Welfare and support

Welfare and Support

The support you need for the future you want!

Nothing should hold you back from achieving your goals – Student Services exists to make sure you have the support you need on each step of your journey to success.

We provide the following to help all of our current students:

• Student Advisers
• College Nurse

We provide additional support for young carers, Looked After Children and students who have previously been in care, as we recognise that these groups can face additional barriers to succeeding at college. Click here to find out more about this.

To make a referral for support, students can click here. Please note, all of these services are available during term-time only.

Student Advisers

The Student Advisers are here to support you with a wide range of practical and emotional issues, from anxiety to relationship break-ups. They provide a listening ear and can help you find solutions to things that are getting in the way of your college course. They will also signpost students to local organisations for further support, when appropriate.

To make a referral for support, click here.

College Nurse

The College nurse visits Abingdon and Witney campuses during term-time. She can help students with the following issues, for which no appointment is necessary:

  • Sexual health and contraception
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs advice
  • Weight management
  • Low mood
  • Relationship advice

The college nurse is Catherine Henthorn. She can be contacted on 07909 691767 or by emailing catherine.henthorn@abingdon-witney.ac.uk

Autism Support

In the first year of offering specialist support at the College (2008 – 2009) there were 16 students identified with ASC accessing mainstream courses at the College – this has steadily increased over the past eight years and now we have approximately 100 students enrolled with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) needs. Students study on all three campuses, accessing the full range of college courses. Students with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) and those in their first year of study are given priority support from the Autism Support Team based on assessment criteria.

What can we offer you?

Targeted support in classes to help you overcome your particular difficulty (e.g. organizing work, sensory or anxiety/emotional issues).

Help with coursework and assignments.

We have a “Green Room” equipped with computers, for you to do work, or to just drop in and chill; this is a quiet social space for use exclusively by students with AS and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) throughout the day.

We can offer 1:1 study support and mentoring sessions.

We provide autism-awareness training, support and guidance for college staff.

We monitor your progress, celebrate your successes and assist with any difficulties you might have, as well as liaising regularly with your tutors.

Support during the transition from school to college.

Lori Granville

Lori provides specialist supervision and advice, quality assurance and liaises with the college staff to develop the service in line with your needs. As the Autism Support Co-ordinator, she links directly with college tutors and the learning support departments of the college to ensure you get all the support you need.

As Lori works across campuses, if you’d like to get in touch please try both numbers or email her at Lori.Granville@abingdon-witney.ac.uk

Abingdon: 01235 216222          Witney: 01993 208113

Financial Support

Don’t let your finances hold you back!
Abingdon & Witney College is committed to supporting students from a variety of financial backgrounds and personal circumstances with their studies. Our package of financial support is designed to empower students who are eligible to access education by offering them extra funding toward course related costs.
The type of support varies from regular payments directly to the student to one-off payments to help with items such as course materials, transport, uniform, equipment and childcare for students aged 19 and over (students aged under 19 who require financial support for childcare should apply for Care to Learn funding).
Types of Bursary:

£1,200 Guaranteed Bursary

The £1,200 Guaranteed Bursary is money allocated to the college from the Government to help students who are:
• In care or a care leaver
• Directly receiving Income Support or Universal Credits
• In receipt of both Employment Support Allowance (ESA) AND Disability Living Allowance (DLA) / Personal Independence Payments (PIP)

Students who are entitled to a Guaranteed Bursary will get help with course related costs and receive regular direct payments.

16-18 Discretionary Student Bursary

The 16-18 Discretionary Student Bursary is money allocated to the College by the Government, to help students from a low income household (under £21,000). This is a discretionary bursary and the college will assess student based on their personal circumstances.

PLEASE NOTE: Bursary funding will not cover 100% of the course costs and any remaining costs will have to be paid by the student.

The bursary may be used for course related costs such as books, equipment, uniforms and transport to college.

19+ Learner Support Fund

The Discretionary 19+ Learner Support Fund is money allocated to the College by the Government, to help students on a low income (under £25,000) or if living with a partner with a combined low income (under £35,000).

PLEASE NOTE: Bursary funding will not cover 100% of the course costs and any remaining costs will have to be paid by the student.

