”Students benefit from excellent initial advice and guidance which ensure that they enrol on an appropriate course at the correct level.”
- Ofsted March 2013
If you are between 16-19 years old and think that you might struggle with the costs of full-time education you may apply for a bursary.
The bursary is made up of two parts:
- Guaranteed Bursary
If you are in care, a care leaver, in receipt of Income Support or a disabled young person and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance then you will be entitled to the guaranteed bursary award (meals, travel, hardship, equipment and trips) up to the value of £1200.
- Discretionary Bursary
If you do not qualify for the guaranteed bursary but have a household income of under £16,200, you may be able to apply for and receive some awards for things like travel, meals, course equipment and trips.
If you are aged 19+ and facing genuine hardship with the cost of your study, then you may apply for the 19+ discretionary Learner Support Fund (19+ dLSF) and you may receive financial assistance to help you complete your course.
If you are worried about having money to continue studying, our Student Advisor can help you find out about other types of financial support you might be entitled to, both from the college and other organisations. We can help with things like travel, lunch, getting discounts, college trips and serious financial hardship.
If you are a Parent, we can help you make an application for the Care to Learn Scheme. You may be entitled to up to £5,125 per year to help with your childcare costs for the times you are expected to be at the college.
The Student Advisor can also give you useful information and advice if you are experiencing housing difficulties and/or looking for some where to live.
Even if you have an issue which we cannot deal with, eg Immigration, we will always refer you to an organisation who can.
No matter what challenges that you are facing inside or outside of college, and they are affecting your studies, please make an appointment to see the Student Advisor who will be only to happy to help.
You will be planning your future as part of your tutorial studies, but you are entitled to confidential and impartial careers guidance as well. The Careers Team offer one-to-one appointments, drop-ins sessions, one-off special events and access to a range of careers resources. As well as helping you to make decisions about the right kind of courses, training or work for you, the Careers Advisors can help you with your application for University or applying for jobs.
There are also other people who can help you with any problems which are impacting on your studies. Come and see us in Student Services.
Support for Learning
The Learning Support team provides additional support following an assessment for any learner. This may be due to a learning difficulty or a sensory impairment. The team provides in-class and 1:1 support; assignment support workshops.
BSix has a range of specialist equipment including lap-top computers, specialist software packages, Braille facilities, loop systems, Dictaphones, technical aids. Specialist teachers will assess students for ESOL and Dyslexia support. Examination arrangements can be made for additional time, a reader or scribe, a separate room etc
BSix welcomes students with dyslexia (also referred to as Specific Learning Difficulties) and offers practical support and encouragement to these students in their course of study.
The College recognises that being dyslexic does not relate to the student’s ‘intelligence’ and that it affects people of all abilities. Many dyslexics have real strengths and talents, including problem solving skills, team working skills and enhanced creativity.
The college will not refuse a student a place on the course of their choice because they are dyslexic; as through developing specific learning strategies and with appropriate help and technological support, dyslexic students can be highly successful. Dyslexia support in HE is an expanding area!
English Support at BSix
Many students at BSix have the advantage of being bilingual and reflect the different countries and languages of the world. This creates a rich cultural and linguistic environment in the college.
All students will be offered English at some level in either literacy classes attached to their vocational courses or separate GCSE, AS, A2 subjects.
In addition to this we can offer support to students who have ESOL needs. Students identified can be offered individual or small group sessions with an ESOL teacher. This is normally one hour per week. If needed they may also get some in class support from Learning Support Assistants and/or attend workshops for assignment support
BSix is committed to inclusive education and all students are encouraged to make the most of their skills and abilities. If you have a physical, sensory or learning disability you are entitled to extra help. We will confidentially listen to you and do our very best to ensure that you have all the support you need to succeed in your studies. In the same way, anyone who has difficulties keeping up with the Maths or English demands of their course will be given help.
If you need additional support speak to your teachers or tutor