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We know how important it is for you to receive strong support and guidance throughout your studies – particularly if you are returning to education after a long break. We can provide help and suport in many ways.

Course enquiries

If you have a general enquiry on a course you have identified in the Courses Section please contact the Course and Information Team on 01325 503030 or email

Impartial Advice and Guidance

If you are unsure which course or pathway is right for you, why not talk to one of our Careers Guidance Advisers. All interviews are confidential, impartial and free and are without obligation. The Guidance Team can also help you with progression routes both within the college and other higher education establishments. For more information on the services available or to book an appointment with a Careers Guidance Adviser, call 01325 503040.


Visit the Jobpod in Guidance Services in the Learning Resource Centre. You can look at current job vacancies advertised on the notice board, search job sites on the internet using laptops and use the jobsearch online packages:

  • Ace interviews
  • Applications online
  • Talking jobs

Browse through books in the Careers Library to get hints and tips about how to find a job or book an appointment with a Career Guidance Adviser for help with:

  • Producing a CV
  • Finding jobs
  • Completing job application forms
  • Interview techniques

Look out for times of Jobpod drop in sessions advertised on Fronter Virtual Learning Environment.

Short of time? Visit Guidance Services Fronter classroom for hints and tips on CV preparation, interview techniques and job searching skills and access to all the online software.

For more information email: or pop into the LRC and speak to the team.

Additional Learning Support

The Additional Learning Support Team can provide the extra support you may need to help you achieve on your course such as:

  • support in accessing the facilities
  • dyslexia, hearing and visual support
  • specialist equipment, adapted course material and other resources
  • special exam arrangements

Studying at the college is not only about gaining a qualification, but about enjoying the whole experience while you are here. To discuss your needs in confidence contact the Additional Learning Support Team on 01325 503190 or email them at

Disability Services – Teesside University

The advisers in Disability Services offer advice and information on entitlements, facilities, specialist equipment, access and exam provision and can negotiate arrangements with other agencies or parts of the University or College. You may be eligible for external funding through the Disabled Students’ Allowances to meet the cost of support such as specialist equipment, dyslexia tuition, note taking or mobility support. In the first instance you should make contact with an adviser to begin the process prior to starting your course. Support can take several months to arrange so early contact is recommended.

The Assessment Centre on Teesside (ACT) is available to disabled people who have applied to study in further and higher education at any institution. They currently provide services to people who are visually impaired, hearing impaired, wheelchair users or people with mobility difficulties, medical conditions, autistic spectrum disorders, mental health service users and people with specific learning difficulties (for example dislexia). Experienced staff within ACT are trained to address your additional support needs. This will help you to access funding you may be entitled to, such as Disabled Students’ Allowances. Contact Teesside University on 01642 342277 or email disability’


If you are finding that your study is putting extra pressure on you or you would like to talk to somebody in complete confidence about a personal issue, the college offers a free and confidential counselling service.


A range of childcare services are available at our modern purpose built centre in Darlington which caters for children aged 6 weeks to 14 years old. The centre is open Monday to Friday 8.00am to 5.30pm and has received an outstanding Ofsted report which can be obtained from the centre. For more information or a visit, please contact the Childcare Centre on 01325 503144.

Use of Facilities

Whilst you are on a higher education course you will have access to facilities at Darlington College, and Teesside University Middlesbrough. For more information on the facilities on offer at Teesside University please contact the University directly on 01642 218121.

Learning Resources

The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) provides access to a wide range of textbooks, reference books, journals, magazines, DVDs, CD-Roms and online resources. Most books can be taken out on loan on production of a current college ID Card. Within the LRC students have access to fully networked and internet enabled computers. Information and online resources are available through Fronter, the college’s Virtual Learning Environment which can be accessed by all students to obtain course materials uploaded by your tutors.


Within Darlington College there is a variety of hot and cold dishes available in the Food Court which is open till 8.00pm Monday to Thursday during term time. The Glasshouse Restaurant is also open lunch times and selected evenings and the Gateway provides a great place for relaxing in between classes. There is a Cafe serving Costa Coffee and a range of hot dishes and sandwiches within the Teesside University Darlington campus.

Student Identification (ID) Cards

When you enrol at Darlington College, you will need to obtain an Identification Card. Your ID card will need to be on your person at all times when you are on college premises. Access into the college will not be granted without your card and you will need your card to access the Learning Resource Centre. This card is your responsibility and a cost will be incurred if you require a replacement.

Get Involved

There are a number of activities you can get involved in at the college, such as:

The Student Association
Becoming a Student Representative
Student Council
For more information on any of these, contact the Student Support Manager 01325 503036.

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