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Our Services to Support Adult Learners

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Financial Support

Finances shouldn’t be a barrier to education – there is support in place for our adult students who require it. As a student at Middlesbrough College, you will have access to:

  • Free or reimbursed travel
  • A food bank
  • A clothing bank
  • Wellbeing hub

Paying for your course

There are a range of options to help fund your course at Middlesbrough College.

An Advanced Learner Loan is a UK Government scheme for people wanting to return to study. This is paid directly to the College covering the costs of your tuition fees and you don’t have to start repaying the loan until you are in employment and earning over £27,295 per year.

Also available is a Learner Support Loan which can help with equipment costs and travel expenses.

If you are having difficulties, please speak to student services.

Find out more about Course Fees and Financial Support here
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Travelling to College

All unemployed adult learners can access free* bus travel during their studies at Middlesbrough College.

The MC Mover is our free shuttle bus from outside the BBC Building on Newport Road to and from the College. This service runs weekdays during term time only and you will be required to show your student lanyard.

All Stagecoach and Arriva North East services in the Tees Valley are also free for unemployed adult services within term times. Production of a valid College ID card and a travel sticker (purchased at Student Services) is required. 

*Please note, there is a £5 administration fee if you travel by bus for your travel sticker and this is payable each term

We also have dedicated MC coach services from Easington, Ingleby Barwick, Great Ayton, New Marske/Saltburn, and Guisborough available. 

Reimbursed train travel is available to full-time students from certain stations. You will be required to purchase a train ticket and the reception staff at 2 Queens Square will reimburse your fare upon receipt of the ticket on a weekly basis.

Free parking is available at our STEM Centre which is a short walk to 2 Queens Square. You will be reimbursed per mile travelled if you are using your own car. We cannot provide a refund if you use a taxi.

All reimbursements are paid directly into your bank account.

View the Campus Map here

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Careers Advice

Making the right career choice is important; but can be difficult as there are so many options available.  Don’t worry if you don’t know what you want to do in the future – you are not alone!

We provide careers information and advice to help you make informed decisions about the options best suited to you. 

Our mentors or careers advisers can help by providing impartial advice and guidance on:

  • Choosing courses at College or University
  • Exploring ideas about different careers 
  • Choosing options at the end of your course
  • CV and application form support
  • Preparing you for interviews and presentations

One of our main goals is to support you in moving into work. Most courses will have an element of employability skills included and we run weekly sessions to support the development of your CV to help you secure those all-important interviews.

Our Employment Engagement team are based onsite to help with all the above and will be happy to assist you.

Contact the Career Team:

Call: 01642 333257


Find out more about Career Advice here

Additional Learning Support

All adult students will attend an information session before they start their course with our Training and Engagement team. If you have any additional learning needs, please make staff aware during this session and we can put in plans to help you.

Ranging from dyslexia support or other learning difficulties, to visual impairment and physical mobility problems, our team of experienced staff will work with you to provide a bespoke support package.

We also have access to translation services along with many other educational support services.

Find out more about Additional Learning Support here

Student Welfare

Our qualified student support team are able to offer support to help you with any difficulties you may be experiencing whilst studying at College. The service is available to adult learners and is free and confidential. Students seek support from the Counselling Service for various issues such as anxiety, bereavement and study problems. 

At 2 Queens Square, we have a multi faith prayer room located on the 4th floor with wash facilities available.

We have dedicated staff who will help and support you with any of your needs from well-being, care packages and food parcels. They will do what they can before seeking additional support from main site student services.

Your tutor is the first port of call as a student, but they will refer you to our dedicated member of the team if needed. Adam is located in room Q1.005 on the first floor at 2 Queens Square should you need additional support.

Find out more about Student Welfare here

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