Who are you?
The Solihull College Student
The College welcomes applications from those with additional needs and our support team are fully trained to give you all the encouragement that you need to get the most out of your learning experience. If you are disabled or have any special needs, then our team of support staff are here to help you. When you have accepted your offer from us we will invite you to attend a transition planning meeting and will ensure that you are familiar with the college before you begin your course.
We offer the following specialist support:
- Blind/Visual Impairment
- Deaf/Hearing Impairment
- Physical Disability
- Mobility Difficulties
- Mental Health
- Moderate Learning Difficulties
- Specific Learning Difficulty
- Down’s Syndrome
- Acquired Brain Injury
- Tourette’s Syndrome
- Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia
View our Statement of Our Commitment to Students with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities:
Contact The Additional Support team:
The need for specialist careers advice and guidance has never been so important. It is vital that people of all ages have access to good quality, realistic and impartial information, advice and guidance for them to make informed decisions for their future.
The College Careers Service consists of a team of qualified career guidance professionals who are dedicated to helping people to progress successfully into further, higher education, employment or Apprenticeship.
Our mission is to make the Careers Service fully accessible to College students as well as the wider community by providing impartial information, advice and guidance that is fully integrated, accessible and highly regarded. We aim to encourage successful transition into further study, training or employment.
Careers Leadership Team
Solihull College & University Centre has established a Careers Leadership Team. The team meets at least once a term and oversees the effective implementation of the careers, advice and guidance at the college.
The members of the Careers Leadership Team include:
- Director of Services for Students (Careers Leader/Chair)
- Central Careers Coordinator
- Head of School – STEAM Faculty
- Head of School – Creative Faculty
- Head of Department – Stratford upon Avon College
- Additional Needs Manager
- Work Experience Coordinator/Consultant
- Talent Bank Coordinator
- Tutorial Manager
Solihull College & University Centre has been recognised for its outstanding careers work and has been awarded Gold level in the National Quality in Careers Standard, awarded under licence by Prospects. The Quality in Careers Standard is awarded to schools and education providers who can demonstrate the importance they place on careers and how they support students to make decisions about their life after college.
Solihull College Student Services is a Matrix accredited service. The standard is the unique quality framework for the effective delivery of information, advice and guidance.
OFSTED is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.
Following a recent OFSTED inspection of Solihull College in 2016, the Careers Service was highlighted for providing an effective service:
Career advice and guidance are effective. Learners are placed on the level of study that best suits their skills and interests, so that the vast majority complete their courses and move on successfully to further study, apprenticeships and employment.
Learners and apprentices quickly develop a broad range of good personal, social and employability skills, as well as positive attitudes to learning, that prepare them well for their future careers.
The College employs a dedicated qualified nurse who is available if you are unwell, for advice on health issues and first aid.
The College Nurse works term times only:
- Monday-Tuesday 09:30-16:00
- Wednesday-Thursday 09:30-16:30
- Friday 09:30-14:30
Counselling is a confidential service where you will be listened to with genuine, non-judgemental warmth. The team are on site daily to give you a chance to talk through things which are concerning you. It may be something that has been nagging at you for some time or may have arisen recently. Either way you can explore them, and your feelings around them, in order to help you find the resources in yourself to manage them. Your counsellor will support you to work at your own pace, and to discuss the things which are important to you. Appointments can either be made in-person for Blossomfield or Woodlands, via the Student Information Centre, at reception or through your personal tutor or by telelphone/online by contacting us:
Solihull College encourages applications from people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Our aim is to make it easier for you to study with us and to achieve your learning goals. We want Solihull College and its courses to be as accessible as possible to our whole community. That is why we are committed to providing sensitive and individual support for all our students.
If you have a learning difficulty or a disability, you may need additional support to obtain access to College facilities. You may discuss your particular needs confidentially with a member of staff. For more information contact the Additional Support Team:
Equality & Diversity
Solihull College & University Centre has a culture where difference is respected and diversity celebrated. The College welcomes all students, regardless of age, race, colour, ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, sexuality or disability. We expect all members of the college community to recognise and respect this.
The College will continue to treat all students and employees with respect and dignity, and seek to provide a positive working and learning environment free from discrimination, harassment or victimisation.
Scholarships & Bursaries
Higher Education Scholarships and Bursaries
Solihull College & University Centre and Stratford-upon-Avon College offer a scholarship and a bursary programme for the academic year 2018/19.
Applicants are only allowed to apply for either the Academic Scholarship or the Bursary.
Academic Excellence Scholarship
Solihull College & University Centre and Stratford-upon-Avon College will be offering students up to £1,000 cash-back each year if they enrol on Year one of our HNC, HND, Foundation Degree or Degree course programmes in September 2018.
The Academic Excellence Scholarship is not available for students who have not previously studied at either college. It is also not available to students enrolling on franchised courses.
The Academic Excellence Scholarship is available to previous Solihull College & University Centre / Stratford-upon-Avon College students who have achieved CCC grades in their A Levels or Merit, Merit, Merit grades (MMM) in their Level 3 BTEC vocational programme,
Higher Education Bursary Programme 2018/2019
Solihull College & University Centre and Stratford-upon-Avon College will be offering Bursaries to 12 full-time (across all campuses) HE students and 7 part time students from the lowest income backgrounds under £26,000 if enrolled on year one of a part time course or HNC, HND, Foundation Degree or Degree course programmes in September 2018.
Students enrolling on franchised courses will not be eligible for the Bursary.
