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Essential Student Support

The essential support page is here to provide you with information, advice and support that you can receive whilst at college to help ensure that you have a positive learner journey experience. The essential support page also includes useful external agency information, including out of hours help and advice. 

Please use the information and links included on this page, which will be regularly updated with the latest news and advice, to guide and support you as we adapt to this new method of home-study and online-learning.


We are looking forward to welcoming you to BLC during induction week.  The College will continue into 2021/22 to ensure that we comply with the latest government guidance on COVID -19  to keep students and staff safe whilst at college.

Buxton & Leek College are still asking all students to bring face coverings into college and we recommend that you wear them in busy spaces, such as communal areas and in some workshops and classrooms.

Before you start your programme with us, you should undertake a Lateral Flow Covid Test.

You can book a test at one of our on-site test centres in Buxton, Leek or Derby, if you want to come in to college for a test or you can undertake a home test and report this to the College on 0800 074 0099 if the result is positive.

Our on-site test centre is available for Buxton & Leek students to attend for an advance test between 10am and 3pm on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of September. For Derby students the on-site test centre at Kedleston Road is now open from 8.15am and 2pm.  It is essential that you book in advance before travelling to college for an on-site test.  The online booking system can be accessed through this link…

You will be invited to take a second test at our on-site test centre within your first week, this will be arranged by your tutor.  Following this, students should continue to undertake home testing up to twice per week until government guidance changes.  The College is able to provide supplies of home test kits from 13th September.

For further information and updated on COVID -19 please look at our website

Find our latest Updates below: 


Extenuating Circumstance Form - maths & English - Summer 2021

This form is to be completed by any Buxton & Leek student requiring ‘special consideration’ when final Teacher Assessed Grades in Maths or English GCSE are being awarded this summer.

If you fall into this category please complete the below form:

Extenuating circumstances form - M&E
By submitting this form you are confirming that you have read and accepted the Privacy Policy. You are consenting to Buxton & Leek College sending you information about this event. We will also use your data for internal performance reports. We will only use your data in connection with this request.
Are you feeling anxious about coronavirus?

We understand that this can be a difficult time for many people, please visit the links below for tips and advice on maintaining positive mental health during lockdown.

Click here to view the latest advice from Young Minds

Student Letter – January 2021

How to look after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak

A student survival guide to self-isolation

Worried about exam results?

If you’re feeling worried or anxious about your exam results, take a look at our Managing Worries about exam results information here to find some useful tips.

union of students

The Buxton office is currently closed, but the team are still available to offer support and advice to students. Please contact Emma Taylor on or call 01298 330603 .

The Union Advice Service is available Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm for appointments by phone or skype. Please book online here or email You can also access information about course reps by accessing the following link

financial support

The application form for Financial Support in 2021/22 is now available for students looking to study with us from September.

Both new and returning students will need to complete a ‘Financial Support Fund‘ application form (a Universal application for all the Bursaries we administer at Buxton and Leek College), in order to receive financial support towards additional course costs such as travel, equipment, uniform, childcare (learners aged 20+) etc.

Visit Financial Support – Buxton & Leek College ( and follow the steps to get started.

Please note that the Financial Support Fund team will be on Annual leave at points over the Summer – please do not panic if you contact us and don’t receive a response, we will answer any queries you leave by email/ phone as soon as we return.

The Financial Support Fund for students studying with us in 2020/21 has now closed.

If you have received any additional payments on Friday 9 July, Friday 16 July or Friday 23 July and not received notification of what the payments are – please be assured our team are emailing each student individually a breakdown of what has been awarded and will text you to confirm once this has been sent within the next few weeks.

Q. Will I be paid be paid regular Bursary over the Summer?

A No, all Bursary payments are term time only.

Unfortunately the College is no longer receiving any additional funding directly to us to cover Free College Meals over the holidays either.

We have been advised that for any Students/ Parents who wish to claim additional support, you must do so through your Local Authority who are currently receiving this support from the Government.

For students who reside in Derbyshire you can apply here

For students who reside in Staffordshire and Cheshire you must alert us to apply on your behalf (this may be subject to change) – if you have not already done so please contact – financial support is not guaranteed and is assessed on a case by case basis.


Please be assured that the Careers & Employment Service- including the Work Experience team- is here for you just as ever. There are a range of resources online that you can access from home which will help you plan for your future career and boost your employability. We are also offering personalised advice through digital 1-2-1 appointment via skype or phonecalls.

library services

Please find below the Library/HUB Opening hours from Monday 8th March


Monday – Thursday: 8.30am – 7pm

Friday: 8.30am – 6pm

Saturday: 12pm-4pm


Monday – Tuesday: 8.30am – 5pm

Wednesday – Friday: 8.30am – 4pm

Both libraries are now open for browsing, borrowing and the use of PCs/study spaces. As part of our Covid-19 safety measures, students must have a booking before they enter the Library/HUB. Students can make a booking here.


To speed up the experience at Leek HUB, the booking of PCs will now be done by the Library Team. If you would like to use a PC, please visit the HUB and a member of the team will assist you if a PC is available. This change only applies to the Leek HUB, all Buxton Students should continue to book their visit in advance for the time being.

If you would like to book a Silent study space or use one of the laptops in the Quiet Area, you will need to continue to book, you can do this here.

Is the Library/HUB open for me to use?

The Devonshire Library and Leek HUB are open for students that want to browse our books or use a PC/study space. All students must have a booking before coming into the Library/HUB. For information about our opening hours and to make a booking, please visit our website. If you need any help or support, please contact the Library on 01332 591215 or email us on

Do I need to return my Laptop?

As you will be studying on campus and at home, laptops that were loaned out in December/January will continue to renew automatically each week, unless you receive an email recall notice from the Library service. If you receive a recall notice from the Library service, please return your laptop to the Library/HUB. If you have any queries about your account, please contact the Library on 01332 591215 or email us on

You can find the Subject Guides via this link – look for your subject in the list.

Each Guide has information on using books and eBooks, using our search engine, Discover to find articles and more, and provides links to useful websites. There is also help with using Harvard referencing.

If you have further questions, there’s a web-chat icon in the bottom right corner of every Subject Guide page that students can click on and ask a question. You can also book places at Academic Librarian Clinics for specific queries (on the calendar, look for the ones called ‘Buxton and Leek students’).

You can take a look at our virtual tour here.

You can now also access our library FE subject guides by following this link


Ingrid Keith is offering Chaplaincy support with Spiritual Well-Being and has found a helpful link for students to gain support too-

If you would like a confidential chat with a Chaplain, please email and a Teams call can be set up to talk about religion, spirituality or anything you are worried about during these uncertain times.