Pre-course Advice

Impartial Careers Information, Advice and Guidance is available to students before and during their studies.  When you visit one of our colleges for an Open Evening or at Enrolment, there will be an adviser available to help you make decisions.

Individual Careers Guidance

If you are a full-time student, you can arrange an individual careers appointment to start exploring your ideas and options or discuss a career issue in-depth.  Our college career advisers are professionally qualified and members of the Career Development Institute (CDI). The service is also accredited by the Matrix Quality Standard for advice and support services. Careers advisers in the college can help you in every stage of your decision-making, career choice and progression.  Discussions are confidential and are only shared between advisers and the student.


Careers Resources

In addition to printed materials, students have access to two online resources, which can be accessed in college and at home. This includes the UNIFROG Careers Platform, which the college subscribes to, and which brings relevant, up-to-date information into one comprehensive, user-friendly platform. This supports students in making informed choices and submitting strong applications. Students can also access the careers section of the Virtual Learning Environment in college – CANVAS. This provides students with access to university information, comparison websites, personal statement writing, student finance, job seeking, and apprenticeships.

Careers Education and Tutorial Programme

The college provides a comprehensive careers education programme, which is delivered by personal tutors through weekly tutorials. This includes a focus on self-reflection, exploration, career-planning, and preparation for Higher Education or employment opportunities. Personal tutors and subject staff work closely with the careers team in college to ensure that students are provided with the right information, advice and guidance that is appropriate for them.

Higher Education and University

We are committed to providing impartial advice and guidance all the way through your journey to your chosen university course. The careers advisers in college can help you individually and in group sessions to make decisions about what and where to study, write personal statements and complete university applications. The college also promotes University Widening Access Schemes to those students who are eligible.

Employment and Labour Market Information

The careers team and curriculum staff continue to develop links with our local employers and can help you gain part-time employment or support you in looking for an apprenticeship. Labour market trends play an important part in the decision making process for anyone planning their future career or looking at a career change. There is a broad range of local and national information available to help you make these important decisions and to explore the opportunities that may be available in the future.


The college organises a number of careers-related visits and events each year to help students research and prepare for their next steps, including:

  • Annual Higher Education Information and Advice Evenings
  • Student Finance Evenings
  • Personal statement advice and support from local universities
  • Attendance at the annual UCAS Higher Education Exhibitons

Advice to Ex-students

The college can support recent ex-students with an academic reference for UCAS applications. (Please note that we require five working days to guarantee that your reference will be inputted onto your UCAS form).  To ensure we can complete and add your reference to your UCAS form before the deadline date you must contact us prior to the Christmas break. Please contact the careers adviser at the centre you attend to arrange this.

Advice to Parents and Guardians

We recognise the important role that parents and guardians play in supporting students through their college studies and in making decisions about their future. If you have questions or concerns about the options available to your son/daughter before, during and after their time at college, you can contact the careers adviser at your son/daughter’s college.

Advice to Employers

· Please contact the careers team in college if you have a part-time vacancy that you would like to advertise for current students. One of the team will contact you to discuss the best way to promote your opportunities to our students.

· The college is also keen to develop links with our local employers and can support you if you are looking to employ an apprentice. We have a designated department, which can support your recruitment processes – for more information of the services we offer and how to contact us, please click here

Careers Entitlement Statement

We are committed to ensuring that high quality, timely, accurate and impartial Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is provided to support students to make informed decisions. This involves making realistic choices about future plans and developing skills to prepare for progression into further study or employment. The college is committed to achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks, which provides a framework for good career guidance in secondary schools and colleges.

A copy of our Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance policy is available upon request.