Carers and Young Carers

We recognise the challenges faced by students who have caring responsibilities for an adult, such as mum or dad, or a brother or sister. We want to be able to support your success at college and to take steps as appropriate to help in any way we can.

For the most part we rely on you telling us about your situation. We do receive information from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) about some students with Young Carer status but this is received some time after you have commenced your studies.

Identifying yourself as a Carer or Young Carer

  • Tick the Carers box on your course application form, or
  • Tell one of our Student Advisors, or
  • Email us: info@wcs.ac.uk 

How can the college help?

  • Where possible, we will fast track your funding application and offer to assist in helping you access any additional funding support
  • We will offer you access to a named person on campus whenever you need advice or support, and even to be the person who helps other staff to understand your own circumstances and the impact that this can have on you and your studies
  • We will work with you to consider what adjustments may be necessary to remove barriers and establish and maintain a  personal learning plan
  • We will offer to help you engage with our student support services and with local carers services
  • We will offer you the opportunity to participate in respite and support actives through our Students’ Association
  • We will do whatever we can to minimise the impact on your chances of success, including a commitment to the continuous review of our policies and processes to remove barriers wherever we can

How can I find out more?

Email: info@wcs.ac.uk
Telephone: 0300 600 60 60 (ask for Student Advisory Services)
Drop in: Student Advisory Services (next to the campus reception desk)