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Student Services at The Isle of Wight College

Personal Tutors

Your personal tutor will help you settle into College life and support you during your studies. Personal tutors set realistic targets and will advise and guide you with any issues you may experience during your time at college, and if necessary refer you on to an appropriate external agency for further help. They will also support your progression into Higher Education, onto another College course or into employment.  They are your first point of contact should you have any safeguarding issues.

The personal tutor drop in center is available to all students of any age. You can visit and chat with a personal tutor about any issue that is a barrier to your education. We can help you access specialist help and advice when you are not sure which way to turn. Contact us on 550657 or e-mail or just pop into student services and ask for a personal tutor.

Opening times:

  • Term time: Monday – Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm
  • Out of term:  Monday – Friday 8:30am 4:00pm

Out of Hours Support

During term time, you can contact Student Services outside of office hours (Monday – Thursday, 5pm – 7pm) by phone on 01983 550581.

The College Chaplain

Margaret Fraser is available to give spiritual guidance, pastoral support and to discuss ethical issues with students of all faiths and none. Margaret is a Christian minister but can put you in touch with leaders of other faith communities. She can be contacted on

Counselling Services

The college offers a confidential counselling service to promote the health and well-being of all students.

You may be stressed due to a difficult situation, your work, relationships, loss, depression or anxiety. You may want to explore your own personal development or discuss a difficult decision.

Whatever you reasons, counselling can help you acknowledge your feelings and clarify issues so you can begin to change things for yourself.

The College counsellor, Joan Hart, is available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, during term time only

To arrange an appointment, contact Reception on 01983 526631.

National Union Of Students (NUS) Extra Discount Card

NUS Extra is a premium discount and membership card which is exclusively available to students through NUS and is packed with offers and vouchers to save you money. If you wish to purchase the £12 NUS Extra Card please go to Southern Vectis offers 25% discounts on all fares for students with an NUS Extra card.

The Isle Of Wight College Student ID Card

The College Student ID Cards can be used to gain discounts from a range of local shops and services.

Student Welfare

The staff in Student services, understand that further education may involve some extra costs, and offer objective and confidential advice about the funding that is available to learners, they are also able to advise learners about their course fees, child care, and transport.

Funding is available for our learners who are 16-18 years old and 19 years old or above, eligibility is based on personal or financial circumstances. Funding comes in the form of bursaries and provide help and support towards the essential costs of College including travel, kit, equipment, books, uniforms and in some circumstances for learners who are 16 – 18 years old, towards the cost of lunch and for learners who are 19 years old and above towards the costs of child care.

24+ learning Loan recipients

If you are 24 or over when you start you course at The College and are undertaking a course at Level 3 or above, you will need to make arrangements to pay fees in full or be in receipt of a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan.  Details about 24+ Advanced Learning Loans government scheme can be found at

Learners aged 24 years and over, planning on studying a course at Level 3 or above will be eligible for a bursary if they take a out a 24+ Advance Learning  Loan to cover the cost of the tuition fee. This bursary will support the costs of college and/or childcare.

Bursary application packs for 19+ are available now, contact Student Services for further information.Please note all bursaries are awarded in accordance with the College charter.

For further advice and guidance please contact the Student Welfare Officer on 01983 550581 or

Additional Learning Support

Any student at The Isle of Wight College with a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia or a disability, is entitled to additional support with their learning. The student is usually referred by the tutor after an initial and diagnostic assessment. Support options include: assistive technology, specialist tutor dyslexia support and specialist assessment for exam arrangements, in-class curriculum support, EAL and language support, communicators for hearing impaired learners and assistive technology for visually impaired learners.

Isle Of Wight Council Education Participation Team

Isle of Wight Council Education Participation Team (Choices) provides independent and impartial information, advice and guidance on education, training and employment. This service is available to students on Foundation Learning, Gateway, Level 1 and Level 2 programmes who are aged 13 to 19 years. Extra support is available for students with an EHCp (Education, Health and Care Plan). The service is no longer provided at college, so students requiring support should call into the Connexions office at 29 High Street, Newport. No appointment is required and the office is open 9.30am – 12.30 and 1 – 4 pm.

National Careers Services

National Careers Services  provides free and impartial information, advice and guidance for people aged 20 and over. Appointments to see a Careers Adviser can be arranged at College. Advice regarding CVs and UCAS applications is available from National Careers Services . If you would like to arrange an appointment to see a National Careers Services careers advisor please telephone 0800 100 900.

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