Help and Support Whenever You Need It

  • 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.

For more information please view our Financial Assistance Guidelines booklet:

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 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

Help with future job planning is available for all of our students. To ensure you choose the career that’s right for you, our Careers Team are on hand to provide invaluable advice on job hunting, local employers, Higher Education, local training schemes and job vacancies. They can also help you to prepare your CV and find you suitable work experience.

For careers enquiries you can contact our team at careers@solihull.ac.uk

We also have an expert counsellor available to all students to talk to in confidence about any issues affecting them during their time at SUAC.

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.

This is a time of major change where you are faced with freedom, choices and decisions. There may be issues around your personal circumstances, accommodation, friends and relationships, family relations, caring responsibilities, physical, emotional and mental health, benefits and finances. An understanding of your own needs is important being aware of healthy lifestyle options and the importance of sleep, food, exercise, interests and friends.

The Welfare Service can provide information on a variety of topics with the aim of offering intensive and practical support. This early intervention approach can help offer you an active solution to enable you to remain on course and achieve.

As soon as you arrive here on your very first day at college you will be assigned a Personal Tutor. Your Personal Tutor will be there to provide support, advice, guidance and information throughout your time here. You will meet regularly with your tutor for individual tutorials to discuss your learning and ensure you are on track with work and getting the most out of your experience with the college. You will also have group tutorials with your friends.

Stratford-upon-Avon College has a culture where difference is respected and diversity celebrated. The College welcomes all students, regardless of age, race, colour, ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, sexuality or disability. We expect all members of the college community to recognise and respect this.

The College will continue to treat all students and employees with respect and dignity, and seek to provide a positive working and learning environment free from discrimination, harassment or victimisation.

Stratford-upon-Avon College encourages applications from people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Our aim is to make it easier for you to study with us and to achieve your learning goals. We want Stratford-upon-Avon College and its courses to be as accessible as possible to our whole community. That is why we are committed to providing sensitive and individual support for all our students.

If you have a learning difficulty or a disability, you may need additional support to obtain access to College facilities. You may discuss your particular needs confidentially with a member of staff.