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Higher Education Support

Craven College prides itself on the excellent support which it can provide for Higher Education students, indeed it is one of the top reasons that students choose to study with us. From the Study Support Centre, Mentoring Support team, Counselling Service to the College Careers Service, we have a structure to support you throughout your studies and beyond. Our commitment to Student Voice ensures that not only do you get the chance to air your views but how well we address them.

Student Support Centre

The Study Support Centre is a calm area for students away from the noise and bustle elsewhere in College. The Study Support Team help with one-to-one or small group tuition, improving proof-reading, assignment writing, managing workloads as well as helping to develop researching skills. Study support drop-in workshops are available across all campuses and one to one sessions are available remotely.

Who can receive support?

You might not feel that you have a disability, or you dislike the term, but the adjustments and support available may make a real difference in helping you to achieve your goals.
We offer a range of support covering many areas, including:

  • Specialist equipment and software
  • 1:1 specialist tuition
  • Specialist assistive technology training
  • Library assistance

In specific cases, students are able to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance. This will give you the extra support you need to be successful in your studies. College staff can help you with your application, for more information please contact the SEND Support team on 01756 693 860. Disclosing a disability or health condition is not always easy. If you did not disclose this on your application form and would like support, contact the Study Support team on 01756 707 274.

Current students who access support either with or without DSA have a wide range of disabilities and health conditions including:

  • Epilepsy, diabetes and IBS
  • Depression, anxiety and eating disorders
  • Dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D
  • Asperger’s


The Mentoring Support Team can help with any issues arising whilst studying at Craven College, such as:

  • Sexual health
  • Relationship problems
  • Mental health and support for managing stress
  • Drugs and alcohol information and support
  • Signposting to appropriate support


Craven College offer all students a free and confidential counselling service. All of the counsellors who work at College offer the highest possible level of confidentiality consistent with the law and the codes of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This is an important element of the counselling contract, since in order to create the necessary trust for any work to be undertaken Craven College aims to respect the privacy of all clients. Any questions about the Counselling Service can be made on a confidential basis by calling 07984 599 789.

Careers, Enterprise and Employability

The College’s Careers Service is accredited through the MATRIX Standard. Following assessment against the standard in 2015 the Student Support Services team demonstrated its commitment to giving users access to the “highest calibre support and resources to develop effective skills, positive behaviours and making appropriate life choices”.

Careers advice is available for applying for graduate jobs, postgraduate education, improving your CV, advice on setting up your own business, and mock interviews. In addition, drop-in sessions in the Careers and Enterprise Zone are held in the Whernside building each week.

Students can book an appointment with an Independent Careers Advisor or the Careers, Enterprise and Employability Officer. As well as receiving advice and guidance in College, students can access information from various websites including

Student Voice

All students have the opportunity to take part in the Student Union and Higher Education focus groups as well as regular student surveys.

The Student Union (SU) acts as a voice for its members ensuring that students are involved in all decision making processes within the College so that they are actively participating in the design and delivery of their education, promoting the general interests and welfare of students during their course and signposting students to appropriate advice. All students who are enrolled at Craven College will be eligible for membership of the SU. Elections are to be held for President and Vice President in the Spring term and for all other Union officers in the autumn term (September). This allows for an effective handover during which time the newly elected post shadows the existing post holder.

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