Help and Support Whenever You Need It

Funds are available for trips, equipment and travel but are limited and will run out. You should apply as soon as possible. The following groups of students are eligible to apply:

  • Priority 1 (household income £21,000) – will be awarded financial help on submission of a successful application. If you are eligible for this, an early application is recommended.
  • Priority 2 (household income under £26,000) – applicants in this group will be awarded
    financial help after the October half term – subject to sufficient funds remaining. We
    would still encourage you to apply early although a decision is not likely until after the
    October half term.
  • Priority 3 (household income under £30,000) – applicants in this group will be awarded
    financial help after all eligible applications from priority 1 and 2 have been funded. This
    will be subject to sufficient funds remaining. We would still encourage you to apply
    early as applications will be processed on a first come first serve basis.
  • Priority 4 (household income under £35,000) – applicants in this group will be awarded
    financial help after all eligible applications from priority 1, 2 and 3 have been funded.
    This will be subject to sufficient funds remaining. We would still encourage you to apply
    early as applications will be processed on a first come first serve basis.
Financial Assistance Guidelines booklet

The College welcomes applications from those with additional needs and our support team are fully trained to give you all the encouragement that you need to get the most out of your learning experience. If you are disabled or have any special needs, then our team of support staff are here to help you. When you have accepted your offer from us we will invite you to attend a transition planning meeting and will ensure that you are familiar with the college before you begin your course.

We offer the following specialist support:

  • Aspergers/ADHD/ADD
  • Blind/Visual Impairment
  • Deaf/Hearing Impairment
  • Physical Disability
  • Mobility Difficulties
  • Mental Health
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties
  • Specific Learning Difficulty
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia

View our Statement of Our Commitment to Students with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities.

Equality and Diversity Policies

The Careers Team at the college can support students in their journey through Further Education, Higher Education, Apprenticeships or Employment through the means of tutorials on various topics such: interview skills and CV workshops, UCAS applications drop-in sessions, industry talks and workshops from local employers.

We offer free Impartial Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance to any individuals who may be considering enrolling at SUAC as well as those already studying with us.

The Careers Team can discuss with you about your options and if you need help with any of the following:

  • Not sure what career or job you want
  • Don’t know which course to apply for
  • Need help applying for a course at college or at University
  • Don’t know where to find career information
  • Labour Market Information


The College has established a Careers Leadership Team. The team meets at least once term and oversees the effective implementation of the careers, advice and guidance at the college.

The members of the Careers Leadership Team include:

  • Director of Services for Students (Careers Leader/Chair)
  • Central Careers Coordinator
  • Head of School – STEAM Faculty
  • Head of School – Creative Faculty
  • Head of Department – Stratford upon Avon College
  • Additional Needs Manager
  • Work Experience Coordinator/Consultant
  • Talent Bank Coordinator
  • Tutorial Manager

Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 4:30pm except Wednesday until 4:00pm.

Drop-in service: Monday to Thursday 12:00pm-1:00pm in the ACE Hub.

We also have an expert counsellor available to all students to talk to in confidence about any issues affecting them during their time at Stratford-upon-Avon College.

Counselling sessions last 45 minutes and are usually by appointment, but the counsellors will see students at short notice whenever possible.

Student may require one or more sessions and councillors may refer students to an external provider if required.

It is usually inappropriate for counsellors to work with people undergoing therapy with a professional in another organisation.

The Enrichment Team are here to make your time outside of lessons, fun, exciting, interesting and informative. All throughout the year, our student liaison officers organise trips, excursions, events, volunteering, themed events and a varied, engaging range of great activities, ensuring your time with us isn’t all work and no play.

We support Learner Voice which gives you, the student, the opportunity to tell us how your time at college is going, what we are doing well and what you would like to see improved. We also hold elections for School Representatives and Governors, giving our students a say in matters regarding school funding and quality of education.

If you have any questions or queries regarding Student Enrichment, you can contact them at student.enrichment@solihull.ac.uk

For all matters to do with choosing and joining a course at the college, the Guidance and Admissions team is here to offer professional advice.

SUAC provides additional support to Looked-After young people and Care Leavers. We will work with Children’s Schools and Family Teams to ensure that you are supported to participate and be successful in education.

This year we have helped students to:

  • make their application and get enrolled;
  • buy College equipment;
  • go on trips;
  • fund travel expenses;
  • receive careers advice and make university applications;
  • get an apprenticeship.

We have also helped students with practical things like:

  • accommodation arrangements;
  • financial help in emergencies;
  • making use of other services;
  • support with making decisions.

The Mental Health Lead provides support, advice and guidance to prospective and current students of Stratford-upon-Avon College. If you are experiencing a mental health difficulty, emotional or psychological distress, our Mental Health Lead can help you to identify your specific needs, provide practical support, and help you develop coping strategies. During the period of support, the Mental Health Lead may also work alongside Student Services as well as Teaching and Learning Teams and can assist you in accessing external mental health and wellbeing services.

You can access your Mental Health Lead, Fathima Ashraff-Ali via Student Services. A member of staff will help you complete a Referral Form for Mental Health Support and book you in for an initial appointment with Fathima. Please visit Student Services at Stratford-upon-Avon College between 08:30-16:30 (Mon-Thurs) and 08:30-16:00 (Fri).

We work closely with Local Authorities and other external agencies to support vulnerable groups of students.

We provide:

  • a central point of contact for information;
  • input at PEP meetings, LAC reviews and case conferences;
  • progress reports.

While we do our best to ensure every learner is enrolled on the right course to meet their needs and goals, we know that for many reasons life can sometimes become complicated and difficult.

As a student at Stratford-upon-Avon College, you will have access to wide ranging expert support, from specialised help with student finance to mentoring and professional counselling for personal, social or family problems. All these services are available to you free of charge and are easily accessed on campus through your Learning Coach.

The college’s tutorial programme, which includes planning for work experience, improving study skills and exploring career options, is supported by Student Services and delivered by Academic Tutors.

As a full-time student you will have a learning coach who will work with you and support you. Our learning coaches are chosen for their experience in supporting students and helping them to achieve their best.