Thinking of studying at higher education but worried if you will succeed?
Don’t worry – Petroc has the resources, time and plans in place to provide you with a range of wellbeing financial and study support you need to reach those high levels of achievement that you aspire to.
Money worries can sap our energy and drive to improve ourselves. We have a pot of funds available to support you while you are studying with us. You will still need to secure funding for the course fees via the Student Loan system, however, if problems unexpectedly raise their head while you are studying, that threaten your ability to continue, then we may be able to offer some assistance.
Forms are available to apply for help, and our HE Team can provide support with completing them.
We hope to enable students, however rurally remote they live, to have the opportunity to study a degree course here at Petroc. If transport is a particular problem for you, please contact us at the beginning of your course via the student hardship application process, and some support may be available. Please note, this would not be available to students who have a maintenance loan.
Study skill support
If it's been a while since you studied in a classroom, you may want a bit of support in the lead up to the start of your course. We're pleased to be able to offer some great opportunities to our new HE students to help you get a head start.
- Summer School:
- We understand that some learners may be apprehensive about starting a degree course, especially if you are new to this level of study or have been away from education for some time. To enable you to get a head start on your course at Petroc we have developed a series of workshops to prepare you for your academic studies including IT for beginners, introduction to study skills, academic writing and research. The next summer school will take place in 2021.
- Book your place:
- North Devon Summer School
- Mid Devon Summer School
- Extra study support:
- If, once you start studying, you are finding it a bit harder than you expected, or you are finding it difficult to understand referencing, essay structures, following feedback on an assignment, or want some help amending your mistakes, there may be additional support available. Please speak to your Programme Manager or the HE Admin team.
This provision does not replace, but is available as well as, DSA funding for further support if you are dyslexic or have a significant learning need that we need to support you with. Apply to DSA in the first instance if you know you will need support at the beginning of the year. This provision can be put in place all year long, or you can opt to apply for some extra support during the year.
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Well-being Drop-in Centre
Based at Brannams and in the study centre at Tiverton, there will be someone available at certain times during the week to provide you with company and comfort if things get difficult or stresses pile up that prevent you from studying as successfully as you otherwise might. The times will be well-advertised, and you will be able to sign up for a meeting at a time that suits you outside your scheduled lecture time. They will be good listeners, be able to recommend strategies to help or provide you with contact details of other organisations that will also be able to offer support.
University of Plymouth
Don't forget that as a student at Petroc, you are also a student at the University of Plymouth and the provision available to students at Plymouth are equally available to you. They provide excellent online resources for support with study skills, applying for students loans, telephone counselling, and more.