What you can expect from us when you study at Kensington and Chelsea College

We have a team of experienced staff who will work with you – and where appropriate your carer/host, social worker and/or parents – to help you with your application form to the moment you leave us. Our team will work with you to identify ways they can assist you on a one-to-one basis, addressing any individual needs and concerns you may have.

Our support services are always confidential. On a need-to-know basis, certain staff will be made aware that a young person is, or has been, in care but they will not be given any further details unless they’re part of your immediate support team. This is so we can tailor the advice and guidance we offer you and allow you to maximise your opportunities whilst you’re at college.

The Student Services team is here to support you during your study and offer you free, confidential and impartial Information, Advice and Guidance.

Career and ProgressionCareers Guidance

We offer a careers programme that gives students’ high quality, independent advice and guidance with regards to careers, FE/HE education, apprenticeships and future life choices.

We hold the Matrix standard for our Student Support and planning your career will be an integral part of your programme of study at KCC.

The careers service is available to all students in the college. There is an interview booking service as well as a daily lunch time drop-in session for quick queries.

Applying to University

You will be supported in writing your personal statement and choosing the right universities to maximise your offers. Support is provided by your Careers Adviser and tutors from when you start college right up to the point that you take your place at university.

Applying for Work and Apprenticeships

The department will help you to make informed decisions and to develop your employability skills including CV writing, completing application forms and interview techniques.

Our Careers Leader is: David Barnett. You can contact David at d.barnett@kcc.ac.uk

Calling all businesses!

If you are a business and would like to support our College with our careers provision, please get in touch with David. We are currently looking for businesses to support us with the following events:

  • Mock interviews (April – May)
  • Student employment event (March)
  • Careers Talks (throughout the year)

We will review this Careers Plan on annual basis. Careers Plan Review Date:  July 2020.

 

When Activity Gatsby Benchmark
September Inductions with CV work shops 1 & 2
UCAS workshops – Registration 3
Pilot programme for literacy input.

Tutorial Programme for curriculum areas.

4
Employer Visit – Park Plaza 5
October UCAS workshops – Registration

HE Fair for Students.

3

7

November UCAS workshops – Personal Statements 3
December UCAS workshops – Personal Statements 3
January UCAS Support 3
February Progression – Student Finance Talks

HE speakers will be invited.

3

7

March Progression and Employability

Student Employment Event.

2

2,5 & 6

April – June Progression and Employability

CV workshops and 1:1’s.

 

2,3,4 & 8

Learning SupportAdditional Learning Support

The ALS team is here to assist and support learners with the academic side of their time here at KCC. When you initially meet with a member of the team you can discuss your learning support needs and devise a plan, which may see you teamed up with a specialist member of the team or referred to another aspect of the Student Services provision at KCC. Your ALS support may be on a 1:1 basis for an hour outside of your usual class times or in class if that’s what is needed. The aim of the team is to enable you to work independently, which in turn allows you to work at times which are most convenient for you.

Our focus on using ICT, involves using reading pens, both in and outside of class, as well as speech to text software, for which you will receive training in its use. Creating independent learners is a central aim of the ALS team and to this end we provide specialist dyslexia, literacy and maths support. We also work closely with the Student Experience team to ensure that where learners’ needs arise which are outside of those already described above, learners are quickly referred to the appropriate team providing the type of specialist support which may be required.

For general ALS enquiries, please email als@kcc.ac.uk

Student Experience

Our aim

KCC aims to ensure that all of our students have an outstanding experience while at College

We take a personalised and inclusive approach to enhancing the student experience – one that encompasses all areas of learning, all student services, and all aspects of the student journey.

The experience of being a student at the College, from applicant to alumni should prepare you for life beyond your studies and begin a positive lifelong relationship with us.

What our students can expect

Students at KCC will benefit from excellent teaching and a strong academic and support framework which responds effectively to the range of individual circumstances, experience, expectations and interests.

Enrichment opportunities include opportunities to learn a language, and develop skills to improve employability such as completing work experience, gaining Jack Petchy Awards or taking on a role as a student ambassador/representative.

When leaving the college, our students should be equipped with the expertise and attributes needed to achieve their full potential within the community.

Student VoiceStudent council

The Student Council is an influential body made up of elected members of the student community who meet monthly to serve the interests of students at college, by working with staff and student reps.

Course teams

All full-time and many part-time courses have a course team made up of  tutors who teach on the course plus student representatives. The team meets regularly to make sure the course runs smoothly and to review course quality.
Any issues can be discussed with your student representative or directly with your personal tutor.

Student Representatives

A student representative acts as the voice for all learners studying on a particular course. This gives you, as a learner, the opportunity to influence things going on in the College.

The course rep system:

  • Collects your views about college life
  • Allows staff, students, reps and the Student Council to work together to improve the quality of the total student experience
  • Provide reps with skills to improve aspects of their personal/professional life
  • Gets changes made that benefit you and your fellow students
  • Ensures the quality of your course remains high and consistent with those of other colleges
  • Student meetings and surveys

To find out more, please speak to your personal tutor.

Health and WellbeingWellbeing

The college prioritises the well-being of all learners and aims to provide an efficient and flexible personal support service for all students.

Our aim is to create a happy, healthy and safe environment where learners are guided to reach their full potential.

We offer intervention sessions for learners with mental health related issues with a qualified Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner who will utilise their specialist facilitation for group and 1-1 sessions. Learners will be in a better position manage their mental health and wellbeing through the service we provide and will have the opportunity to be referred accordingly.