Student Finance
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Funds are available for trips, equipment, travel and CRB’s 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
  • 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 booklet:
Financial Assistance Guidelines

Additional Support
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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

View our Statement of Our Commitment to Students with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities.

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The Additional Support team can be contacted on 0121 678 7113 or by emailing additional.support@solihull.ac.uk

Student Enrichment Team
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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 The Enrichment Team, you can contact them at
The Enrichment Team@solihull.ac.uk

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Help with future job planning is available for all of our students. To ensure you choose the career that’s right for you, our Careers Team are on hand to provide invaluable advice on job hunting, local employers, Higher Education, local training schemes and job vacancies. They can also help you to prepare your CV and find you suitable work experience.

For careers enquiries you can contact our team at

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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 be made for Blossomfield or Woodlands, via these methods:

Telephone – 0121 678 7219
E-mail – counselling@solihull.ac.uk
Text Message – TALK, plus your message, to 07624 802 743
Alternatively, you can arrange a booking at the Student Information Centre, at reception or through your personal tutor.

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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 directly by telephone: 0121 678 7031 or via Main Reception
Email: welfare@solihull.ac.uk

Mental Health Support
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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).

Personal Tutors
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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.

College Nurse
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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

Equality and Diversity
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Solihull College 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.

Disability Statement
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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 on 0121 678 7113.

Find out more in our ALD Course Guide 17/18 and our ALD Reach Booklet.