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Thank-you for taking time to find out more about the college’s offer to schools. Our aim is to introduce young learners to the educational choices available and 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 occupations through hands-on experience.

What We Offer

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.

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 also an opportunity to observe teaching and learning as it happens.

Careers, Advice & Guidance

The Careers Advice and Guidance (CA&G) team is available to attend careers/progression events throughout the academic year. In addition to this, potential students can book guidance appointments on college premises with an experienced adviser.


Our qualified careers advisers offer professional, confidential advice and guidance to prospective applicants to the college and current students.

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 Exchance, Roscoe Street (L1 9DW)

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

Vauxhall Road (L3 6BN)

Tues and Thurs: 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, please call 0151 252 3674.

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

Wed 17 October 2018, 6-8pm – All city centre campuses

Thurs 7 March 2019, 6-8pm – All city centre campuses

Sat 22 June 2019, 10-2pm – Learning Exchange, Roscoe Street (L1 9DW)

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/Entrepeneurs
  • Fashion & Clothing
  • Hair Beauty Therapy
  • Health & Social Care
  • Computer Science
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Science
  • Sports & Public Services
  • Travel & Tourism

This is a sample of the workshops/taster sessions on offer. We are happy to discuss your requirements and build a bespoke package that meets the needs of all your young people.

To find out more contact:  |  0151 252 3000

Fees and Funding Advice

At The City of Liverpool College we understand that there can be financial barriers and issues when coming to college to study.

We have a range of support aimed at helping you achieve your acidemic and career goals.

Subject to eligibility criteria and funding, The City of Liverpool College can help you with the following:

  • Arriva or Stagecoach bus pass
  • Railpass (Merseyrail)
  • Student Fund
  • Tuition fees
  • Course equipment and kit
  • Childcare

For more information you can contact:

0151 252 4355

0151 252 3625

Work Experience
Work Placement team will:
  • Source work placement/experience opportunities
  • Work with employers to meet their needs
  • Liaise with Senior and Personal Tutors Curriculum/Vocational staff and related teams
  • Support students.

To find out more speak to a member of the team on: 0151 252 3163 or email:

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 an opportunity to experience what independent study really means.

For more information about the programme, email: or call: 0151 252 3000

Courses for 14-16 year olds

The College has a long history of providing a wide range of vocational and academic qualifications for the post-16 population. This expertise has also been used to expand the opportunities for pupils at key stage 4 (years 10 and 11) to access a much broader curriculum including a wide range of subjects at levels appropriate to their needs.

Attendance at College

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

The programme is delivered as part of a pupil’s normal school timetable.

We can arrange for visits, talks and taster sessions for the pupils and this can be done on particular topics or just general about learning in the College.

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

For more information about the range of alternative programmes on offer please contact:

Julie Brennan – Schools Liaison Manager

0151 252 4125

Widening Participation (MNCO)
The City of Liverpool College is proud to work in close partnership with the Merseyside Network for Collaborative Outreach (MNCO).

The Merseyside Network for Collaborative Outreach is a newly formed collaborative partnership, which has been formed as part of the HEFCE National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) project.

The MNCO is a collaborative partnership between the Higher Education Institutions and Further Education Colleges located in Greater Merseyside. The aim of the network is to provide schools and colleges with a Single Point of Contact (SPoC) to support teachers and stakeholders in accessing information about outreach and widening participation activities offered by the partner institutions involved in the network.

The MNCO and the Collaborative Network Manager are based at The University of Liverpool, but the
network is impartial and is able to provide information on all of the network partners. To contact the network SPoC email: or for more information, visit: or to contact the college for bespoke network activity, use the contact form below or email:


We are proud to be the leading supplier 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 one, you’ll need to be:

  • aged 16 or over
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education.
Culinary Skills with the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts

The City of Liverpool College is working in partnership with The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) to offer a programme of activities to young people, centred around the skills needed for careers in the hospitality sector. 

The activities focus on teaching young people – who have shown an interest in a career in the hospitality industry – all about the standards required in food, cooking and service.  The programme also sets out to recognise and reward talent and skill and provide career opportunities within the industry.

RACA, whose membership includes leading chefs, restaurant managers and suppliers to the industry, is using its positive influence to help shape and secure a stronger future for the hospitality industry in the Liverpool City Region.

To book a place on the programme for learners of school age, contact for an appointment.

For more information about the programme, visit: