Advice and support
In need of help? Come to our Advice Centre to talk to welfare, careers advisers, counsellors and to seek well-being/mental health support. All our advice services are available to you if you're a current student at South Thames College. If you're not a student, you can still get careers advice. All advice is free.
If you feel that you are suffering with mental health issues, please take a look at this document which provides information on ways in which you can get support.
You can talk to our welfare advisers for confidential and impartial advice as well as help with practical problems. We advise many students every year with these common issues:
- Welfare benefits
- Financial help and dealing with debt
- Childcare and health
- Referrals to specialist community services.
Focus on problems in your personal life in a confidential and non-judgemental setting.
As you work through what's troubling you with a counsellor you'll find you have more energy to focus on your studies.
Whatever your situation we'll do our best to support you and help you complete your course successfully. There are many reasons you might want to come to us - stress, relationships, bereavement, sexuality or abuse and more.
Many of our students find counselling incredibly helpful but the decision is entirely yours -not your tutors, parents or other students.
Our Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance Service offers a client-centred, confidential, impartial and accessible service, delivered by professionally qualified staff. The Centre serves clients of all ages; all the advice, guidance and help that we offer is available not only to students at South Thames College, but also to potential and past students. The team is available at a daily drop-in service and appointments are also available.
South Thames College holds Open Events throughout the year; at these events, you will have the opportunity to meet tutors from all course areas, student representatives and the Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance Team.
How we can help
Our Level 7 Qualified Advisers are here to help you whether you are studying at level 1 or level 6.
Career Planning - advice to help you make those vital decisions about steps to take on the road to where you deserve to be. Whether that is guidance on which courses you might take or alternative for those who want to make a change, we can give you all the help and information you may need.
Jobs/Employability - whether you are looking for a part-time job to help your finances while you are studying, or a full-time job using your qualifications, we can support you into employment, including helping you with building your CV and how to present yourself to future employers, both at initial contact and through to interview stage. We keep a current part time job list which is updated regularly so it is always worth dropping in to find out what is going on.
UCAS - when you have made that decision to go on to university, which one? How do you decide? How do the courses compare? There are many questions that need addressing for this crucial stage, and our team is here to point you in the right direction. The advice available covers everything you need to know about Higher education and UCAS and how to write a good Personal Statement, timelines for applications, and information on University Open Days and HE Fairs. Student Finance - help is available in the form of grants and loans. This is a tricky path and the Careers team can help you find your way. Further advice is also available on ucas.com.
Volunteering and Gap Years - We can help you with opportunities for volunteering within the community. Your interests and activities outside College are an important part of your CV - as is work experience. Or maybe you are looking to take a gap year and use the time to volunteer on overseas projects? We can give you essential advice on planning your gap year, and doing it safely.
Careers Programme and Gatsy Benchmarks
Click here to download the Careers Programme Calendar at South Thames College.
Click to see how South Thames College meets the requirements of the Gatsby Benchmarks Careers provision framework
The Careerometer provides access to a selection of data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects.
The data is organised by occupation: simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you.
More detailed information on the different job roles can be found on the National Careers Service website.