Advice and Guidance
If you’re returning to education after a break, looking for an alternative to a full degree programme or even a whole new change of direction, our friendly, professional staff are right here to help you plan your future.
We offer impartial advice and guidance and we have a wide range of high quality information to help you make the right choice. For help and advice call the Admissions Team on: 01782 603634/ 208208
We also offer a professional careers advice service to help our students identify the right career track. For an appointment or advice on drop-in times, please call the Careers Team on 01782 603514.
To complete the support offered by Stoke on Trent College, we operate a Job Shop to help you find the right opportunities for part-time and full-time work, including help with job searching tips, CV writing and interview techniques. The Job Shop Team have a great track record for helping our students to gain the employment they are seeking at the end of their course.
Help with finance
We recognise that in many cases, getting the right financial support can be a key factor in deciding whether to study a course or not. Put simply, our aim is to make higher education an affordable option for anyone who wants to gain qualifications at this level, and we are able to offer support to all higher education students, depending on your personal circumstances and the type of course you are studying.
Details of the loans and grants available to support students financially with their tuition fees and other costs can be found on our Fees and Funding page.
You can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) if you live in England and have a disability that affects your ability to study, such as a:
- learning difficulty, for example dyslexia or ADHD
- mental health condition like anxiety or depression
- physical disability, for example if you’re partially sighted or have to use crutches
- long-term health condition such as cancer, chronic heart disease or HIV
Please contact our finance advisers on 01782 603604 to find out if you would be eligible for any additional support which will help to make higher education accessible to you.
Our Accelerate Programme is especially designed for those on higher level programmes, and provides support and guidance to ensure you are equipped with all the skills you need to progress through your studies and beyond. Further information about the Accelerate Programme is provided in the downloadable leaflet, but in summary it includes:
- Workshops in successful academic writing, information and research, Harvard referencing and reflective learning
- Training on how to use Moodle, our virtual learning environment
- Learning Support
- Career Planning and Professional Development
Stoke on Trent College is working to create an environment that is welcoming and inclusive. Our Learning Support team is on hand to provide initial advice and information for individuals who have an additional support need/disability, including support in applying for DSA (Disabled Students’ Allowance). Individuals wishing to study at the college are advised to disclose their disability early in the application process. For further information and advice about DSAs visit www.direct.gov.uk/dsas.
As a higher education student living in England, you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have a disability, including a:
- long-term health condition
- mental health condition
- specific learning difficulty, eg dyslexia
You must meet the definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010.
The support you get depends on your individual needs and not on income.
For further advice and/or you require support accessing this information, please contact the Learning Support team on:
Telephone: 01782 603563
SMS Text: 07786 113933
Links with employers
For those of our students who are not already in employment, through our Job Shop we offer the opportunity to find a work placement or part-time work during your course, enabling you to gain real-time work experience. You can drop into the Job Shop at either campus.
Help with childcare
The First Steps Nursery provides a caring, stimulating childcare environment for children between the ages of 12 weeks and 5 years. We pride ourselves on the service we offer, and our commitment to quality is reflected in both our Ofsted inspection reports and the quality awards we have received.
Opening hours are Monday to Thursday, 8.30am – 5.30pm and Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm, term time only.
For details call 01782 603507.
Whilst Stoke on Trent College does not have any student accommodation of its own, we are able to provide links for you to local student accommodation, much of it used by students at Staffordshire University.
Contact our Student Assistance Team for more information on 01782 603604.