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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.

Bursary Support

The Oldham College Bursary are government funds which are available to provide eligible students help towards course-related expenses such as travel, course related trips, books, equipment, free meals and childcare.

Let us help you with the costs of coming to College! 

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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The 16 to 19 Tuition Fund – 2021 to 2022 Academic Year

The 16-19 tuition fund is ring-fenced funding for schools, colleges and other 16 to 19 institutions to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).

The funding is to support small group tuition for students aged 16 to 19 in English, maths and other subjects that have been disrupted. Students aged 19 to 24 who have an education, health and care (EHC) plan are also eligible for support.

Support will be provided by putting on additional English, maths and digital booster sessions, exam preparation classes, masterclasses, study skills support sessions and drop-in support sessions. Additional practical skills development workshops will be provided for those students whose assessments were deferred or delayed or who will benefit from additional opportunities to improve their practical skills.

Oldham College will support students individually, in small groups of up to five students and in exceptional circumstances, in groups of up to seven. This tuition will be in addition to the planned programme of study hours already timetabled for 2021/22.

The college has selected students who have not achieved a grade 4 in English and/or maths, those students with an EHC plan and those students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) whose learning was significantly disrupted and need to catch up on their preparation for adulthood. The additional support will also be targeted at our students who are from an economically disadvantaged background and need extra support. 73% of our students meet this category.

We will ensure that funding reaches those students who most need extra support by ongoing assessment to establish gaps in knowledge, skills and behaviour and personal development. The college’s progress tracking system will be used to evidence initial assessment and planned support.