The bursary can be used for course related fees such as books, equipment, uniforms, transport to college, childcare and a small percentage towards tuition fees. This is a discretionary bursary and the college will assess student based on their personal circumstances.

Advanced Learner Loan Bursary

The Advanced Learner Loan Bursary is money allocated to the College by the Government to help students on a low income (under £25,000) or if living with a partner with a combined low income (under £35,000) who are studying at level 3 or above and have been approved for an advanced learner loan. This is a discretionary bursary and the college will assess student based on their personal circumstances.

Free Meals

The college offers free meals to eligible students aged 16-18. If you think you might be eligible please complete the online bursary application form.


If you are applying for financial support for childcare, in addition to the online bursary application form, you will need to download and complete the Childcare Provider Details and Childcare Terms and Conditions forms – see links below:

Completed childcare forms should be sent to Student Services at the following Freepost address: Student Finance Panel, Abingdon & Witney College, Freepost OF1653, ABINGDON, OX14 1BR or delivered in person to your nearest campus.

More information on financial support

To find out more about financial support you can download the following:

Alternatively, contact one of our Student Services Team on 01235 216342, email studentbursaries@abingdon-witney.ac.uk or drop in person and visit us at the Student Services area on Abingdon or Witney campus.

To apply for financial support

Important BoxTo apply for financial support, please click on the link below and complete the online bursary application form:


SEND Information

The Local Offer helps parents and young people aged 25 and under with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) find out more about relevant support available to them locally.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities includes conditions such as:

  • Visual and hearing impairment
  • Learning disabilities
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger’s Syndrome)
  • Further information from Oxfordshire County Council regarding SEND support can be found by clicking on the following link: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/introduction-send-and-local-offer
  • Check out the Oxfordshire County Council Local Offer webpage for more information on education, training, and employment, as well as preparing young people for adulthood, money advice and more.

Post 16 guidance on colleges and supported employment for young people with SEN and disabilities.

Study Support

We can help for a range of learning needs

Whatever your requirements, we can help including:

  • Tutorial support throughout your course
  • 1:1 specialist support for students with specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia)
  • Short-term support for underlying English and maths skills to help on your course
  • Language support for speakers of English as a second or third language who are enrolled on full-time vocational courses.

Your course tutor

Your tutor is there to help you manage your time, organise your work, encourage you in your studies and give you all the support you need. Your tutor will give you feedback about your progress to make sure that you have the best possible chance to fulfil your potential.

You can turn to your tutor if ever you find the work or the routine is beginning to get on top of you, or if you want advice about further study.

Students with disabilities

We include students with disabilities into the life of the College and seek to offer opportunities for success in all courses at all levels.

If you have a learning, mental health or physical difficulty and would like to enrol on any course offered by us then please get in touch with our learner support adviser, who will be happy to advise you.

We can also supply prospectus information in large print, audio cassette or Braille.

Our Learner Support Adviser is available on 01235 216440.

Non-Medical Helper rates for students in receipt of Disabled Students Allowance










Period covered – 01/04/2016 through to 31/03/2017

Note: NMH Support Rates shown per hour in the table below.

The greyed out cells indicate that Abingdon and Witney College does not offer these services.

Band 1 Support Assistants Net VAT Total
Practical Support Assistant
Library Support Assistant
Workshop / Laboratory Assistant
Sighted Guide
Proof Reader
Band 2 Enhanced Support Assistants Net VAT Total
Study Assistant £20.00 £4.00 £24.00
Examination Support Worker
Manual Note Taker
Band 3 Specialist Enabling Support Net VAT Total
Communication Support Worker
Electronic Note taker
Specialist Transcription Services
Mobility Trainer
Band 4 Specialist Access and Learning Facilitators Net VAT Total
Specialist Mentor £60.00 £12.00 £72.00
Specialist One to One Study Skills Support £60.00 £12.00 £72.00
BSL Interpreter
Language Support Tutor for deaf students
Assistive Technology Trainer


Careers and what next?

We know there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to your education and the huge range of options available for you to choose from reflects this. From foundation degrees and vocational courses to apprenticeships, there will be something that suits you, giving you the best possible chance to make your education and of course your future, your own!

Visit our Careers page