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Supporting our students

The Student Support Department provides support for students in all aspects of their lives at the BSO, inside and outside school. We offer an open door policy and are here to support and advise you with any issues at any time during your course. We offer a confidential, impartial service.

Welfare Advice

Our Student Support Officer is available to give advice and support on issues such as:

  • Higher Education student finance
  • Personal issues
  • Childcare issues
  • Other sources of funding
  • Budgeting advice


Whilst the BSO does not have its own student accommodation, the Student Support team makes every effort to help students find suitable private accommodation.

Student Counsellor

All BSO students have access to free confidential counselling with a professionally trained and qualified counsellor by appointment.

Learning Support

Our Student Learning Advisors are available to support students with academic skills. We offer workshops and 1:1 support which can be tailored to suit.

Disability Advice

The can advise and support you with:

  • Applying for disabled students allowance
  • Implementing reasonable adjustments
  • Diagnostic assessments
  • Technical needs assessments
  • Provision of support workers

If you have a disability or health condition we would strongly encourage you to let the Admissions team know from the outset. This way, appropriate provisions can be made to support you throughout your application to the BSO, and ensure everything can be in place for the start of your studies. If you would like to discuss your personal needs, or any reasonable adjustments which may be required for you to access the course,

word BSO's Disability Statement for Prospective Students
word BSO's Single Equality Scheme and Plan 2012-2015
word GOsC Guidance for Applicants and Students with a Disability or Health Impairment
 NMH at the BSO