Student Support

Student Services is the first contact point for information, support and advice on anything from careers advice to financial assistance. Our specialist student support staff are available at Llwyn y Bryn, Tycoch and Gorseinon campuses.

Cynnydd Project

The Cynnydd programme will provide support to students aged between 16 and 24 years old who are at risk of becoming NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training). Gower College Swansea is one of the 11 partner organisations across South West Wales involved in the project which is led by Pembrokeshire County Council.

As part of the project the College has a dedicated team of Student Support Officers who will ensure that you will receive the appropriate support and mentoring to overcome any barriers to learning and successfully complete your course and achieve your full potential.

For more information please download our Cynnydd leaflet

The project is part financed by the European Social Fund through Welsh Government.

Student Support Officers

The College has a team of Student Support Officers available to students who require additional support outside their studies. SSO’s are able to assist with a variety of issues that may present during the academic year including:

  • Students that present as homeless
  • Students experiencing financial hardship
  • Anxious students
  • Poor attendance
  • Struggling with the course or motivation
  • Being Bullied
  • Problems at home
  • Anger Management Difficulties
  • Looked After Child (LAC) and Care Leavers (CL)
  • Young Carer (YC)
  • Suffering abuse
  • Transition in to higher level courses or to HE or employment

Their role is to offer one to one support and guidance, to assist them in overcoming these difficulties and in many cases referring on to other services for additional support. You will note links on the right offer additional information on support for Looked After Children, Young Carers, mental health and young people facing homelessness.

Counselling service

Got a problem? We can help. Students can talk, in a confidential setting, about anything including academic problems, depression, anxiety, help with anger management, stress or bullying.

Libraries

The college’s modern multimedia libraries have everything you need to get ahead in your education.

Careers Guidance

Based at Tycoch and Gorseinon, Careers Wales are available to help you with your career choices, mock interviews, developing work skills and looking into employment or university.

Additional Learning Support

We provide specialist support for students with additional learning needs or disabilities.  If you require specialist equipment or assistance we will apply for funding for this.  Let us know at the application stage to ensure we can provide the right support for you.

A range of support can be made available:

  • Support worker – one-to-one
  • Support worker – small groups
  • Specialist support for visually impaired students
  • Communication for deaf and hearing impaired students
  • Specialist equipment – upon assessment and request
  • Material available in large print, tape and Braille

If we know what you need we can make all reasonable adjustments to help you succeed. All disclosures will be treated sensitively. Additional learning resources are also available, such as computers, laptops and educational software to aid literacy.

Gower College Swansea Additional Learning Support Policy

Inclusion Charter

For the last three years, the Gower College Swansea ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) Strategy Group has worked to create a positive educational environment for all ASD learners to be successful and progress both within and beyond the college. The group is made up both college staff members and external stakeholders from around the Swansea area who can an impact upon ASD issues.

Last year a commitment was made by proposing a GCS Inclusion Charter which would be displayed around the college and reported on annually. This was recognised by the Welsh Assembly’s cross party group on autism as good practice for the post-16 sector.

Updated September 2018