Before you join us, please tell us about your circumstances.
Help while you study
Personal Tutor/Progress Coach
All students on full-time courses are allocated to a Personal Tutor or Progress Coach. This is the most important person at the College, because their role is to look after you and make sure that nothing stops you from succeeding.
You can ask your Personal Tutor/Progress Coach about how to apply for financial support (e.g. for Bursaries, transport costs, course related expenses or childcare) or speak to staff in the Student Hub (Student Services) at each campus.
Guaranteed bursaries - Who can apply?
The Guaranteed Bursary is a fund to help students with the costs of studying and is available to students aged 16-18 on the 31 August of the year enrolled, if you are in one of the groups listed below:
- In care (LAC)
- Leaving care (YCL)
- In receipt of income support (in your own name)
- In receipt of both Employment and Support Allowance & Disability Living Allowance
- In receipt of Universal Credit
If you think you might need some extra help, don’t delay in telling us as you could be missing out on the support you are entitled to - the sooner you tell us, the sooner we can help!
Student Experience Team
The team operate from the Common Rooms at each campus and coordinate a range of activities and events to provide opportunities to make friends, as well as develop personal qualities that future employers value (e.g. Social, Employability, Enterprise and Digital Skills).
Careers advice, Higher Education and your next steps
Our IAG (Information Advice & Guidance) team can provide information about applying to University, explain how apprenticeships work and assist with things like making a job application, deciding which course to move on to, or putting a CV together. The IAG team can also signpost those universities who are as committed as we are to supporting LAC/YCL learners (e.g. by offering bursaries, year-round accommodation and meeting your support needs.)
Your safety and well-being
The Student Hub is a one-stop service aiming to answer most queries without the need to refer you to another College location. Student Hub staff are available at each campus (ask at Reception if you are unsure where to find them).
The College offers a confidential counselling service at advertised times during the week. If you need to talk to someone, but you don’t think your Personal Tutor/Progress Coach is the right person, make an appointment with a member of our Counselling team.
A leaflet providing further information about the support available to Looked After Children, Young Care Leavers and their advisors is available from the College on request.