Call into ASC if you need careers guidance, advice on student finances or personal counselling. They offer an impartial and confidential service and can provide information on careers, courses, personal or health issues, student funding and welfare.

Our ASC team are here to help if you have questions about student finance, careers or future study options or would you like help with job applications.

They also offer counselling support if you are worried about any personal issues including mental health.

You can even use our ASC team before you join the college. If you are thinking about studying here our ASC team can help. You can speak to our advisers about financial support, your future plans and career goals.

Our specialist staff offer drop-in sessions for quick queries or appointments for more in-depth chats.

Download our  pdf Statement Of Service (62 KB)  

Throughout your course, full-time students are entitled to a careers education programme, please click here to access the  pdf Careers Education, Information and Guidance Policy (193 KB) .

  • Contact details and opening times

    Please do not hesitate to get in touch:

    0191 375 4400

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      Term time Out of term time
    Monday 8.30am-6pm 8.30am-5pm
    Tuesday 8.30am-6pm 8.30am-5pm
    Wednesday 8.30am-6pm 8.30am-5pm
    Thursday 8.30am-5pm 8.30am-5pm
    Friday 8.30am-4.15pm 8.30am-4.15pm
    Weekends Closed

    ASC is also open during events throughout the year.

  • Student funding and welfare

    Get advice on student funding, finance and welfare.

    • Funding for further and higher education courses
    • Advice for Home, EU and Overseas students
    • Guidance on loans, grants and bursaries
    • Support with completing applications to educational Trusts and Charities
    • Referrals to specialist agencies for welfare issues
    • Advice on childcare funding

    Contact ASC for details on how to book an appointment or attend one of the drop in sessions.

  • Support through counselling

    If you’re struggling with a personal, emotional or mental health issues, counselling could help.

    Personal Counselling

    Get in touch to talk to our professionally trained Counsellor in a confidential setting. Talking about how you are feeling may enable you to make changes in your life or help you to come to terms with things that you can't change.

    Our College Counsellor will listen so you are able to share any worries - expressing how you feel may help if you are feeling isolated. If appropriate, you may also discuss other agencies or services that may be helpful.

    Mental Health Support

    • Advice and support with your mental health
    • Support with course related issues
    • Help to develop a strategy plan
    • Support to help you adjust to changes 
    • Advice on how to look after your mental wellbeing
    • Potential referral

    Please do not hesitate to get in touch:

    Counselling Service

    ASC (Advice Support Careers)

    0191 375 4400 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Drop In is available every lunchtime between 12pm to 1pm, term time only

    Useful Contacts

     - mental health helpline (24/7) 0800 516 171

    Samaritans - National Freephone 116 123

     - free, safe and anonymous online support for young people (11 to 18yrs)

     - free, safe and anonymous mental wellbeing support for adults (18+) across the UK

    You can access help in a crisis from your local Accident & Emergency Department (24 hours)

  • Careers and course guidance

    Our specialist advisers are here to give practical help on career planning, university level study options and applying for jobs.

    We offer 'drop-in' sessions with an IAG Practitioner for quick queries. You can also arrange a longer appointment, if you need more detailed advice. Qualified and experienced specilist staff, offer imparital guidance on the following:

    • Help to identify your preferred course and study options
    • Preparation for your course and work placement interviews
    • Course progression and career planning
    • Help with a variety of employability skills including: CV writing, letter writing, application forms, job interview techniques, labour market information
    • Preparing for University including: Applying via UCAS, personal statements, UCAS extra, UCAS clearing
    • Postgraduate study options
    • Graduate employment and internship opportunities

    Download our  pdf Careers Booklet (5.25 MB) to find out about our Careers Programme.


    • Access to careers information on a wide range of jobs from administrator to youth worker and body piercing to zoologist
    • Access to information on universities and colleges
    • Advice on choosing and applying to HE (including UCAS) career choice and job search
    • Sample application letters and CVs

    Computer Programmes

    • International Comparisons (UK ENIC) is the designated United Kingdom national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills. It performs this official function on behalf of the UK Government and UK qualifications.

    Useful websites:


  • Learner Development Co-ordinator (LDC)

    Our LDC designs and delivers tutorial sessions and can provide advice, information and support on a range of issues, including:

    • Substance Issues (drugs, alcohol, smoking)
    • Healthy Lifestyles
    • Relationships, Sex and Contraception
    • Staying Safe
    • Safeguarding Issue & Bullying.

    Personal Support

    The LDC can provide one to one support on a rage of academic and welfare issues, however the LDC is not a counselling service, but a listening, advocacy and where appropriate a sign posting service.  They can provide support on a range of issues including:

    • Academic or Disciplinary Issues
    • Substance Misuse including Smoking Cessation
    • LGBTQ+ and Gender Identity
    • Bullying
    • Access to free sanitary products 

    Contraception and Sexual Health (CASH)

    • The LDC runs the college’s confidential C-Card scheme that is accessible to all students under the age of 25 years.
    • The LDC also offers a pregnancy testing and support service for students but this is by appointment only.
    • STI Screening
    • Referral to emergency contraception and other CASH/GUM services where appropriate.

    For further information:

    The LDC  is located in the Students’ Union Office (SP10) behind Starbucks in the Sport and Music Building. 

    The Students’ Union is open:

    Monday-Thursday 8.30am 5pm
    Friday 8.30am 4.30pm

    Telephone:  0191 375 4546

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  • Careers Programme

    The Careers Programme shows the careers and activities you can expect whilst studying at .

    Download our  pdf ASC Careers Booklet (5.25 MB)

Not sure it these links below are needed, but I’ve written them just in case - JG