We’re with you every step of the way during your time studying a University Level course with us at Stockport.
If you need help with your finances, career planning or mental health and wellbeing we are here to help. Please contact Learner Services Reception and they will be happy to support you. Call 0161 296 5810 for more information.
The Higher Education Disability and Support Service offers information, advice and guidance for students with a variety of disabilities, including specific learning needs, including mental health, physical and sensory requirements. The team is able to provide confidential advice and guidance to students regarding the support available through the college, and to also help those who wish to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs).
We proactively implement the SEND Code of Practice and the principles that it observes: enabling participation, collaboration with partners, high quality provision, inclusive practices, removing barriers to learning and preparing for adulthood.
The Higher Education Disability and Support Service (sometimes called HEDS) supports a wide range of learners and offers an accessible and inclusive service.
The specialist service offers information, advice and guidance for students with a wide range of disabilities including dyslexia, dyspraxia, ASD, ADHD, mental health conditions as well as physical disabilities
Register with the disability support service and bring a copy of your medical evidence. We can offer reasonable adjustments that include;
The Disabled Student Allowance (sometimes called the DSA) is a grant to help pay the extra essential costs you may have as a direct result of your disability. DSAs are not means tested and you do not have to repay them. DSAs do not cover disability-related costs you’d have if you weren’t attending a course, or costs that any student might have.
You can get help with the costs of:
To apply for DSA, click here; https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/how-to-claim
The team are able to provide confidential advice and guidance to students who wish to apply for Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs). The service also coordinate the HE Study+ programme which is a programme of additional academic support for all students across Higher Education running drop in sessions and workshops on academic skills development.
Booking your Needs Assessment
ATOP Ltd outreach assessment centre at Stockport College is an accredited assessment centre approved to carry out study needs assessments for disabled students. Once you have received your confirmation of DSA’s you should contact ATOP to arrange your appointment.
To book your DSA needs assessment click here; http://www.atop-ltd.co.uk/referral.php
The Work Based Learning Team ensures that all students are fully prepared to practice their learning at work. The aim of the placement is to provide the opportunity for you to acquire practical experience, by applying the knowledge gained on your course. Placements also enable students to develop key skills, including:
As part of the learner support provided, the Career Guidance team is 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, abilities and whether you’re after 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 on your future direction.
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 a 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’.
Sometimes personal problems can make it difficult to concentrate on studying. It’s reassuring to know that you can call on a professional and confidential counselling service if you need to.
You are welcome to talk to us about issues such as relationship difficulties, bereavement or anything else that is on your mind, without judgement. Counselling is available to full and part-time students.
Tel: 0161 952 4694
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:
All learners are assigned a Pastoral Support Mentor (PSM). The Pastoral Support Mentors are 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 could stop you achieving your best at college.
Self-care techniques and general lifestyle changes can help support a positive mental health. Here are some tips for looking after yourself that you might find helpful.
If these work well for you then you may find you don’t need any formal treatments or meetings. However, it’s important to remember that there is unlikely to be an instant solution.