Student Development and Support
How do we support you?
Here at Milton Keynes College we provide a comprehensive support network to allow our students to truly focus on fulfilling their potential.
Coming to College is a big step to take, and we know that making such a transition is not always easy. We are passionate about student success, providing the best teaching and learning in a nurturing and encouraging environment.
To supplement this, our student support teams guide students with emotional and wellbeing matters, as well as help with careers, finances and all of the wrap-around support that students can access at any time throughout college. From their very first day, expert advice, support and guidance is available to all students.
WELFARE, WELLBEING AND ENRICHMENT
Your welfare is a key priority and it is our duty to support you with personal or academic problems.
We are committed to providing you with the highest standard of information, advice and guidance during your time at Milton Keynes College, starting during the application process right up until you finish your course and begin the next stage in your life.
There is a welfare support service that is personal, specialist and confidential and which aims always to be respectful and understanding.
Some of the topics we regularly offer support with are:
- Accommodation, i.e. help finding it and dealing with homelessness
- Benefit advice, i.e. signposting to various agencies on issues about benefits, debt management, health and other issues
- Childcare support
Need some help in deciding what to do next?
You legally have to be in some form of education until you’re 18. After that, the next step is entirely up to you. Whenever someone is asked “what do you want to do with your life?”, it’s very rare to receive a definitive answer. Lots of people are never 100% sure what they want to do, but the way to find this out is to try new things and step out of your comfort zone. Whether it’s progressing onto a University course in a subject you’ve studied here at College, stepping into an Apprenticeship or going straight into a job, our friendly advisers are available to make sure you have all the information, advice and guidance you need to make the right decision about your future.
Did you know?
If you are over 19 and would like to access Careers Advice and Support, you can gain this at MK College even if you are not a student. The College offers group and 1:1 appointments via the National Careers Service. Our groupworks mean we can support you with job search, writing CV’s, completing online application forms and preparing for interviews.
Please contact email@example.com if you would like to find out more.
The National Careers Service can offer all adults support with their decisions on learning, training and work. Find their website here.
WHAT INFORMATION, ADVICE AND GUIDANCE IS AVAILABLE?
You could be entitled to a variety of bursaries and funding support options depending on your circumstances. Head over to our Student Finance page to find out what kind of financial help you could be receiving.
WELFARE, WELLBEING AND ENRICHMENT
Mental Health issues can affect anyone, in a huge variety of ways. It does not take age, gender or ethnicity into consideration, and can last for any amount of time. 1 out of 4 people experience a mental health difficulty each year, with half of these experiencing them at the first time by 14-years-old, and 3 out of 4 by the time they reach the mid 20’s. (Department of Health 2011)
We understand that this time in your lives can be a difficult and daunting experience. As a college we take the mental health of our students seriously. Our Counsellor and Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisors will build relationships that provide you with the opportunity to explore and challenge issues. Sometimes it’s good just to talk and hear a supportive voice.
Our team is also able to support students in crisis. Sometimes students just need a one off slot that day to ‘off load’. If you want to access support from the Counselling or Mental Health and Wellbeing team, please talk to your tutor who can arrange your first meeting or you can contact the team yourself at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The teams can offer support, however, they will also refer you to other services if they feel that another service would be more beneficial.
TOGETHERALL – FREE ONLINE SUPPORT
Everyone at Milton Keynes College can access free online mental health support with Togetherall, any time, any day.
Whether you’re struggling to cope, feeling low or just need a place to talk, Togetherall can help you to explore your feelings in a safe supportive environment.