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Additional support for non-traditional students at Pearson College London

Craig Coutinho

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Our aim is to make sure all of our students achieve the best that they can, regardless of background. Read on to find out more about the support and assistance available to our students from more non-traditional backgrounds.

Pre-enrolment support:

Entitlement meeting [care experienced students only]

With a lot of information coming in from different sources, it can sometimes be hard to understand exactly what you’re entitled to when entering university. Our pre-enrolment meetings include you, a member of the Pearson College London team, and your personal advisor, either in person or via video-call. They help explain all the entitlements you have from both your local authority and us at Pearson College London.

Assistance with travel expenses

You may be asked to come in for one of our assessment or open days. Assessment days are compulsory, but we know it can be quite a spend heading down to London for the day, so we’re happy to cover the cost of your trip. Applying for the travel bursary is easy; you can find the form to fill in here which then needs to be forwarded to access@pearsoncollegelondon.ac.uk.

The travel bursary is available below, to students in the following situations - if you’re unsure about your eligibility, please do get in touch with us:

*Check if you're eligible for Free School Meals here.

**POLAR4 is a system which tells us how many people from your area attend higher education. If you live in an area which is in quintile 1 (where the least people attend higher education) you’ll be able to claim travel support. You can check this by visiting this link and entering your postcode. The first number on the left is your quintile.

Support for current students:

Pearson College London Bursary

If you've been in local authority care, or your household income is below £25,000 a year, you are entitled to a £1500 bursary in each year of your study if you started studying with us from 2020 onwards. This is deposited straight into your account and relies on you allowing Student Finance England to share your details with the institution. Please do tick all of the appropriate boxes when filling up student finance, to ensure you get all of the support you may be entitled to.

We also offer a laptop loan and assistance with Wifi provision to students from these categories, or students from a POLAR4 Quintile 1 postcode. Current students can find further information on this through our Student Services Team. To check your postcode's POLAR4 status, enter it here on the OfS website.


Hardship fund/Access to Learning Fund

The Pearson College London Student Hardship Fund/Access to Learning Fund is available to help students who have made realistic provisions to fund their studies and have experienced unforeseen financial hardship. Awards are made towards maintenance costs only in the region of £250.00 in exceptional circumstances a larger award may be made. Applicants may be students in any Faculty and in any year of their programme of study.

Further non-financial support

As a student with us, we will do what we can to continue supporting you and help you achieve the best you can. Students from eligible groups can expect:

  • Access to our dedicated Study Skills tutor to make sure you're getting the most from your studies
  • Guaranteed inclusion in our employability programmes
  • Access to a Designated Member of Staff to help you settle in, navigate College systems and solve any problems that may arise whilst you're with us [applicable to care-experienced students].

We're also committed to making Pearson College London a place where everyone truly belongs, and so in September 2020 we're launching exciting new inclusion initiatives from projects like decolonising the curriculum to Space for Race, where we host frank, open discussions about experiences of race and ethnicity in higher education, we’re always working towards a more equal and welcoming environment for everyone.

If you have any questions about how we can support you from application to graduation and beyond, get in touch with the team:


Additional support for non-traditional students at Pearson College London
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