Learner Services

Learner Services are here to support you whilst at College.

An easy way to find out about how we will support you at college can be found in our Stockport College Charter. From college term dates and values through to bite-size information about learner support, careers guidance, our code of conduct and more, this small brochure is a must read before you come to college.

Another useful read is our Learner Services brochure. In here you’ll find useful information, advice and support about how you can enjoy college life to the most by looking after your mental health and well-being.

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: 0161 296 5810

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

Pastoral Support

All learners are assigned a Pastoral Support Mentor (PSM). The Pastoral Support Mentors is trained to provide a frontline service for any mental health needs and are here to support you through the difficult times in your life that potentially stop you achieving your best at college.

– A full list of all the Pastoral Support Mentors can be found here: Mentor Contact Details And External Services (View/Download)

Transitioning to College

Don’t worry if the move from school to college all feels a bit much for you, our friendly Transition Team are here to make your start to college run smoothly so if you have any special educational needs (SEN) or you have an educational healthcare plan then the Transition Team is a good place to start. If you have any questions email ehcstockport@tcg.ac.uk

Additional Learning Needs

We offer a wide range of personalised support to ensure you can fully access the college and your course. We will help you to find the strategies that work for you during your time at college and in your future career.

We proactively implement the SEND principles that it observes: enabling participation, collaboration with partners, high quality provision, inclusive practices, removing barriers to learning and preparing for adulthood.

The curriculum at Stockport College is split into 2 discrete areas of offer:-

Additional Learning Needs Curriculum Offer

Foundation Learning: This provides an opportunity for students who may need additional learning to access further education courses. As there are no formal entry requirements, acceptance on a course is subject to an assessment and interview. To help prepare you for a higher level course, the Foundation Learning pathways combine the following topics:

  • English (GCSE and Functional Skills)
  • Math (GCSE and Functional Skills)
  • Employability
  • A Vocational Option

Level 1,2 & 3 courses on offer at Stockport College: Prospective learners will put appropriate learning support in place to meet learners’ educational needs, including those without Education, Health and Care Plans. All young people enrolling on a full-time course at Stockport College will be placed on an appropriate Study Programme. The level of study offered is dependent on specific academic entry requirements. (Please refer to individual course entry details for each programmes specific requirements)

The Study Programme will consist of the following key elements:

  • A substantial core qualification in an academic or vocational discipline that leads to good progression outcomes into higher education, further study at the next level or sustainable employment
  • English and Math courses for all learners without a grade C or above in these subjects at GCSE level
  • Work Related Learning within all vocational pathways including work experience, employability skills, enterprise capability and other opportunities to engage with the world of work
  • Professional Development Programme for one hour each week

Additional Learning Needs Information

We have professional affiliations with a number of organisations including ADEPT, BDA, PATOSS, NADP, NATED.

To have your support put in place you will need to make an appointment with us. In this meeting you will discuss your requirements and the Learning Support Team will produce an individual support plan detailing support. Additional support is available for students with:

  • Students with an EHCP (Educational Health Care Plan) or Statement of Educational Need
  • Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Conditions including Asperger’s
  • Mental Health Difficulties such as anxiety, depression and bipolar affective disorder
  • Hearing and Visual Impairments
  • Long term medical conditions such as epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, cancer, HIV and diabetes
  • Physical disabilities including M.S, cystic fibrosis, hypermobility syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Mobility difficulties
  • Temporary injuries such as broken bones or recovery from an operation

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

Counselling

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.

Care Experienced Learners

When you submit your application to college we ask that you tell us if you are care experienced by ticking the relevant box on your application form. This enables us to link you with a Pastoral Support Mentor (PSM) who will contact you to discuss a bespoke support plan and ensure that you are settling in. Your Pastoral Support Mentor will also serve as a link with any social worker you are currently working with and parent/guardian.

As a care experienced learner you are entitled to receive a bursary to help with travel, equipment, trips and college meals. You are entitled to up to £1200 on a study programme that lasts for 30 weeks or more. Study programmes of less than 30 weeks are paid a pro-rata amount. You will be sent an application form in the post or alternatively can collect one from Learner Services. If you require any help completing the form then please speak with your Pastoral Support Mentor or the Front Desk of Learner Services.

For more information for Care Experienced Young People, please read our Principles of the Care Experienced Covenant.

For definitions regarding care experienced learners please visit: The Higher Education Statistics Agency for Definitions of a care leaver / looked after status or the NSPCC definition of 'Looked after children'.

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.

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

Getting Started at College

From September you'll be using Microsoft Teams in and out of college to learn, collaborate and get together with your classmates and teachers. Check out this short video to find out more about MS Teams; we think you'll like it!