From the day you first contact the College to the day you complete your course, we aim to provide you with the very best advice, guidance and support to help you on your learning journey. We want you to have the best possible opportunity to succeed in your studies, to achieve your aims and to have a rewarding and memorable time.
All full-time students have a Learner Mentor to guide them through their Study Programmes. You will have a weekly tutorial session to discuss your Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and any issues or problems that you may be working through. Your Learner Mentor will be able to signpost you to the most appropriate support.
The College administers a Bursary Fund to assist students with costs related to attending College. These may include: travel costs, uniform, equipment, educational visits and meal costs. Your eligibility will be assessed according to your personal circumstances, your household income and the course that you are studying. The Bursary desk is open daily in the Star Agency. You can also apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
The College prides itself in giving high quality support to individuals with learning difficulties, disabilities, or other additional needs, including emotional, medical, social or behavioural. By providing the right type of support, we work hard to enable you to achieve excellence and reach your full potential. Full details can be found in our Disability Statement.
To assist the transition arrangements for students with EHCPs and to ensure that the college is able to fully meet any additional support requirements, we require that you apply by 31 March prior to the academic year that you wish to start. This allows the college to work in keeping with the best practice recommended in the SEND Code of Practice (2015):
7.10 Colleges should be involved in transition planning between school and college so that they can prepare to meet the student’s needs and ensure a successful transition into college life.
8.22 Where a change in education setting is planned, in the period leading up to that transition schools should work with children and young people and their families, and the new college or school, to ensure that their new setting has a good understanding of what the young person’s aspirations are and how they would like to be supported. This will enable the new setting to plan support around the individual.
Keeping you Safe
The College has a responsibility to provide you with a safe learning environment in which to study. The College provides a fully trained team of safeguarding personnel who are available at all times to help you with any safeguarding concern you may have - these may include: bullying, money worries, family issues, homelessness or concerns about becoming radicalised or drawn into extremist behaviour. All staff are required to follow the College’s Safeguarding Procedures at all times.
The College is proud of it diversity and welcomes students from all backgrounds and communities. We operate a clear policy of equal opportunity for all and treat all students and staff fairly irrespective of ethnic background, gender, sexuality, disability or age. The College does not tolerate discrimination of any kind and actively promotes good relations within its exciting and diverse community.