasn’t looked back!

“I really enjoy coming to college, it’s so different to school and the staff are really supportive and encouraging which helps to build our confidence in our abilities. My teachers really push me to produce the best standard of work that I can, and I can really see a clear progression in the quality of my work from when I started”.

Saffron already knows that she wants to pursue a creative career and plans to complete an art foundation year at university before narrowing down a specialism.

Saffron says: “If you’re thinking about which college to apply for, my advice would be to go and see as many as you can, meet the teachers and see if the facilities are right for you. You’ll know which one feels ‘right’!”

Student enrichment at Activate Learning Colleges

Watch as one of our Heads of Campus, Charlotte Morgan, explores the various extra-curricular activities you can get involved in at college, as well as how you can feed back your experiences at college.  

Learning Support at Activate Learning Colleges

Our Learning Support team here at Activate Learning delves into extra support you can receive when coming to college, and how to access the service when applying to college. 

Support for students

If you're worried about starting college and want reassurance of who is around for support, watch the interview below with our Head of Student Support, Leanne Hicks. Leanne will explore the help given to those who are concerned about their mental health and wellbeing at college, as this is an incredibly important subject to address when thinking about starting.

Leanne Hicks explains all the support we offer students.

Countdown to college

This presentation offers information about what to expect and key events between now and September, if you’ve applied or are thinking of applying to college. 

It's not too late to get your application in for September!

If you haven't applied to college yet and want to join us in September, it is time to get your application in! Our main applications close at the end of July and we still have spaces remaining on courses! Find out more on our How to Apply page or contact us for if you have any questions.