Everyone who enrols on a course at ASFC wants to succeed. All the teachers and other staff also want you to succeed. It is important that we all work together to create an atmosphere where everyone can learn to the best of their ability, and where everyone can achieve their goals.
We know that every student has different needs and will, in their time at the College, have times when they need additional support. Personalising your learning experience whilst at ASFC is a key part of what we do.
The experience of becoming a sixth form student should be exciting and challenging. Sometimes however, you may need a bit more support. Having your own Senior Tutor can provide that.
Your Senior Tutor acts in a similar way to your Form Tutor at school. They will provide you with a point of contact for a whole range of support, information and guidance, from university applications to exam stress; personal finance to housing; academic progress to relationship problems. We’ve got it covered!
Each Senior Tutor has a dedicated and specialist role to provide the best, and most up-to-date information and guidance to each student, as well as a wealth of experience in dealing with all sorts of external and community agencies.
Through weekly group sessions and regular one-to-one meetings, you will have regular contact with your tutor to discuss any matters which may arise.
Not only that, but the Senior Tutor will oversees your academic, social and personal journey throughout your entire time here and will act as a first point of contact for your parents and carers.
At Ashton Sixth Form College we understand that all of our students have high aspirations for their futures and we will work with you to help you to acheive your 'dream' career or university place.
What you can expect
We firmly believe that impartial expert guidance is essential in helping all of our students to raise their aspirations and fulfil their potential. That’s why we invest so many resources in providing a comprehensive service.
Researching your career
We have two well stocked careers resource centres which are continually updated with books about a huge range of careers, as well as valuable practical advice on university, applying for jobs, volunteering and gap years.
We subscribe to careers software programmes which can make careers information interactive and fun as well as informative. In a dedicated Careers area on the student intranet you can find information which can help you in your career planning. You can follow us on Twitter for useful snippets of information such as part-time jobs and news from universities and apprenticeship providers as well. Every week we e-mail all students with up-to-date events, deadlines and interesting features on our Careers Bulletin.
If you need extra support, we work closely with Senior Tutors and Additional Learning Support to ensure that students are able to access help quickly and appropriately. We also maintain strong links with universities and apprenticeship providers so that we can ensure our advice to you is up to date and well informed.
Individual Advice and Guidance
We have two dedicated and fully trained Careers Advisers within college, as well as a Careers Adviser from Positive Steps so we are able to provide as much individual help as you need. You can arrange a careers interview where we can talk about your plans and how to achieve them. If you have no idea what you want to do that’s fine too, we can help you to explore all options before you decide. We can help you to make the right choices for YOU by being impartial and non-judgemental.
If you need practical help in writing a CV, preparing for an interview, writing a personal statement for your university application or just need some confidence building you can talk to a Careers Adviser. Parents are welcome to attend – just let us know beforehand.
https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk – the national website which provides helpful practical tools and full information about every career under the sun!
www.apprenticeships.org.uk – the national website where all apprenticeship vacancies are advertised
www.ucas.com – the admissions website for applying to university which contains excellent information, guides and search tools
Our qualified counsellor is there to listen and provide a confidential service and help students with personal and emotional problems that are preventing them from getting the most out of college. The college counsellor can see students on a one-off basis or for a period of time. You can contact the counsellor yourself, through your tutor or any member of staff in the college.
Students sometimes find that problems at college or at home can affect their work or their physical or mental well-being. You may be:
- losing sleep over a problem
- feeling lonely, depressed, anxious or exhausted
- struggling to cope with college, work, relationships or home.
Although tutors are always happy to discuss problems, it may be easier to talk things over with a trained listener who is not directly involved.
The counselling service is here to help. The college counsellor can offer a confidential service to all students. You can talk about your situation, explore your choices and find a way forward.
The College Counselling Service is here to help you.
This is a free, confidential service to encourage those in distress to seek help. Visitors can read about different areas of distress, view useful articles written by counsellors and refine their search to find the most appropriate help.
View the Counselling Directory website here www.counselling-directory.org.uk
We understand that starting college can be a stressful time for some. For those students that are feeling anxious, the Peer Mentors are here to help you.
The Peer Mentor programme was set up in January 2009 in order to contribute to student wellbeing. Our Peer Mentors are experienced second year students who have volunteered to join the programme in order to help their fellow students and to contribute to college life.
Peer Mentors undertake an 8 week training programme and are able to provide support and guidance for those students who may experience issues during their first year at college. Their main role is to provide help by listening to you and your issues and signposting to an appropriate source of help within the college.
Bursary and Free College Meals
Ashton Sixth Form College’s 16-19 Bursary fund can help 16-19* year olds where they may struggle financially.
