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Tools for Schools

Thank-you for taking the time to find out more about the College’s offer to schools. Our aim is to introduce pupils to the educational choices available to them and to provide comprehensive and impartial information and advice about job opportunities and careers.
The College also offers a programme of taster sessions aimed at introducing pupils to a range of careers through hands-on experience.

What We Offer

We are proud to be the leading provider of apprenticeship training, giving young people in the city region their first taste of work.

We aim to help young people gain experience in their chosen profession, that’s why we work closely with employers to ensure our students get the most out of their experience. Our employers are looking for students with passion and an appetite to learn on the job, to help create an industry of young, employable professionals.

Our students are given unique opportunities to work with international brands, take part in major business events and receive training from industry leaders. Our facilities are industry standard, from our sports and leisure complex to purpose built training accommodation where students get hands-on experience in their chosen industry.

Apprenticeships are widely recognised as one of the most successful ways to start a vocational career, with recent figures from the Office of National Statistics showing that 85% of students who complete an apprenticeship stay in employment, and over half are still with the same employer they started the course with.

Apprenticeships combine practical on the job training with study.

As an apprentice you will:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and gain holiday pay
  • study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)

Apprenticeships can take 1 year, and up to 4 years for an advanced qualification.

Levels of apprenticeship

An apprenticeship has an equivalent education level and can be:

  • Intermediate – equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced – equivalent to 2 A-level passes
  • Higher – can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a foundation degree.
Who can apply

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start an apprenticeship, you’ll need to be:

  • aged 16 or over
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education.
Assembly Visits and Specialist Talks
Our specialist recruitment team will arrange a visit to inform your young people about the opportunities and benefits of studying for work-related qualifications at the College.

Pupils can ask questions about courses, careers and the range of learning and financial support we offer. We can also focus talks on particular topics, which you are able to outline when requesting a visit.

Careers Advice and Guidance
Careers Advice and Guidance Appointments
The Learning Exchange
  • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdaybooked appointments from 9.00am – 3.30pm (appointments last approximately 1 hour)
  • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday –  ‘drop in’ no appointment needed from 9.00am – 4.00pm

We also have the National Careers Service working with us on Thursdays. They can see adults not currently enrolled in college and will support them with applications to the college for September.

Appointments can be made by coming into the Learning Exchange or ringing 0151 252 3607 – the direct number for the CAG team.

What to expect

You can talk to careers advisers who will:

  • look at your previous experience and any qualifications you have
  • discuss your future aims and career ideas
  • agree an action plan of your next steps and give you a copy to take home
  • help you to apply for a course online during your appointment, if appropriate
  • direct you to other colleges, voluntary organisations or employers
  • provide information on courses, careers and other options.
The team is available at the following locations and times:
Learning Exchange, Roscoe Street (L1 9DW)

Monday to Friday: 9.00am – 4.30pm (alternate Mon/Wed evenings until 6.30pm)

Vauxhall Road (L3 6BN)

Tuesday and Thursday: 9.00am – 4.30pm

Wednesday: 9.00am – 1.00pm

Please note: Opening hours may change during college holidays. 

To request a visit from the CA&G team, call 0151 252 3674
Campus Tours
Tours of the College campus can be tailor made to suit your needs, and could include specific areas of the curriculum that may be of interest to your pupils.

The tour is not only a chance for pupils to visit specialist facilities, but is also an opportunity to observe teaching and learning as it happens.

Courses for 14-16 year olds
The college has a long history of providing a wide range of vocational qualifications for the post 16 population. This expertise has also been used to expand the opportunities for pupils at key stage 4 (years 10 – 11) to access a much broader curriculum.

The college aims to provide a caring and supportive environment for all pupils whatever their ability and needs.

Our partnership in working with schools and the local community is outstanding, and any pupil successfully completing a course at the City of Liverpool College whilst at school will have the opportunity to progress to a full time programme post 16 with us.

Attendance at College

The programme is delivered as part of a pupil’s normal school timetable. There are programmes offered in the following vocational areas:

  • Hair
  • Beauty
  • Motor Vehicle Maintenance
  • Construction
  • Hospitality
  • Sport
  • ICT

Course programmes are designed to ensure pupils gain essential and core and career related skills in a different learning environment.

We can arrange for visits, talks and taster sessions that relate to particular topics, or around general learning opportunities at the College.

