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Support and Guidance


The transition from GCSE to A-level can be challenging and this is why our commitment to you does not stop at the classroom door. Subjects offer a wealth of additional support to ensure you get the very best from your courses at college and so reach your potential. There are revision sessions, catch up sessions and master classes here at college and our local universities offer workshops too. Your teachers are full-time experts in their fields and are always here to offer their support and ensure you make it happen at South Sefton College.

Safeguarding


Safeguarding is something we take very seriously at South Sefton College; it means that we are able to ensure your safety at college and help, support and guide you if your safety has been compromised outside of college. We have two Safeguarding Officers at college, Ian Seddon, Vice Principal, and Sally Porter, who are available to offer support you. Bullying and discrimination of any form are not tolerated at college as it is essential for every one of our students to feel valued, respected and secure.  We are proud of our diverse and inclusive college and treat seriously anyone who challenges the harmonious ethos we maintain and promote.

Attendance


Excellent attendance is core to success at college. We expect you to be in college for all lessons unless you are too ill to attend or there is a personal issue that requires you to be away from college. All absence has to be certified and if you are not in college you and your parent/ carer are sent a text message to ascertain why you are absent. Good attendance is a foundation for success at college, university and in employment- for us not to challenge poor attendance is to not care about your success, which is something we could never do.

College Bursary


What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?

This fund is made available from the government through its funding body, the Education Funding Agency (EFA), to provide assistance to students whose access to and participation in education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers.

Who is eligible to apply for 16-19 Bursary funding?

Students following full time courses, who are 16 years and over and below the age of 19 on the 31st August, before term commences, and satisfy one or more of criteria. Please see the policy leaflet.

Students who satisfy criteria and are eligible may be entitled, subject to the availability of funds, to a payment made directly into their own bank account.

Procedures

If you feel the criteria described may apply to you please contact us using the contact us button at the top of this page, email the Progress tutor for your son/daughters year group or see them directly to obtain additional information and an application form.

Julie Bass – julie.bass@sssfc.ac.uk
Vicky Evans – vicki.evans@ssssfc.ac.uk

Careers Advice and Guidance


The college employs its own expert, Mark Blagbrough, to guide you when planning the all-important next steps after college. Mark will help you decide what it is you wish to study at university or how to gain employment, post-college, in your chosen career. A-levels and BTECs open many doors and the choice can be bewildering but whatever your dreams, there are people on hand to help you fulfil them, be that your Personal Tutor, our Careers Adviser or through our links with various local universities and employers.

UCAS


If you apply to university you will do so through UCAS, The Universities and College Admissions  Service. There are thousands of courses to choose from and we will help you all the way on this journey. We hold two whole college events, Next Step One and Two where we guide you through the online system and support you in applying for finance.  We host a multiplicity of subject workshops and have a range of universities involved in our Next Step events, from as far afield as Belfast and Aberystwyth to local universities such as UCLAN, Edge Hill, Liverpool Hope, Liverpool John Moores’ and Liverpool. Our tutors are experts too so with your ambition and our expertise we’ll get you to where you want to go.

Student Finance


Once you have secured your place at university, you will then need to apply for finance to fund your place. You will be assessed to ascertain your entitlement for both the student tuition fees and your living costs. The college holds presentation events every year with Student Finance England to help parents, carers and students through the process of applying for student finance.

The following links also provide useful information.

https://www.gov.uk/apply-online-for-student-fin

http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/student-finance

https://twitter.com/SF_England

http://www.youtube.com/user/SFEFILM

https://www.facebook.com/SFEngland

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/content.php?r=399-student-finance