Learner Services

Learner Services are here to support you whilst at College. If you need help with your finances, career planning or mental health and wellbeing we are here to help. If you need support in any of these areas, please contact Learner Services Reception and they will be happy to help:

Stockport Campus: 0161 296 5810

Should you require financial assistance please visit our Funding and Finance page.

We try to impact mental health in young people by providing a range of interventions and support. You will be assigned a Pastoral Support Mentor during your time at college, these staff are trained to provide a frontline service for any mental health needs experienced during your time at college.

Pastoral Support

The Pastoral Support mentors are here to support you through the difficult times in your life that potentially stop you achieving your best at college.

If you require support to change the way you are feeling consider some of the ideas raised below:

Self Help Ideas:

  • Regular exercise
  • Eating a variety of healthy foods and drinking plenty of water
  • Having approximately 9 hours of sleep
  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Having a balanced lifestyle with school-based and enjoyable activities
  • Mindfulness
  • Discussing your feelings with close friends or family members

Services Available in College:

  • Consultation with your Course Tutor or Pastoral Support Mentor
  • Pastoral Support Moodle page
  • College Counsellor (you can self-refer in Learner Services)
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Workshops (brochure attached) – see your Pastoral Support Mentor for Further details
  • External Counselling Service (referral can be made via your GP)
  • Websites such as “The Mix” and “Kooth” offer support outside of college

Career Guidance

Your time at college is valuable. How you spend it will determine what direction you take following your time with us. As part of the learner support provided, the Career Guidance team are here to help you make the right decisions. We can help you in a number of ways from giving you advice on the most appropriate course to take before you start, to helping you decide what you want to do when you finish your course by considering your interests and your abilities and guiding you towards more education, training or work.

We also have a fully stocked careers library — including a section for graduates, with career databases and software packages to help you decide upon your future direction.

Go to Careers

Email: careers@tcg.ac.uk

Tel: 0161 296 5810


Sometimes personal problems can make it difficult to concentrate on studying. So it’s reassuring to know that you can call on a professional and confidential counselling service if you need to.

Students are welcome to talk to us about issues such as relationship difficulties, bereavement or anything else that is on their mind.

Counselling is available to full and part time students.

Tel: 0161 296 5810

On Course Support

Our dedicated team of Learning Facilitators will work with you to design a personalised support package. We also work with partner agencies to ensure you can access the help you need. This could include any of the following:

  • In class support
  • Out of class support
  • Study skills support
  • Modified material
  • Communication support
  • Dyslexia support
  • Support from Sensory Support/SALT specialists
  • Exams Access Arrangements

Assistive Technology

At college, we embrace the opportunities that technology can bring to your studies and encourage you to use it wherever possible. The college has a range of assistive software available for all students. We can also lend you equipment such as laptops and digital voice recorders, or even better, show you how to make the most of your own kit.

Help with childcare

If you need assistance with the cost of childcare while you are at college, you may be eligible for help from the Learner Support Fund.

Awards will be made to eligible students on the basis of their income and their use of childcare provided by registered childcare.

Stockport residents can also register for a free place at any nursery school or class in the Borough for their child for the year prior to their entry to school.

Find out more here:

Stockport www.stockport.gov.uk/services/education/

Manchester www.manchester.gov.uk/info

Tameside www.tameside.gov.uk/surestart

Cheshire East www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/children_and_families

Trafford www.trafford.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families

Derbyshire www.derbyshire.gov.uk/education

For further information about childcare provision and funding contact the Student Finance Team.

Email: studentfinance@tcg.ac.uk

Tel: 0161 296 5810

Care Leavers and Other Support Services

If you are in care, a care leaver or you are supporting someone who is, then please contact us below for more information on how we can help you further your education.

Tel: 0161 296 5801

Youth workers can offer guidance & support on a range of issues from relationships to drugs advice, or anything else you want to talk about.

The College’s Contraceptive & Sexual Health Service is available to all students for friendly & confidential advice on different forms of contraception & sexual health testing.

We also have Chaplains to listen to your hopes and concerns & to help you explore a range of different faith issues, questions & interests.

We think it’s important to keep your parents updated on your progress. We send regular feedback reports home, keep them informed on your attendance & punctuality, and will invite them into the College for Parents’ Evenings.