Higher Education Hardship Fund
If you are struggling financially and this is impacting on your studies the Student Welfare team may be able to help:
Eligible Courses (for Academic Scholarship & Bursaries)
- BSc (HONS) Aircraft Maintenance
- BSc Business Systems and Technology
- BSc (HONS) Games Design & Virtual Reality
- BA (HONS) Creative Film Production
- Foundation Degree in Special Education Needs, Disability and Inclusive Practice
- HNC/HND Art & Design (Art Practice)
- HND Networking and Security
- HNC/HND Graphic Design
- HND Photography
- HNC/HND Sport & Exercise Science
- HNC Aircraft Maintenance
- HNC Networking and Security
- HNC Construction and the Built Environment
- HNC Construction and the Built Environment – Building Services Engineering
- HNC Construction and the Built Environment – Civil Engineering
- HNC Construction and the Built Environment – Surveying
- HNC Electrical & Electronic Engineering
- HNC Manufacturing Engineering
- HNC Mechanical Engineering
- HNC Photography
Full Time – Stratford-upon-Avon College
- HNC/HND Media (Film & Television)
- HNC/HND Public Services
Mental Health Support
The Mental Health Support Worker provides support, advice and guidance to prospective and current students of Solihull College and University centre. If you are experiencing a mental health difficulty, emotional or psychological distress, our Mental Health Support Worker can help you to identify your specific needs, provide practical support, and help you develop coping strategies. During the period of support, the Mental Health Support Worker may also work alongside Student Services as well as Teaching and Learning Teams and can assist you in accessing external mental health and wellbeing services.
You can access your Mental Health Support Worker, Fathima Ashraff-Ali via Student Services. A member of staff will help you complete a Referral Form for Mental Health Support and book you in for an initial appointment with Fathima. Please visit Student Services at Blossomfield and Woodlands Campus between 08:30-17:00 (Mon-Thurs) and 08:30- 16:30 (Fri).
As soon as you arrive here on your very first day at college you will be assigned a Personal Tutor. Your Personal Tutor will be there to provide support, advice, guidance and information throughout your time here. You will meet regularly with your tutor for individual tutorials to discuss your learning and ensure you are on track with work and getting the most out of your experience with the college. You will also have group tutorials with your friends.
The Enrichment Team are here to make your time outside of lessons, fun, exciting, interesting and informative. All throughout the year, our student liaison officers organise trips, excursions, events, volunteering, themed events and a varied, engaging range of great activities, ensuring your time with us isn’t all work and no play.
We support Learner Voice which gives you, the student, the opportunity to tell us how your time at college is going, what we are doing well and what you would like to see improved. We also hold elections for School Representatives and Governors, giving our students a say in matters regarding school funding and quality of education.
If you have any questions or queries regarding student enrichment, you can contact them:
Funds are available for trips, equipment and travel but are limited and will run out. You should apply as soon as possible. The following groups of students are eligible to apply:
- Priority 1 (household income £21,000) – will be awarded financial help on submission of a successful application. If you are eligible for this, an early application is recommended.
- Priority 2 (household income under £26,000) – applicants in this group will be awarded financial help after the October half term – subject to sufficient funds remaining. We would still encourage you to apply early although a decision is not likely until after the October half term.
- Priority 3 (household income under £30,000) – applicants in this group will be awarded financial help after all eligible applications from priority 1 and 2 have been funded. This will be subject to sufficient funds remaining. We would still encourage you to apply early as applications will be processed on a first come first serve basis.
- Priority 4 (household income under £35,000) – applicants in this group will be awarded financial help after all eligible applications from priority 1, 2 and 3 have been funded. This will be subject to sufficient funds remaining. We would still encourage you to apply early as applications will be processed on a first come first serve basis.
For more information please view our Financial Assistance Guidelines (16 to 19 year olds) booklet:
University Level Student Finance
- Only courses registered with the Office for Students (OfS) are eligible for funding from Student Finance England (SFE).
- Solihull College & University Centre were registered with the Office for Students (OfS) as a higher education provider in November 2018.
- The student finance package includes a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan only:
- you can apply for a tuition loan to help pay the tuition fee that your university or college is charging;
- it doesn’t depend on household income;
- Student Finance England pay this loan straight to your university or college.
- the maintenance loan will help with your living costs;
- the amount you can apply for will depend on your personal circumstances;
- the loan is repayable once you have completed or left your course.
- you can apply for a tuition loan to help pay the tuition fee that your university or college is charging;
- If you have a disability, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia or dyspraxia) you may be eligible for a disabled students’ allowance (DSAs).
- A disabled students’ allowance (DSAs) does not have to be paid back.
- There are Special Support Grants available for full time students, including:
Useful Links & Resources
This is a time of major change where you are faced with freedom, choices and decisions. There may be issues around your personal circumstances, accommodation, friends and relationships, family relations, caring responsibilities, physical, emotional and mental health, benefits and finances.
An understanding of your own needs is important being aware of healthy lifestyle options and the importance of sleep, food, exercise, interests and friends.
The Welfare Service can provide information on a variety of topics with the aim of offering intensive and practical support. This early intervention approach can help offer you an active solution to enable you to remain on course and achieve.
Our service can provide:
- Links to external specialist support,
- Advice and guidance
- Information about agencies and organisations which could support you
- Identify problems at an early stage
- Intervene before problems become a crisis
- Give you support at key moments in your life
You can book an appointment in-person at main reception or by telelphone/online by contacting Welfare:
Young Adult Carers
We also offer free and confidential information and advice, helping and supporting Young Adult Carers to enjoy and achieve whilst at college.
Help and support includes:
- One to one support
- Young Adult Carers cards
- Help with student finance
- Help with attendance issues
- Help to get in touch with other services that may help you and your family
- Specialist Young Adult Carers Drop-in service
- Solihull College & University Centre commitment to Young Adult Carers