Advice and Support

Student Advisory Services (SAS)

If you are unsure who to ask, speak to one of our Student Advisors. They can also provide help with:

  • Getting a Student Card
  • Release of Student Loans into bank accounts
  • Council Tax reduction or exemption
  • Course Advice
  • Childcare facilities
  • Password resets
  • SAAS (Funding and Loan Applications)
  • UCAS (University Applications)
  • Advice for students who are care-experienced, carers, estranged or veterans
  • Signposting to other services internally and externally



Enabling Services

A self-referral service for students who feel they need extra help or support during their studies – either on an on-going basis or at key times during your studies at our college. Support includes, but is not limited to:

  • Screening for, and support with, dyslexia and dyscalculia
  • Support for hearing and visual impairment
  • Extra time for assessments and exams
  • Alternative arrangements for assessments and exams
  • Access to (and training on) assistive equipment (e.g. Live scribe, audio recorders, netbooks)
  • Access to (and training on) assistive software
  • Access to classroom and assessment support (e.g. BSL signing, readers and scribe)
  • Access to discrete, out of class one-to-to support (e.g. proof reading, study skills)
  • Support with adaption of materials and resources
  • Help with applying for disabled students allowance (DSA) if you are studying an HNC, HND or degree level course


Care Experienced students

The College has enhanced arrangements to support students who are:

  • in foster care,
  • in formal kinship care (e.g. living with a grandparent, aunt, uncle, other family member),
  • looked after at home with a supervision requirement,
  • in residential care,
  • a care leaver (e.g. left care on, or after, your 16th birthday and therefore no longer ‘looked after’)

We are proud to be Corporate Parents to our Care Experienced students. We have a ‘named contact’ on each campus within our Student Advisory Services team. Their role is to be a champion for you and to help ensure you can access any entitlement to funding and services.

Click here for more information.


Essential Skills and Your Essential Skills

Whatever you’re studying, it’s important that you continue to develop your core skills, such as Communication, ICT and Numeracy.  For those that require some additional support, we offer various sessions to help you with your Writing and Reading, ICT and Numeracy skills. These Core Skills Top-up sessions run in all three campuses at a range of times to suit you.

For more information, ask a Student Advisor or contact:

Click here to log into the Your Essential Skills (YES) portal