• Welcome to our Preparing for College information page!

    Three steps to a smooth transition...
    1. This page is intended to help you learn more about East Coast College as a current applicant or as you prepare to apply for our courses. You will find videos, documents and quick links to information that will help you get a feel for what college life is like. There is also guidance on how to apply, as well as an introduction to some of our support services.
    2. The departmental pages will help you discover more about the courses, tutors and facilities for your chosen area of study. This will help you prepare for your interview. Click here to find your chosen department.
    3. Finally, once your interview is complete and you have an offer, you will have access to your course page. Here you will be given an introduction to the course in preparation for your start in September. 

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  • Welcome from the Principal

    Congratulations on choosing to study at East Coast College.

    Your decision to join us has already improved your career prospects as we demonstrate over the coming pages. Students here enjoy higher than average success rates, get qualified whilst studying and experiencing their chosen profession and skills and if wishing to progress to university are more likely to do so.

    What’s more they have fun on campus, enjoying a more adult environment and facilities that support their ambitions and raise aspirations. We are proud of our ability to interact with industry; keeping our fingers on the pulse of commercial developments and therefore improving your career and work prospects.

    ECC turns passions into professions by providing broad, enriching study programmes designed to meet the needs of 21st century students, employers and the wider community.

    Learn more at
    or contact us using the contact details at the top of the page. 
    • Unlocking Potential Through Learning

      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 higher education, an apprenticeship or employment. Students are supported in their wellbeing and careers planning to develop resilience, workplace 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 achieve this through our core values and a relentless focus on our vision of excellence.

      You will benefit from professional tuition:
      As a student here you will benefit from expert tuition. We are very proud of our tutors, many of whom are working professionals and practitioners committed to sharing their experience and expertise with all important links into industry.

      What are we great at?

      • Helping students to achieve qualifications.
      • Developing student wellbeing to improve their outcomes - we have won the AoC Beacon Award Commended Status two years running for our approach to mental health.
      • Supporting students to plan their career pathways and progress to their next stage of learning or work. We hold national quality awards in careers.

      What we are working on to improve our provisions:

      • Attendance.
      • Increase the proportion of students leaving the college with English and maths 9-4 grades.
      • Maintaining a strong focus, in all areas of college life, on quality improvement activity which supports all aspects of individual student achievement and progression.

      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.

      • Application Information for Students

        The Admissions Team at East Coast College are keen to make the application process as smooth and useful for you as possible. If you have any questions or concerns please do get in touch. We are here to help. College is an important step and we want to help you to make the right choices for you.

        You can call Admissions on 0800 854 695 or email  

        Keep us up-to-date.
        If you change your mobile number or move address please let us know as soon as you can so that we can make sure you receive any information we send you. Use the phone and email detailed above.

        Help! I’m unsure if I’ve applied for the right course.
        Your interview is a great opportunity to find out more to help you decide if it’s the right course for you. However, if you wish to transfer your application to an alternative course please get in touch with the admissions team. We have a team of advisors to help you with any questions you might have. Please contact admissions if you would like to talk to someone or arrange an appointment.

        What stage are you at?

        Clink on the link below to see what happens next.

      • Student Finance

        The Student Finance Team at East Coast College are here to help you access all available financial help that you are entitled to. If you have any questions or concerns please do get in touch. We are here to help.

        Please note: The information below is correct at time of publication.

        For queries: If you have any questions please contact our Student Finance team by email at or by telephone:
        Great Yarmouth Campus: 01493 418312 Lowestoft Campus: 01502 525124

        Details of how to apply for all forms of student finance will be available from July 2021.
      • Student Travel

        The information below is here to help students to consider the most practical and cost effective travel solution. East Coast College has discretionary support funding available for both 16-18 and 19+ learners which could help towards the cost of transport.

        For Queries:
        If you have any questions please contact our Student Finance team by email at or by telephone: Great Yarmouth Campus: 01493 418312 or Lowestoft Campus: 01502 525124

        Travel by Bus:

        The main bus company that operates in the surrounding area is the First Group. You may like to approach the bus/coach service that travels near to where you live to find out more at

        Local Authority Post 16 Discretionary Transport Schemes:
        Both Suffolk and Norfolk County Council offer post 16 transport schemes. This could offer a subsidised travel solution or provision eligible for students living over 3 miles from college.
        For Norfolk - Tel: 0344 800 8020 or click here for more details
        For Suffolk - Tel: 0345 606 6173 or click here for more details

        Subsidised Bus Service (Lowestoft campus): Loddon, Somerleyton and Blundeston Area Transport
        This service enables students living in outlying villages in areas that are not supported adequately by public transport to study at ECC Lowestoft campus.

