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 BrynTycoch 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 byPembrokeshire 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 canassist 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 into 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. 

Careers Guidance 

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

Health Advisor 

The Health Advisor provides a professional and proactive service to all students as well as providing advice and guidance, relating to specific student health issues, to relevant staff. Their aim is to promote health and wellbeing across the College. 

Health Advisors:

  • Assess all learner medical needs 
  • Liaise with other health professionals when existing health issues are present/become present 
  • Are qualified registered nurses 
  • Lead on health promotions across College which could include sexual health, healthy lifestyles, smoking, mental health, wellbeing, alcohol and drugs, period poverty 
  • Carry out risk assessments on any high riskmedical condition 
  • Along with the Student Support Officers, they refer learners to the appropriate agencies for i.e. smoking, alcohol, drug or any other dangerous risk taking behaviour 
  • Support any learner who needs to take medication in college 

Their role is to offer support and guidance, assist all learners experiencing difficulties and, in many cases, refer on to other services for additional support. 

Updated October 2019