Student services provide you with any support, information or guidance you may 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, activities, events)
- And more
Every student has a dedicated personal tutor whose main aim is to provide support throughout the course and help you achieve your full potential.
Whether it's advice on assignments, help reaching deadlines, or just a chat about your course, your personal tutor will meet with you regularly to talk through your progress and help with any issues.
Our career advisors can help you decide on your next steps for employment, training, further and higher education. Our careers service offers:
- Individual guidance interviews
- Drop in service
- Group work and tutorial session
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
All organisations in further education are required to make free school meals available for all eligible students (as of September 2014).
We offer free school meals to students with certain circumstances who are either:
- aged 16 to 18 on 31 August 2020
- 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 free meal scheme also includes vulnerable groups, such as those who are in care of children or are entitled to a bursary.
Students are entitled to one meal a day on the days they attend college, as well as the free school breakfasts we already offer to everyone.
All students (except those aged between 19 to 25) need to complete a 16 to 19 Bursary Support Fund form. The forms are available from receptions and student services across all our campuses.
You can find out more by speaking to one of our staff members in student services, who can answer any queries you might have.
At South & City College Birmingham we offer a wide range of study programmes within the supported learning area. These courses include practical hands-on experience as well as academic study.
Our main aim is for you to maximise your potential. The courses we run allow students to gain the experience needed to access higher levels of study or enter employment.
We also run a work experience programme that helps you gain real-world experience and has helped many past students move into employment.
The learner support area of South & City College Birmingham also has a dedicated team of staff who offer one-to-one support, pastoral care and in-classroom 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 like literacy and numeracy
- Specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and learning difficulties associated with autism / Asperger's syndrome and EHCP
- Sensory impairment, hearing and/or visual
- Physical difficulties
- Medical or health issues
The college has a welfare and guidance service to help you deal with any issues you may have. Our welfare and guidance officers give support to groups or individuals and offer advice on health issues, financial issues and benefits.
We take safety very seriously at South and City College Birmingham and you have the right to be safe at all times
We have procedures and policies in place to ensure that everyone at South and City College Birmingham feel safe and comfortable.
If you're concerned about anything at all, just [get in touch with our safeguarding team] and they'll be happy to help.