Support for Higher Education Students

Thinking of progressing onto a higher education degree? The college has a number of support structures in place to help and support you during your studies.

Oxbridge

We encourage students to aim high and those who aspire to Oxford or Cambridge are given help and support by Oxbridge tutors and senior College staff. Specific visits to Oxbridge, including an overnight stay, have been arranged for students intending to apply, where advice on the application process has been given by University Admissions Tutors.

Gifted and Talented Excellence Programme (Neath College)

Students studying within the Sixth Form Academy with exceptional GCSE results (mainly A* and A grades gained at GCSE) can apply for the GATE programme. If you have a GCSE profile consisting of mainly A* and A grades, you will be placed into a specific tutorial group which will cater to your needs and aspirations.

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Detailed Induction Programme

A detailed induction programme will be available for all students to support them in their first day, weeks and months in the new college. This will include a detailed building induction, course induction, team building activities, fresher’s fair, guidance on independent learning, self study, time management etc.

Personal Tutor System

All students will be assigned a personal course tutor, who will support you in the transition into your new college environment. A weekly tutorial programme is in place for all full-time learners to monitor academic progress through the use of electronic learning plans.

Study Skills Support

Study Skills Support at college is based in or near to the Student Zone at each College site. These are quiet areas that provide a study support base for staff and students. It offers a service for any student who feels they need extra help with any part of their college work. The welcoming and professional staff will give you individual help with any aspect of your studies.

Financial Support

There are a range of grants, schemes, loans and allowances available to help with course fees and living costs for full-time students in 2017/8

You may be eligible for:

  • Fee Grant
  • Tuition Fee Loan
  • Learning Grant up to £5,161 per year or Special Support Grant
  • Maintenance Loan up to £4,786 if living at parents’ home, or up to £6,183 if living away from parents’ home

You may also be able to get extra help if you have adults or children who depend upon you financially. If you have any additional course-related costs due to a disability, you might be entitled to additional help through the Disabled Students’ Allowance.

Please note that some of this support is dependent on your household income.

You must make an application to Student Finance Wales for all support, including the Fee Grant. Please visit Student Finance Wales at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk or call 0300 200 4050.

The college also offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help you with the costs of studying for a higher education degree.

These include:

  • Back to Education Bursary
  • Progression Bursary