Student Support

If you need help or advice on any of the following, just drop in or phone 020 8544 4405 to make an appointment with the Student Support Centre:

 

  • taking the next step forward
  • funding, grants, benefits and childcare
  • education and training opportunities
  • housing
  • personal issues
  • learning new skills
  • looking for employment and exploring new opportunities; check out our part time jobs board outside the Student Support Centre 
  • CVs, application forms and interview preparation
  • building confidence and self-esteem
  • applying to university
  • discounts for travel; get your 16+ Zip Oyster Photo Card 
  • information on a NUS Card; With 200 UK Discounts and thousands more worldwide available to students, NUS Cards are available online and you can buy your 1, 2 or 3 year card at www.nus.org.uk/extra for only £12 for 12 months

 

Our service has Matrix Accreditation, meeting their standard for effective delivery of information, advice, guidance and support on learning and work.

 

Our Student Support Team also look after the

  • The Student Union

  • Student Common Room; make use of all the facilities including table tennis, pool, Xbox, PlayStation, watch TV, chill out and relax or listen to music

  • Counselling Our Counselling service offers a fully confidential environment to talk through any concerns or difficulties you may be facing

  • Enrichment; including Fitness As You Go- free access to the gym, Guest Speakers/Workshops on topics such as, Prevent, Bi Polar, Breast Cancer Awareness and Sports Activities, we work closely with the sports co-ordinator to run sporting activities, such as boxercise, self-defence, table tennis tournaments, circuit training, boxing and yoga

  • Free Fruit; available outside the Student Support Centre on various days of the week. Please come & take a free piece of fruit 

  • Health; the College Nurses are available Mondays from 11.00am - 1.00pm for free confidential sexual health advice

  • NHS Stop Smoking Advisers; the team have all been trained as NHS Stop Smoking Advisers to give accurate information and advice on how to quit

  • Condom Distribution; All our Student Support Team are NHS Trained to distribute condoms in weekly drop in sessions. They also hand out the C-Card where 14-24 year olds can collect free condoms from pharmacies who are part of the scheme

  • Fairs & Fundraising events including raffles and cake sales for charities including Children in Need and Macmillan Coffee Morning

  • Awareness Weeks to promote awareness of Health and Wellbeing and Mental Health

  • Drug Awareness; Weekly open discussion about drugs and the facts on usage to inform students

  • Visitors from Education Organisations including Safe Drive Stay Alive, LACES and Diverse Voices, Switch (young person’s drugs and alcohol service) and Routes Puppets – workshops on The Prevent Agenda and Road Safety

 

Financial Assistance Guidelines

For the latest 2016-17 Financial Assistance Guidelines, please see the attachment below.

 

Student Union

There are many benefits of being part of the Student Union:

•             They help to make positive changes for learners at the college and ensure the learners voice is heard

•             Looks great on their CV and UCAS applications/personal statements

•             They Learn new skills including organising events and promoting awareness across college, through to team work and safeguarding

•             They can receive up to £50 per term for being an active Student Union officer

Please come and speak to a member of the Student Support Team to find out more.

 

Learner Voice

The Student Support Team also run a number of schemes under the title Learner Voice to enable student's opinions and ideas to be heard. These include the Course Reps where a member of each tutor group is elected to represent the tutor group, their views and opinions.

 

The Hot Seat is a meeting where students ask the Senior Management Team questions about any issues they would like to raise.

 

LOOP is an external online review system about Colleges. All students are encouraged to leave a review about their experience at Carshalton College on the LOOP review website including Course Reps and then all the feedback is gathered to be discussed at a conference in May each year. Students, members of the management team and tutors discuss different issues and then have break out sessions on different topics. 

 

Safeguarding

At Carshalton College the safety and welfare of our students is of the utmost importance. All the Student Support Team are safeguarding nominees and have Level 2 Training.

 

The College has a duty of care and a legal obligation to safeguard and promote the welfare of all its students and to respond immediately if there is a suspicion that any student under the age of 18 years old, or ‘vulnerable adult’ may be a victim of bullying, harassment, abuse (including physical, sexual, emotional) or neglect.

 

The College places the safeguarding of young people and vulnerable adults as one of the highest priority and this is achieved in a number of ways.

The College is a safe environment with one entrance and exit point for students and visitors.

Students are not allowed in the College without their pass and there are risk assessments in place for visitors to the College.

Safeguarding is included within the curriculum, for example, e-safety, how to stay safe and anti-bullying campaigns.

The College has in place a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.

Everyone working in the College must protect young learners from abuse and be aware that any young learner or vulnerable adult may be the victim of harm. The most important point to remember is that if a young person or vulnerable adult makes a disclosure, you should not promise confidentiality.

 

Opening Times

Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm

Friday 8.30am to 3.45pm

 

Become a Student Ambassador

The Marketing Team at Carshalton College recruit and work with a team of Student Ambassadors to help promote the courses and facilities at the College and give an insight into student life.

 

The opportunity to work as an ambassador is open to all current students and is a voluntary opportunity to gain experience, meet new people and develop skills. All you need is enthusiasm, a positive attitude, good communication skills and knowledge of the College.

 

Activities include helping with

  • College Open Events
  • College Tours
  • Promoting the College at external events
  • Taking photos of trips and visitis with the College
  • Getting involved with the College Facebook Page
  • Making film clips
  • Writing blogs about your experience at teh College
  • Take part in focus groups and case studies

 

If you are interested in becoming an ambassador, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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