Careers guidance and support

You need more than qualifications to secure the job you want. Develop your employability with City of Bristol College.

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We can help you develop your employability in a number of ways: 

  • As part of your study programme.
  • Through our online Moodle resources and support.
  • During your group tutorials.
  • Through our ‘Passport’ programme. This will give you a portfolio that demonstrates the skills you’ve developed while studying with us.

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

Our services have been re-accredited with the MATRIX standard which highlights excellence in delivery of information, advice and guidance.

Our Careers and Progression Strategy (pdf) provides more detail about how we help our students to succeed.

Careers guidance for current students

Whichever centre you study at, you will have access to a Study Centre, 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 Advisers can advise you on further study at City of Bristol College, student finance and funding as well as wider careers advice.

Careers advice for adults

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?

We’re here to help all adults, including parents of our students.

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.

Information for 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 options.
  • Worried about your exam results? Our GCSE advice sessions take place every summer on results day. Whatever your grades, we can help get you onto a suitable course for your ultimate career goal.
School Leavers

Guidance for people considering university study

Thinking of taking a university course after completing your studies? Whether you are worried about fees and funding or are looking for UCAS advice, we’re here to help. 

We can support you through the whole process of researching and applying for your university education.

Our study coaches have a wealth of resources and knowledge. You can also access information about completing your UCAS application via Moodle.

Support for parents and carers

Get the information you need to help your child make the right choices at 14, 16 and 18 through the Careerpilot website.

Careerpilot is a free website helping 13—19-year-olds plan their future.

The Careerpilot Parent Zone can help you as a parent/carer get answers to the career questions you want to ask, about:

  • Choices at 14, 16 and 18
  • Further Education College
  • Apprenticeships and Traineeships
  • Higher Education (including HE provided at local colleges)
  • Job sectors and growth
  • Funding and support

7 simple ways to improve your employability

The careers landscape is changing. You may be wondering what you need to know in order to achieve your career goals.
Tips to improve your employability