Student Services

All students have the opportunity to access support to help you achieve your course and progress to further study and employment.

Learning support is provided by our expert team of Learning Support Assistants, all of whom are experienced in meeting the needs of those with a wide range of learning difficulties and/ or disabilities. Support offered includes:

  • In class support
    Assignment support
  • Functional Skills to include coaching in English, Maths, IT, Business Studies and Social and Communication Skills from Entry to Level 2
  • Tutorial support
  • Careers Advice
  • Support finding a work experience placement
  • Counselling and other Pastoral support, such as mentoring
  • Language support for students for whom English is a second language
  • BSL support (on identified courses)

Functional Skills
All full-time students aged between 16 and 18 years will study some areas of Functional Skills as an integral component of their vocational courses. Apprentices study Functional Skills at the level they need to complete their Apprenticeship Framework. Students over 19 are also encouraged to refresh and accredit their skills alongside vocational study.

BSL support (for fully- funded courses)
Capel Manor welcomes applications from the deaf community. We have a full-time communication support worker to help deaf students in and out of lesson time. Students will be assessed as to their needs and BSL support may be available for fully-funded courses. For courses starting in September 2015 applicants should apply by February 2015 to ensure that suitable arrangements can
be made.

Work Experience
Most of our full-time courses include a period of work experience. We have an extensive database of approved placement providers in all our specialist areas. We also welcome proposals from students and employers for new placements in the UK and abroad. Our work experience mentor can assist you with finding work experience placements.

Open Access
We offer advice, guidance and support to anyone at our regular Open Access sessions. If you are dyslexic or have any other learning difficulty or disability, or if you have difficulty with maths; writing or spelling; structuring an essay; completing an assignment or preparing for your examinations, the Open Access staff can support you.

Pastoral Support
Pastoral support is also available to all our students should they experience difficulties which may hinder their academic or personal development.
Tutorial System
Personal tutors offer support and advice with your studies. A course manager may also be your personal tutor or you may have an additional personal tutor.

Library and ILT Resources
Open access facilities are available in all our libraries. All computers have internet access. Wi-fi access is enabled at identified locations in all centres.

Enriching your college experience


We have an established programme of activities for students at our Enfield centre, and are now planning to expand student activities to all our centres. All centres run the Jack Petchey Award Scheme, where students can be nominated for achievement awards and receive a cash sum to be spent on something to benefit all students.

Students are encouraged to get involved in volunteering within the wider Capel community at all centres. There are also a number of outings, projects and field trips that are run in conjunction with the vocational courses, to enhance and enrich students’ learning:

Relaxation (at Enfield and Gunnersbury Park only)
The centre at Enfield has a newly- refurbished student common room, which opens daily at lunchtime for all students and features a full-sized pool table and competition- sized table football. There are also sofas to relax on and board games, magazines and books. At our Gunnersbury Park centre, a student area with table tennis and table football is available.

Sports (at Enfield only)
Footballs, rugby balls and basketballs are all available for students to borrow, while softball, Kwick cricket and volleyball games are played during the spring and summer terms. There are two full sized goals for football on the playing fields as well as a basketball net. The College runs a boys football team which has fixtures against local schools and colleges, and plans to run a girls football team.

Art Activities
During the course of the year we aim to run various arts activities to include: painting, competitions, origami and newsletters. Please ask the Activities Coordinators if you have any particular requests and they will try to arrange this.

Each year teams of students get involved in Children In Need and Sport Relief, devising ways of raising money for good causes.

Christmas Show
There is a Christmas Show put on by the students for the students, which gives opportunities to students who would like to sing or dance.

Ad Hoc events
These include sign language classes, yoga, salsa dancing and street dance.

Freshers Fayre
This successful event is held at the start of the new academic year for all Enfield students.

Team Capel

Capel Manor College is a charity. Whilst the College is funded by the government and the course fees we collect, we still need to raise around three million pounds every year to enrich our service.
The College benefits from practical work undertaken by its students.

Team Capel can help make the College an even better place to study or visit through:

1. Volunteering – in the gardens, at the farm, working with animals or in the College’s administration and learning support services.

2. Mentoring – peer mentors from vocational areas help young students to adapt to college life, complete course work and develop independent skills. Mentors work closely with the Student Services team. They receive one full day of training at the start of the year and attend termly workshop sessions.

Team Capel members extend their own and other students’ learning experience with the College. All new and returning students are warmly invited to apply to join Team Capel which is available at the Enfield, Gunnersbury Park and Crystal Palace Park centres.