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Careers Column 1 - Making sure your child is supported in education

6 July 2016

Throughout the summer our expert Advice Team is running a special Careers Column in the Gloucester Citizen, Gloucestershire Echo, Stroud Life and Forest Citizen, advising parents on how to help their children make the right choice for their education and future careers.

If you didn't catch it in the paper, don't worry - we will be posting the articles here on the GC news page each week on a Wednesday.

Week 1 - Making sure your child is supported in education

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Gc Careers Columns 2016 Week 1

Book an appointment with our impartial Advice and Guidance Team at any of our main campuses in Cheltenham, Gloucester and the Forest of Dean by calling 0345 155 2020.


Making sure your child is supported in education

By Ellie Wallace, Advice and Guidance Coordinator

Many people face challenges to achieving their learning goals, including disability, health issues, responsibilities at home, finance and more. Gloucestershire College is committed to helping every student reach their potential and provides extra support when needed for everything from money matters, childcare and special learning needs, to tutoring sessions, exams and job applications – all in a safe and healthy environment across three campuses in Cheltenham, Gloucester and the Forest of Dean.

Support during study

There are many teams available at GC to support students, including the friendly Student Services Team which can help students overcome a number of barriers, including accommodation, funding, travel and childcare for young parents.

Plus, there are lots of programmes and activities students can get involved in to help them become more rounded members of the community, such as sports, internships, the Enterprise Union, National Citizen Service (NCS), the fun-packed Students’ Union and Open Badges, which help students become work ready.

Other teams which can support with more specific requirements include:

Learning Support

The Learning Support Team is here to help with a wide range of learning differences, including:

  • Dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia
  • Visual stress
  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Asperger’s and autism
  • Physical difficulties
  • Sensory impairment
  • Medical conditions

They can offer everything from transition planning at school and support throughout the application, interview and enrolment process, to assistive technology, exam arrangements, specialist tuition and more. Call the Transitions Team on 01242 532065 for more information.

Student welfare

The Student Officers help ensure students are kept safe at college and that the learning environment is a happy and productive one. As a college we ensure that we all treat each other and college property with respect – you can hear and see a lot about our Respect Campaign around campus.

The dedicated Safeguarding Officers are the people students need to tell if they are concerned for themselves or another student. Sometimes they may see or hear something that makes them feel uncomfortable or worried for their own, or a friend’s, safety – the Safeguarding Officers are here to help and will never judge.

Student development

GC is committed to preparing students for their next step, whether that be employment, further study, higher education or an apprenticeship. Their ambition is our ambition and we make it our mission to help them get there.

Students have the opportunity to personalise their study programmes by choosing one of more of the following:

  • Work experience
  • Volunteering
  • Sports and activities
  • Training and development
  • Application for higher education, apprenticeships and further study

Learning mentors

Learning Mentors help support students throughout their journey at GC. Alongside course lecturers, they ensure students stay safe, successful and on track. They can also make links with staff across the College, including the Learning Support Team, employment coaches and the Safeguarding Team.

Professional development

At Levels 1 and 2, students undertake professional development sessions which ensure they have the skills and knowledge to work independently once they complete their course, whilst providing them with the opportunity to work with employers. These cover key topics such as health and safety, safeguarding, building confidence and resilience, and learning about rights and responsibilities as an employee.

Employment support

A dedicated team on each site supports students to gain meaningful external experiences and advertises opportunities for part-time work and volunteering. They are here to help students explore new work-placement ideas and meet what is required of them on your course.

Students’ Union

The Students’ Union (SU) has two main functions: one is to support students to address their concerns and the other is to support student development by encouraging them to arrange events and get involved with sports, fundraising and volunteering. They are here to make sure students have a good time and get the chance to lead fulfilling lives

Why Gloucestershire College?

We have a lot of experience offering Apprenticeships and work-related training. We have industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff which provide the ideal complement to work-based learning.

We are here to help

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90% of students would recommend GC and 95% said that the teaching on their course was good.

Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

We'll look after you. We have dedicated teams to help you and a great Learning Mentor scheme.