Welcome to CONEL! Starting college can be both exciting and challenging so we’ve done our best to make it easy for you. This page contains information and resources which can help to support you before you start your course at CONEL.
If you are a new student trying to log on to our other college systems, you will need to use your student number and password. More information is available on our Student Login page.
For these inductions please bring in equipment bags and stationary.
Date:Thursday 8th September 2022
Engineering Access to HE Level 3 – Thursday 8th September 2022 – 9am – Room M1-024
For these inductions please bring in equipment bags and stationary.
SPORT AND PUBLIC SERVICES
Date: Tuesday 6th September 2022 Time: 9am Location: Sports Hall
Diploma in Sports Level 1
Diploma in Sports Level 2
National Diploma in Sport Level 3
Extended Diploma in Sport Level 3
For these inductions located in the Sports hall, please bring your sports kit and stationary with you.
Date:Tuesday 6th September 2022 Time: 9am Location: Room M1025
Diploma in Uniformed Services Level 1
Diploma in Uniformed Services Level 2
NCFE Diploma in Uniformed Services Level 3
NCFE Extended Diploma in Uniformed Services Level 3
For these inductions located in M1025, please bring equipment bags, stationary and sportswear
Bursary and Child Support
Depending on your age and personal/financial situation you could be eligible to receive a bursary. The bursary should be used to meet the costs of childcare, transport, equipment, books or other course-related costs.
You can apply online for the bursaries and funds, including Further Education Free Meals, online using PayMyStudent.
Discretionary Bursary You may be eligible for a discretionary bursary if you are aged 16 to 19 and have a household income up to £25,000 per annum. Discretionary bursaries are means-tested and are intended to support learners with books, transport or course equipment costs. The amount of bursary you will receive is based on household income, equipment cost or travel distance to the college. You may also be eligible for a Discretionary bursary if you are aged 19 to 24 and have an Education & Health Care Plan (EHCP).
16-19 Vulnerable Young Person Bursary You may be eligible for £1,200 over the academic year if you are aged 16 to 19 and living in care or are a recent care leaver, or living independently and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, Income Support, PIP, ESA or Universal Credit. The bursary is intended to support you with course related costs, such as travel, books or equipment.
19+ Learner Support Fund You may be eligible for financial support for travel and course related costs if you are aged 19 and over with an income of up to £21,952 (household income £26,000) a year. Travel cost are capped at £50 per month and based how far you live from the college.
FURTHER INFORMATION ON BURSARIES
Our 16-19 Bursaries are funded by the Education Funding Agency and are intended to be used for college-related costs such as books, materials and the cost of any travel to and from the college. Bursaries do not need to be repaid as long as you remain in college and maintain a minimum attendance rate of 90%. Furthermore, if you meet the eligibility criteria, you may also receive Further Education Free Meals. And, if you are a young parent and need childcare support, you may get help through the Care to Learn (C2L) scheme. You can apply online for the bursaries and funds online using PayMyStudent – you can use any of the following benefit outlined below (please note all benefit letter need to be within 6 month of applying also make sure to provide all pages of benefit letter).
Do you qualify for help?
Must be 16, 17 or 18 on the 31st August 2020 or 19 years old continuing student on a study programme that began at aged 16 to 18
19 to 24 years old on an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) (DB and FEFM only)
UK resident in the last 3 years
Discretionary Bursary Tier 1 – £480 To qualify for Tier 1 your parent/guardian must be in receipt of one of the benefit listed below (benefit letter must be within 6 months and all pages are required):
Universal credit (3 months statement required)
Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
Income Based Employment and Support Allowance.
Pensions Credit (Guaranteed element) – You (the student applying) is in receipt of Personal Independence Payments (PIP) or 19 years old on an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) (DB and FEFM only)
Tier 2 – £390 To qualify for Tier 2 your parent/guardian must be in receipt of one of the following benefits listed below (benefit letter must be within 6 month and all pages are required):
Contribution Based Job Seekers Allowance
Contribution Based Employment Support Allowance
Working Tax Credit (2020/21)
Child Tax Credit (gross income £16,190)
Tier 3 – £300 To qualify for Tier 3 please provide one of the required documents listed below:
Your household income is between £16,191-£25,000 per annum
3 months of pay slips or P60
Further Education Free Meals (FEFM) You may be eligible for FEFM, if your Parent/Carer are in receipt of one of the following: (Benefit letter must be within 6 months and all pages are required)
Universal Credit (3 months of statements required)
Child Tax Credits (2020/21) (gross income £16,190)
Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
Income Based Employment Support Allowance
Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Pensions Credit (Guaranteed Element)
How and when should you apply? Applications are assessed on a first come, first serve basis. Apply as soon as you enrol. Attendance is monitored and checked prior to payments being made; students with an attendance lower than 90% on the day a payment is due, will have their payments withdrawn.
Please note: The dispensation of the Discretionary Bursary is subject to the availability of funds
Do you have a learning support need or a disability that means you need some additional help with your studies? If you do, then you can contact the Learning Support team at either of our centres to talk about your needs and how we can help you. Alternatively you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have Learner Services staff at each of our centres, who can give you information about courses, and the services and facilities that are available to you as a student.
We can help you with:
Course applications – We can guide you through the process and we can even help you complete your application
Enrolling onto a course – We can explain the enrolment process and help you complete the appropriate forms. We will discuss payment methods and fee remission criteria relevant to your age and financial circumstances. We can also give advice on other financial support that may be available to you, depending on your circumstances
Course information – We can provide you with course information and discuss various options available to you. If you need detailed course content information, we can signpost you to a specialist for advice.
Referrals to other services – We can book appointments with our Careers and Employability Service on your behalf or put you in contact with one of our learner welfare teams.
Whilst Studying at CONEL…
Attendance and Behaviour Expectations
Your experience at CONEL will result in you obtaining a qualification and give you an advantage when it comes to progressing to higher education and employment. We want you to develop into future entrepreneurs and highly sought-after employees.
This means we have high expectations of our students, to best prepare you for the world of work or higher education, such as university. This includes not only your course content, but also employability skills, work experience, as well as English and Maths.
Attendance You are expected to attend classes in line with your timetable. Students should aim for 100% attendance; an employer would expect nothing less
Punctuality Be on time – put yourself and your peers in the best position to learn, without disruption
Attitude Our students are expected to be confident, creative, work-ready, organised and resilient – these are in line with our values
In Addition to Your Studies…
Your time at college is about succeeding in your studies as well as enjoying new challenges and making new friends. We provide a programme of activities that will ensure that you get an all-round experience whilst studying with us
So, what can you get involved with?
You can contribute towards college life by becoming a student rep, where you can influence how the college is run
You can become a student ambassador, supporting college activities; we also provide a range of volunteering opportunities with local charities and community groups
You can go on trips and visits
We can provide mentoring support to help you keep on track with your studies.
We have lots of visiting guest speakers where you can learn and discuss different topics such as tackling discrimination to starting your own business
We deliver a wide range of workshops that you can attend, which will help you to develop essential life skills from workshops on managing your finances to health and wellbeing
You will meet experts from various industry sectors that will help you to develop your employability skills, highlight career pathways and future employment opportunities
You can also get involved in various college themed weeks and cultural events that embrace the diversity of our community such as Black History Month, LGBTQ+ History Month and World Mental Health Day
During and after college you can get fit and healthy by participating in our free sports activities. These include gym sessions, football, badminton, basketball, volleyball, martial arts, table tennis, and women-only gym sessions *Availability of sports activities are subject to change according to government advice and Health and Safety policy. Contact the Enrichment service at your centre for more information.
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