“Learners benefit from exceptionally good pastoral support and additional learning support that help them to… achieve their aspirations.” Ofsted, 2016

Senior Tutors

You will be assigned a senior tutor when you start at college. Meeting on a weekly basis in Tutorials and Progress Hours, tutors provide you with exceptional and constant support, along with the most up-to-date information.


Inclusive Learning

Our experienced and professional IL team provide specialist support if you have specific learning needs. The breadth of support is extensive, from learning difficulties to accessibility, and so much more. Every student’s needs are different and IL ensure that support is there for anyone who may need it.

The Inclusive Learning Team will liaise closely with schools, external agencies, college teachers and senior tutors to ensure that all are working together to meet your needs.

IL support students with an Education, Health and Care Plan: starting with transition, removing barriers to learning and planning appropriate support, ensuring an inclusive approach.

Inclusive Learning help students who have:

  • Specific Learning Differences
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Social and emotional difficulties
  • A Hearing Impairment
  • A Visual Impairment
  • Physical and/or Medical Conditions

Inclusive Learning will also support any students who are having problems with:

  • Planning and Organisation
  • SPaG
  • Study skills and revision techniques
  • Writing skills and proofreading
  • Preparing for exams
  • Functional literacy and numeracy

Inclusive Learning are based in the GH building, just behind the library. You can contact them at inclusivelearning@asfc.ac.uk



Our on-site counsellors are available to listen and provide a confidential service for those with personal or emotional problems. There are many ways a student can see the College Counsellor including a referral from your Senior Tutor, by contacting the Counsellors directly, or by filling out a counselling slip outside the Counsellor's Office.

Claire Shaw and Anna Fletcher are the current College Counsellors, based in Student Services on the ground floor of the main building. 

For any useful Mental Health or Health contact click here.


Multi-faith Chaplaincy

For people of all faiths and none. The Chaplaincy and the Peace Garden were designed by students for your benefit. Whether you wish to pray, light a candle or take a moment, the chaplaincy door is always open. Throughout the year, the Chaplaincy welcomes people of many religions and none. Students and staff visit the Chaplaincy on both a regular and ad-hoc basis. The Chaplaincy is responsible for many community events and leads Remembrance services throughout the year, as well as services of reflection. 


College Bursary and Free College Meals

The College Bursary supports those 16-19 year olds who have financial struggles. There are various bursaries available that can assist you throughout your studies. More information on bursaries and eligibility can be found at www.asfc.ac.uk/bursary

Ray O'Neill is situated in Student Services reception and can be contacted via email at ray.oneill@asfc.ac.uk



College is a time where you’ll be making some important decisions about your future. Our dedicated Careers Advisers provide you with the support and guidance to make informed choices. From CV help to UCAS applications to interview preparation, our careers advisers are here to answer your questions and help you understand your options. You can make an appointment to visit the Careers department at Student Services Reception. You can also drop in to the Careers Department, just off the main corridor of the main building, or email them at careers@asfc.ac.uk

Alongside one to one advice, you will also have a comprehensive programme of opportunities to support your employability and progression. This will be a core part of your tutorial programme, curriculum and extra-curricular activities. The college has a dedicated Guidance Team who work with a range of partners to make sure our students leave Ashton with the skills, experience and knowledge they need to excel in their chosen field. You can view our Careers Education, Information and Guidance policy, programme and strategy here. For more information, please contact Hazel Kindley, our Careers Leader.


Learning Resources

Our professional team of Learning Assistants are based across the Library, IT Centre and ST1.1. They offer help and guidance across our IT and Learning Resource areas. Whether you want to take out a book, find an online resource or need to print something, the Learning Assistants are situated in our Learning Zones to help you!