Services

We are here to help and support you during time at GYC. Here are the student services that we offer.

Careers and your progression

Our advisors are available to talk about anything College related or personal: course choices, building your CV, career options, confidence-building, your next step, apprenticeships, financial help, higher education, interview preparation, job search, skills development and work experience.

There’s always someone you can ask – whatever the question!

Student Wellbeing

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Our Wellbeing Advisor is here to advise, help and support you with any personal issues that you may require assistance with. She can provide support and advice with housing, benefits, drugs and alcohol, safeguarding, your mental health, sexual health, relationships and how you are feeling. Student Wellbeing also organise events to raise awareness of topics that are important to our students and closely linked to GYC tutorials.

Counselling

Counsellors are available should you need support in times of difficulty and personal matters. The counselling service provides an opportunity to talk in confidence about sensitive issues in private. Please call into Student Services for further information and support.

Attendance / Absence Reporting

Attendance is vital to ensure success and completion of your course, the College expects 100% attendance.

If you are ill or can’t make it into College, please report all absences before 9am giving the reason for absence, student number, which lessons you are missing and expected date of return. For all absences phone: 01493 419290 or email myfuture@gyc.ac.uk

Please let your tutor know of any appointments (with a dentist, doctor or hospital) and support this with evidence such as an appointment card or letter. Wherever possible please try to make appointments outside of College lesson times.

Volunteering/Work Experience

Along with your studies, you can volunteer to gain invaluable experience and add the knowledge to your CV. Work experience is an essential aspect of many of our courses.

You might also need to complete a DBS application (Disclosure and Barring Service,) before volunteering or work experience.

Money Matters

Some courses require the purchase of specialist equipment and/or clothing. Courses may also include trips ore residential activities. Financial support may be available to you depending on your circumstances, the 16-18 Bursary and Discretionary Learner Support Fund may be able to help you. Contact our Student Finance team for further information.

24+ Loans: Qualify Now – Pay Later
To qualify you must be:

  • 24+
  • Have not previously had a loan related to this type and level of qualification
  • Must have been living in UK for the past 3 years
  • Enrolling on an eligible course at level 3 or above
  • Enrolling at an approved College or Training Organisation

For further information please visit: www.gov.uk/24_advanced_learning_loans

FREE College Meals

If you were entitled to free school meals at your previous educational establishment then you should be entitled to meals at GYC (if your qualifying conditions are still the same).

Students must be between 16 and 18 years of age on 31st August 2015 to be eligible in the academic year 2015/16. Students who turn 19 during their study programme will be eligible to the end of the academic year or study programme (whichever is sooner).

To apply for any of the above you will need to complete a form (enclosed) and provide proof of income.

Transport

All transport is dealt with by Norfolk or Suffolk County Council. Bus travel passes are available for those learners ages 16-18 who live 3 miles or more from the College. A cost will apply unless you are in receipt of qualifying benefits. It is your responsibility to apply for your own transport in readiness for your first day at College. Please apply in plenty of time, as this process at can take several weeks to complete which could lead to you paying for your own bus fares until your bus pass arrives.

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