Careers: being Job Ready

We understand that you need more than just qualifications to secure the job you want.

We work hard to help our students progress into employment, and have recently been awarded an Employability Chartermark by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership in recognition of this.

Our services have recently been re-accredited with the MATRIX standard which highlights excellence in delivery of Information, Advice & Guidance.

We identify the personal skills that employers are looking for so that we can help you develop these qualities during your studies.

We do this in a number of ways: 

  • As part of your study programme
  • Through our online resources and support
  • During your group tutorials
  • Through our 'Passport' programme, which enables you to gather together a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates the skills and experience you've developed whilst studying with us

Information, Advice and Guidance at Study Hubs

Whichever centre you study at, you will have access to a Study Hub, a one-stop shop for all your study and support needs. Through this service you will be able to access a range of information, advice and guidance. Our Learner Services Advisors can advise you on further study at City of Bristol College, student finance and funding as well as wider careers advice. We have the tools and experience to help you move forward.

To find out more, email us at


Need help choosing local training courses or deciding on your change of career? Looking for assistance in your job search, or writing your CV or job application? Our trained advisers are here to help you.

We work in conjunction with the National Careers Service and offer free face-to-face adult appointments with their advisers at some of our centres.

School Leavers

If you’re ready to move to the next stage of your education and training, we can help you move forward.

Our advisers can help you choose a training route that will lead to your chosen career goal. We can talk you through different types of qualifications, such as A Levels, BTECs and Apprenticeships, whilst explaining how these fit into your overall career path. Whatever your goal we can help you plan the route.

  • Not sure if College is the right choice for you? Come along to one of our open events and speak with our advisers about your course options in the College environment. We work closely with tutors to get you the information that counts.
  • Worried about your exam results? Our GCSE advice sessions take place every summer on results day. Whatever your grades we can offer advice and guidance to get you onto a suitable course and headed for your ultimate career goal.

Contact us for careers and progression advice.

University and College Admissions Service (UCAS)

Thinking of taking a university course after completing your studies? Whether you are worried about recent changes to fees and funding, looking for advice on the new UCAS tariff or need support applying through UCAS - we're here to help. 

We're here to help guide and support you through the whole process of researching and applying for your university education.

Our Learner Services Advisers and Study Coaches have a wealth of resources and knowledge that can help you at any stage of your journey. You can also access information and resources about completing your UCAS application via Moodle. We also work closely with local universities to make sure you always have the most up-to-date information, and we hold dedicated drop-in sessions and workshops related to UCAS applications.

Contact us to find out more.

Employment skills

Looking for a job? Need help with an application? Feeling nervous about interviews or assessments?

We’re here to support you with every stage of your job search. Using local labour market information, we can help you search for a suitable vacancy and then guide you through every step of the application and interview process.

We can help you access nationally created job profiles to better understand what certain roles entail, whilst also signposting you to specialist bodies for the most relevant information about specific sectors. Or if you’re interested in volunteering to boost your employability, we can help you find local and national voluntary positions.

Our specialist tools and resources, cover a range of topics:

  • CV writing
  • Creating cover letters
  • Application skills
  • Interview skills
  • Career progression once you are in employment

As a student of City of Bristol College you'll have access to current part time, full time employment and volunteering opportunities through our Moodle Jobs Board.

Contact us to find out more.