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Career Coach can help you find your ideal career, by providing you with current information about wages, employment prospects and the number of job postings across the local area. 

  • See which courses lead to your dream career
  • Find out how much you can earn
  • Take a look at specific job roles linked to the career you are interested in, and see how many people work in that sector
  • Find out how many jobs there are locally (across Wirral, Liverpool, Merseyside, Chester)
  • Take a look at live job vacancies that you can apply for online
  • Build your CV to use with your job applications

Click here to take advantage of this online careers tool!

            

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You’ll have access to our Learning Resource Centres at our Conway Park and Twelve Quays campuses.

  • Not just a library– you’ll find a wide range of resources, DVDs, CDs, journals, newspapers, magazines and electronic resources to help you with your research and coursework. You’ll also have access to the electronic resources of your awarding university.
  • A quiet place to study- with computer and internet access. We have designated quiet spaces at both campuses which can be booked in advance.  Our team will help you find what you need for your project or assignment.
  • Inter-library loans & photocopying facilities – If we don’t have an item and you need it for coursework, we will obtain it for you free of charge.

Wirral Met College's Information, Advice & Guidance Service holds the national Matrix Quality Award which means we are committed to giving you impartial advice and guidance.

If you can’t find the course(s) you are looking for, or you need more information, please call 0151 551 7777, visit wmc.ac.uk and complete the online enquiry form, or call in to our Conway Park Campus and speak one of our Student Advisers.

Get in touch if you would like to:

  • discuss your career ideas
  • get help with choosing the right course
  • find out more information about our courses
  • discover the different ways you can study
  • access support services e.g. additional learning support

Our professionally qualified Student Advisers offer a friendly, confidential and welcoming service to help you make the most of your time at college.

Call in to our Conway Park Campus, Europa Boulevard, Birkenhead, to speak to one of our Student Advisers who are available from Monday to Friday 10.00am to 4.00pm (all year round), with late opening on Tuesdays (term time only) until 7pm.

Additional Learning Support

The Additional Learning Support team are here to support students to be as successful as possible. We have a team of over 60 highly trained and qualified staff, including Specialist Tutors, Communication Support Workers and Learning Support Assistants.

We work with students in every subject area, and at every level from Entry Level to Higher Education. The students we work with have a wide range of needs, including:

Dyslexia/Dyspraxia ADHD, ADD
Mental Health and Well Being Physical Difficulties
D/deaf or Hard of Hearing Blind or Partially Sighted
Autism Spectrum/Asperger’s Syndrome  

Please note, if you are studying on a higher education course, you will need to apply for the Disabled Students’ Allowance to pay for this support. Click here for more information.

Are you an overseas student?

We welcome overseas applicants and have a specialist team to help you with your English. Call our International Office on 0151 551 7777 for details.

 

 

The fees for courses vary according to the source of government funding. The following is a brief guide to where you can find out more information.

Don’t forget, you can speak to our Student Advisers on 0151 551 7777 for further information about the funding available. Please note, they are not financial advisers and cannot advise you about your individual financial circumstances.

Degrees, Foundation Degrees, HNC, HND, Certificate in Education or PGCE programmes

You can apply for a student loan before you have a confirmed college or university place. To get your student finance in place for the start of term, you will need to apply by the Spring before you are due to start.

Full-time students

The main sources of student funding for degrees, foundation degrees, HND and PGCE programmes are:

  • Tuition Fee Loans
  • HE Maintenance Loan
  • HE Special Support Grant

Most students will be able to take out a Tuition Fee Loan for the full cost of their course; these loans are repayable after you leave your course and you start earning at least £21,000 per annum.

The Government offers HE Maintenance loans (for living expenses) to eligible students. These loans are repayable after you leave your course and you start earning at least £21,000.

Part-time students

Most part-time students will be able to apply for a student loan to pay for their course fees, subject to the course being at least 25% equivalent of a full-time course. This means that you will need to complete your course in no more than four times the amount of time it would take you to complete if you were studying full-time.

The maximum annual Tuition Fee Loan that is available to part-time students is £6,750 and is repayable when you leave your course and start earning at least £21,000 per annum.

Previous study

You won’t normally be eligible for a tuition fee loan if you already hold a qualification equal to or higher than the one you intend to study for.

For further details about Student Finance, visit https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

Student Bursaries for Degree programmes

For students who have started studying on a degree programme from September 2017:

  • Support Bursary - £500 per annum for students with a household income below £25,000.
  • Access and Progression Bursary - £500 per annum for students with a household income below £25,000 and who have studied at Wirral Met College in the previous two years.

Disabled Students’ Allowance

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) is available to help with extra costs you may have in relation to your course as a direct result of a disability, long term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. The level of any DSA award will depend on an individual needs assessment – Click here to visit the Student Loans Company website for more details. 

Additional Costs

For details of possible additional costs including printing and reprographics, download the HE Additional Costs leaflet.


Did you know Wirral Met has a Higher Education ACCESS agreement?

CLICK HE ACCESS AGREEMENT FOR DETAILS


Have you heard about the Advanced Learner Loan?

Advanced Learner Loans give students aged 19+ in further education, studying eligible level 3-6 courses, access to financial support for tuition costs from the Student Loans Company.  Loan repayments apply once you have completed your course and earn over £21,000.

It's easy to apply, your household income isn't taken into account and there are no credit checks.

Here are some of the key facts about the loan:

  • Repayments are linked to what you earn and not how much you borrowed.
  • You only have to start making repayments when you’ve finished your course and you’re earning over £21,000 a year (which is £404 a week or £1,750 a month). Until then you don’t need to pay back anything, but you can make voluntary repayments at any time.
  • You pay 9% of the money you earn over £21,000, before tax. For example, if you earn £22,000 a year, your monthly repayment will be £7 a month; and if you earn £35,000 a year, it will be £105 per month.
  • Interest is charged on a sliding scale between the Retail Price Index (RPI) and RPI +3%, depending on how much you earn.

For further information, contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or visit the National Careers Service website.

Are You Studying on an Access to Higher Education Course at Wirral Met College?

Currently, if you successfully complete your Access to Higher Education programme at Wirral Met College and subsequently progress on to and successfully complete a HNC/D, Foundation Degree or Degree course, your Advanced Learner Loan fees on the Access programme will be waived. You will still have to pay for the HNC/D, Foundation Degree or Degree course fees.

What Could My Repayments Be?

With the Advanced Learner Loan, repayments are linked to what you earn, not what you borrow. This tool will help you find out what your repayments would be based on what you expect to earn when you’ve finished your course.

Find Out More Using The Repayment Caldendar

Quick Guide On Repayments

Quick Guide On How To Apply

Don't Forget! You can seek impartial money advice from The Money Advice Service.

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