Student Support

It's great fun being a student at Aylesbury College. There are a lot of activities for you to try out and opportunities to make new friends. Being a student can sometimes be difficult - balancing home and work life with your study requirements is a challenge. The College provides excellent support services to help you with these issues.

There’s a brief summary of our services below – and you can click on the links on the right of the page or below for more details.

Careers, advice and guidance

Our Admissions Advisors can help you choose the course which best meets your needs. Student Welfare Services can also provide guidance in other ways, for example if you need to consider your career aims in more detail we can introduce you to our local partners: Connexions or National Careers Service.

Counselling

You will have access to a counselling service, where you can make an appointment to discuss any issues in a confidential and supportive environment with one of our professionally qualified College Counsellors.

Learning support

You may have a support need connected with your learning. Our Additional Learning Support Team work with a wide range of students and can offer extra help such as note taking, out of class study sessions, adapted learning materials and specialist equipment. We can also arrange for extra support for exams such as a reader or extra time, as long as we have evidence of your need.

Student welfare

Problems outside College can mean that some have difficulty doing all that is expected on their course and being fully involved in College life. Our Student Services Team can advise and assist you with financial problems, home troubles, accommodation or issues relating to your course.

Disability

The College building has been designed to the highest specification to offer access to everyone. Specialist equipment and staff can be provided if required and every effort is made to ensure that reasonable adjustments are made for students with any type of disability, including those with physical or sensory impairments, specific learning difficulties or mental health and medical needs.

Equality and diversity

One of the advantages of coming to Aylesbury College is having the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds in an atmosphere where diversity is valued and everyone is treated as an individual. Equality of opportunity is everybody’s right and is a central aim of the College. We seek to provide an inclusive environment which is welcoming to all and one which is free from prejudice and discrimination and where people feel that they can be themselves. At Aylesbury College we aim to foster a friendly, secure and supportive environment through personal development, awareness raising and clear accountabilities. We have an Equality and Diversity Steering Group, which monitors the implementation of our policy across the College. We also aim to foster links with statutory agencies and voluntary groups, and play a full and active part in the wider life of the community.

Financial assistance

Before you attend College, you may need help in overcoming financial difficulties that make it hard to afford the equipment or uniform for your course or you may have accommodation or travel issues to consider. The Student Welfare Services Team can advise you about the various grants, awards and other funding available. It is always best to make these applications as early as possible, so that you have everything you need when you start your course.

Travel costs

The College offers a Travel Support Scheme for those who require help with travelling costs. Please contact Student Services to find out if you are eligible. More details here.

Parking

Parking is provided at the College on first come, first served basis on payment of a small annual fee. There is additional nearby parking in the town centre and multi-storey car parks.