STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

SCHOOL LIAISON AND ACADEMIC MENTOR

MEGAN MUFF

Getting out the house and back into education may be difficult after the unexpected break you’ve had! But don’t stress, I am here to help. You may require some academic support/ advice to get yourself back in the swing of things. Here are a few things I can help with… 

If you have any queries or questions contact me on mmuff@stvincent.ac.uk  

STUDENT FEEDBACK FROM 2019-2020

SPECIALIST ACADEMIC AND STUDY SUPPORT

HELEN CURRIE

As the Specialist Academic and Study Support (SASS) Team, we provide support to students both inside and outside the classroom. This could include help with your studies, organisation, study skills and coloured overlay assessments. Support can be on a 1:1, small group or whole class basis.   

If you have previously had access arrangements in your exams, or feel you may need them, we can offer assessments for this and our LSAs will facilitate approved arrangements when your exams take place.  

If you have any queries or questions contact me on hcurrie@stvincent.ac.uk  

WELFARE AND WELLBEING

SUPPORTING YOU WITH...

WHAT WE DO...

We listen and work with you to:

STUDENT WELFARE OFFICER

PAULA LAMPORT

If you have any queries or questions contact me on plamport@stvincent.ac.uk  

WELFARE OFFICE, MHWB LEAD

KAREN MURRAY-GOW

If you have any queries or questions contact me on kmurraygow@stvincent.ac.uk  

CAREERS ADVICE

TRANSITION AND PROGRESSION MANAGER

ALISTAIR LAMBON

PROGRESSION AND EVENTS COORDINATOR

LIBBY MOORE

Alistair and Libby from our award winning Careers Team are here to help you with whatever steps you are considering next. And if you are unsure, they can help you explore all the different options open to you. 

We are pleased to hold the Matrix Quality Standard which is awarded to organisations providing professional information, advice and guidance services and we pride ourselves in ensuring that all student receive confidential careers guidance.

WHAT WE DO...

To book an individual, impartial careers interview today, pop an email to either Alistair alambon@stvincent.ac.uk or Libby lmoore@stvincent.ac.uk.

WORK EXPERIENCE

WORK EXPERIENCE OFFICER

KATE COTTERILL

Please note: Due to Covid -19 we will not be undertaking placements until we can be sure it is safe for our learners to be in the community. 

If you would like to talk about any ideas you have or to get more information on work placements then please contact the Work Placement Co-Ordinator by email kcotterill@stvincent.ac.uk 

Whether you are studying a Vocational or A level course, we know what an important role work experience can play in securing a place at the university of your choice, or in a successful job application. We work closely with local businesses and organisations to offer great opportunities to our students. All students have the opportunity to undertake a work placement and for some it will be a required part of your course. At St Vincent’s we have a Work Placement Co-ordinator to help you find suitable placements. 

A work placement is a period of supervised work where you will have the opportunity to experience working in a specific role within an organisation. You are expected to work alongside other employees or volunteers and carry out tasks in a responsible and professional manor.  The placement should be linked to your area of study and has to be agreed by the college. The length of a placement can vary to suit your studies and the employer and could be for a block of time i.e. one or two weeks or could be once a week for a term or could be a combination of both.  

A work placement is a great opportunity to learn about a job or an area of work that you are interested in.  You will be able to use the skills and knowledge you have already learnt on your course and see how some of your lessons relate to a real work setting.  For some courses work experience has to be completed so you can pass. 

With competition for jobs, apprenticeships and university places getting increasingly tough completing a work placement could give you the edge over other candidates.  You will be able to demonstrate the skills you have a learnt and relate them back to your studies and to future career aspirations.  

Many of the skills you will develop will be relevant to all jobs in the future and these are called ‘transferable skills’. An example of this would be verbal communication which could include learning how to talk to service users in a care home, parents of a child in a nursery or to colleagues during an online meeting.   

Work placements will  increase your confidence and enhance your employability skills. Here are two good examples of how work experience has helped our students to continue on their chosen career pathway:  

Student 1 completed a two week placement at a local hospital and has gained a place at a top university on a competitive Paramedic Science degree course. 

Student 2 completed a one week work placement in a local care home and has been offered an apprenticeship on completing their course are college. 

If you are interested in work experience then you need to start to think about the types of jobs you would like to do, the types of organisations you could do this job in and where they are located.  Sometimes it’s not possible to get a placement doing the exact job you want so you need to think of alternative settings that would offer similar or transferable skills. A good example of this is if you wanted to be a childrens nurse.  You may not be able to work on a children’s ward in hospital but you could work in nursery to get experience of dealing with children. 

 

TRAVEL AND FINANCE

OFFSITE ACTIVITIES AND BURSARY ASSESSMENT OFFICER

VANESSA WEAVER

If you need an application form or require some information about how to apply or eligibility, please call our College Support Service’s Office on 023 9258 8311 and Reception will direct your call or email vweaver@stvincent.ac.uk and a member of staff will be happy to assist you.

Getting to St Vincent College could not be easier. The College is serviced by several bus routes and has plenty of parking for cars, mopeds and bicycles available on site.

Students enrolling with us will benefit from a range of bus travel options. Information to purchase a bus pass is available on the First Bus Website. The cost per term is £180.00 and £475.00 for an annual pass and are valid for seven days a week. The cost of the bus pass can be covered by the College for students eligible for Financial Support* (see page 8) and if they live at least one mile away for the campus. The bus pass provided can be used on all local First Hampshire bus routes, including the Eclipse (E1/E2) service, this will provide students with a safe and efficient way of travelling to and from College.

St Vincent has extensive car and motorcycle parking facilities and secure cycle storage facilities on-site which are accessible to all students every day.

To help students with the cost of attending College we offer families with an annual household income of below £30,000 with financial support. Students can apply for a bus pass, a refund on Gosport Ferry tickets (for those living in Portsmouth) and free
college meals if annual income is below £16,190. Students who are 16-18 years old and in Local Authority Care, living independently or receive Disabled Support Allowance/PIP and Employment Support/Universal Credit may be eligible for the higher level of financial support.
Information and the applications form can be found on our website, on the Financial Support page. We encourage you to complete and return your application as soon as possible to enable funding to be allocated before the start of the academic year. This is a free service and funds do not need to be repaid. (Terms and conditions apply). For returning students please note that you will have to submit a new application.

With competition for jobs, apprenticeships and university places getting increasingly tough completing a work placement could give you the edge over other candidates.  You will be able to demonstrate the skills you have a learnt and relate them back to your studies and to future career aspirations.  

Many of the skills you will develop will be relevant to all jobs in the future and these are called ‘transferable skills’. An example of this would be verbal communication which could include learning how to talk to service users in a care home, parents of a child in a nursery or to colleagues during an online meeting.   

Work placements will  increase your confidence and enhance your employability skills. Here are two good examples of how work experience has helped our students to continue on their chosen career pathway:  

Student 1 completed a two week placement at a local hospital and has gained a place at a top university on a competitive Paramedic Science degree course. 

Student 2 completed a one week work placement in a local care home and has been offered an apprenticeship on completing their course are college. 

NEW APPLICANTS

CLASS OF 2020

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