        The service covers the route:
        Chedgrave > Claxton > Thurton > Loddon > Hales > Thurlton > Haddiscoe > Somerleyton > Blundeston > Lowestoft campus

        Travel by Train

        For more information visit or enquire at your nearest station. National Rail offer the 16-17 Saver discount card. More information is available at

        Travel by Bicycle, Motorbike, Moped and Car

        The college has free on-site parking. There are disabled bays plus provision to park motorcycles and bicycles.

        • Student Services

          Every student will need support, advice & guidance at some time during their time at College. Our advice and guidance service was rated gold-standard by national standards agency, Matrix.

          The Matrix Standard is the unique quality framework for the effective delivery of information, advice and/or guidance on learning and work, so our students can be confident they will receive high quality information, advice and guidance and that this high quality runs through all aspects of the college’s processes and provision.

          Click below to learn about the different aspects of our service.

        • Learning and Library Services

          The Library

          Our campus libraries are central to College life and are there to support students with independent study. In the Library you can access a variety of print and electronic resources including e-books, DVDs, newspapers and magazines. There is also a computer drop-in area where students can write up assignments, revise or research on the Internet. Wi-Fi is available for those students who bring in their own portable devices. Use our “Big ideas” wall to express your inspiration, access the world wide web on our bank of PCs or research the traditional way via the extensive library. Our staff are there to help and find you additional resources, just talk to them about your needs.

          The College Shop

          Our campus shops offer everything from pens, pencils and notebooks to specialist art equipment and exam revision guides. Review our catalogue to see a list of our standard stock items. Once you are an enrolled student you will also be able to access our request service for more unusual items. There is also a print shop service offering laminating and binding to help you present your work to the highest standard.


          This is our Virtual Learning Environment, where you can access information regarding your lessons, wellbeing, careers and catch up with the latest news. This can be accessed through the main College website, you will be given access when you start at the college.


          You will use ProPortal to help you track your learning journey through college and give you access to your personal and learning development, including target setting and achievements. You will be set up on Pro-portal when you start. Your teachers will help you understand your progress and set targets for your progression.

          • College Life


            The Eating House at Great Yarmouth campus and The Core at Lowestoft campus are our main restaurants that enjoy a great reputation for their range of hot and cold food and drinks. The Eating House and The Core offer a ‘meal deal’ of the day and special offers. We also have vending machines across both campuses and a Coffee Shop at Great Yarmouth campus where you can buy sandwiches and snacks and meet friends during breaks.

            Trips and Visits

            Your time at College presents an opportunity to try new things and make new friends. Many of the courses have visits and/or activities as part of the curriculum. If you are 17 years and under you will need your parents/carers to sign a consent form before you can participate.

            Open Days and Events

            The college has a number of open days, progress evenings and events throughout the year. Some of these will require volunteer students to help out as ambassadors for the college or visit your former school to tell them about life as a student at ECC. Some events will be for you to attend, to learn more about progression into further study, including higher education, apprenticeships or employment and for parents/carers and partners to get involved.


            The marketing team welcome news and events from students or staff - anything from trips to charity fundraisers so please contact the team on 01493 418345 or email to tell us what you’re up to!

            Covering events - We are always on the look-out for budding photographers, journalists or filmmakers to cover events so if you would like to get involved and gain experience please get in touch.
            Case studies - We love writing about your success stories, so if you have a great story please let us know. Some of our recent students have been promoted in advertising campaigns and many appear on our website, in our prospectus or in school presentations. This also looks great on your CV!

            • Maths and English

              Maths and English information is included in the departmental pages below.

              • Preparing for College - departmental pages

                Once you have put in your application, you will be assigned a Student ID and given access to the subject page for your course. Use these links to access the course page.

                If you have any difficulties you can email - please state that you are accessing the Preparing for College pages in your email. 

                Preparing for Departmental Pages:
                Adult English and Maths
                Animal Care
                Art and Design
                Beauty Therapy and Media MakeUp
                Childcare and Education
                Digital Media
                Engage and Princes Trust
                Foundation Skills
                Health and Social Care
                Hospitality and Catering
                Merchant Navy Deck Cadet Programme
                Motor Vehicle
                Painting and Decorating
                Performing Arts
                Travel and Tourism
                Uniform and Public Services