Careers advice from Southampton City Council

Access Southampton is Southampton City Council's free and impartial careers guidance website which aims to give careers advice and employment support to everyone at any stage of their working life.

Further education colleges

Some colleges are still inviting applications for September 2021 entry. If you are interested in a sixth form college place, contact each college directly but be aware that they may not be able to meet your preferred course options at this stage.

During the Autumn Term 2021/22 you should begin making applications for September 2022 entry. The links below will take you to the open day pages on college websites or their admission page.

College open evenings/days are a great opportunity to:

  • Get a sense of what college life is like by talking to existing students
  • Meet staff and discuss courses you are interested in
  • View the facilities.
  • Listen to the Principal’s presentation.
  • Pick up a wide range of useful information e.g. about transport links
  • Discover courses you may not have considered
  • Find out about opportunities that will be open to you
  • Get careers advice

Colleges and links to details of upcoming open days/evenings

Southern University Network Project

We are pleased to report that the Southern Universities Network is working in partnership with the council City Ambitions project to raise aspirations for young people in Southampton and, this year, one of the projects will focus on young people in Years 10 and 11 who are educated out of school.

The offer under this project includes access to a qualified and impartial Southampton City Council Careers Adviser for an interview, access to group activities for gaining opportunities and life skills to maximise potential, along with support to engage with the local education and labour market and routes to higher education.

For more information please contact:

Ali Phillips - Southampton City Council
07767 353616

Flying Start

Flying Start is Southampton City Council’s free and impartial guide to support Post 16 decisions. This offers information and support on a wide range of areas, including careers, POST 16 and training courses.

The Itchen Sixth Form College STEP Programme

Itchen College offer a Skills Training and Engagement Programme to support those aged 16-24 which is open to electively home educated families. Their programme is designed to provide support for learners to enable them to gain the confidence and skills to work towards education, employment, a traineeship or an apprenticeship.

Find out more about this programme and contact us on if you would like an EHE Visitor to make a referral to the programme for you or your child.

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service is a free careers service for adults and young people aged 13 and over, providing confidential advice and guidance to help your child make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. Advice and guidance can be accessed via the telephone and online.

Local vacancies and training

Southampton City Council produces a vacancy and information bulletin on a fortnightly basis which includes a selection of local vacancies and training opportunities. 


The Amazing Apprenticeships website has a wealth of information about apprenticeships available across a wide range of sectors.

You can also register an interest in apprenticeships on the government apprenticeships website and receive alerts when something of interest to you becomes available.


UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) provides advice on sixth form, college, and apprenticeships as well as careers advice.

Participation in employment and training

The Department for Education 2019 home education advice document for parents states that children over compulsory school age may also be educated at home in order to meet the requirements to participate in education and training until the age of 18. 

Southampton Information Directory (SID)

Advice is available in the Teenagers and Young People section about work and training.