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For course information call 020 8090 3020 www.barkingdagenhamcollege.ac.uk68Supporting you with...General InformationWhatever your chosen career path, we are committed to helping you achieve the best for your future. .your financesOur knowledgeable staff can advise you on any funding you may be entitled to. We can assist with sorting out grants, benefits and applications to trust funds. Additionally, there is a College Support Fund which learners may be eligible to apply for.The College also has funding available to assist with purchasing textbooks or materials for those in need of financial help. Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA)If you are aged 16-18 you may qualify for an EMA which is worth up to £30 a week. (You need to be studying for a minimum of 12 guided learning hours a week for a minimum of 10 weeks.)Adult Learning Grant (ALG) If you are aged 19 or over the ALG can help you with the cost of learning and make it easier for you to study for a qualification.It could mean that you qualify for a grant of up to £30 a week if you are studying full-time and aiming for your first full Level 2 or 3 qualification.To find out whether you qualify please contact Engagement Services when you enrol or visit www.direct.gov.uk for further details..your studyEvery year we welcome lots of learners who, for a variety of reasons, haven't studied for a long time. Extra help is widely available, so talk to your tutor or Student Support staff for more information.If your English or Maths needs improving then look no further than our 'drop-in' Study Skills Centre which can offer a whole range of assistance. You'll find everything from short-term help, to support with presentations and grammar. They'll even work with you to develop a bespoke study programme designed to help you achieve your aspirations. Alternatively if you are experiencing any learning difficulties, you can check out our Learning Support Service which can provide one-to-one tuition or skills workshops..your choicesWe can provide you with impartial and confidential advice and guidance before, during and after your studies. Our on-site Careers Advisers are on hand for one-to-one consultations, enabling you to obtain information about course availability, employment, training and Higher Education options.Prospects (Connexions) specialise in offering help and support for young people and their plans for the future. They visit our Rush Green campus every week and you can book an appointment.The College has great relationships with local businesses and stakeholders, and we run an active programme of employer and university visits to help you decide what your next steps will be.

For course information call 020 8090 3020 www.barkingdagenhamcollege.ac.uk69Student ServicesGeneral InformationInformation, Advice & GuidanceIn our Learner Help Centre we have a team of friendly experts on hand, ready to help. They can help you find the right course for you, and put you in touch with other services that the College provides, such as our careers advice and welfare services.During term time the Centre opens 8.30am to 7.30pm Monday to Thursday, and 8.30am to 4.30pm on Friday. Opening times may be subject to change so please check our website.You can also contact our friendly team on 020 8090 3020 or email engagement.services@barkingdagenhamcollege.ac.ukThe Matrix accreditation endorses our service to youThe Information, Advice & Guidance given by the College has been endorsed by the Matrix organization. This national body recognizes both the quality and impartiality of information, advice and guidance services, and Barking & Dagenham College has retained the award for another three years following an inspection in May 2010.This award endorses not only the service we provide to new learners in helping them find the course that's right for them, but also the help we provide to our learners during their time with us such as counselling, careers advice and learning development plans.The award also extends to the service we provide to our employer clients who commission our training services.WelfareWe can also give you support and assistance on a range of issues including money, homelessness and asylum difficulties. In the first instance speak to our Learner Help Centre and they will direct you to the right person at the College. CounsellingThis is provided in the strictest confidence and is run by qualified professionals who abide by the standards and ethics of the British Association of Counsellors. Counselling gives you the time and space to talk about something that's important to you and is used by hundreds of learners every year, so there is nothing to be ashamed or worried about. Onsite nurseWe also have a registered nurse at our Rush Green campus who is available to offer you confidential support and advice should you need it.Student UnionOur Student Union is run by learners for learners. Its role is to support and organise activities and events, clubs and societies. There are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved and to get your voice heard.All learners automatically become members of the National Union of Students (NUS). An NUS card entitles you to discounts at a wide range of shops and entertainment venues across London. For any Student Union related matters contact Richard Young on extn 7048.ChildcareIf you need immediate help with your childcare, please contact our Learner Help Centre to discuss possible options.Multi-faith RoomA quiet room is available at our Rush Green campus for multi-faith prayer. This can be located in F Block. International LearnersWe welcome learners from all over the world. Whether you want to improve your English, or undertake a vocational course, there are lots to choose from. All courses are open to international learners providing you can meet the entry requirements. International learners are generally required to pay for their courses. For further details visit our website or speak to Engagement Services.