Higher Education Support

Higher Education Support

“Academic support is a vital component of higher education. Not only does it ensure that students are able to succeed in completing their degree, but it provides them with the confidence to develop their skills and gives them a sense of belonging within the institution”.
NUS (2013)

At South West College, we believe that good quality academic support, which is relevant and focused on the individual, will inspire students to achieve and thrive academically.

Our higher education students have access to a specialist academic support panel, consisting of experienced and dedicated higher education lecturers from across the curriculum who are available to share their expertise in a wide range of topics relating primarily to study skills and employment related skills development. 

Academic support includes a variety of online presentations and helpful, practical workshops. The aim of the programme is to provide practical workshops and online material which will enhance students’ course fulfilment and career development.

Academic and career development support includes:

  • employability seminars
  • employer question & answer panels
  • talks from industry experts
  • ‘insider perspectives’ into graduate job roles
  • progression and professional development advice
  • study skills
  • academic writing and research skills
  • advanced ICT skills
  • interview skills
  • psychometric testing and assessment workshops

Come and meet fellow students at a variety of cross-campus workshops. These practical workshops allow students to improve their employability skills helping them to get ahead in the academic arena and can assist in securing that crucial
work placement, first job or promotion.

‘Insider perspectives’ series
In addition to employer question and answer panels and talks from industry experts, we have developed an informative insider’s perspective series. This information enables students to make informed choices about particular job roles and progression routes within their chosen sectors.

Work-based projects
As a HE student, you are also eligible to register for our short-term projects programme, where students get the opportunity to work on interesting and challenging short-term projects for local employers. These projects will help you
gain invaluable skills in your area of study as well as offering an insight into your future career sector. South West College has developed a large database of employer contacts which enables us to create a number of exciting project opportunities for students from all areas of study.

Academic support is available from the first day of your induction, right through to your graduation and post graduation. We are an independent working panel who believe in taking direction from the students and in putting their needs first. Members of the academic support panel are available to speak to whole-class groups or individuals as and when required.

For further information please contact academic.support@swc.ac.uk or drop into the student services office.