Support

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Support for students

Whatever your journey to your dream career looks like, you will be supported every step of the way.

Our Careers and Welfare team are here to help you, from choosing the right course and applying to be a part of Coventry College – until the day you get your qualification and then progress in your chosen career.

Some of the ways we can help you are detailed below.

Need advice?

For general enquires including exams, HR and finance, please contact:
024 76 932 932


If you would like to enquire about studying at Coventry College,
please call:
02476 791100

To enquire about our enrolling on our apprenticeships, or if you are an employer looking for an apprentice, please contact:
02476 791700

At Coventry College we pride ourselves in offering high quality additional learning support to students with disabilities and learning difficulties, and those students who need extra help with their English and maths. There are a wide range of options that are available to you as a student.

What support do we offer?

  • In-class support
  • Support at break times during the college day
  • Hearing impaired support
  • VI support
  • Mobility support –  practical assistance
  • Social and emotional support
  • English, maths and assignment workshops
  • Assistive technology

  • Risk assessments, Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans for wheelchair users/students with mobility difficulties, expectant mothers risk assessments
  • Specific Learning Difficulties Assessments; Exams & DSA assessments
  • All students receiving support participate in a termly review to check on progress and ensure that the service meets their needs and is helping them to succeed.

Coventry College supports all its students to develop the skills, knowledge, sense of identity, confidence, and resilience needed to achieve a positive and sustainable progression into your chosen career. Career planning is a journey and the College will help you on every step of the way.

The Careers Team can provide information, advice and guidance on all aspects of careers including choosing a course, applying for higher education, looking for employment, writing a CV and preparing for interviews.

Careers Calendar 2018/2019

Students at Coventry College will have access to:

  • Careers guidance interviews and Careers Drop-ins
  • Help with CV writing, completing application forms, preparing for interviews, and vacancy searching
  • Specialist information and advice about apprenticeships
  • Information and advice about college courses
  • Information about Careers Employability and Enterprise on the Careers section of the Student Intranet
  • Support from staff to help you make well informed realistic decisions about your future
  • Personal Statement drop-ins for those students who are applying to university
  • Careers, Employability, and Enterprise books in the Learning Resources Centre which are updated annually
  • Higher Education prospectuses in the Learning Resources Centre which are updated annually

In addition, students’ will be invited to attend events throughout the year to support your progression e.g. a Higher Education Fair, a Careers Fair, talks about higher education from visiting universities and careers and progression events in the local area.

Students will also receive tutorials on:

  • Career Planning
  • UCAS Registration and Process (level 3 students)
  • Writing UCAS Personal Statements

Whether you’re looking for your first job or wanting to change career, there are a number of things you can do that can help you make the best decision. Firstly, get to know yourself – your strengths, values, interests and ambitions. Next, do your research on your chosen job – make sure you know as much as you can about what the job’s really like and if it’s the right job for you.

Finally, get some advice from a professional – there might be other options or funding schemes open to you that you didn’t know about. And it always helps to have someone impartial as a sounding board to check if you’re doing the right thing.

Whether you’re looking for your first job or wanting to change career, there are a number of things you can do that can help you make the best decision. Firstly, get to know yourself – your strengths, values, interests and ambitions. Next, do your research on your chosen job – make sure you know as much as you can about what the job’s really like and if it’s the right job for you.

Finally, get some advice from a professional – there might be other options or funding schemes open to you that you didn’t know about. And it always helps to have someone impartial as a sounding board to check if you’re doing the right thing.

For a full list of services available to you from the National Careers Service click here.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Inspiring high aspirations at Coventry College

Continuing your journey in further education will bring you many benefits, it is one of the most worthwhile investments you can ever make. Gaining higher level qualifications will increase your earning potential, open up more employment opportunities, give you enhanced personal and professional skills, and widen your access to networks. The great news is that there is more help available than ever before to finance your journey in education.

What financial support is available from the College?

  • If you are aged 16-18 years old, courses are free
  • If you are aged 19 + you do not have to pay for Entry or Level 1 courses, or GSCE English and maths, if you have not already achieved GCSE grade A-C
  • If you are aged 19 + and are in receipt of unemployment benefits/Universal credits, you do not usually have to pay for Level 1 and 2 programmes
  • If you are aged 19+ and studying a qualifying Level 3 or 4 programmes, you can apply for an Advanced Learning loan from the government to cover the cost of your fees.

Many of our students receive support towards their travel, study and childcare expenses via our Learner Support Fund

The financial support you can receive depends on your age, the level of course you will be studying and your family / personal income. Some support is accessed through the College and some you will need to apply to other organisations for.

Payment of Fees

If you are required to pay tuition fees, we will inform you and invoice you at the point you enrol for the course.

We have a number of ways you can pay your fees

  • 100% Settlement – This can be made by cash or cheque or credit/debit card
  • Instalments – We can arrange for you to pay over 3 instalments
  • Employer Sponsorship – If your employer has agreed to pay your fees and you would like us to invoice them, then download the Employer Fee Payment Contract or request one from Student Services.  You need to get this completed by an authorised representative of your company and you need to bring it along when you enrol.

