Welcome to ECC Admissions
Welcome to ECC Admissions for 2020/21. Information provided here refers to courses commencing from September 2020. If you are looking for part-time courses, higher education or apprenticeships and would like to find out more please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is more freedom and flexibility than ever before to innovate and deliver exciting study programmes, alongside ensuring that we continue to focus on the high-quality delivery to the world-class standard demanded by our employers.
Colleges have a huge responsibility within their communities and we are no exception. Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and surrounding areas need our graduates to progress and add value locally to help drive the economic outcomes.
We already contribute a great deal and we will continue to do much more.
Every student is supported to a planned and meaningful progression route to either employment or higher education. Students are also supported in their own wellbeing to develop resilience, ‘soft skills’ and the leadership qualities they will need to be successful in a 21st Century jobs market.
We continuously strive to ensure that you have a fun and safe place to study and work; a place where talent can be nurtured. We do this, being guided by our core values and a relentless focus on our vision of excellence.
Welcome book update for applicants, parents and carers
Becoming part of our success
We are proud to be dynamic, fun, career-focused, supportive, welcoming, friendly and relevant for today’s workplace – all descriptions of the College by our students.
The employers we work with across many employment sectors say we’re teaching our students the right skills for their workforces as well as how to be a good employee.
You are joining the College at a successful and exciting time
Having recently undergone a £7m refurbishment the Great Yarmouth Campus is cutting edge with modern facilities and equipment. It has a new, well-equipped Sport and Wellbeing Centre, on-site restaurant and hair and beauty salons plus excellent construction, engineering, arts and media centres.
The Lowestoft Campus is a vast, well equipped, centrally located, modern facility. It has an internationally recognised Marine training centre with specialist equipment attracting employers and students from far and wide. The campus is neighboured by Waterlane Leisure Centre, which has a full range of sport and recreational activities. The campus has its own nurseries, restaurant and hair and beauty salons.
Great Yarmouth College and Lowestoft College have combined their strengths to offer a wider, richer range of technical and professional opportunities to school leavers, adults, higher education students and the business community. placeThis is an exciting and progressive development which should enable us to expand our excellent, academic, technical and professional education, broadening our offer across both towns.
Travel & financial support
All transport is dealt with by Norfolk or Suffolk County Council. Bus travel passes are available for those learners ages 16-18 who live 3 miles or more from the College. It is your responsibility to apply for your own transport in readiness for your first day at College. Please apply in plenty of time as this process can take several weeks to complete.
Please see below information to help you:
Some courses require the purchase of specialist equipment and/or clothing. Courses may also include trips, visits or residential activities. Financial support may be available to you depending on your circumstances, please see below.
A 16-19 Bursary entitles you to financial support of £1,200 for a full-time programme of study. To qualify for a 16-19 Bursary you need to be:
- In care or recently left
- Living independently on Universal Credits
- Disabled and receiving both personal independence payments and employment support allowance
Application forms will be available from June 2018.
If you were entitled to free school meals at your previous educational establishment then you may be entitled to free meals at ECC (if your qualifying conditions are still conditions are the same).
Students must be between 16 and 18 years of age on 31st August 2018 to be eligible in the academic year 2018/19. Students who turn 19 during their study programme will be eligible to the end of the academic year or study programme (whichever is sooner).
If you have a support need, an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP), Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) or received additional support when you were at school / previous education please let us know, so we are able to discuss with you support available. Support is provided for students who may need or request extra help with their studies because they may have a learning difficulty and/or disability. Please contact in the first instance the Learning Support team on 0800 854 695, or call into the Student Services area on either campus for any advice or guidance.
All students can apply for funding to support the additional costs involved in their course. These may include support with travel, equipment/uniform, childcare, visits and other course-related costs. This is a discretionary fund allocated to low-income households on a first come, first served basis.
What stage are you at?
You will receive an acknowledgement letter, Interview Guide and Financial Support guide within one week of applying.
Following this, we will be in touch shortly to discuss your application or arrange an interview with a tutor from your area of interest.
We look forward to seeing you at your interview. Come along to the main college reception at your chosen campus a few minutes before your interview time. Read through the Interview Guide and Financial Support flyer we sent to you before you come so we can answer any questions you may have. You are welcome to bring a parent, carer or friend with you.
If you can’t make your interview date please let us know as soon as possible. This will allow us to make an alternative date for you and offer your original space to someone else.
Please give us a call as soon as you remember so that we can arrange a new appointment for you.
Congratulations that’s great news! We will write to you shortly with confirmation of your place and any agreed conditions of your offer.
Once you receive your offer we just need you to confirm you wish to accept the place by returning the acceptance slip (details will be on your letter).
If you have decided the course offered is not for you after all please let us know. You can return the slip or simply give us a call.
Sometimes there are reasons why we are unable to offer you a place. These reasons will have been discussed with you at interview. We will contact you if this is the case. Whatever the reason we have a team of Progression Advisors who will help you explore alternative courses and options that will be suited to you. If you have any questions please contact us.
Why is a college interview important?
An interview is a chance for you to meet with a tutor who represents the college and the course you have applied for. It’s a great way to show your interest in the college, to start a relationship with the college staff and to show what you’re all about. Here are some tips to prepare you for your interview.
Before the interview
- Make sure your application is fully completed, is neat and gives a good first impression. Put the date and time on your calendar, making sure you arrive no more than 15 minutes before your interview time and not late.
- Research the college by checking out our website.
- Make notes about why you want to attend East Coast College.
- Make notes about your life outside the classroom, including activities, community service and hobbies.
- Get familiar with common interview questions and do some practice interviews with a friend or family member. Take turns being the interviewee and the interviewer.
- Prepare questions to ask the interviewer.
- Get directions to the interview.
- Dress smartly for your interview.
- Gather the documents you need, including qualification certificates, portfolio work and your personal statement.
- Let us know if you cannot attend your interview.
During the interview
Questions about how you would fit into college:
Tutors want to know that you’re really interested in their college and the course and what you can bring to the college.
Interviewers will ask questions like these:
- Why have you applied for this course?
- Why do you want to attend East Coast College?
- What can you contribute to our college?
- What knowledge do you have about the industry you have applied for?
- What career ideas do you have?
- English & maths? – make sure you know where you are at.
Questions about your personality:
Interviewers may ask questions like these to see that you can think and speak about yourself:
- How would you describe yourself?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses? For example – Talk about how you’ve used your strengths to accomplish something. Talk about how you overcome your weaknesses e.g. “I have a hard time learning new languages, so I set aside more time to study them.”
Questions about activities, interests and goals:
Interviewers may ask questions like these to get to know you better and learn what’s important to you. Be honest and don’t say things just to impress. Remember to say why you like these things:
- What activities and interests do you find most rewarding?
- What is your favourite book?
- What career would you like to progress on to?
More interview tips
- Have a conversation: Don’t try to memorise a script, this won’t show you at your best.
- Ask questions: make sure you ask questions and express your interest in the course and the college.
- Be yourself. Don’t try to answer questions based on what you think the interviewer wants to hear.
Visit the Government careers advice for further information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.