Careers Support

The Careers Team are available all day, every day to provide a personalised and impartial information, advice and guidance service to students during the relatively short sixth form stage of their education. Our well-qualified staff deliver a planned programme, which is designed to offer the most appropriate support for students at different stages of their college life.

Careers is located above the Student Centre in a large, open access space offering a friendly welcome and facilities for one-to-one advice, small group sessions and online and hard copy research activities. Careers staff also work with students in Year 13 groups to provide support for UCAS, apprenticeship and other employment applications.

Portsmouth College is committed to working towards meeting the Quality in Careers Standard incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Careers Provision

Careers staff are available to assist prospective students with important study programme decisions through the application, enrolment and induction stages. We recognise the importance of making the right course decisions in advance, but also that it is sometimes necessary for young people to change their plans as new career ideas develop or if study challenges need to be addressed.

For Year 12 students, we work closely with the E6 Personal Development Team to raise students’ awareness of the choices open to them post-college and to prepare them as fully as possible for these opportunities. This involves a combination of group sessions, presentations, careers events and trips to employer and higher education venues. And of course students can always drop-in for advice or book a one-to-one careers interview. This provision is fully available to students on one year, level 2 courses, including support for applications to return to college or for apprenticeship/employment options and study opportunities elsewhere.

For final year students, the Careers Team is involved in direct applications support, including the UCAS process in term one and for apprenticeship/employment applications later in the academic year. Assistance is available through a mixture of group work and individual interviews, with each member of Careers staff responsible for working with a specified group of students.

Highly experienced staff work with students on the particular challenges involved in making applications for Oxford and Cambridge universities, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and other highly competitive higher education and employment opportunities.

Careers Events

We hold a number of set-piece careers events during the year, which are excellent opportunities for students to conduct research, develop contacts and perhaps even get their foot in the door for a new opportunity.

  • Careers Support Information Evening for Parents (June)
  • Higher Education Fair (September)
  • Careers Fair: Employment/Apprenticeships (March)
  • Careers Fair for SEND student and parents (March)
  • Regular visits to HE and employer venues (organised with curriculum staff)
  • Support for students and parents at post-16 transition events e.g. Open Evenings, Introduction Days etc.

Useful Links


Student Finance

Apprenticeships and other employment


Gap Years

Working with others...

The Careers Team is fully engaged with other college programmes to support students’ skills development and progression potential. These include:

  • The E6 Personal Development Programme
  • Portsmouth Scholars (in partnership with the University of Portsmouth)
  • National Collaborative Outreach Programme (a widening participation programme in partnership with the Southern Universities Network)
  • Employer - student mentoring

Staffing and Communication

Students and parents can contact the Careers Team on the following email address:

Information on in-college and external careers activities and events is provided via Twitter. Please do follow us at: @PortCollCareers

Telephone contact with all members of the Careers Team is available via the College’s reception on 023 9266 7521



And finally...

We are fully committed to the government’s new strategy for careers guidance (‘Careers Guidance for Further Education Colleges and Sixth Form Colleges’, February 2018) and its eight ‘Gatsby’ standards.

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