Help and Support Whenever You Need It

During induction we assess the ability of all full-time students in Literacy and Numeracy. This screening is to ensure that you receive appropriate help in order to be successful in your agreed learning programme. IT screening occurs during your first IT lessons.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability it is important that you indicate this on your application form. SUAC believes that every student should get the most out of their studies and College life so we offer very high levels of support and have correspondingly high expectations.

We can provide class-based or total one-to-one support and we have specially adapted learning areas, technology and exam provision. All this is delivered by expert staff, who have an outstanding track record in helping students attain their full potential.

The College supports students in their journey through Future Education and onto Higher Education, apprenticeships or employment through the means of tutorials on interview skills and CV workshops, UCAS applications drop-in sessions, industry talks and workshops from local employers.

We offer free careers information and advice to any individuals who may be considering enrolling at SUAC as well as those already studying with us.

The Admissions Team can discuss your options 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
  • Don’t know where to find career information


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.

Counselling is confidential and we will not provide information on who is receiving counselling or the content of the sessions.

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

Enrichment sessions are classes timetabled as part of your full-time College course. They comprise activities to prepare you for progression to the workplace, further study or after College.

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).

Whether you are planning to go on to employment or on to another course such as a foundation degree or degree programme at university or at the college, you will receive all the help you need in preparing for your future.

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 SUAC, 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.

We take your health seriously at SUAC and make every effort to serve healthy nutritious food in our eateries. Should you encounter more serious health difficulties, the College nurse or a team of first aiders are available to provide medical care during term time.

Our nurse can help you with:

  • first aid and emergencies
  • advice about medical concerns
  • sexual health matters
  • dispensing some medication.

If a student is too ill to return to class the nurse or first aider will inform their course leader. With the student’s consent, the nurse or first aider will contact their parents or carers and arrange transport home. If required, referral to a GP practice or a hospital will be arranged.

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.