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Support for Students

Everything you need to know, to start your career.

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Additional Learning Support

At our college we pride ourselves in offering high quality additional learning support to students with disabilities and learning difficulties and in other cases those students who need further help with their English and maths.

What support do we offer?

There are a wide range of support options that are available to you as a student.  Here is a list of the most common:

  • An assessment of your learning needs
  • In class support
  • Specialist teaching sessions on a 1:1 or small group basis
  • English, maths and assignment workshops
  • Individualised exam arrangements
  • Communicators and signers
  • Assistive technology
  • Partnership working with agencies that are helping you
  • Mentors

If you have a medical condition, disability or learning difficulty that has implications for your health and safety; or support needs that may need some time to plan and put in place (e.g. a Sign Language Interpreter, or Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan for wheelchair users/students with mobility difficulties) –  then please let us know as soon as possible.

How do I access this support?

It is important that you let us know as soon as possible if you think you may need support.  If you have a disability, health condition or learning difficulty that may impact on your studies then tell us because we can help you.

You can:

  • Tell us on your application
  • Tell us at interview

Contact the Additional Learning Support team direct:

The Additional Learning Support team are here to help you progress and achieve through your learning journey and we look forward to assisting you.

FAQs Additional Support – Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) FAQs

Careers Advice

City College Coventry supports all its students to develop the skills, knowledge, sense of identity, confidence, and resilience you will need 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 College will help you to:

  • firstly make a decision about which career path is best matched to your own personality, abilities, and interests;
  • secondly implement that decision by equipping you with the skills needed to write winning CVs and application forms and to perform well at interview; and
  • finally help you develop the confidence, skills, mind-set, and resilience you will need to cope with the changes (transition) to your life which your career path will bring.

Students at City College Coventry have an entitlement to the following careers services.

1. Face to face information advice and guidance.

Every student will have access to:

  • 45 minute individual careers guidance interviews, every day, all year round;
  • 10 minute information and advice interviews at the daily Careers Drop-in in the Learning Resources Centre, 12.00 to 13.30 every day, term time only;
  • Help with CV writing, completing application forms, preparing for interviews, and vacancy searching at the weekly Employability Club in the Advice Centre, 14.30 to 16.30, every Friday, all year round;
  • Specialist information and advice about apprenticeships in the Advice Centre, every day, all year round;
  • Information and advice about courses in Student Services, every day, all year round; and
  • Support from an Achievement Coach to help you make well informed realistic decisions about your future and better equipping you to make sustainable transitions, every day, all year round.

In addition, every high needs student and looked after child will also receive:

  • A guaranteed 45 minutes individual careers guidance interview to which parents / guardians are invited, with a full A4 typed Action Plan produced, during the Spring term; and
  • Further individual careers guidance interviews if required.

In addition, every student on a level 3 course will also have access to:

  • Personal Statement drop-ins in the Learning Resources Centre, 3 x 3 hour sessions every week, November and December.

In addition, every student aged 19 and over will also have access to:

  • 45 minutes individual careers guidance interviews with the National Careers Service Careers Adviser, every Tuesday, all year round.

2. Online information and advice

Every student will have access to:

  • Online information and advice via Live Chat on the Advice Centre website, every day, all year round.

3. Resources

Every student will have access to:

  • 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; and
  • Electronic information about Careers Employability and Enterprise on the Careers section of the Student Intranet.

4. Events

Every student will be invited to attend:

  • An annual Higher Education Fair at the college in the Autumn term;
  • An annual Careers Fair at the college in the Spring term;
  • Talks about Higher Education from visiting universities every term; and
  • Careers and progression events in the local area which are advertised via WAMEDU and digital signage, every day, all year round.

5. Tutorials

Every student will receive:

  • One tutorial about Career Planning by the end of the academic year.

In addition, every high needs student will also receive:

  • One tutorial about Preparing for the Future during the Autumn term as part of the Life skills programme.

In addition, every ESOL student will also receive:

  • One tutorial about Employability Skills during the Spring term.

In addition, every student on a level 3 course will also receive:

  • One tutorial about UCAS Registration and Process in September and October; and
  • One tutorial about Personal Statements in October and November.

In addition, every 16-18 year old student on a GCSE English Language or GCSE Mathematics course will also receive:

  • One tutorial about the importance of English Language and Mathematics for their careers in the Autumn term.

National Careers Service

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.