Support For Student Carers

Student Carers deal with the responsibility of caring for a friend or family member. This caring unpaid role can impact on their education, wellbeing and career. The College recognises them as a vulnerable group and is committed to providing additional support.

Are you a student carer?

If you provide or intend to provide substantial care for a family member or friend on a regular basis who is disabled, physically or mentally ill, has a long-term illness or a substance misuse problem, you are legally defined as a Carer.

We feel it is important that Student Carers studying at SERC are supported throughout their course. We understand that Student Carers face many barriers to full engagement in college life and learning and we want to help them overcome these to achieve their best result from their time with us.

We are committed to being as accessible and inclusive as possible.

At SERC we can offer help, information, support, and advice.

We understand Student Carers may need:

  • Time out to call home
  • Extra time to complete assignments
  • Information about their rights
  • Information about welfare services

This support is available to carers of all ages.

You can identify as a Student Carer before you start your course. Look out for the option when using the online enrolment system. Alternatively you can email the Student Carer Co-ordinator, Marie Jameson: at any stage and we will work with you individually to develop your Carers Learning Support Plan.

"My course and education are important, but I have other priorities and responsibilities that I need to deal with first. I have found the card particularly useful if there is a new tutor as it means they instantly know I am a Young Carer and some flexibility is required.”

SERC Student 2021

“Having a Student Carer Card at SERC recognises the additional challenges I face daily. It removes the stress of having to explain when I need to step out of class to take a call relating to my mother’s care, arrive in late or need to rush home early."

SERC Student 2021