Forth Valley College

Learner Adviser team

Learner Adviser
01324 403112

The information on this page was last updated on 3 September 2018.

The details of support available can change, so before you apply it's best to speak to the named contact to check exactly what they offer.

Forth Valley College wants you to be successful during your time studying here. We want to help you gain a place on an appropriate course, learn new skills, gain qualifications and progress to a positive destination, whether that be further education, higher education, training or employment.

If it applies to you, you are strongly encouraged to indicate you have been in care via your college online application. This information will allow our student services team to contact you to ensure you are aware of the wide range of support available pre-entry and on-course.

Support offered is wide and varied, and depends on each individual student and what is right for them, but broadly includes:

  • 1:1 support and guidance in school or other pre-16 setting
  • continued 1:1 support when attending college, including liaison with delivery staff, the funding team and learner advisers
  • help with core skills such as literacy, numeracy, communication, problem solving and working with others
  • support through the pre-entry and application phase of moving on to college
  • a guaranteed interview for applicants meeting the criteria for course entry
  • help with student finance, childcare and study issues
  • help to find part-time or voluntary work
  • access to wellbeing support and referral to Forth Valley College in-house counselling service.

Support we offer

  • A named contact
  • Outreach sessions or activities
  • Pre-application help
  • Guidance for offer holders
  • A web page for care leavers
  • Careers advice and support after graduation

Accommodation we offer

  • A place to live all year round
  • If not, help finding somewhere to live for the whole year

Funding support we offer

  • Specific funding that's just for care leavers
  • Additional funding available (such as bursaries and grants)
  • Support for students seeking asylum
  • Support for those with discretionary leave to remain
  • Financial advice

You may be eligible for a variety of financial support, including an Education Maintenance Award (EMA), if you are 16 to 18 years of age. A bursary, hardship fund, and support with travel, housing, childcare and/or materials are all available.

SAF (Student Assistance Fund), this fund can support you if you find yourself in unexpected financial difficulties whilst at college, and as a care leaver, you may be eligible for this award.