There’s no need to feel isolated when you study here. We match every student to a Personal Tutor, who takes responsibility for your learning and development during your time with us.
Personal tutors meet students either individually or in small groups to review progress, signpost further learning opportunities and identify areas for more work. They’re a valuable part of University Centre Somerset life, and many students form lasting connections with the individuals who steer them through their studies.
Your Personal Tutor is responsible for monitoring your progress during your course as well as your general welfare. They will work closely with you to build your Individual Learning Plan (see section below), reviewing and recording your progress and achievements and helping you to map out your future.
If you have any problems about any aspect of your studies you can get confidential, advice from your Personal Tutor. You will have the opportunity to discuss your course and any aspects of it that are troubling you as well as be encouraged and expected to think about your future and what steps you need to take to achieve your goals.
Your Individual Learning Plan (ILP)
An ILP is a record of your progress while on your course. It contains details of your qualifications to date, discussions you have had with your tutor about learning, acheivements, career ideas, career action plan and attendence records. It is a shared report, recording all activities during your time with us.
Some of your tutorials will be with a larger group of students and these sessions focus on your welfare and your personal and social skills. Group tutorials focus on subjects such as sexual health, drug and alcohol advice and financial skills. The group tutorials often link into themed weeks or days such as the annual Freshers Fair for new students, National Stop Smoking Day, One World Week and European Citizenship.
Working alongside the Student Union, we work hard to make your time here as rewarding and diverse as possible. Our Enrichment Team develop themed weeks and days throughout the year that include live bands, food tastings, demonstrations and presentations.
You will also be able to take part in a number of activities and trips that relate directly to your course, such as industrial visits, trips to tradeshows and exhibitions and visits abroad.