Outstanding support for our students

We pride ourselves on providing every student with the best support possible.  Focusing on your individual needs, we provide you with a wealth of support to assist you throughout your time at college. This support will always be available when you want or need it - our dedicated staff are here to help you from day one.

HNC has also received funding under the ESFA 16-19 tuition fund. This helps us to offer personalised support to students such as additional small classes. This is focussed on students who have not yet achieved a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and/or English. To read our fuller statement regarding use of this funding, please click here.


To unlock your academic potential, we offer a range of specialist support, led by outstanding staff, that is designed to support your learning:

  • Time-tabled subject specific workshops, where you will be able to access a subject specialist for extra support or challenge

Our Aspire Programme is your opportunity to enhance your future applications to the most competitive universities:

  • The programme will broaden your horizons and your awareness of the wider world. Through both developing your academic potential and cultural awareness, you will shine at those all important interviews, including Oxbridge interviews and develop life-long skills. Click here to find out more 

Every student will work closely with a Progress Tutor who they will meet on a weekly basis either in a group tutorial session or a one-to-one session. Together, you will monitor your progress. This will allow you to identify your academic strengths and areas for further academic development, to ensure that you achieve your potential. Your Progress Tutor will also help you to make important decisions about life after college. In tutorial sessions you will complete your UCAS application or research suitable employment opportunities (including apprenticeships), dependent on your personal future goals.

If you require additional learning support, our dedicated Learning Support team will work closely with you, your family, your school, relevant external agencies and College staff to ensure you receive the support that is exactly right for you.

Our Learning Support team is based in the Study Centre.

The Study Centre is a hub of activity providing additional learning support including:

  • One-to-one support from an experienced team of Student Support Assistants
  • Support for specific learning needs. These include, but are not limited to:
  • Students with learning difficulties, including dyspraxia and dyslexia
  • Students with sensory impairments
  • Students with physical disabilities
  • Students with English as a second language (ESOL)
  • Special examination arrangement assessments

Students who may need special examination arrangements will be assessed internally by our specialist assessors.  Special examination arrangements may include provision of:

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  • a reader
  • a scribe
  • a separate room
  • extra time
  • rest breaks
  • the loan of equipment, such as laptops
  • Access to 20 PCs and specialist learning software such as Texthelp and assistive technology

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of our students.

Safeguarding Team

We have an experienced and qualified safeguarding team at the College who you can contact at any time about any safeguarding concerns. This teams work hard to establish a safe and supportive environment for students in which they can learn and develop.

Student Welfare Office

A confidential support and advice service for students within college. Every student is welcome to access the service to discuss any personal health and well-being concerns. The service has close links with an external counselling service and works in partnership with community health practitioners, and so also offers sexual health advice and support, including contraception advice.


Not everyone finds the transition from school to college easy.  If you struggle to make new friends or to settle into new environments, this group may be for you.  The group meets regularly for lunch and arranges regular social activities for members, both inside and outside college.

To find out about our Careers and Higher Education support, please visit our dedicated Careers section. 

All essential costs, such as course printing, textbooks and equipment are covered by the College. However additional financial support is available for students who need it and who qualify. Depending on your household income, you may qualify for a 16-18 Bursary or Free School Meals. If you don't qualify for either of these national schemes, you can apply for financial support from the College's own Hardship Fund. This fund is for those who experience exceptional financial hardship during their time studying at the College. Applications for support from the Hardship Fund are considered on an individual basis.

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