providing you with STUDENT SUPPORT

Giving you the right support

As a student studying a foundation degree with Access Creative College, you will also have the benefit of being enrolled with Nottingham Trent University (NTU). This entitles you to student support and other facilities available from NTU.

NTU offer a range of student support via their website. Areas of support available include the following.

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Student Support

  • ACADEMIC SUPPORT
  • FINANCIAL SUPPORT
  • DISABILITY SUPPORT
  • INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT
  • INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT
  • HEALTH & WELLBEING SUPPORT
ACADEMIC SUPPORT

You will gain access to online resources such as Skills for Success and NOW (the university’s Virtual Learning Environment) — keeping all your course details at your fingertips. You can also tap in to the extensive online library resources and the NTU Student Dashboard which gives you at-a-glance access to practical information like your deadlines and submissions.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

NTU advisors can offer advice and information relating to:

  • entitlement to government loans for your tuition fees and living costs;
  • eligibility for additional funding and benefits if you have children, adult dependants, or are disabled;
  • maximising your income, money management and budgeting advice;
  • applying to the Discretionary Hardship Fund and other available funds;
  • negotiating with your bank, or other creditors;
  • the availability of funding if you have studied in higher education before;
  • how your funding can be affected if your circumstances change, including if you need to withdraw, suspend your studies or make some other change to your course of study;
  • signposting to other services.

Further information is available via NTU’s fees and student finance page.

DISABILITY SUPPORT

Students can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) to cover some of the extra costs they have because of a mental health problem, long term illness or any other disability. Funding can cover specialist equipment and/or a non-medical helper.

Students will need to apply directly for allowances and arrange their assessment as this cannot be done on their behalf.

Students can get the allowances on top of their other student finance. They won’t need to repay DSAs.

Further information available on DSA website (https://www.dsa-qag.org.uk/), where students can locate  their nearest assessment centre.

To contact DSA, please call 0141 227 6771 or email administration@dsa-qag.org.uk

INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT

We’re committed to ensuring that all our students have the same opportunities to fulfil their potential. We want you to enjoy student life while you learn, and we offer services and support for a diverse range of experiences and identities.

Individual support can be accessed online, via email or phone. Further information can be found on the NTU website.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT

Advice is available for international students via phone, online or email including:

  • the application and renewal process for student visas, and your CAS number;
  • the process for inviting friends and family to visit you in the UK, whether it’s during your studies, or at graduation time;
  • the rules on employment for international students, if you’re thinking of applying for casual work in the UK;
  • advice on travelling outside of the UK as an international student, and the regulations you’ll need to know about;
  • settling in and staying safe and in control — whether that’s opening a UK bank account, or registering with the local police;
  • your entitlement to NHS healthcare, plus how and where to register.
HEALTH & WELLBEING SUPPORT

SilverCloud is an NTU online support system designed to help with a range of mental health issues. The resources are intuitive, interactive and easily accessible, and can provide you with valuable support against anxiety, depression, stress and body image issues. SilverCloud is a valuable accompaniment to face-to-face counselling or support, and is available immediately.