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Support and guidance

From study skills and additional learning support to childcare and wellbeing; as an HE student you’ll have access to a number of support and guidance services.

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Academic support

At Vision West Nottinghamshire College we provide you with teaching, learning and support that will improve both your skills and confidence.

As one of our HE students, you will have access to a dedicated HE study skills coach, one-to-one support and generic study skills workshops that cover themes including time management, reflective writing, reading for purpose, data analysis and essay planning and writing (held throughout the year).

Study skills coach

For guidance on academic writing, time management and critical thinking please contact the study skills coach who offers one-to-one support for students wishing to get the best out of their academic studies.

Contact Vandana Sharma on:

01623 627191 ext 8390

The HE team

For any issues with course administration; including finances, grades, student voice, or admissions, please speak to a member of the HE team. Concerns about your course will need to be relayed to your tutor.

Maths and statistics with Sigma

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Need help or a refresher in maths? Vision West Nottinghamshire College is one of only two colleges nationally to receive funding from the Sigma network for excellence in mathematics and statistics support.

From one-to-one sessions and support for data analysis and research evaluation, to bespoke support for engineering maths, we are able to offer a wide range of resources to support your maths development within your course, at no cost to you.

Support for health and wellbeing and lifestyle

Support coach

Your support coach will provide support to help ensure you do not fall behind in your studies. They’ll be there to give you that extra bit of help to allow you to achieve a positive outcome and progress onto your next step.

Contact Josh Renshaw on:

07903 503454

Contact Josh on Facebook

Additional learning support (ALS)

Vision West Nottinghamshire College has an extensive range of support available to students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

In Higher Education the funding is applied for via Student Finance England (SFE). Formal diagnosis of additional need is required to enable any application for Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) to be considered, which could include a full educational psychologist report. Early disclosure and application is essential, as it can take several months to get the support you need in place.

If you would like to discuss any disability or a specific need, please contact the additional learning support team:

01623 627191 ext 8086 or 8391

Find out more about the additional learning support team and whether you are eligible for assistance.


We have a 47-place day nursery for children aged between 6 weeks – 5 years.

01623 413015

Visit the Butterflies Day Care website

College chaplaincy

The college chaplaincy is there to provide personal support and prayer from a Christian perspective, hold Christian Union and interfaith meetings, and to promote awareness and discuss faith related issues at college.

Contact Konrad Schafer on:


As a member of the university centre and Vision West Nottinghamshire College you are able to access the counselling provision provided by Shire Counselling on behalf of the college which is completely confidential and free of charge.

Please contact Shire Counselling:

01623 624912

Safeguarding officer

If you wish to report suspected terrorism or cyber bullying please contact the safeguarding officer.

Contact Rebecca Broomhead on:

The students experience team and Students’ Union (SU)

The students experience team and Students' Union provide a great way for you to get involved in college life, meet new people and enhance your CV. The team also organises a range of exciting sport and physical activities with the majority of them free for you to take part in.

Academy of Sport and West Notts Active:

01623 627191 ext 8715

View the enrichment schedule

Students’ Union:

01623 627191 ext 8176

Find out more about the Students' Union

Careers advice

The careers and employability team is made up of fully-qualified and experienced professional advisers, specialising in impartial careers advice and guidance. They provide a drop-in facility and tailored graduate employability sessions, covering topics such as CV and letter writing, job searching, interviews and using recruitment agencies, as well as the student job shop.

Find out more about the careers advice available at college including CV writing, interview preparation and the job shop.

Summer School

If you are wondering whether or not you’ll cope with university-level education; if you are returning to study after a long break, or if you want to gain more confidence in university-level coursework, study and assessments, then you will want to book onto our Summer School workshops. Workshops include research skills, referencing, critical thinking and more.

Our experienced tutors will help you in establishing your starting point and potential areas for development, and will guide you through the techniques and strategies to help you progress.

As you begin your course, summer school sessions help you to prepare you for that first day in September – but we don’t stop there. We offer transitional Summer School workshops as you progress to your next years on your programme, to help you properly prepare for the next level of study.

Information on dates and workshop topics are made available during your applicant event.

Useful links

We are committed to helping our students live healthily and happily. Below are other channels you could take to achieve this but as an institution, we are not affiliated with these services.

Why choose West Notts?

Best college for A Levels value added* in the East Midlands

£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

In the top 10% of all providers nationally for apprenticeships

Second for vocational value added* in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

90% of students move into a positive destination

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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