Coventry College recognises that our college support funds have an important role to play in removing barriers for students accessing and completing further education courses. It is the aim of Coventry College to use the funds to make the maximum impact on recruitment, attendance, retention, achievement and success rates.

What are the funds and am I eligible?

  • 16-18 Vulnerable Bursary (16-18 VB) – Students aged 16-18 on 31st August 2019, who are in care or a care leaver or they receive Income Support (in your own name) or ESA and DLA (in your own name) and enrolled on an FE course.
  • 16-18 Discretionary Bursary (16-18 DB) – Students aged 16-18 on 31st August 2019, who household income is below £25,000 and enrolled on an FE course.
  • 19+ Learner Support Fund (19+ LSF) – Students aged 19+ on 31st August 2019 who have not taken out an Advanced Learner Loan, whose income is below £25,000 and enrolled on an FE course.
  • Advanced Learner Loan Bursary (ALLB) – Students aged 19+ on 31st August 2019, have been approved for an Advanced Learner Loan, whose income is below £30,000 and enrolled on an FE course.

Who is not eligible for the funds?

  • Students who have not enrolled onto a programme of study at Coventry College.
  • If the student is eligible but it is more appropriate for them to receive support through learning support for the same purpose
  • Students on Job Centre Plus (JCP) Work Programmes or similar schemes are not eligible for childcare or travel support if these expenses are covered by JCP
  • Students who have been released on temporary licence (ROTL)
  • Waged Apprentices or provision with learning aims which are wholly identified as funded by other sources.
  • Students studying on Higher Education programmes

Will the funds cover my living costs?

No. All bursary payments are intended to support course-related costs only and should not be used for living expenses.

When should I apply for the funds?

You should apply for one of the funds as soon as possible. The amount of money we receive from the Government is limited, therefore we cannot guarantee funding. Students who are eligible for support are not automatically entitled to it, so should apply as early as possible.

How do I apply?

You can only apply once you have enrolled onto an eligible programme and will need to go to Student Services with the evidence required to make an application.

What evidence do I need to provide?

Evidence of your household income – at least 2 recent payslips or a recent bank statement showing benefits being paid in.

For 16-18 VB students – a letter from social services showing you are in care or a care leaver.

Your bank details – so we can make payments to you.

Or if you receive NASS; your ARC card and a recent Post Office receipt or your Aspen Card.

And if applicable, a copy of your Advanced Learner Loan approval letter.

What might I receive if I am eligible?

If you are approved you may receive a contribution towards essential course costs, dependant on your situation, such as travel, course materials, tuition fees, childcare, trips, and free meals (16-18) depending on funds available.

 16-18 VB16-18 DB19+ LSFALLB
Course materials
Non-mandatory, course related trips
Travel Costs
College meals
Childcare costs
Tuition fees
Weekly payments

How will I receive my funding if I am approved?

Please refer to your college email as information will be sent there when your application is assessed.

 When?Method
Course materialsSingle paymentInternal Transfer
Non-mandatory, course related tripsUpon approvalInternal Transfer
Travel CostsMonthlyBank Transfer/Vouchers
College mealsDailyVoucher
Childcare costsMonthlyPaid to Provider
Tuition feesUpon approvalInternal Transfer
Weekly paymentsWeeklyBank Transfer/Cash payment

Will I receive a travel allowance each month?

Yes (depending on your eligibility) but your bursary payments are based on your attendance and behaviour at college. We will check your attendance each month and if it is deemed unsatisfactory, we will not provide you with a travel allowance for the following month. If you feel you have a good reason for your low attendance, you can make an appeal to the Student Engagement Manager in Student Services, however it will be at their discretion whether to reinstate your travel allowance and we will contact your tutor to ask for their opinion on the matter to guide us in our decision making.

The amount you receive will be dependent on your age and distance from the campus you attend and the form of payment will be outlined in your assessment email sent to your college email address.

If I need childcare funding, what help will I receive?

The childcare funding you receive will be a contribution to your childcare fees, based on the time you are at college. We will not be able to fund childcare fees outside of your college hours.

Childcare payments will be made to your childcare provider unless specific circumstances prevail. The college will pay a maximum of

  • £20 per session (am/pm) or a total of £40 for a full day per child
  • £5 per session for before or after school clubs

Up to a maximum of £200 per week – regardless of the number of children.

The college will not be responsible for any additional fees incurred over the maximum of £200 and this will be the students responsibility to cover.

For further details of the childcare funding please refer to the Childcare Pack you will be given when you apply.

Please note: if you wish to apply for childcare, you will not receive any support towards your tuition fees. You will need to decide if you wish to claim Childcare OR Tuition Fees as the college is unable to support students for both funds.

If my application is approved for the Vulnerable Bursary, what will I receive?

If you are approved for the 16-18 Vulnerable Bursary you will be eligible for up to £1200 per year. The amount you are eligible for is dependent on how quickly you complete your application, the length of your course and the mode of attendance (full time or part-time). We will calculate this in the following way:

  • If you apply from September to December, you will receive the full amount of £1200 divided into the number of weeks remaining from the date of your first payment/ your application is approved.
  • If you apply from January to April you will receive £800 divided into the number of weeks remaining from the date of your first payment/ your application is approved
  • If you apply from April onwards or in the third term, you will receive £400 divided into the number of weeks remaining from the date of your first payment/your application is approved.

From your allocation we will pay for all your essential course costs, (these will be made “in kind”, transferring money on your behalf to the relevant college department) and the remainder of your allocation will be paid weekly, directly into your bank account. However, this is entirely dependent on your attendance and behaviour at college and should this be unsatisfactory for any particular week, then your payment(s) may be withheld.

Where can I get further information?

Due to the volume of applications, during the months of August and September, we may be unable to discuss applications or answer questions about financial support over the phone. We therefore, advise you to speak to the Student Services Team or email studentfunding@coventrycollege.ac.uk

Can I appeal my funding decision?

Yes. If you disagree with a decision regarding your application, please complete the Student Funding Appeal Form, available in Student Services. Complete and return the form to the Student Engagement Manager in Student Services and attach any supporting evidence. You will receive a decision within 10 days of the form being handed in.

Are you over 19 and thinking about further education?

If you are looking to study a course that is level 3 or above you may be able to apply for a Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of tuition fees.

Advanced Learner Loans don’t depend on your income, there are no credit checks and you don’t need to repay anything until you are earning over £25,000 a year (£2,083 per month / £480 per week).

Applying for an Advanced Learner Loan:

If you decide to fund all or part of your studies with an Advanced Learner Loan:

  • Apply online to Student Finance England (SFE), visit here
  • SFE will assess your eligibility for a loan
  • SFE will process your application and write to you to confirm if your application has been successful (you must bring this Loan Approval Letter with you when you come to enrol)

Childcare funding depends on your age, whether you are under 20 or 20 and over.

Under 20

If you are under 20 you apply to the national Care to Learn scheme, and you can get up to £160 per week towards childcare costs, including deposit and registration fees.

For further details of the scheme and to apply online click here or phone the Care to Learn helpline on 0800 121 8989

For help in finding a childcare provider you can visit the Coventry Family Information Service

If you live outside Coventry visit your own local authorities Family Information Service.

20 and Over

For childcare funding, if you are aged 20 and over you will need to apply to the college Learner Support Fund. You can find more information about this in the section above.

Thinking of Studying for a Higher Education Qualification?

You can apply for loans to cover your tuition fees and help towards your living costs. The two main types of finance available are a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan and there are other grants available too.

Tuition Fee Loan

As a full-time student, you are entitled to a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,250 each year to cover your fees (this doesn’t depend on your household income), you won’t have to pay this back until you’re earning over £25,725 a year.

The good news is that Coventry College’s tuition fees are only £5,500 per year.

Part time students can apply for a tuition fee loan of up to £6,395 but Coventry College’s fees for part time courses vary between £2,950 and £4,495.

Eligibility

  • Your course must be in the UK and be a HND, HNC a Foundation Degree or a First Degree
  • It must be your first higher education qualification.
  • You can only apply if you’re a UK national or have ‘settled status`
  • You normally live in England
  • You’ve been living in the UK for 3 years before starting your course

Repayments

You won’t start paying your loan back until you’ve finished your Higher Education course and your income is more than £25,725 per year. See below for the repayment amounts in relation to your salary.

 

Annual Income Before Tax Monthly Salary Monthly Repayment
Up to £25,725 £2,143 £0
Up to £30,000 £2,500 £33
Up to £35,000 £2,916 £70
Up to £40,000 £3,333 £107

Support with living costs

Maintenance Loan

As a full-time student you can claim the Maintenance Loan to help with your living costs. The grid below shows how much you the maximum you can claim and the amount you receive is means tested on your household income.

FULL TIME STUDENT ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
Living at home Up to £7,529
Living away from home, outside London Up to £8,944
Living away from home, inside London Up to £11,672
You spend a year of a UK course studying abrord Up £10,242

 

Please note that From 25 March 2016 non-UK EU students must have lived in the UK for 5 years before starting their HE course to be eligible for a Maintenance Loan.

Other Grants

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs)

DSAs are available to students who have extra costs because of a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t depend on household income. How much you get depends entirely on your circumstances. DSAs don’t have to be paid back.

Childcare Grant

The Childcare Grant helps with up to 85% of your childcare costs if you have dependent children under 15 (under 17 if the child has special educational needs) in registered or approved childcare. You can get up to £169.31 a week for one child or up to £290.27 a week for 2 or more children, depending on your household income. This doesn’t have to be paid back.

Parents’ Learning Allowance

Parents’ Learning Allowance is to help with course-related costs if you have dependent children. You can get between £50 and up to £1,716 a year depending on your income and the income of your dependents. This doesn’t normally have to be paid back.

Adult Dependents’ Grant

Adult Dependents’ Grant can help you if you have an adult who depends on you financially. You can get up to £3,007 a year depending on your income and the income of your dependents. This doesn’t have to be paid back.

If you need any further information on Higher Education funding and to apply, please visit here.

For information on loan repayments visit here.