The Students’ Union is a voluntary body run by students for students and is available to help you if you have a problem either in college or outside.
On enrolment, you automatically become a member of the Students’ Union (unless you decide to opt out) and become entitled to all the benefits associated with it. In this respect, you can purchase the NUS Extra Card, stand for election as a Students’ Union Officer, participate in trips and events run by the Students’ Union etc.
Student Representative Council Meetings Week Commencing 16th October 2017
Venue and rooms to be confirmed
For students and staff
Charity Race Night - Thursday 1st February 2018 (in aid of Claire House Children's Hospice)
The Birches Restaurant, Conway Park Campus
London Trip - Friday 20th April 2018
Leave Birkenhead at 6am, leave London at 6pm
£25.00 (can be paid in five instalments)
Charity Gala Dinner - Thursday 7th June 2018 (in aid of Claire House Children's Hospice)
The Birches Restaurant, Conway Park Campus
The Students' Union held it's annual Freshers' Fair on Wednesday 13th September at Wirral Waters Campus. The event was extremely busy and a huge success. There were numerous freebies available for students and lots of organisations offering advice and assistance.
We would like to thank all the external and internal agencies who attended for their continuing support and in making the event a success.
The college charity vote has closed and with 37% of the vote, Claire House has been elected this year's charity.
The Students' Union will be contacting Claire House soon to let them know that they are our chosen charity, and also to see if there are any other volunteering opportunties our students can get involved in, So, watch this space for further updates.
For all students
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Friday 20th October 2017
Tickets £15 (Wirral Met students only)
The Students’ Union has dedicated officers elected by the students who oversee the running of the Union.
This year’s Executive Students’ Union Committeewill be in place by 20th October 2017--- until then you can contact the following people for information about SU activities;
Students’ Union Administrator (staff) - Wendy Gould
SU Volunteer - Kathy Wylde
Students’ Union Adviser (staff) - Jill Collins
The Students’ Union has an ‘open door’ policy and students are welcome to call in whenever the office is open for a general chat or to discuss a specific problem. Whilst we can’t promise to solve every issue we will do our best to signpost you to the people who can.
Very occasionally, students will find themselves in need of help with a disciplinary issue and we have a dedicated Officer who will support you through the process. If youwould like their assistance please contact the Students' Union.
The Students’ Union works closely with members of the college staff to organise and facilitate the ‘Student Voice’. The Union helps to recruit course representatives and organises training events and meetings which reps attend and put forward their views and opinions on behalf of the other students in their groups.
The Course Representatives play an important role within the college, not only are they the sovereign body of the Students’ Union, but they speak on behalf of their fellow students at the Student Representative Council meetings, which is a two way flow of information. They tell the college what they are doing well and not so well. The college staff representatives listen to all comments and, where possible, act upon those comments. Any actions taken or reasons why actions cannot be implemented are fed back through their personal tutors. The Students’ Union give them information about activities and events that have been organised by the Union.
The Students’ Union not only represents their students internally, but also at local and national levels.
Students’ Union Officers attend NUS Conferences, lobbying the government and your MPs with NUS against tuition/top-up fees and other issues.
Students’ Union Office Ground Floor Conway Park Campus 10 Europa Boulevard Birkenhead CH41 4NT
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Fees are payable in full for any college term where you have attended one or more sessions. Course fees at Wirral Met College include tuition and examination fees, unless otherwise stated.
You may not have to pay course fees if you are claiming certain benefits or you are studying your first full level 2 course, or if you are aged 19-23, your first full level 3 course (conditions apply).
Please see our fees and discounts leaflet for details, or call 0151 551 7777.
Please contact our International Office for information on fees - call 0151 551 7777, or visit wmc.ac.uk/international.
You can pay for your fees by credit or debit card, cheque or cash.
If you are paying your own fees and you are not getting financial assistance such as the Advanced Learner Loan, payment options are as follows:
· Pay total fee at enrolment;
· Make initial payment at enrolment, and then pay the balance within two weeks;
· Make initial payment at enrolment, then pay remaining balance by direct debit instalments. (Failure to meet a direct debit instalment will result in the full balance of fees becoming due immediately);
Instalment payments are as follows:
Number of instalments
Fees Payable in full at enrolment
Fees Payable in full at enrolment
24 or more
Students whose fees are sponsored by employers, agents, local authorities or other organisations must provide written evidence of this at enrolment. A letter must contain contact details of who will pay the fees, and the address to which the invoice should be sent. In the absence of this evidence, the enrolling student will be kiable for fees. When an employer or other agency agrees to pay these fees, they become liable for them in full.
You may be entitled to financial help from college towards payment of fees, travel costs, childcare, residential fees or equipment required for your course (conditions apply).
19+ Learner Support Fund provides help from the college towards payment travel costs, childcare, residential fees or equipment required for your course (conditions apply). Speak to the Student Services team for details – 0151 551 7777.
Don't forget, you can seek impartial money advice from The Money Advice Service.
For Higher Education (HE) courses, student loans are available to most students undertaking a full-time degree, foundation degree, HND/HNC, PGCE or Certificate in Education programme.
For more information download our fees and discounts leaflet or call 0151 551 7777.
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. Before applying, you will need to check the course you are applying for is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. You will receive a Learning and Funding Information letter from us when you are offered a place on the course.
It’s easy to apply, your household income isn’t taken into account and there are no credit checks. For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans/further-information
Here are some of the key facts about the loan:
For further information, contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or visit the gov.uk website.
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, currently, 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.
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 Calendar
Don't Forget! You can seek impartial money advice from The Money Advice Service.
Did you know Wirral Met’s support for students with high needs is outstanding and they make exceptional progress*, which means we’re one of the top colleges nationally?
*as confirmed in our Ofsted inspection 2017
We want you to enjoy your time at college and we are here to help. If you need support, just let us know!
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:
You will receive a confidential assessment from a qualified, specialist tutor. They can assess your needs, and work with you to decide what kind of support will help you. This may simply be the loan of some specialist equipment or software. It may be some additional teaching, or perhaps one-to-one support in the classroom or around the college.
Some students only need a small amount of support to help them get on track. Others require longer term support to help them reach their full potential.
Wirral Met College is fully accessible. For details, visit Disabled Go Accessibility Information.
By having access to this service, students who may otherwise have felt unable to carry on with their education can continue and succeed. Our qualified counsellors support students with a variety of challenges including: