Support for Students

We are well known for the extensive support we give our students, whether directly linked to your academic progress or more widely. From topping up your knowledge in revision sessions or finding a travel scheme that suits you, we’ve got it covered.

Individual Learning Plan (ILP)
Your Individual Learning Plan is your personal, on-line record of information relevant to your work at College. You can log-in to your ILP to see your timetable, attendance, exam entries and records of your discussions with your tutor and your individual subject teachers. You should use your ILP to check your progress and your attendance record on a weekly basis.

Academic Skills & Learning Support
If you need support with any aspect of your learning, our friendly Academic Skills team will talk to you about your situation and let you know about the support we are able to provide.
Support options include: Individual academic skills and curriculum support in Focus; 1:1 Support for Dyslexia; In-class support; Assessment for Access Arrangements for examinations and advice on disabilities.
For further information please contact:

Stuart Parker – SENCo & Head of Academic Skills
02392 344374 |

Progress Mentors
You will be assigned a Progress Mentor who offers advocacy and support throughout your time at College.
They support you through college processes (e.g. Induction and Next Steps) to ensure you complete your course whilst achieving your full potential.

If you have a query about academic progress, support or courses, please email

‘FOCUS’ is the College’s learning-support workshop. It is available to all students and offers assistance with a wide variety of strategies to help you succeed. You can find our ‘Focus’ team in the Study Centre. The Focus service is open all day, every day. To organise an appointment, please visit us at our base in the Study Centre or email the team at

Arrangements can be made to cater for the needs of individual students during examinations. Your claim will be submitted to the examinations board(s) and will need to be supported by medical evidence or a report from an educational psychologist. If you qualify, examination support might include extra time, a reader, a scribe, use of a word processor or full amanuensis.

For details please contact the Exam Team. Alternatively, you can visit them in Room 53.

Exams Team
023 9266 7521 (ext 307) |

Student Support
There may be times when you are experiencing a difficult situation, have work issues, relationship problems, bereavement, depression or anxiety. The Student Services team, based in Student Help Desk, are able to give objective and confidential advice about a wide range of issues, regardless of whether the problem is related to personal circumstances or College studies.
To contact the Student Support team  please email:

Counselling Services
The College offers a referral system to counselling services to promote the health and wellbeing of all students. We are fortunate to have the services of independent counsellors on-site on a regular basis.

The College Counsellor referral system is available during term time only. To arrange an appointment contact the Student Services Help Desk or email

Portsmouth College recognises that the Governors, members of staff and students have a statutory and moral duty to safeguard the welfare of children and vulnerable adults receiving education, training and care at the College. The College’s policy is that the safeguarding of all of its people will be central to all that it does. This covers all matters connected with learners and staff having a safe learning and/or working environment, ensuring that they know how to keep safe and that they feel safe. It is also concerned with the legal duty to report any instances in which there are grounds to suspect a child or vulnerable adult is suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm.

The College Aims to:

  • Provide a safe environment for all learners
  • Promote safe practices and challenge poor and unsafe practices
  • Identify instances in which there are grounds for concern about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult and take appropriate action to keep them safe
  • Aid the identification of children, young people and vulnerable adults at risk of significant harm and provide procedures for reporting concerns
  • Prevent unsuitable people working with any of our learners
  • Train staff through induction and inset to safeguard all learners
  • Develop a culture in which both learners and staff are aware of the actions they need to take to become and remain safe
  • Contribute to effective partnership working between all those providing services for children
  • Inform parents and carers that the College has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and, that in order to do this, we may need to share information with other agencies
  • Look for signs of potential radicalisation of young people; train staff appropriately and report as per the “Prevent” agenda.
  • All staff working at Portsmouth College must be familiar with, and follow, the College’s procedures and protocols for the safeguarding and welfare of children and vulnerable adults in the College, and know who to contact to express any relevant concerns. They should also be aware of additional policies such as Health and Safety Policy, procedures for dealing with incidents, first aid arrangements and mechanisms for protection of information and data.

If you, as a student at the College have any concern about your wellbeing, safety or rights, then you should:

  • Talk to your Teacher
  • Talk to a member of the Student Support team

Contact one of our Safeguarding Team:

Lynn Counsell – Senior Safeguarding Officer 
023 9234 4384 |

Morgan Lemon – Designated Safeguarding Assistant
023 9234 4384 |

If you are a parent / carer, or a member of the public, and are concerned about the welfare, safety or rights of a student at the College, then you should contact one of the designated safeguarding officers above. See our Safeguarding Policy.


Prevent duty is our need to prevent students being drawn into terrorism. The statutory guidance for the Prevent Duty is issued by the Department for Education.

We do this by embedding British values in our study programme and through our safeguarding procedures. Visit our Safeguarding Policy for more details.

