Our students are extremely important to us and are at the heart of all that we do at Bury College. In order to support and help you have the best possible experience at college, our Student Services team aims to offer support to all aspects of your life including:

  • Information and Advice – courses, careers, options after college
  • Student Welfare – social and pastoral support including Safeguarding and Counselling
  • Financial Support
  • Additional Learning Support
  • Enrichment Activities
  • Learning Resource Centres

All students are welcome to visit the Student Services team – they are always happy to meet and help in any way they can. Find out more about how Student Services can help you:

0161 280 8421

student.services@burycollege.ac.uk

Drop in and visit the team - they are located on Level 3 of the Millennium Centre

 

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday   9am – 5.00pm

 

Location

The main Student Services Office is located in M300i on Level 3 of the Millennium Centre.

Information and Advice

Making the right decisions about your future is very important and often tricky. This may include decisions about future courses at college, careers, options after college e.g. university, Apprenticeships, jobs .

Bury College recognises this and our Student Services / Guidance team will happily work with you and the National Careers Service to provide you with the information and advice to ensure you are on the right path.

We can help you with the following:

  • Identifying your skills and interests and seeing where they might lead
  • Choosing careers and looking at alternatives
  • Choosing and applying for higher education courses
  • Information on training and employment opportunities
  • Job search, completing applications, CVs and interview skills
  • Taking ‘time-out’ from study
  • Working or studying abroad

Higher Education

Many of our students want to progress onto a degree programme after finishing at College. Group tutors will help you determine the best courses, and Student Services can help you through the complexity of financing higher education, accomodation etc.

Employment/Apprenticeship

Alternatively, some students want to go straight to work after finishing college. Whatever your progression route, staff can help with mock interviews, CV production, completing application forms and general interview skills. Bury College offers a huge range of Apprenticeships which you may be interested in exploring.

We give confidential, impartial advice and guidance on courses, careers and progression opportunities to help you make decisions about your future learning, career pathway and work. We support current learners with applications, personal statements and mock interviews for university, HE funding and other financial support.

We provide up to date information for learners on current job vacancies in the local area and can assist with CVs, job searches and mock job interviews. To support this service we have access to a range of computer programmes and resources which can be found in the Learning Resource Centres and on Moodle.

Student Learning Mentors

 

We have two Student Learning Mentors at Bury College – David Mottershead and Nasreen Ashraf (pictured right) - and their role is to encourage and facilitate student

representation and to support students.

Both are qualified youth workers with vast experience of working with young people and adults on a wide range of issues (emotional, financial, housing, bullying, drugs and alcohol etc.).

Throughout the year the Student Learning Mentors organise trips and events, and co-ordinate charity fundraising activities. There are plenty of opportunities for you to undertake extra-curricular activities at Bury College – all of which will help you develop your confidence and organisational skills. For example, they can help you get involved with College committees and user groups and the Peer Mentoring Project.

You may meet the Student Learning Mentors in your Tutor Groups, where they often deliver workshops on a wide range of topics.

There is no need to make an appointment to see a Student Learning Mentor - just call into the SLM offices at the Woodbury or Millennium Centres.

Student Union

Bury College is affiliated to the National Union of Students and every student is automatically a member. NUS Democracy cards are available free of charge from the SLM offices and this card can be used to prove you are a student.

Peer Mentoring

Student Learning Mentors offer Peer Mentoring opportunities to students.

The Peer Mentoring scheme encourages students to get involved in training to develop skills to become peer mentors in Health Action.

Student Action Group

The Student Action Group is run by the students, for the students. The group promotes the student voice across College and promotes charity fundraising. The Student Action Group meets weekly and discusses issues which are affecting students within the College. If there is an issue which is causing problems, the Student Action Group meeting is the place to air it.

As a member of the Student Action Group you will benefit from becoming a Student Leader, actively participating in a wide range of College events and acting as a student ambassador for the College at open evenings.

Counselling

Bury College offers a confidential counselling service. Counselling offers you the opportunity to explore any difficulties you may be having, any distress you may be experiencing or any dissatisfaction you may be feeling in your life. It can help you make the sort of changes you want to make, when you’re ready to make them.

Appointments are available Monday to Thursday – term time only.

To contact the counsellor –
Emailcounsellor@burycollege.ac.uk
Mobile – 07770 546 496
Phone – 0161 280 8481
(Please text as the phone maybe switched off when the counsellor is working with a student - all calls and texts will be returned as soon as possible.)

Alternatively you can complete a confidential green slip in Student Services.

