Every student has a dedicated personal tutor who's main aim is to provide support throughout the course and help students achieve their full potential.
Whether its advice on assignments, help reaching deadlines, or just a chat about your course, you personal tutor will meet with you regularly to talk through your progress and to help with any issues, should you have any.
Student services can provide you with any support, information or guidance that you might need during your time at college. All our staff are friendly, trained to help and will treat your query confidentially.
Student services can help with:
- Financial advice
- Personal and welfare support
- Child and vulnerable adults protection (support for students who experience abuse and bullying)
- Careers guidance
- Childcare advice
- Asylum seeker and refugee advice and support
- Higher education student support
- Enrichment – clubs, trips, events and more
- And more...
A careers advisor can help you decide what your next steps are in employment, training, further and higher education. Our careers service offers:
- Individual guidance interviews
- Drop in service
- Group work and tutorial sessions
They can also help with:
- Higher education application forms and advice
- Job search skills – CV help, applications support and practise interviews
- Computer based guidance, information packages and access to the internet
- Help finding work
Learner Support Fund
The Learner Support Fund (LSF) is available as a way of providing support to learners in low income households.
The most common categories would be:
- A low income household, where the annual income is below £22,000
- In receipt of benefits such as JSAs
Any student aged between 16 & 23 and studying on a course up to and including Level 3 can apply to the LSF. As part of the application process students need to bring in their household income/benefits evidence.
Students aged 24 and over can still get LSF if their course is a level 2 or below.
The LSF can support with things like:
- Childcare costs
- Travel costs
- Course fees
Staff will also be able to check whether our 16-18 year old students are eligible for free meals.
Some 16 and 17 years olds who receive certain benefits themselves or are in care may be eligible for bursary payments of £20 per week straight into their bank accounts if they maintain 100% attendance.
All funding is subject to eligibility and availability.
Free School Meals
All organisations in Further Education were required to make free school meals available for all eligible students from September 2014.
The college offers free school meals to students with certain circumstances who are aged 16 to 18 on 31 August 2014 or students aged between 19 and 25 who are subject to a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) or an education heath and care plan.
Students who are eligible for free school meals will need their family's benefit or low income to be means tested. The scheme will also include vulnerable groups such as those (for example) who looked after children or are entitled to a bursary.
Students will be entitled to one meal a day on the days they attend college on top of the free school breakfasts the college already offers to everyone.
All students (with exception of those aged between 19 to 25) will need to complete a 16 to 19 Bursary Support Fund form available from receptions and student services across all our campuses.
You can find out more information by speaking to one of our staff members in student services and they should be able to answer any queries you might have.
At South & City College Birmingham we offer a wide range of programmes of study within the supported learning area, these courses include practical hands on experience and also academic study.
Our main aim is for the learner to maximise their potential, the courses we run allow students to gain the experience to access higher levels of study or to enter set them selves up for employment.
We also operate a work experience programme, this will allow students to gain real world experience. This programme has helped a lot of our past students go on to employment.
The learner support area of South & City College Birmingham also has a dedicated team of learner support staff who are able to offer one to one support, pastoral care and in-classroom support.
If you require any further information about our learner support area here at South & City College Birmingham you can contact our dedicated team on 0121 694 5016.
Disability Advisory Team
The Disability Advisory Team (DAT) has been developed to offer a support mechanism to students and staff at South & City College Birmingham. Our main aim is to continue to raise awareness to students and staff.
The DAT is made up of college staff and students, who meet at least once every term to discuss many topics of interest, from access to various centres of the college, learning support, legislative changes. The team also investigates ways to support the college improve its services to students, staff and outside visitors who may have a disability or learning disabilities.
The DAT will, where possible, support staff and students in finding research materials to support academic studies. It will also support staff and students in a wide range of issues. We are there to aid and support individuals who have difficulties in raising particular issues about disability or resources they require to maximise their full learning potential. We can also help you with access to specialist resources with access to particular areas of the college due to mobility issues.
Extra help and support
Support is always on hand if you need a little help to achieve your best. We have a range of qualified staff including communication support officers, dyslexia tutors, learner support assistants, and in-class teaching assistants.
You can get help with:
- Language skills
- Study skills
- Revision techniques
- Basic skills i.e. literacy and numeracy
- Specific learning difficulties, e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia and learning difficulties associated with autism and asperger's syndrome
- Sensory impairment, hearing and/or visual
- Physical difficulties
- Medical or health issues
Welfare and guidance
The college has a welfare and guidance service to help you deal with any issues that you may have. Welfare and guidance officers provide support to groups or individuals and offer advice on issues such as health issues, financial issues and benefit advice.
There is also a counsellor available at the college. Counsellors are someone to talk to when something is troubling you, or causing you distress or difficulties.
We take staying safe very seriously at South and City College Birmingham,
You have the right to be safe at all times, and we have procedures and policies in place to ensure that everyone at South and City College Birmingham feel safe.
If you've anything you're concerned about that you'd like to discuss then you can get in touch with our safeguarding team and they'd be happy to help just click here.