Support for HE Students

Support for HE Students

A range of services are available to support higher education students, whether progressing from further education or joining us as mature students.

There is a dedicated Higher Education building and study centre – St Wulstan’s in Worcester, and a Higher Education aspect to the Osprey House, Redditch Study Centre where you will find resources and support to suit higher level study.

Disability Support

Students declaring a disability on their application form will be contacted by the HE Engagement Officer to arrange a meeting prior to starting at college to identify any support needs. Disability Declarations include:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Emotional and social difficulties
  • Mental Health issues including anxiety and depressions
  • Physical difficulties
  • Sensory needs such as hearing or vision impairments

Support is available through the HE Engagement Officer to help you apply for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and to put the support into place. Regular support through the HE Engagement Officer is also available as required.

HE Hub

The HE Hub is an online Moodle presence, providing information and assistance to all higher education students to support and develop academic and study skills.  The HE Engagement Officer is also available for 1:1 support in these areas. In addition there is a proof reading service available through the HE Engagement Officer, priority being given to students with disabilities.

Exam Access Arrangements

Access arrangements enable students with learning difficulties or disabilities to take exams and assessments. The arrangements are usually based on DSA Study Needs Assessment recommendations but previous evidence of exam arrangements may also be considered.

Financial Support

Support is available through Student Support if you are experiencing difficulty with your Student Finance England application.

College bursaries – you may be eligible for the ‘BOOST AWARD’ of up to £2000 for full time students and £1000 for part time students, which is income dependant. Small income dependent college bursaries (Hardship) are also available, however you can-not receive both BOOST and Hardship.

Students progressing internally from L3 to higher education courses within HoW college, will be eligible for ‘CASHBACK’.  This is £1000 cash back available to first year FT students only (2018/19) dependant on attendance and achievement during the year.

IT Support

Each student college computer has a piece of reading and writing assistive software called ‘Read & Write’. The software reads most typed information aloud from the computer (headphones required) to help identify grammatical errors and proof read written work.  The software also includes a spell-checker, coloured screen mask, dictionary, thesaurus and many other features along with ‘how to use’ video tutorials. Students are encouraged to make use of this software to improve their assignments prior to submission.

New for 2018 – ‘Jump Start’

Your ‘Jump Start’ half-day workshop will to help you prepare for your new degree-level course and will be part of your Induction at college. The session will include academic skills to support writing at degree level, research tips and how to manage your time effectively.

Contact information

Please contact the HE Hub regarding any aspect of support for your HE journey at:
hehub@howcollege.ac.uk