West Thames College

Julie Bennett

Head of Inclusion
0208 326 2103

The information on this page was last updated on 6 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 are pleased to be able offer free, confidential advice if you have any personal problems, or need information about health or wellbeing issues during your time of studying with us.

The college has its own highly regarded team of student learning advisers, who will support you during every step of your learning journey with us. The inclusion department offers in and out of class support, mentoring, a quiet area and advocacy services. Two counsellors are available throughout the year, and personal tutors offer additional pastoral care.

Our welfare fund is for students who are in severe financial difficulty, and we can also offer contact details of local charities that may be able to assist you by supporting your travelling costs to attend your course. Please see our student finance team for further details.

We also offer functional skills and i-learning sessions to support your chosen programme of learning across our modern and state-of-the-art teaching and learning areas.

It is our goal to provide an outstanding learning experience for each and every one of our young people, in a safe and secure environment.

For any questions, please contact us on info@west-thames.ac.uk.

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

Subject to a minimum 90% attendance, we are able to offer financial support in the form of a guaranteed bursary to our students who are either in care or leaving care. These funds are transferred directly into the bank accounts of qualifying students.

In addition, you may also be eligible to receive help towards the cost of textbooks and equipment, or other compulsory costs associated with your course with us.

Our discretionary learner support fund could also offer assistance to students who are in financial hardship, and are dependent on means-tested benefits or on a very low income. We will need to see evidence in order for you to receive financial help from the college.

We also offer free heathly meals at college; students aged 16-18 as of August 2015 may be eligible for free meals at college if they are in receipt of support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, or if they are over 19 and have an education health and care plan, or learning difficulty assessment.

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