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Career guidance

We offer impartial career guidance to all students at any stage of their studies. 

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Course info

You can speak to your student adviser for in-depth information.

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Tutorial coach

All full-time students aged 16-18 are allocated a Tutorial Coach to support you throughout your time with us. They offer one-to-one progress reviews, provide information and advice about anything, and are always there for a chat.

Financial support

We believe nothing should get in the way of your education here at SSMS. To that end, there is a variety of financial support available for all age groups. 

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Student services

Get in touch with our Student Services support team on all of the following:

  • =Advice and guidance on course and training information.
  • Financial support information, advice and guidance.
  • Student counselling appointments.
  • Signposting to other services.
  • Any other questions you may have.

If you have any queries, please get in touch: see below

Getting ready

We know you’ll be excited to get started! You can discover what to do, wear and prepare to be ready to begin. 

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International students

We welcome students from all over, and want to make your time here as fun and productive as it can be.

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Learning support

We create personalised study programmes for all of our students so they can continue to achieve. We bring learning to life and offer support and guidance through every step of your college journey.

We want to help every student develop confidence, self-motivation, independence and life skills. That’s why our Additional Learning Support (ALS) team will work with you to produce a bespoke support package.

Get in touch with our ALS team for more information, see below.

Distance learning

SSMS adapts to the needs of our students. That’s why we offer a variety of remote and blended learning, so you can learn in a way that suits you.

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Gym Facilities

Our recently refurbished 1861 Lifestyle Centre offers a first-class training facility and provides a personal, practical and enjoyable approach to fitness. It boasts a fully fitted gym with the latest fitness equipment, a large studio area and excellent changing and shower facilities.  There are a range of competitively-priced membership options, fitness classes and optional personal training sessions. Our friendly team is always on hand to provide advice and instruction for every fitness level.

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Whether you’re struggling with stress from college, or unrelated problems, we offer one-on-one, confidential counselling from our qualified counsellor. They can help with crisis points or longer term problems,  and can refer you onwards or help you access specialist help.

You can make an appointment by leaving a message via phone call, dropping into student services, or you may wish to speak to a tutor who can make an appointment on your behalf. You can email via the link at the Get in touch of the page


If you would like to speak to someone urgently, please contact our Westoe Campus Safeguarding Team
via the link at the bottom of the page. If you are unable to contact a safeguarding officer, please contact staff below in the order they appear:

Email and call Eve Oliver (Safeguarding & Wellbeing Officer) at the bottom of the page.

Email and call Eamonn Murphy (Safeguarding Lead) at the bottom of the page.

Email and call Jackie Gates (Head of Student Services) at the bottom of the page.

If you are concerned for yourself or someone else, you can also contact our sos email address at the bottom of the page.

If your concern doesn’t require immediate attention, please speak to a wellbeing advisor in the student services hub located on campus or email using the link at the bottom of the page.


Students' Union

As well as providing students with social activities, our Students’ Union ensures everyone can have a say and acts as an important communication link between students and the college management team. If there is something you think can be improved, you can liaise with current representatives – or why not run for a position yourself.

Work experience (pre-Cadet trip)

Throughout many of our Maritime courses you will attain hands-on experience. This can have many benefits to your wellbeing: as well as greater enjoyment in your course itself, it can provide you with a sense of confidence in your ability both to get a job and to perform successfully in your career.

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Other trips to local ports and companies

Having social interaction and taking time for your interests is vital for your wellbeing, especially as a new student. We are committed to ensuring there are options to help every student enjoy their time with us.
During our pre-cadet course, you’ll get chance to gain experience of industry with local visits and trips.