External Agencies

Bury College has strong links with a variety of external organisations that can also offer help, advice and support to students. Some of these include:

YPAS (Young Persons Advisory Service) - a free and confidential service to young people requiring contraception and sexual health advice.

Early Break – Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service - specialist service in Bury, Rochdale and East Lancashire offering free counselling, advice and treatment for young people who have issues regarding drugs and alcohol.

ADAB (Asian Development Association of Bury) – a community organisation which aims to develop and implement initiatives that will improve and enhance the economic, educational, social, cultural and recreational needs of all the communities

NHS Health Trainers

Pennine Care Trust – Smoking Cessation Support

National Blood Service

Health & Leisure Centres

Healthy Minds

 

Many of these organisations visit College at key times throughout the year to offer information and advice sessions to students and we would be happy to assist students if they are interested in making contact with these agencies.

 

Financial Support

There are various financial support mechanisms available for students who are experiencing financial difficulty whilst
studying at Bury College.

These include

  • 19 + Learner Support Funds
  • 16-19 Bursaries
  • Care to Learn (for young parents aged 16-19)
  • Concessionary Bus Pass and Rochdale Travel Award
  • Bury College Scholarships - Sports and Community


Support can be used to supplement the costs of attending college, eg transport, college equipment, meals in college, books, trips, specialised kits and other course related costs.

There is also a limited amount of funding to support students aged 20+ with childcare costs.

All financial support is subject to eligibility criteria so we urge you to make contact with us in Learner Services at the Millennium Centre to find out what you may be entitled to. Do not delay though as some funding is limited!

 

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If you’re planning to study at Level 3 to 6 you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. These loans help you to pay the fees charged by approved colleges and training organisations in England.


For more information click here to download our leaflet.

Additional Learning Support

Students may require additional support for many reasons including:

  • Physical disabilities
  • Sensory impairments
  • Medical conditions
  • Emotional support/mental health
  • Autism/aspergers
  • Specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia
  • Academic /study skills support
  • Literacy/numeracy/language support

 

Members of the Additional Learning Support team are experienced in working with students with a range of learning difficulties and disabilities.

The type of support available will depend on individual's needs. This may include:

  • In class support from an Educational Support Worker
  • Support from Medical/Physical and Sensory Impairment/Mental Health coordinators
  • Academic one-to-one support
  • Access to specialist equipment
  • Adapted materials
  • Special exam arrangements

It is important to disclose your Additional Learning Support needs as soon as possible so we can ensure you receive the most appropriate support to help you succeed on your chosen course.


How to Access Support

  • Indicate on your application form in the relevant section you have an Additional Learning Support need.
  • Contact the ALS Department on 0161 280 8438/8442 at any time during the application/interview process to discuss support.
  • You may access support whilst on programme via your course/subject tutor or self refer to the ALS Team.


ALS Team Contact Details

Telephone: 0161 280 8438/8442

Email: ALS@burycollege.ac.uk


Higher Education Students – Disabled Students Allowance

Disabled Students' Allowances are available to students who may have a learning difficulty or disability to help you to make the most of your studies.

Full-time, part-time undergraduate and postgraduate students are eligible to apply for Disabled Students' Allowances. The amount you receive does not depend on your household income. Disabled Students' Allowances are paid on top of the standard student finance package.

The type of support available depends on your individual needs and may include specialist equipment, note takers and any extra travel costs that may be incurred as a direct result of your specific learning difficulty, disability or medical condition.


How to apply for Disabled Students Allowance

Complete a DSA1 application form which is available from Student Finance England on the website below.

www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

Submit the application with evidence of your disability, health condition or specific learning difficulty.

On the basis of this evidence, the funding body will inform you whether they will fund a full assessment of your study needs. If you have more than one condition that you feel will impact on your ability to study e.g. dyslexia and mobility difficulties, then you will need to provide evidence for both, for instance an Educational Psychologist report and medical evidence from your doctor.


Assessment of Needs

Assessments are confidential you will have the opportunity to discuss with the assessor how your condition affects you and how this may have an impact on your studies. The assessment is a discussion about your needs and how best to support you with your studies, it is not a test or medical assessment.

Please note the assessments are not conducted by Bury College staff.

Student Finance England will send you details of approved Assessment Centres. The assessor will produce an assessment of study needs report, detailing their recommendations and the associated costs, which will be forwarded to the funding body for approval.

Student Finance England will then contact you to let you know if the support has been approved and the ALS Department will assist you in organising the support recommended in the report.


If you have any queries or require help in setting up the assessment please contact Joanne Leak ALS Admin Support Manager on 0161 280 8438 or Email: joanne.leak@burycollege.ac.uk.

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