Student Development & Support


How do we support you?

Here at Milton Keynes College we provide a comprehensive support network to allow our students to truly focus on fulfilling their potential.

Coming to College is a big step to take, and we know that making such a transition is not always easy. We are passionate about student success, providing the best teaching and learning in a nurturing and encouraging environment. To supplement this, our student support teams guide students with emotional and wellbeing matters, as well as help with careers, finances and all of the wrap-around support that students can access at any time throughout college. From their very first day, expert advice, support and guidance is available to all students.

Counselling can help you in ways other support doesn't. Here at Milton Keynes College we have a dedicated counselling team who are always ready to listen to your problems.

Our counsellors provide free and confidential information, advice and guidance available to all of our students. We build relationships that provide you with the opportunity to explore, challenge and resolve any issues you may have. Sometimes it’s good just to talk and hear a supportive voice.

We also support students in crisis. Sometimes students just need a one off slot that day to ‘off load’. Nothing is too big or too small for our counsellors. If you want to access support from the counselling team, please talk to your tutor who can arrange your first meeting or contact the counselling team yourself. The counselling team can always offer support, however, they will also refer you to other services if they feel that another service would be more beneficial.

We support students with issues including mental health worries, family relationships, friendship problems, loss of family stability, difficulties with college life, difficulties in personal life, self-harm, sexual abuse, rape, suicide ideation, drug abuse, anxiety, gender issues, and much more. If you have an issue that isn’t listed here, please do speak to us about it.

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Contacting the team:

Term time only:
Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Mental Health issues can affect anyone, in a huge variety of ways. It does not take age, gender or ethnicity into consideration, and can last for any amount of time. 1 out of 4 people experience a mental health difficulty each year, with half of these experiencing them at the first time by 14-years-old, and 3 out of 4 by the time they reach the mid 20’s. (Department of Health 2011)

We understand that this time in your lives can be a difficult and daunting experience and if you want to talk to someone about mental health or think you might be experiencing a Mental Health difficulty please come and visit us.

Our counsellors are always on hand to have a chat or they can work out ways in which the college can support you and any Mental Health needs you may have.

Mental Health issues can include the following:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Bipolar
  • Personality disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Self-Harm
  • Phobias
  • OCD
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Eating disorders

Did you know that 20% of adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year.

Contacting the Counselling Team
Term time only
Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Your welfare is a key priority and it is our duty to support you with personal or academic problems.

We are committed to providing you with the highest standard of information, advice and guidance during your time at Milton Keynes College, starting during the application process right up until you finish your course and begin the next stage in your life.

There is a welfare support service that is personal, specialist and confidential and which aims always to be respectful and understanding.

Some of the topics we regularly offer support with are:

  • Accommodation, i.e. help finding it and dealing with homelessness
  • Benefit advice, i.e. signposting to various agencies on issues about benefits, debt management, health and other issues
  • Childcare support
  • Finances

For more information you can e-mail us or visit the Bursary and Student Funds Office on either campus.

Need some help in deciding what to do next?

You legally have to be in some form of education until you’re 18. After that, the next step is entirely up to you. Whenever someone is asked “what do you want to do with your life?”, it’s very rare to receive a definitive answer. Lots of people are never 100% sure what they want to do, but the way to find this out is to try new things and step out of your comfort zone. Whether it's progressing onto a University course in a subject you've studied here at College, stepping into an Apprenticeship or going straight into a job, our friendly advisers are available to make sure you have all the information, advice and guidance you need to make the right decision about your future.

Make an appointment with a Careers Advisor

You could be entitled to a variety of bursaries and funding support options depending on your circumstances. Head over to our Student Finance page to find out what kind of financial help you could be receiving.


Student Successes

A huge part of your College experience will be celebrating what you've achieved, and how far you've come. We hold annual award ceremonies and showcases to congratulate you for all of your hard work. You will have the opportunity to be nominated for an award and showcase your work to the public.

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