Induction, Timetables and Getting Started

➡  Student Induction Video: Services and Systems to support you and your learning

➡  Student Induction Video: Services and Systems to support you and your learning [BSL version]

Getting ready to start your studies

If you have been offered a place on one of our courses, in the weeks ahead of the start date, we’ll begin ensure you are all set for your studies. Check your inbox for the following emails:

💡 Services to Support Your Learning

💡 Systems to Support Your Learning

💡 Course Induction and Your Timetable

💡 Your course enrolment link

💡 Your Student Card and Access to Discounts

💡 Important Dates

💡 Your personal College Email Account

💡 Your personal Microsoft Office Account

Services to Support Your Learning

The college has a wide range of services to support your learning. These include:

💡 Student Advisory Services

💡 Fees and Funding

💡 Council Tax Discount or Exemption

💡 Your Students’ Association

💡 Student Counselling Services

💡 Enabling Services

💡 Library Services

💡 Essential Skills

💡 Other services to support your learning

💡 Smoke Free Campuses

 

Systems to Support Your Learning

 

As a student of the college, you will want to access a range of system to support your learning. Just as you are about to begin your studies, we will send information to your personal email address with details of what each system does, how to access it and how to use it.

💡 How to log on to a college computer system for the first time;

💡 How to set up your new password, or have your password reset;

💡 How to log on to ‘Access All Areas‘ to see you timetable, results and attendance;

💡 How to use Self-Authorised Absences to cover days off;

💡 How to inform the college of any changes to your personal details;

💡 How to log in to your personal College Email Account;

💡 How to log in to your personal Microsoft Office Account;

💡 How to log in to Moodle;

💡 Who to ask if you’re unsure

 

 

Course Induction and Your Timetable

You will receive an email from a member of the Faculty team advising of your Course Induction campus, date, time, location and approximate duration. It is important to attend your course induction session, or let us know if there is any reason you cannot attend.

During your course induction, you will find out more about:

💡 the days, times and locations of your lectures and who your lecturers are;

💡 how your course is designed, taught and assessed;

💡 any uniform or protective clothing requirements;

💡 the steps needed to complete your enrolment

 

Enrolment

Shortly after you have attended your Course Induction, you will be ‘class assigned’. When this happens, we will send you an email with your ‘enrolment link’. You must open this email and complete the form as soon as possible.

You will not be an enrolled student until you have completed this important step. If for any reason you cannot complete the enrolment form, or if you do not receive the email containing your enrolment link by the time you start your timetabled classes:

💡 check the inbox and junk mail folder of the email account used when you applied for your course.

If it’s not there:

💡 please speak to a Student Advisor – enrolment support sessions will be running during the first few weeks of term.

 

Student Card and Discounts

Getting your photograph taken

If you are new to the college or have had a break in your studies, as soon as you have been offered a place on one of our courses, you can ask a Student Advisor to take your photograph. Student Advisors are based next to the campus reception desk at the Clydebank, Greenock, Paisley and Waterfront campuses. Don’t worry, you can ask for your photograph to be taken any time after your offer has been made.

 

If you are an existing student of the college, we will automatically re-use the photograph that currently exists on our system unless you ask a Student Advisor to take a new photograph. If your appearance has changed significantly, an updated photograph may be required.

Collecting your Student Card

Your student card cannot be issued until you are fully enrolled on your course.

If we have your photograph in advance, your Student Card will normally be ready for collection from Student Advisory Services on the day you enrol.

If we do not your photograph in advance, your Student Card will take up to three working days to produce after your photograph has been taken. This is due to the volume of cards being printed and also the volume of demands competing for the attention of your Student Advisor at the start of term.

If you decide not to enrol, we will automatically delete the photograph.

It is not essential to have a Student Card.

 

 ➡  DISCOUNTS

The best way to get student discounts is to use one of the student discount apps available for Apple and Android devices. The two most popular apps are UNiDAYS and StudentBeans. Both apps offer discounts on a wide range of shops, restaurants and online stores.

Both apps will require you to use your new College Email Account (in the format of studentNumber@live.wcs.ac.uk).

If you do not have an Apple or Android device, you can still access the online discounts through the web links below.

 

💡 UNiDAYS … https://www.myunidays.com

💡 StudentBeans … https://www.studentbeans.com

💡 Log in to my College Email Account … https://outlook.office365.com

 

Note: to use the discounts offered through either app, you must be a fully enrolled student but do not require to have your West College Scotland Student Card.

 

Some local retail outlets, leisure facilities and transport providers may accept your Student Card as proof of entitlement to a discount. An additional discount card, known as NUS Extra, can be purchased. This card offers extra discounts, including with selected Co-op grocery stores and Amazon. The NUS Extra card is currently priced at £12 for 1 year; £22 for 2 years or £32 for 3 years (all prices checked as valid in June 2017).

 

Important dates

We will email you to let you know when your course induction is taking place, as well as the campus, room, start time, duration and any other information that you need to know. The actual date(s) and time will vary from course to course but, as a guide, most course inductions will take place some time between:

💡 Monday 14th August 2017 – Tuesday 22nd August 2017

 

Your course tutor will give you your timetable during your course induction, or advise you in some other way. As a guide, timetabled lessons will not begin before:

💡 Wednesday 23rd August 2017

 

 ➡  Click here to see a full list of key dates, including holidays and block changes.

 

Your College Email Account

Once you are a fully enrolled student, you will be given a new email account for use whilst you are a student at the college. Your email address will look like this:

💡 studentNumber@live.wcs.ac.uk  (e.g. 500012345@live.wcs.ac.uk)

 

You will be able to log on to your new email account using a web browser from any internet connected device. The address is:

💡 https://outlook.office365.com

 

Your default password is your date of birth in the format of DDMMYYYY.  You will be required to change your password to something of your own choosing as soon as you log into a college computer system for the first time. Thereafter, all of your passwords for college systems will be the same.

 

Free Microsoft Office Account

Once you are a fully enrolled student, you be able able to use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other Office applications on your home computer or tablet device.

You will also have free storage space on the cloud service known as Microsoft OneDrive, allowing you to save your work and access it from any internet connected device (this means you won’t need to rely so much on USB drives).

You will be able to log in using your new college email account

💡 studentNumber@live.wcs.ac.uk  (e.g. 500012345@live.wcs.ac.uk)

 

Your Microsoft Office account can be accessed at this address:

💡 https://portal.office365.com

 

Your default password is your date of birth in the format of DDMMYYYY.  You will be required to change your password to something of your own choosing as soon as you log into a college computer system for the first time. Thereafter, all of your passwords for college systems will be the same.

 

Help!!

If you need help or advice, just ask one of our Student Advisors. You can pop into Clydebank, Greenock or Paisley campus during the summer, or telephone 0300 600 6060, or email info@wcs.ac.uk