We pride ourselves on providing every student with the best support possible. Focusing on your individual needs, we provide you with a wealth of support to assist you throughout your time at college. This support will always be available when you want or need it - our dedicated staff are here to help you from day one.
HNC has also received funding under the ESFA 16-19 tuition fund. This helps us to offer personalised support to students such as additional small classes. This is focussed on students who have not yet achieved a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and/or English. To read our fuller statement regarding use of this funding, please click here.
To unlock your academic potential, we offer a range of specialist support, led by outstanding staff, that is designed to support your learning:
- Timetabled subject specific workshops, where you will be able to access a subject specialist for extra support or challenge
Our Aspire XL Programme is your opportunity to enhance your future applications to the most competitive universities:
- The programme will broaden your horizons and your awareness of the wider world. Through both developing your academic potential and cultural awareness, you will shine at those all important interviews, including Oxbridge interviews and develop life-long skills. Click here to find out more
Every student will work closely with a Progress Tutor who they will meet on a weekly basis either in an Aspire group tutorial session or a one-to-one session. Together, you will monitor your progress. This will allow you to identify your academic strengths and areas for further academic development, to ensure that you achieve your potential. Your Progress Tutor will also help you to make important decisions about life after College. In Aspire tutorial sessions you will complete your UCAS application or research suitable employment opportunities (including apprenticeships), dependent on your personal future goals.
The Aspire Programme has been developed to make sure you excel during your HNC experience and beyond.
Your dedicated Progress Tutor will be your key point of contact through this progression journey, there to support your academic and personal progress and signpost you to our Well-being and Careers teams when you need them.
The Aspire programme will support and challenge you to become the best possible version of yourself: healthy, confident, resilient in the face of adversity and ready to progress to university, an apprenticeship or the world of work and we will cover a range of topics including :
· Tips on a successful transition to College life and higher level study
· Advice on productive study habits, a positive attitude to your studies and the self-motivation to excel to ensure you leave HNC with the best possible set of results
· Support on how best to research your progression options and proactively develop key employability skills through the UniFrog platform
· Advice about how to stay physically and mentally healthy and how to foster healthy relationships. We will support you to develop positive coping strategies for difficult times which we hope you can use for many years after you leave us
· Step-by step guidance on financial well-being through the completion of a financial programme designed for young people
· Advice on how to make a happy and stress-free transition to your chosen next steps and independent living
Life is not always easy but we will support you to confront setbacks with a resilient attitude.
We will do all this and more through weekly tutorial sessions as well as half-termly 1-1 meetings when we will work together to identify suitable targets to help you achieve your full potential.
Although you are a young adult, part of our role is to communicate with your parents, who remain an important part of your academic journey. We’ll share updates with them, and if you do need extra support, we’ll work with them too .
If you require additional learning support, our dedicated Learning Support team will work closely with you, your family, your school, relevant external agencies and College staff to ensure you receive the support that is exactly right for you.
Our Learning Support team is based in the Learning Support Centre.
The Learning Support Centre is a hub of activity providing additional learning support including:
- One-to-one support from an experienced team of Student Support Assistants
- Support for specific learning needs. These include, but are not limited to:
- Students with learning difficulties, including dyspraxia and dyslexia
- Students with sensory impairments
- Students with physical disabilities
- Students with English as a second language (ESOL)
- Special examination arrangement assessments
Students who may need special examination arrangements will be assessed internally by our specialist assessors. Special examination arrangements may include provision of:
- a reader
- a scribe
- a separate room
- extra time
- rest breaks
- the loan of equipment, such as laptops
- Access to 20 PCs and specialist learning software such as Texthelp and assistive technology
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of our students.
We have an experienced and qualified safeguarding team at the College who you can contact at any time about any safeguarding concerns. This team work hard to establish a safe and supportive environment for students in which they can learn and develop. You can read more here.
Student Well-being service
Student Well-being is a confidential support and advice service for students within College. Every student is welcome to access the service to discuss any personal health and well-being concerns. Just some of the services on offer include:
- 30 minute bookable 1:1 appointments to talk through anything that’s on your mind
- Drop-ins for quick questions and product collections (subject to staff availability)
- A Student Well-being Moodle resource sharing an abundance of self-help information, downloadable resources and links
- Monthly LIVE Student Well-being Webinars led by our Student Well-being Champions
- MR@HNC – Male Resilience initiative led by our Male Mental Health Champion
- LGBTQ+ weekly support group facilitated in a safe and confidential space
- FREE period products
- FREE contraception service
- Referrals to external support where appropriate
Your mental well-being is a priority at HNC and whilst our support is comprehensive, we also have a focus upon maintaining and enhancing mental well-being, and building resilience for the future. You can expect special events such as our Time to Talk day, along with informal drop-ins led by our specially trained Student Well- being Champions and Student Well-being Manager.
We are proud to have been awarded the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools (Further Education) Award at Silver standard. This reflects how as a College we are working hard to ensure that good mental well- being is promoted.
Not everyone finds the transition from school to College easy. If you struggle to make new friends or to settle into new environments, this group may be for you. The group meets regularly for lunch and arranges regular social activities for members, both inside and outside College.
If you would like to know more about our support and sources of additional help, please see the guides below.
To find out about our Careers and Higher Education support, please visit our dedicated Careers section.
All essential costs, such as course printing, textbooks and equipment are covered by the College. However additional financial support is available for students who need it and who qualify. Depending on your household income, you may qualify for a 16-18 Bursary or Free School Meals. If you don't qualify for either of these national schemes, you can apply for financial support from the College's own Hardship Fund. This fund is for those who experience exceptional financial hardship during their time studying at the College. Applications for support from the Hardship Fund are considered on an individual basis.