Professional careers information, advice and guidance are available for all students across all campuses. Staff are members of the Career Development Institute.
Advice and guidance can be offered via individual, confidential appointments or through class tutorials. Topics covered include; planning your next steps, researching Higher Education options, UCAS applications, personal statements, Higher Education finance, job search skills, CV writing and interview techniques.
Appointments can be made via Student Services reception/office or directly at the IAG Stop, Ardleigh Green Tel: 01708 455011 ext. 2804.
These event takes place at the start of the academic year on each campus and gives you the opportunity to meet with students on other courses and find out more about the benefits of being a student. Outside organisations and businesses are present and offer great opportunities to students including discounts, literature, advice and free giveaways. Students can also find out about the College's support services, speak with staff and members of the Students' Union.
Student Services offers greatly subsidised student trips during the academic year to places such as the Harry Potter Experience and Thorpe Park. Trips are open exclusively to College students and sold on a first come first served basis.
There are regular activities and events taking place such as arts & crafts, fun workshops and speakers. There are board games available, a pool table and table tennis (depending on the campus). Activities usually take place in the student informal areas such as the Common Room/Area and the Refectory. There is a programme of events and activities for the academic year; pick up a copy of the Guide to Student Services, or speak to a member of the team on your campus. Updated information is also available on Moodle (the Student Intranet).
Displays, literature and activities are organised throughout the year on issues such as Sexual Health & Relationships, Drugs & Alcohol, Healthy Mind & Body, LGBTA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Allied) awareness, Student Money Week plus Careers & Employability awareness.
We deliver classroom tutorials on a wide variety of topics, including; Mental & Emotional Well-being, Sexual Health, Relationships, Body Image & Eating Disorders, Drug & Alcohol Awareness, Minted & Skinted, Testicular Cancer awareness, and Young People & the Law, to name a few. Tutorials are booked by Progress Coaches to respond to the needs of the group.
Talk to your College Counsellors
The Counselling Service is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays term time only. Andrea Talley is our Lead Counsellor and she is here to support students who are experiencing personal difficulties.
Andrea is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). She is professionally qualified, experienced and works to the BACP’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice. This safeguards the confidentiality of the Counselling Service and ensures that the highest professional standards are maintained.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday during Term Times only
Room A111, Ardleigh Green Campus
01708 455011 extension 2035
The Purpose of Counselling
Studying, producing work and meeting deadlines can be stressful and also bring other problems to a head. Equally, when something worrying or upsetting is going on in your life, it can be difficult to get the best out of your studies. Your Counsellor listens carefully and tries to help you make sense of your particular situation. Because your Counsellor is not part of your usual support network, she is in a position to be objective about your difficulties, as well as be supportive of you.
Your Counsellor will listen carefully and try to help you find your own solutions to the issues that you are facing. The Counsellor will not make judgments or tell you what to do, although he or she may offer coping strategies or make suggestions.
Sessions are free and last for fifty minutes. You can come to one, or a number of sessions, during which you can talk about anything at all that is troubling you. Your Counsellor will not discuss what you talk about with anybody else, unless there are serious concerns that you or somebody else might be at risk.
Making an Appointment
If you're aged 16-18 on 31 August 2015 and are studying a full-time course of at least 12 hours per week and live in a London borough, you are eligible to apply for a 16+ Oyster Photocard and receive the discounts listed below:
- Free travel on buses
- Pay the child rate for weekly, monthly or longer period Travelcards
- Pay half the adult rate when you pay-as-you-go on the Tube, Tram, DLR London, Overground and some National Rail lines
- Reduced travel rates are also available for students aged 19+
Discounts are also available for apprentices
- You can save 30% off adult rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets.
To be eligible for an Apprentice Oyster photocard you must be:
- Aged 18 or over and
- Live in a London borough and
- Enrolled on an Apprenticeship* with a further education college or training organisation for a minimum of 12 months
- In the first 12 months of your apprenticeship
*The apprenticeship must be SASE (Specification for Apprenticeship Standards in England) compliant and be run by a further education college or training organisation that is approved or funded by, the Skills Funding Agency.
The 16-19 Bursary Fund ensures that some of the most vulnerable students will be eligible for a bursary of up to £1,200 during the academic year. You could get a discretionary bursary if you need financial help but don't qualify for a vulnerable student bursary.
For more information on this:
Bursary Fund Overview
NUS Student/Apprentice Card
Get access to exclusive discounts from Amazon, Pizza Express, O2, Domino's, Ticketmaster and many more. follow this link to find out more about NUS or the NUS Extra Card.
Free Meal Scheme
Eligible students can receive a free lunch every day they attend college.
Students must be aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August 2017 to be eligible for a free meal in the 2017 to 2018 academic year. Students who turn 19 during their study programme will remain eligible for a free meal until the end of the academic year in which they turn 19 or to the end of their study programme, whichever is sooner.
Free meals are targeted at disadvantaged students. For the purposes of eligibility for free meals, disadvantage is defined by the students being in receipt of, or having parents who are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
- Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit during the initial roll out of the benefit)
- Universal Credit
A student is only eligible to receive a free meal when they, or a parent/guardian on their behalf, have made a successful application to the institution where they are enrolled.
For students aged 19-25 who are subject to a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) Education Health Care Plan (EHC plan) or S139A, are eligible if they or their parents receive one of these eligible benefits:
- Income Support
- Income based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income Based ESA
- Guarantee element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit with a household income of under £16,190
- Universal Credit
Please come into Student Services or call us on 01708 462718 for more information, to discuss terms and conditions or to pick up an application form.
Attendance prizes! Prize draws happen throughout the year to reward hard working students with exceptional attendance. For more information about any of the above student benefits, please contact Student Services on 01708 462718.