Advice and Guidance for your Future

While you are learning at Lowestoft Sixth Form, in the classroom or as an apprentice, we want to help and support you with your future plans and we have lots of services available to do this. The next step in your journey is supported by a whole college approach to careers information, advice and guidance.

Your teacher, careers adviser, student achievement mentor or apprenticeship employer and assessor are your first points of contact for career/progression guidance and will help you through your career and wellbeing programme and 1:1 sessions.

Apprentices will work on tasks via OneFile and get involved with tutorials. If you student off campus you have access to careers information, advice and guidance through our virtual learning environment  – Moodle or via one of our friendly careers team.

What you do after studying with us is really important to us. We are here to help guide you to make the right decisions for your future and to support you with your decisions.

We review our practice annually and update policies in line with Government guidance, to deliver the best advice and guidance to you. The majority of our students move to positive destinations after finishing their course. Each year we track the destinations of our students, to help inform our careers offer.

Our careers adviserscan help you:

  • Understand the progression options available to you, including further study, training, Apprenticeships and employment
  • Prepare for employment with help creating a CV, making applications and mock interviews
  • Choose and apply for Higher Education level courses and vocational training
  • Consider the best work placement for you, alongside our placement team
  • Understand local and national employment in your chosen career sector and access career profiles
  • Give coaching and advice on positive progression routes, helping you plan your career

You can find help and information in a number of ways including:

  • 1:2:1 appointments or drop-in sessions in person, on the telephone, virtual or email with careers advisers, Higher Education Champions and our Level 6 careers team
  • Topics covered in the college Careers and Wellbeing Tutorial Programme
  • Access information via Moodle Careers and Progression pages – including links to useful websites and sources of information to help you research
  • Visits from and to industry experts in your field
  • Virtual links to careers and employer events
  • Working alongside your teacher, with specialist industry and subject knowledge
  • Careers events throughout the year
  • Telephone and helpline services
  • Education provider visits, such as universities and training providers

Contact the team on:

Lowestoft Sixth Form: 01502 537000 or email: careers@eastcoast.ac.uk .

The East Coast College Careers Lead is Nikki Lane – Assistant Principal Student Wellbeing and Support n.lane@eastcoast.ac.uk, address: East Coast College, Suffolk Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 0ED.

Useful websites:

I can be a 

Explore potential career opportunities across Norfolk and Suffolk, job roles and how your interests match careers options

National Careers Service 
Provides information, advice and guidance to help all ages make decisions on learning, training, work opportunities, CV building and getting the job. The service offers confidential and impartial advice, supported by qualified careers advisers. Support available to young people via a website, helpline & webchat on 0800 100 900 www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

Icould

Real stories to inspire career choices.

Skills to Succeed Academy 

A free, highly interactive, online training programme designed specifically to help you choose the right career for you, and build the key employability skills you need to find and keep a job.

Sector based and company websites and conferences 

Your tutor or student coach can advise you.

Support for entry to competitive courses: Medicine, Oxford University, Cambridge University and more

We encourage all students to aim high and we want the very best for you whilst you are at Lowestoft Sixth Form College and in the future. This means all your teachers will support you every step of the way with lots of different opportunities to enable you to excel.

  • We will encourage you take part in courses to support your learning at college and for your university applications, such as the Cambridge University Shadowing Scheme, University of Oxford residential programmes, Sutton Trust Summer Schools, Villiers Park residential courses, Gap Medics and Voluntary Work Overseas
  • Additionally, we can help you with a variety of work experience placements, for example, at the James Paget Hospital or local GP surgeries to support your UCAS application for medicine or nursing
  • There will be lots of opportunities to broaden your horizons through trips and university visits throughout your time with us. Through the Plus More enrichment programme you can get involved in a variety of different opportunities to pursue an existing interest or to develop new skills and talents
  • You will receive invaluable information advice and guidance throughout years 12 and 13 about study and revision strategies, time management and independent learning. This personalised support will help you develop approaches to learning that work for you and can maximise your chances of high grades You will receive one to one support to help make your university course selection, complete the application and write your personal statement
  • You will have support with additional specialist entry requirements, mock interview practice and application workshops from Oxbridge professors