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Careers Support

There is lots of support available to enable you to progress to further study, including university, employment, apprenticeships and volunteering and more at BLC.

We Offer:

  • A range of sessions to help you develop your skills that employers are looking for, e.g. teamwork, problem solving and communication
  • One to One guidance on a range of learning, work and training options
  • Support with searching and applying for jobs and preparing for interviews
  • Support with applying to university, including UCAS search and personal statements
  • Advice and guidance on making decisions to enable you to succeed and make the right next steps

What OFSTED had to say about our Careers Support

Following an Inspection in February 2019, OFSTED had the following to say about Buxton & Leek Colleges careers support:

‘Very effective careers education, information, advice and guidance help students and apprentices select appropriate next steps’

Careers and Employment Service

The Careers and Employment Service has professionally qualified, impartial careers consultants, engagement officer and our specialist work experience team to offer you a personalised advice and guidance service. It is available to all BLC students and it can be accessed using your student log-in. We offer help and support around five key areas:


Including decision making and skills analysis: Careers matching quiz and psychometric tests through the portal and a Skills Check accessed through the National Careers Service.


Helping you to understand the range of careers available and what employers are looking for.

Job profilesuniversity course searchApprenticeship searchDegree Apprenticeships searchjob searchself-employment

You can also access information about industries, jobs and HE progression on each course page on the website.


Helping you action plan for the career you would like and set goals.


Through work experience, volunteering and part time work

Part-time workvolunteeringVolunteer Centres


Helping you with CV writing, application forms and interview techniques. Including preparation and guidance on writing personal statements for jobs and university courses.

CV Builder, CV360, CV & Cover Letter AdviceUCAS Personal Statements

Our service and offer

The College offers drop-in sessions and appointments with our impartial Careers Consultant to help you explore your options, choose a course or career that is right for you, choose and apply to university and apprenticeships.

Appointments and drop-in sessions are also available with an Engagement Officer to develop career skills such as CV writing, application and interview advice.

Appointments can be booked via telephone, email or through Buxton library or Leek hub.

Also available:

Buxton Campus: Drop-in every lunch time in D0/G01 (term time): Monday – Friday 12pm – 1:30pm

Leek Campus: Drop-in Monday 10am-3pm, Tuesday 10am – 12pm, Wednesday 10am – 3pm and Friday 10am-12pm CES room in the HUB.

We can help you with

  • Work experience support
  • Booking appointments to see a Careers Consultant
  • CV support
  • Signposting to other careers and employment services
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • ‘How to guides’

How to contact us 

Buxton & Leek College
Appointments available: Monday – Friday 9:00am-4:30pm
Book in person by visiting the Devonshire library at Buxton or Leek HUB
01298 330309 (Buxton) / 01298 330891 (Leek)/

Kedleston Road, Derby
Appointments available: Monday – Friday 9:00am-4:30pm
Book in person by visiting the upper ground floor, Library, Kedleston Road
01332 591334 /


How to use Career Hub

How to Communicate with Employers

How to find Work Experience

How to excel at Interviews


BLC Career Overview and Strategy