Student Support - Oldham College

Careers and Schools Team

Oldham College has been awarded the Matrix Standard which is a National Government approved Quality Standard for Information Advice and Guidance. This is a unique quality standard covering the advice and support services which help individuals in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals.

We have a dedicated qualified careers team based in our Careers Hub in the Student Quarter who deliver information, advice and guidance to existing and prospective students. Our careers team is here to help students achieve their career goals and to make sure they are on the correct course.

Bernie Murray is our Careers Leader for Oldham college. Part of the Careers Leader role is to ensure Oldham college are compliant in embedding the 8 Gatsby benchmarks outlined in the government strategy for Careers so that all our students are provided with the maximum level of employer encounters, support with Higher Education applications  and receive personal careers guidance throughout their journey with us.

We will support students to progress after college onto apprenticeships, employment, Further Education and Higher Education. The team offers CV workshops, interview tips, UCAS application support and advice on how to write personal statements.

The team organise and arrange events in college all designed to help students  decide on their next steps. There are progression events to help students and parents decide on what the next steps will for i.e progression to the next level of course, applying for apprenticeships/jobs or Higher Education. We invite guest speakers/ past students to speak to students about their careers and hold specialist sessions on student finances, personal statements and employability.

View the Careers Programme 2018/19

Schools Transition Team

Oldham College has a dedicated Schools Transition Team that works closely with schools, sixth forms, academies and training providers around Oldham and Greater Manchester. The team works in partnership with schools to support pupils (from year 7 to year 11) make a smooth transition to college.  We offer a package of school presentations, classroom workshops, employability tutorials and drop in sessions. The team will tailor make sessions to suit.

We organise school taster days so that year 10 students can join us for one day and try the different courses we have on offer. We will also provide college tours/visits at the school’s or students’ request.

Student Services

The Student Services team is Matrix accredited for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance services and can help with:

  • Course information & fees (please email for further information
  • Guidance on progression routes
  • Applications & enrolment
  • Funding & finance for study
  • Careers advice
  • Higher Education & UCAS application support
  • Referrals to support services including mentoring, counselling, safeguarding, welfare, additional learning support
  • Complaint handling
  • Bursary application support and advice

For help and support on any of the above please contact our advisers on 0161 785 4054.

Programme Coaches

Programme Coaches are here to support students throughout their college journey. If they have a problem that is affecting their studies (college related or personal)  they can talk in confidence to one of our highly trained team.

We are based in the Student Quarter or can be referred through course Tutors and other members of college staff.

Additional Learning Support (ALS)

We have qualified and highly trained staff, experienced in supporting people with learning difficulties and/ or disabilities, as well as working with other professionals to provide the most effective support.

This support is provided for a range of additional needs including; autism, ADD/ ADHD, dyslexia, mental health problems and maths and English difficulties.

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