The Government has published guidance on how schools and colleges ensure young people leave college prepared for the challenges and opportunities for life in the UK. The four definitions of British values are as follows:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

These values reflect those that the College promotes to all its learners through the Code of Conduct. By actively promoting these values, the College aims to:

  • Help students to become valuable members of British society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background
  • Ensure young people understand the importance of mutual respect and leave the College fully prepared for life in modern Britain
  • Celebrate difference and promote diversity
  • Encourage an understanding of the difficulties


The College has a limited amount of funds to use to support eligible students with course related costs such as transport, uniform, equipment, stationery etc. These funds are provided by the Government for the college to distribute within set criteria and funding guidance. Students whose household income is £26,000(gross) or less for the tax year may apply. You will need to complete an Application Form which is available from Student Services in Student Help Desk. Evidence of household income and/or benefits must be provided to complete the application process.

Additional amounts are payable to students who are themselves in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit, those in care, those who have left care or those in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance / Personal Independence Payments. Evidence of one benefit must be provided.

Funds are limited so early application is advised.

Please see Student Services in Student Support or email for advice on the 16-18 Bursary and an application form.

The College has a limited amount of Learner Support Funds available to support eligible 19+ students with their course-related costs. These funds are provided and regulated by the Government. Students whose household income is £26,000(gross) or less may apply. You will need to complete a 19+ Bursary Application Form which is available from the Student Services in Student Help Desk. Evidence of household income and/or benefits must be provided to complete the application process.

Funds are limited so early application is advised.

Please see Student Services in Student Support or email for advice on the 16-18 Bursary and an application form.

If you are a parent and aged under 20 help is available to cover the cost of your childcare whilst you study. This help comes through a scheme called ‘Care to Learn’. Information is available at or support can be given by the Student Services team. Please apply online directly.

If you are a parent over the age of 20 a limited amount of childcare funding is available through College. You can apply for this using the 19+ Bursary Application Form and an ‘Application for 20+ Childcare Support’, both available from Student Services in Student Help Desk.

From September 2014, the Government agreed to fund free meals to disadvantaged 16-18 year old students in Further Education. For the purposes of eligibility for free meals, ‘disadvantage’ is defined by the students being in receipt of or having parents who are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit (during the initial roll out of the benefit).
  • Portsmouth College will make an allowance of £3 available per student, per timetabled day for those eligible students. This is made available via our cashless catering system using the Student ID card.

If you have a bursary/letter query, please email


For students living more than two kilometres from College, a Travel Grant may be available, often in the form of subsidised bus pass. Additional support is available for students living on the Isle of Wight. For information on all forms of support for travel please visit the Student Services Help Desk. All travel payments are based on full attendance of your study programme.
You can check how far you live from College by using Google Maps on your laptop/PC, right clicking on the campus you will attend (Highbury, Tangier, North Harbour or Arundel) and selecting “Measure distance”, then right clicking on your home and selecting “Distance to here”. The distance measured must be measured in a straight line from home to College.

The College has negotiated reduced bus charges with First Bus Group and Stagecoach for Termly 7 Day Passes. The cost of bus passes is further subsidised by the College if you live more than two (straight line) kilometres away and may be fully supported if you are eligible for a College Bursary. You can obtain your competitively priced bus pass for First Bus from the Student Services Desk in Student Help Desk or if a Stagecoach pass is required it can be purchased directly from their website.
Current timetables and routes can be found online at First Group and Stagecoach

The College also has its own dedicated services:
PC1 which runs from Portchester through Paulsgrove, Cosham, Hilsea and Stamshaw to the College. Arrival at College will be a little before the start of the first lesson of the day (9.55am) with the final journey shortly after the end of the last lesson of the day at 4:15pm.

PC2 runs from Gudge Heath Lane, Fareham through Highlands Road/Kiln Road, Fareham Leisure Centre and the Bus Station through to Portchester via Cams Hill and then directly to the College. Arrival at College will be a little before the start of the first lesson of the day (9.55am) with the final journey shortly after the end of the last lesson of the day at 4:15pm.

Users of PC1 & PC2 have access to the lunchtime service PC3 which runs in from Fareham Bus Station stopping at Portschester, Paulsgrove, Cosham and Hilsea to bring students in for the start of afternoon lessons and a return for those with only morning lessons. This service is not available to be purchased seperately to a PC1 or PC2 pass.
Current timetables and routes can be found online here.


The College Bike Scheme operates on completion of an application form, supplied together with proof of purchase of bicycle, lights, helmet and D-lock (or evidence that these are already owned) for refund to be made. There is no distance criteria to meet but students using the Bike Scheme are not eligible for other transport support.
Our Bike Scheme offers a subsidy of up to £120 on the purchase cost of a new bike.

Students travelling from the Isle of Wight are supported by a Travel Grant which can include a termly bus pass if they wish. Payments are made termly to nominated account to help with the cost of waterborne travel. For details of reduced cost academic passes for the ferry please visit the Wightlink website.

If you have a transport query, please email

Contact Us

The Student Support Team
023 9234 4415

The Focus Team

The Exams Team
023 92667 521 (ext 307)

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