Induction, Timetables, Key Dates and Student Cards

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*** This page is in the process of being updated for session 2017/18 ***

Hello! Here’s what we’ll be telling you about during the summer …

💡 Services to Support Your Learning

💡 Systems to Support Your Learning

💡 Course Induction and Your Timetable

💡 Enrolment

💡 Student Card and Discounts

💡 Important Dates

💡 Your personal College Email Account

💡 Your personal Microsoft Office Account

 

Services to Support Your Learning

During the summer we’ll be sending you an email letting you know about the range of available services to support your learning. We’ll send this to the same email address used when you applied for your course.

This email will tell you more about:

💡 Student Advisory Services

💡 Fees and Funding advice

💡 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

Shortly before you begin your timetabled classes, we’ll send you an email to let you know how to access some of the student IT systems used within the college. We’ll send this to the same email address used when you applied for your course.

This email will tell you more about:

💡 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 should receive an email to let you know about your course induction. It is important to attend your course induction session, or let us know if there is any reason you cannot attend. The email will be sent by the Faculty to the email address used when you applied for your course.

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

💡 the days and times of your lectures;

💡 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

During the summer you will be invited upload a photograph for your Student Card. If you prefer, we can arrange for your photograph to be taken by a member of staff at your closest campus.

Before we can issue your student card, you must:

💡 have an approved photograph;

💡 have completed the enrolment process

 

Your Student Card is normally be available to collect from Student Advisory Services within 10 working days of enrolment. It is not essential to have a Student Card. Your Student Card will not be printed if there is no photograph.

 

 ➡  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