Plumpton College

Ditchling Road, Plumpton, Lewes, BN7 3AE

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Student support

Disability support

Through the College’s Learner Support Department we offer an easily accessible service ensuring that no students are disadvantaged throughout their learning. 

Support is available in the following areas: 

  • Specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia 
  • Mobility difficulties
  • Hearing impairments
  • Visual impairments
  • Mental health difficulties
  • Other disabilities and long-term medical conditions

If you have a disability (such as dyslexia) or a medical condition which may have implications for your time at College, it is vital that you discuss this with your Tutor so we can ensure that reasonable adjustments can be made on your behalf.

Student Support 

Each student at Plumpton is allocated a Tutor whose role is to guide and support you through your course. Full-time students can expect to receive at least one individual tutorial per term and part-time students one individual tutorial per year. In these tutorials, your academic progress will be discussed and a written record kept. This is used as a means of tracking your progress. Welfare and financial issues can also be discussed. Sometimes help from the Tutor can make all the difference to the outcome of your studies. You don’t need to wait for your Tutor to ask to see you for your tutorial; you are welcome to drop in at any time if you have any concerns at all about your course. 

Student Services Team 

The Student Services Office is situated in the main corridor, next to the Common Room and is open 24 hrs a day. This office provides the main source of student welfare support and staff are here to help with any problem. 

  • Lost Property 
  • First aid. If necessary they will rush you to A&E!
  • Informal support & Advice
  • Access to the counselling service
  • Site Security
  • Room allocation in the hostel accommodation on site. Over the summer period they also organise listings of local accommodation and lodgings and can offer advice to people seeking accommodation in the area.
  • Social events at the College.

College Chaplain

There are many problems associated with student life to which religion can make a positive contribution and the Chaplain is available to help in whatever way he can. This is an ecumenical service which can provide care and support for any denomination or faith. Furthermore, the Chaplain can provide this service for those with no religious beliefs if requested. 


Counselling is provided for the times when college life, for whatever reason, becomes difficult. All of us experience problems at some times in our lives. We may feel confused, stressed and alone. Difficulties come in many forms: sometimes they can emerge from a personal crisis; sometimes from a stage of development in our lives. Often our problems can affect our work or studies. 

Many people are unsure about what is bothering them when they come for counselling. For instance, there may be a feeling of depression, of being overwhelmed, or of things generally not feeling quite right. The counsellor will try to help you identify the cause of the feelings, and if you wish, to work through the difficulties and if possible, resolve them. 

The main thing to realise is that you are not alone with your worries. We have a Counselling Service for students, and counsellors are available at all the main sites. Our free confidential service is often quicker to respond than a referral from your G.P.

What makes us different?

The College has funds available to help assist students, depending on their circumstances.

We offer a Guaranteed bursary  

You are eligible for a payment of up to £1200 each year if you are between 16 and 18 and are:  

  • in care  
  • a care leaver
  • on income support in your own name
  • receiving Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance in your own name.

A Travel Bursary: Subsidised bus tickets are available for those from households with an income of below £22,000.

Meal Tickets: Subsidised meal tickets are available for those who were entitled to free school meals whilst at school.  

Residential Support Funds: For those students who wish to be resident at college there might be some assistance available for residential costs.  

Other financial support: Some support is available for helping with college trips and the necessary kit for your course.   

Application for this assistance is enclosed with your Offer letter following interview. 

The Government also offers:  

Care to Learn - If you are aged under 20 when you commence your course and are a parent you could be eligible for assistance with your child care costs. The Care to Learn scheme will pay up to £160 per week for child care with an Ofsted registered child care provider whilst you are at College, together with any registration fees (up to £80) or deposit (up to £250) to secure a place. Payments are made direct to the Child Care Provider. There is also help available for additional travel costs incurred whilst travelling to and from Child Care Provider and the College, which will be reimbursed to you via the College.  

Further information is available via the website, following the link Money to Learn.  

Free Childcare for Training and Learning to Work - If you are aged over 20 and have a partner who is working, with an income of less than £20,000 per annum, you may be eligible to receive assistance with child care costs under this scheme. For more information contact your local Job Centre Plus or look at website


College Bus - The College has an extensive bus network that covers most of East Sussex and a lot of West Sussex.

Public Bus - the 166 public bus service which departs from various stops in Lewes and Haywards Heath. For a timetable, please visit 

Train - regular trains run to Lewes and Haywards Heath where a connecting College bus can be caught. There are not many services to Plumpton station outside of rush hour times and there are only Bus services via our College Bus service

Additional information


The College has residential facilities for 200 students. Residency is open to everyone but is prioritised for those whose courses involve routines and those for whom daily travel would be difficult. Financial assistance may be available.