• Welcome to our Preparing for Sixth Form information page!

    Three steps to a smooth transition...
    1. This page is intended to help you learn more about Lowestoft Sixth Form 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 Lowestoft Sixth Form College. 

    We are a high-achieving college offering an excellent student experience. Our students STANDOUT. In 2019, 99.7% of our A Level students passed their exams, with 74% achieving A*- C grades. Our BTEC students did equally well, with 100% passing their Diploma course. Additionally, we have recently been rated among the top 25% of colleges in the country for student progress, according to national data. 

    We are extremely proud to say that, according to the Department for Education’s performance tables, Lowestoft Sixth Form College is one of the top three performing sixth form colleges in England for A Level and BTEC performance, and the top performing sixth form college in the East of England. 

    Our outstanding teachers and support staff provide students with the expertise and support needed to progress onto their chosen destination, be it university, an apprenticeship or employment. 

    We truly value our students and listen to their contributions. In return we ask that you commit to your studies and work hard. Our teachers are passionate about your learning – they want you to enjoy their subject and to succeed. 

    Lowestoft Sixth Form College is an exceptional place. We are big enough to provide a wide range of subject choices, but small enough to nurture every student to achieve their goals, whatever they may be. 

    We have so much to offer you; I look forward to meeting you in the near future. 

    Best wishes, 

    Keith Shiels, Principal

    • Eventbrite sessions - Lowestoft Sixth Form Transition Lessons

      All year 11s are welcome, sessions are not just for applicants and you can book as many as you like. Please find the timetable and links to book in below. 

      Once a spot is booked an email will be sent with a welcome and joining instructions.

    • 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 Lowestoft Sixth Form 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 01502 537000 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

        Please note: The information below is correct at time of publication (April 2020).

        Discretionary Learner Support Fund:

        This is a discretionary fund allocated to low income households, earning under £25,521 a year or receiving qualifying benefits, on a first come, first served basis subject to priorities set by the college.

        Students aged 16+ can apply for funding to support the additional costs involved in their course. These may include:

        • Travel to college
        • Meals on campus
        • Course equipment and books
        • Stationery
        • University visits and interviews
        • Course trips

        16-19 Vulnerable Bursary:

        A bursary of up to £1,200 for the academic year may be awarded to students who are:

        • In care or a care leaver
        • Living independently on Universal Credits or Income Support
        • Disabled and receiving Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Allowance or Personal Independent Payments

        FREE College Meals:

        You may be entitled if you are:

        • 16-18 when you start an eligible course
        • 19 continuing on an eligible course
        • 19-25 with an EHCP

        and in receipt of one of the following benefits:

        • Income Support
        • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
        • Income related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
        • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
        • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
        • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 as assessed by HMRC
        • Working Tax Credit run on (paid for 4 weeks after someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
        • Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding £7,400 per year

        Meals may also be awarded, at the College’s discretion, to students who have applied for discretionary support and meet the income threshold criteria.

        Care to Learn Funding:

        Government funding is available for young parents to help with nursery fees. More information can be found at

        • 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 Dashboard to help you track your learning journey through college. Dashboard gives you access to your personal and learning development, including target setting and achievements. You will be set up on Dashboard when you start. Your teachers will help you understand your progress and set targets for your progression.

            • College Life


              The Kitchen is our main canteen that offers a range of hot and cold food and drinks. We also have vending machines within The Kitchen where you can buy cold drinks 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!