HE Student Support

We recognise that guidance and support are crucial to a positive learning experience. Dedicated staff across the College offer tailored support to all students, helping them to reach their full potential.

From 2016/17 we are providing funding to support students through their studies.  To read more about these funds and the eligibility criteria please see the HE Student Support Funds section.

Personal Tutors

Every student is allocated a personal tutor, normally a member of staff who has contact with you in a teaching capacity. He/she will be available throughout your studies to offer both academic and personal support, and in your first few weeks at College will lead an induction process to help you settle in to your new environment. On-going contact will be in the form of regular tutorials when your tutor will advise you of the many facilities and support services available. We offer a range of learning workshops which you can use either on a drop-in or regular one-to-one basis.

Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

Blackboard allows staff and students 24 hour access to course materials, assignments and resources, also enabling tutors to communicate with students online via the discussion board, real-time chat and email functions. Tutors can also upload teaching and learning materials, and each course has its own space with access restricted to enrolled students. Blackboard can be accessed from any PC, Mac or device with an internet connection and is therefore an invaluable resource.


Staff in the Student Support offices at the Bridgwater and Cannington Centres are available to offer information, help and advice on a range of issues. Students are encouraged to approach the teams for help with:

  • Filling in financial forms
  • Travel and accommodation information
  • Advice on benefits
  • Advice on student loans, grants and bursaries
  • Appointments with the Health Promotions team.

Learning Support

The College actively welcomes students with learning difficulties, for whom it will provide an appropriate course and level of support. In many cases students will already have been assessed although if necessary assessments can be undertaken in College. We support students with a range of physical or sensory disabilities including:

  • Dyslexia
  • Hearing impairment/deafness
  • Visual impairment/blindness
  • Restricted mobility/dexterity
  • Mental health difficulties
  • Learning difficulties
  • Diabetes, epilepsy, asthma and many more.

We have a variety of services to support such learners, including BSL (British Sign Language) qualified signers, facilitators for the sight impaired, note-takers and specialist equipment including filters and special papers.

We provide HE Student Support Funds to support students new to our Higher Education courses from 2016/17, including funds to provide specific support for students applying for additional learning support.  For more information about these please see the HE Student Support Funds section.

Health and Counselling

There is a Health Promotions Coordinator on site at the Bridgwater Centre who is available to offer confidential advice on any medical issues, and we also have links with GP surgeries in Bridgwater and Cannington for students who may wish to use those facilities. Our counsellors and mental health workers provide a comprehensive, discreet support service for issues affecting any area of your life. Appointments to meet the counsellor can be made directly, via email or through your tutor in strictest confidence.

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Bridgwater College is committed to meeting the needs of employers and graduates through its higher education provision.

The College seeks to maintain the following principles of employability throughout its higher education provision:

  • to provide the opportunity for students to develop a range of technical, professional, skills and behaviours.
  • to foster the development of higher levels skills of reflection to engender self-improvement.
  • to work closely with employer partners in developing and updating programmes of study to ensure they meet their needs and expectations.
  • to produce confident, well-rounded and highly skilled graduates who will be prepared to positively contribute to society.
  • to be consistent in the promotion of equality and diversity in the context of employability.

These principles will be addressed at various stages of the student journey in the following ways (exact combination of elements may vary by programme):

  • careers guidance
  • high quality resources and facilities
  • professionally qualified/experienced teaching teams
  • highly skilled, knowledgeable support teams
  • professional environment
  • personal development planning
  • tutorial support
  • work experience/placement/work based learning
  • progression – opportunities for higher level study
  • enhancement opportunities
  • engagement with university partners
  • academic skills development (HEADstart programme)
  • generic skills development.