Team Leader – Safeguarding Lead
01522 876000 ext: 6495
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.
We provide a confidential counselling service to ensure that you can access support for any personal matters that may affect your studies, and we have a college chaplain who offers spiritual support. We have a self referral system for counselling, and forms can be accessed at main reception or by email request to student services.
The assessment and support team offers specialist advice, assessment and resources for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. They can advise you on applying for disabled students' allowance (DSA), which assists with any additional costs you may incur as a direct result of a disability whilst attending college.
The student common room serves as a hub of student life at the college. Students can drop in during their free time to catch up with friends, access tea and coffee, or take out a laptop to catch up on some work. Our youth and wellbeing team staff the common room, and are available to give impartial advice about a range of issues.
We offer students a point of contact in student services through our Designated Teacher for LAC and Leaving Care Students, who will provide a link with your leaving care worker and attend any meetings to provide support and continuity at your request.
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
Vocational credit represents money that must be spent on those additional courses and activities offered to students each year. This package is available at the same amount, £500 for full-time students and £250 for part-time students, during each year of study.
This ensures that all students have equal access to the vast range of additional opportunities offered to enhance employability and graduate prospects. Students can choose from a wide range of qualifications, short courses and course-related activities as part of this offer. It cannot be substituted for cash, fee waiver or in-kind support funds.
The access scholarship is available to all care leavers, to encourage those learners into higher education who may previously have not considered further study. It is worth £300 to full-time students and £100 to part-time students.
Access to learning fund
Full-time and part-time students who find themselves in financial hardship during the academic year can apply to the access to learning fund. The level of an award is at the discretion of the college, and subject to funds available.