NB. All applications for a college course should only be made via the school in which the pupil attends, and made directly to the School Liaison Manager.

For more information about the range of  programmes offered, please contact Julie Brennan, Schools Liaison Manager – Tel: 0151 252 4125 /

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Culinary Skills with the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts

The College is working in partnership with The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) to offer young recruits a programme of activities that centre around the skills needed for careers in the hospitality sector.

Young people who want to learn how to cook at the highest level could become Michelin-star chefs of the future if they enrol on The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) course at The City of Liverpool College.

The course offers students aged 16 – 19 an exclusive insight into premier chef training in Europe, whilst working alongside top professionals from the finest restaurants and hotels in the North West.

The course starts in September where hopeful chefs undergo an intensive culinary 12 week traineeship before they start paid employment in top kitchens around the North West and further afield, under the expert guidance of senior, highly regarded chefs. During this time, trainees attend The City of Liverpool College one day a week for formal training, practical work, culinary theory and assessments.

The curriculum is cutting-edge and combines culinary traditions with modern developments and an internationally-informed knowledge.

After successfully completing the course, the trainee chefs sit RACA’s industry-respected final exam and, if successful, are awarded the coveted Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Diploma, and are RACA graduates.

This RACA course is seen as very important to Liverpool and the North West for its highly skilled training of talented young chefs in the region.

The City of Liverpool College in the only college in the North and the third outside London and the South to be hand-picked to deliver this course.

For more information about the programme, visit:
To book a place on the course for those of school-leaving age, please contact for an appointment.


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Open Events
Each year we run a number of open days where learners can visit the centre, meet specialist tutors and get a taste of student life.

These events are also an opportunity for you to bring friends and family along and take a tour of the specialist facilities at each city centre campus.

We are here to answer all your questions and help you make up your mind about college.

Please plan ahead to ensure you get the most from your visit.

Open Days

We run a number of open day/evenings throughout the year – usually in October, March and June. Please check the website for time/day and campus information.

Shadow a Student
As part of the schools’ programme at The City of Liverpool College, we offer young people an opportunity to find out more about college life by shadowing a student already on programme at the College.

The Shadow a Student Programme is aimed at pupils who are undecided about their next step. It allows them to gain a useful insight into the course they’d like to study and the range of work covered. They also have a chance to experience what independent study really means.

For more information about the programme, email: or call: 0151 252 3000
Taster/Workshop Sessions
We run a series of career taster sessions to introduce pupils to job-related courses that will inspire them to explore their interests, or learn more about careers they may have in mind.
Subject-specific tasters/workshops:
  • Art & Design
  • Child Care
  • Construction
  • Creative and Digital – games design; media production; music tech/recording
  • Enterprise/Entrepreneurs
  • Fashion & Clothing
  • Hair Beauty Therapy
  • Health & Social Care
  • Computer Science
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Science
  • Sports & Public Services
  • Travel & Tourism

These are a sample of the workshops/taster sessions offered, but we are happy to discuss your requirements and build a bespoke package that meets the needs of all your pupils.

To find out more, contact:  / 0151 252 3000
Widening Participation (MNCO)
The City of Liverpool College is proud to work in close partnership with Shaping Futures (also known as the Merseyside Collaborative Outreach programme).

As a partnership of 12 local Higher Education (HE) providers, Shaping Futures is committed to ensuring learners, parents, teachers and advisers are fully equipped to better understand the HE landscape, to access outreach locally and to support learners with the HE decision making process.

Funded by the Office for Students (OfS), Shaping Futures is part of the Uni Connect Programme and is dedicated to reducing the gap in HE participation between the most and least represented groups. To achieve this, we believe strongly in effective and impactful local collaboration with HE providers, schools, colleges, employers and other partners.

The Shaping Futures Hub provides a one stop shop for teachers and advisers to identify what outreach support is available across the Liverpool City Region. The Hub website offers secondary schools and colleges access to a range of HE appropriate information, useful links and handy materials.

Work Experience
The Work Placement team will:
  • Source a variety of work placement/experience opportunities
  • Work with employers to match the needs of each student and their business needs
  • Liaise with curriculum staff, progress leaders and related student support staff
  • Signpost you to our online work readiness and careers platform
  • Signpost you to Grofar, our online work placement management software
  • Signpost you to My College (VLE)/ Work Experience section for a wealth of resources.   
To find out more, speak to a member of the team on: 0151 252 3163 or email: