Student support
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STudent Support

Everybody needs a little help sometimes and nothing should get in the way of reaching your potential. Students are central to everything we do here at Hull College. As well as our extensive range of courses and study options, we offer excellent support services to ensure your time with us is both a positive and productive experience.  

If you need further information/details on the support services we offer, please email Zailie Barratt (Director of Learner and Customer Services) at zailie.barratt@hull-college.ac.uk.
Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance

Our aim is to support you on the journey to your dream job, and we have a team of fully qualified impartial careers advisors ready to meet your needs. All students at the college are entitled to high quality and independent 1:1 careers guidance to support them in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes and attributes to manage their life, learning and work.

Additional Learning Support

The college has a specialist team of support workers available to provide dedicated support to students who require it. It is essential that students who require additional support should notify the college of any learning difficulty or disability before starting any course.

Support is also available for any student who requires assistance with English, maths or language skills.

Counselling

We provide free, confidential and professional counselling as part of our commitment to the mental well-being of our students. Anyone can refer themselves, or be referred by a member of staff and can attend counselling around any issue that may be affecting them, whether it is personal or related to life at college.

Financial Support

Financial support is available to students who face the greatest barriers to entering, continuing and succeeding in Further Education. For 16-18 year-olds, funds are provided by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to colleges and then distributed to those students whose effective participation in education and training may not be possible without the provision of appropriate levels of financial support.

Free Transport

If you are aged 16 to 19 and studying a full or part-time course you may be eligible to apply for a Student Maintenance Allowance. As part of the SMA bursary, you will also be eligible for free transport to and from college.

Free Meals

Students aged 16 to 18 who received free meals at school will be able to apply for a meal deal voucher to use on campus. If you are aged 19 to 25 and are subject to a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) and ESF students aged 16 to 18 are also entitled to a free meal depending on whether you meet the proposed criteria.

Childcare

We provide a wide variety of play and learning opportunities for children under five years of age at the childcare centre at our Queen’s Gardens campus. For more information, please call our Childcare Centre Manager on 01482 598931.

Pet Therapy (Angel)

Pet Therapy is a popular therapeutic approach that has long been accepted as a powerful aid in offering psychological, emotional, social and physical support for students. With this in mind, we are proud to introduce Angel, our new Learning Support Dog.

Angel is a Labrador Cross who was abandoned as a puppy before being rehomed with Zailie Barratt - Director of Learner & Customer Support Services at the college - when she was ten months old. Angel is now 15 and loves to enjoy life, long walks, occasional treats and, most of all, she likes to be stroked.

Angel’s dog breed is known for its mild temperament. She has been assessed by a canine specialist and, although there is never a guarantee that any dog will not bite, Angel has been assessed as being of mild temperament and suitable to come into college to aid the development of our students.

Angel will walk around the college site with a handler at all times and will aim to help calm, build confidence and bring enjoyment to our students who may be experiencing issues with anxiety for whatever reason.

Whether it is a drop-in session or a one-to-one appointment, Angel will be on hand to soak up the stresses of college and everyday life. Students can benefit educationally and emotionally, increase their understanding of responsibility and develop empathy and nurturing skills through contact with a suitable, calm dog.

Hull College and its grounds remain a no dogs site; however, special consideration is given to Angel and she will be clearly identifiable, wearing a ‘Service Dog’ vest and harness. The welfare of both Angel and our students are always at the forefront of our minds.