There are two bursaries available.
This bursary is for the most vulnerable students who fall into the following groups:
- Students in care or care leavers
- Students who are on Income Support or Universal Credit Payment in their own name
- Students in receipt of Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment
This bursary is open for all 16-19* year olds to apply for and is granted normally on household income; however other exceptional circumstances will be considered.
*Students must be aged under 19 years on the 31st August in the academic year that they start the courses. Students on the NHS Cadets course (who are paid directly by the NHS) are not eligible.
How much will I get?
Category A Bursary
Eligible for up to £1200 per year paid normally at £30 per week. The remaining fund will be used to pay for trips, exam resits or other college expenses.
We will normally pay a weekly amount of between £15 and £20 per week, subject to the number of successful applicants. The college may also substitute the cash payment for travel passes or lunch vouchers at the college’s discretion.
All bursaries are paid subject to full attendance.
How do I apply?
Bursary application and information packs can be downloaded here.Please complete, print and return to the student services reception desk. Forms are also available from Student Services. Bursary guidance notes are also available to view here.
You can also apply for free school meals by completing a second form, which you can download here.
Please submit your application form to the Bursary office in Student Services.
Additional Learning Support
The Additional Learning Support team have experienced, professional staff dedicated to providing support for students with additional needs.
This can range from giving specialist support for students with specific learning difficulties, to making sure that the college is accessible for learners with mobility impairments or medical conditions. We will liaise closely with schools, external agencies and college teachers and senior tutors to ensure that we offer a high level of support to meet your needs.
We help students who have:
• Autistic Spectrum Disorders
• Hearing Impairment
• Visual Impairment
• Physical or Medical Conditions
We will also support any students who are having problems with:
• Study skills
• Exam techniques
For more detailed information about how we can help you, please read about our Local Offer
If you want to talk to someone about getting support please speak to your tutor or a member of the ALS team.
The chaplaincy acknowledges that you are not in college just to study academic subjects, but to enjoy your time here and become a well-rounded citizen. The chaplaincy helps you to develop an understanding of other people’s faiths, to gain knowledge about different religions and respect one another’s beliefs.
The chaplaincy is for people of all faiths and none; there are purpose built facilities to enable you to practice your faith whilst at college or to simply have some quiet, reflective space. There is a multi faith chaplaincy room with adjacent wash area and just outside there’s our Peace Garden with trees and shrubs offering seated open space for contemplation, to take in the fresh air. There’s a water feature too which brings tranquillity and a calm setting in the midst of a busy working environment.
The chaplaincy and the Peace Garden were all designed by our students to ensure they are appropriate for the whole community whether you wish to pray, light a candle, read a leaflet or simply go somewhere to catch your breath.
The chaplaincy sees you as a whole person, much more complex than your need to get good grades! We know you have big questions in life and may sometimes struggle to balance studies with a social life and the need to earn a living. It can help to have someone else independent of your teachers and family to offer a confidential listening ear.
The chaplaincy responds to individual and group needs. We work with subject areas when you are studying faith, culture, religion, society, moral and ethical issues in the syllabus by arranging speakers and organising events. For example the chaplaincy organises Faith Walks to visit various places of worship.
Yes… the chaplaincy adds so much more value to your time here at Ashton Sixth Form College. The chaplaincy is here to support your religious practice and journey of faith.
The chaplaincy is indeed the heart of the college community, demonstrating that everyone at Ashton Sixth Form is valued and respected.
Equality and Diversity
The College aims to offer equality of opportunity to all students in terms of both access to, and the teaching of, the curriculum. All students are encouraged to achieve their potential, and to recognise and respect the worth of all individuals irrespective of gender, race, religion/belief, age, disability and sexual orientation.
There is an excellent record of achievement year after year amongst students regardless of their background. All groups achieve equally well. We have very few incidents of discrimination and have had no serious incidents since recording began in 2000. Students are all educated to practise tolerance and develop their understanding of all groups in society during their time with us.
To ensure that students from all backgrounds have the best experience at Ashton Sixth Form College, here are some of the opportunities for them:
- All policies are in place that comply with Equality and Diversity legislation and are regularly reviewed.
- Students who have difficulties with literacy or speak English as a second language receive one-to-one support.
- Students with any disability receive tailored support within the classroom and additional one-to-one time to ensure that their needs are met.
- There is the chaplaincy room in which all faiths are accommodated for and provides a quiet place for contemplation and worship.
- The college has an Equality and Diversity Co-ordinator who can support individual students to ensure that any problems they may have can be overcome.