Help and Support Whenever You Need It

Stratford Higher Education Scholarships and Bursaries are available.

Stratford upon Avon College offers a scholarship and a bursary programme for the academic year 2018/19. Applicants are only allowed to apply for either the Academic Scholarship or the Higher Education Bursary.

Academic Excellence Scholarship

Stratford upon Avon College will be offering students up to £1,000 cash-back each year if they enrol on Year one of our HNC, HND, Foundation Degree or Degree course programmes in September 2018.

The Academic Excellence Scholarship is not available for students who have not previously studied at Solihull College & University Centre. It is also not available to students enrolling on franchised courses.

The Academic Excellence Scholarship is available to previous Stratford upon Avon students who have achieved CCC grades in their A Levels or Merit, Merit, Merit grades (MMM) in their Level 3 BTEC vocational programme.

Higher Education Bursary Programme 2018/2019

Stratford upon Avon College will be offering Bursaries to 12 full-time (across all campuses) HE students and 7 part time students from the lowest income backgrounds under £26,000 if enrolled on year one of a part time course or HNC, HND, Foundation Degree or Degree course programmes in September 2018.

Students enrolling on franchised courses will not be eligible for the Bursary

Higher Education Hardship Fund

If you are struggling financially and this is impacting on your studies contact the Learning Coaches and they may be able to help. Please contact them on welfare@solihull.ac.uk

Eligible Courses for Academic Scholarship & Bursaries.

Solihull College & University Centre – Full Time

  • BSc (HONS) Aircraft Maintenance
  • BSc Business Systems and Technology
  • BSc (HONS) Games Design & Virtual Reality
  • BA (HONS) Creative Film Production
  • Foundation Degree in Special Education Needs, Disability and Inclusive Practice
  • HNC/HND Art & Design (Art Practice)
  • HND Networking and Security
  • HNC/HND Graphic Design
  • HND Photography
  • HNC/HND Sport & Exercise Science

Solihull College – Part-time

  • HNC Aircraft Maintenance
  • HNC Networking and Security
  • HNC Construction and the Built Environment
  • HNC Construction and the Built Environment – Building Services Engineering
  • HNC Construction and the Built Environment – Civil Engineering
  • HNC Construction and the Built Environment – Surveying
  • HNC Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • HNC Manufacturing Engineering
  • HNC Mechanical Engineering
  • HNC Photography

Stratford upon Avon College – Full-time

  • HNC/HND Media (Film & Television)
  • HNC/HND Public Services

Please visit the ‘How do I apply?’ page.

The academic excellence scholarship will be available to students who enrol on a HND programme at the College and meet the below academic criteria.

Awards of up to £2,000 will be made to students who have grades MMM in their level 3 BTEC vocational programme or BBB grades in their A Levels. It is also available to those with Access to HE qualifications – 45 credits at level 3 (30 at Distinction).

Students who have applied for partner HE courses through the College, such as those accredited by Oxford Brookes University and University of Warwick, please see specific institution websites for details of their scholarships.

You can get information from the Student Finance Team

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

Contact the Additional Support team:

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 University or Postgraduate course?
  • Need help applying to University?
  • Don’t know where to find career information?
  • Labour Market Information for graduates.


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.

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 Support Worker 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 Support Worker 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 Support Worker 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 Support Worker, Fathima Ashraff-Ali via your Learning Coach at 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 Campus 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 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.

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 a team of first aiders are available to provide medical care during term time.