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Careers Advice Service

At East Durham College, we don’t just think about your time with us. Our courses, and everything we do, is designed to help you with making a career for yourself.

Whether you have a clear career path in mind or don’t have the foggiest what you want to do later in life, that’s why careers are at the heart of everything we do at East Durham College.

Logo of Matrix Quality Standard For Information Advice and Guidance Services - Approved By the Matrix Accreditation BodyCareers support starts from before you’ve even signed up to do a course with us, and continues all the way through your time at East Durham College. So whether you’re unsure about what course you want to do before you’ve even signed up, or you’re looking ahead to your career after college ends, we are here to help every step of the way.

East Durham College is accredited to the Matrix Standard Award for information, advice and guidance; so you can be sure that the advice you receive in college is of a high standard.

Careers Support Services at East Durham College

When you think about careers support, what do you think of? You’ll likely have had a brief chat with someone back at school about your future, then be sent off to make a decision about what you want to do based off that.

At East Durham College, those one-to-one chats are just the starting point for your careers guidance. We support all of our course programmes with clear careers guidance; whether its organising valuable work experience, helping you to make the best UCAS statement to get you that uni place you want, polishing up your CV ready for the world of work or even just sitting with you and discussing course options if you think you’ve made the wrong choice, we are here for you.

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Book yourself in for a one-to-one careers session with one of our friendly careers advice team! Find out all about how we can support you into work, get advice on what courses are best for you and lots, lots more!

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Want to find out what jobs might be available in the subjects you're interested in? Click this image and it'll take you straight to our special Careers Pathways tool, which lets you select things you're interested in and showcases all the potential career options that could come out of those interests!

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Meet the people behind our fantastic careers programme at East Durham College!


Our Careers Programme

We offer an extensive programme of careers guidance and support throughout the year. To view our latest Careers Programme calendar, please see the document below.

EDC Careers Programme Calendar

Drop-In Sessions

The College offers 'drop- in' sessions and appointments with our specialist careers advisor. Appointments can be booked via telephone, email or through Student Services.

What Ofsted Has To Say About Our Careers Service

Following an inspection in January 2018, Ofsted had the following to say about East Durham College's careers service:

Learners benefit from effective careers education, information, advice and guidance which are provided by well-qualified college staff. Leaders have a clear strategy and focus to provide a wide and comprehensive range of activities and events which raise the aspirations of learners. A very high proportion of learners go on to further study or gain employment on completion of their programmes.

Applying to Higher Education - Quick Checklist

If you are in the process of applying to study on a higher education programme, here's our quick checklist guide to help you work through the process. Please click on the PDF document below.

Applying to Higher Education - An EDC Checklist

Our Going to Uni Guide - Applying for Higher Education (HE)

For a more detailed guide on the process and timings on apply to study on an HE programme, we have created this useful booklet. Please click on the PDF document below.

EDC Going to uni guide - Applying to HE - What you need to know

Advice on Preparing for Higher Education Interviews

It can be a daunting time preparing for your interview to get to uni - that's why we're on hand to help! Any questions, or any concerns you have can be addressed by our friendly careers advisors. Just pop in to see us whenever we're available.

We've also prepared a handy advice document for you to have a read of too, which you can download below.

Download the Advice on Preparing for Higher Education Interviews Document >>


Unistats is the official website for comparing UK higher education course data. It Includes official data for undergraduate courses on each university and college's satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey, jobs and salaries after study and other key information for prospective students.

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service website provides careers advice and information on a wide range of jobs, training course resources and funding.

Call 0800 100 900 to speak to an adviser. Lines are open from 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week. Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers.

Labour Market Information (LMI)

LMI can help young people and their parents/carers to understand the salaries and promotion opportunities for different jobs, the volume and location of vacancies across different sectors. Government funds high a quality LMI service called LMI for All to help with your careers research.

The college also subscribes to Career Pathway, an online tool designed to help you research your education and career options. You can find information on jobs right here in the region, including links to actual job vacancies and potential earnings.


The Careerometer tool can also be used to explore and compare key information about different occupations to help you in the the process of identifying potential careers you may wish to pursue.

Target Careers

Advice on career options after A level/Level 3 Vocational Courses. Tips on school leaver schemes and higher apprenticeships. Help making the right uni choice. Take a look!


Whether you’re looking for career change, or you’re just starting out – CareerMap have something for you. You can find apprenticeships, courses and graduate programmes that will give you the kick start you need to thrive in the industry of your choice.

Contact Us & Feedback

If you'd like more details on our Careers Programme and in-college Careers Advice Service, please call Matthew Reid on 0191 518 8282 or email or find us on Facebook.

We are always keen to receive feedback from students, parents, employers and staff on our Careers Programme, so please get in touch.