Student Finance
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University Level Student Finance

For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS).The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2019-20 academic year. The OfS will start publishing providers on its Register from July 2018. We have made an application to register and expect a decision by September 2018. No provider will be able to confirm whether student support is available until it has a decision from the OfS.

Visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk for more information.

From 1 August 2016 the student finance package will include a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan only. The Maintenance Grant has now been discontinued. For more information please visit https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

Tuition Fee Loan – you can apply for this to help pay the tuition fee that your university or college is charging. It doesn’t depend on household income. SFE pay this loan straight to your university or college

Maintenance Loan – this loan will help with your living costs and is repayable once you have completed or left your course. The amount you can apply for will depend on your personal circumstances.

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSAs) – if you have a disability, including a mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia you might be able to get extra help. This support does not have to be paid back.

There are still Special Support Grants available for Full Time Students only. They are:

Childcare Grant
Parents Learning Allowance
Adult Dependants Grant

The following websites can provide further information on the above funding:- www.gov.uk/studentfinance

Please find our Non-Medical Helper Rates here – NMH Rates

For a range of helpful tools and guidance visit SFE’s student finance zone on The Student Room at www.thestudentroom.co.uk/studentfinance

To find out how to apply and what you can get read the SFE’s interactive quick start guides at http://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/supporting-materials/

For more information about repaying your loan and the interest you’ll be charged visit

www.studentloanrepayment.co.uk

Alternatively please contact the college on 0121 678 7000 or email headmissions@solihull.ac.uk


Admissions / How do I apply?
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Applications for all Full -Time courses should be made via UCAS, using the appropriate UCAS course codes displayed on the relevant course leaflet (E.G. UCAS course code, institution code & campus code if applicable).

Applications for Part-Time courses are to be made directly through the College Website. Application forms for the BA (HONS) Social Studies awarded by Warwick University and Part Time Foundation Degrees and Top-up Degrees awarded by Oxford Brookes University can be requested from the Admissions team or downloaded https://www.solihull.ac.uk/uni-level-learner/how-do-i-apply/

For more information regarding application process please follow this link

If you have any questions regarding your application please contact our admissions team on 0121 678 7000 or email headmissions@solihull.ac.uk


Higher Education Scholarships and Bursaries
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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

HE Hardship Fund

If you are struggling financially and this is impacting on your studies the Student Welfare team may be able to help.  Please contact them on welfare@solihull.ac.uk

Eligible Courses for Academic Scholarship & Bursaries:

 

Solihull College & University Centre – Full Time

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

 

Solihull College & University Centre – Part Time

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

 

Stratford upon Avon College –  Full Time

HNC/HND Media (Film & Television)

HNC/HND Public Services



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:

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

view our statement

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

Clicking on the above PDF link will open Adobe Acrobat. If you don’t have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer, you can download it here.


Student Enrichment Team
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Student Enrichment are here to make your time outside of lessons, fun, exciting, interesting and informative. Throughout the year, our student enrichment 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 Student 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 support Student 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 at student.enrichment@solihull.ac.uk


Careers
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The Careers Team at Solihull College can help you with your career planning and point you in the right direction for fantastic opportunities. The service is available to all our current, potential and ex-students, to help you choose a career that`s right for you. Our fully qualified Careers Team will provide you with invaluable Information, Advice & Guidance on job hunting, local & national employers, Higher Education, apprenticeship schemes and job vacancies. We can also help you prepare your CV and find you suitable work experience, in order for you to enhance your career prospects.

For Careers enquires or appointments you can contact us via the following methods:

Telephone: 0121 678 7020/7021
Email: careers@solihull.ac.uk
Alternatively you can attend one of the `drop-ins` at lunchtime 12-1pm Monday to Friday at Blossomfield campus & at Woodlands 12-1pm Tuesday and Wednesday.
Woodlands campus careers service is available Tuesday to Wednesday, until 5pm.
If not pop down to the Careers Office (opposite the payments office)



Counselling
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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.



Welfare
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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


Young Adult Carers
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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 commitment to Young Adult Carers

If you have any questions please contact Helen Davis Student Welfare Officer on 0121 678 7000 or email her at Helen.davis@solihull.ac.uk


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.