Additional Learning Support

The College recognises that high quality support is an essential part of learner success. Learners on courses at all levels are entitled to learning support to help develop the skills, behaviour and attitudes to achieve their full potential and succeed in their academic goals.

The Learner Services team can help you improve all the skills you need for study such as literacy and numeracy, essay writing, managing your time, understanding complicated tasks as well as boosting your motivation and achievements. We encourage learners to tell us about identified or possible support needs when they apply. The information is treated in the strictest confidence and only shared with relevant people.

The main point of contact will be a key worker who is there to give ongoing support, advice and encouragement. They will arrange a support plan with you and your tutors and may also liaise with external agencies on your behalf. Your key worker can arrange taster days on selected courses and transition programmes to help you familiarise yourself with College life.

Deafness and Hearing Loss

If you inform us you are deaf or have a hearing loss that will impact on your learning, a member of the Learner Services Team will contact you to discuss any support needs.

  • Pre- entry meeting to assess and discuss support needs
  • The presence of a member of the Learner Services team at your progression interview at school to aid a smooth transition to College
  • Transition visits and support
  • Taster days
  • A personalised support plan
  • An identified key worker
  • One-to-one Specialist Lecturer for the Deaf support
  • In-class support e.g. note-taking, sign language support
  • Loan of specialist equipment e.g. radio aids
  • Audiological support
  • Links with external specialist agencies
  • Examination access arrangements
  • Support when you are applying for Higher Education courses

Dyslexia and Dyspraxia

If you inform us you are dyslexic or dyspraxic our Specialist Co-ordinator will contact you to discuss any support needs you might have.

We will need a copy of your previous statement or dyslexia assessment report. If you have not been assessed in the past but suspect that you might be dyslexic, diagnostic interviews, computerised screening tests and standardised paper-based tests are available for specialist assessments.

These will provide evidence of need for special exam arrangements, awareness to tutors and application for the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) before going to university.

Support on your chosen course can include:

  • A pre-entry meeting to assess and discuss support needs
  • A personalised support plan
  • An identified Key Worker
  • One-to-one study support outside the classroom
  • Examination access arrangements
  • Support when you are applying for a Higher Education course

Autistic Spectrum Disorder

If you inform us you have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) then our Inclusive Learning Advisor (ASD) will contact you to discuss any support needs you might have. Before you enrol we can arrange:

A meeting to discuss your support needs

A transition programme including visits to the College during an academic year and/or summer holiday to familiarise yourself with the surroundings before you start

Taster days at the College so you can find out more about the subject areas you are interested in

Support on your chosen course can include:

  • One-to-one support in the classroom
  • One-to-one support outside the classroom
  • One-to-one study support outside the classroom
  • Help with applications for funding and finance
  • Advice, guidance and information
  • Review of your progress
  • Pastoral support
  • A base to use during break times, after classes and for study
  • An identified Key Worker
  • Links with external organisations that may be able to help
  • Examination access arrangements
  • A personalised support plan

Social and Behavioural Difficulties and Mental Wellbeing

If you inform us you have an emotional or mental health difficulty, our Specialist Co-ordinators will contact you to discuss any support needs you might have.

These may include support for anxiety, ADHD, psychosis, depression, bi-polar or self-harming. Our goal is to enable learners to succeed and get the most from their chosen course during their time at College.

Types of support we can offer include:

  • A meeting to assess and discuss support needs
  • Transition visits and taster days
  • A personalised support plan
  • Liaison with course teams
  • One-to-one support
  • Meet and greet prior to lessons
  • In-class support
  • An identified Key Worker
  • Links with external specialist agencies
  • Support when you are applying for Higher Education courses
  • Examination access arrangements

Learning Difficulties, Physical Difficulties and Medical Needs

If you inform us that you may require support our Inclusive Learning Advisor will contact you to discuss any support needs you might have.

Support can include:

  • A meeting to assess and discuss support needs
  • Transition visits and taster days
  • Personalised learning plan
  • Key Worker to monitor and review your support needs
  • Fire evacuation plan
  • One-to-one support
  • Support in breaks
  • Independent travel training
  • Examination access arrangements
  • Emotional and social support
  • In-class, assistive IT support
  • Study Skills Centre to support you with assignments
  • Support when you are applying for Higher Education courses
  • Advice and guidance about financial assistance

Visual Impairment

If you inform us you have a visual impairment that will impact on your learning, our Inclusive Learning Advisor (Sensory) will contact you to discuss any support needs you might have.

Types of support we can offer include:

  • A pre-entry meeting to assess and discuss support needs
  • The presence of a member of the Learner Services Team at your progression interview at school to aid a smooth transition to College
  • A taster day so that you can find out about the courses you are interested in
  • A visit to the College to familiarise yourself with the College environment
  • Mobility sessions
  • One-to-one support
  • In-class support
  • Adapted learning materials to suit your preferred format
  • Tactile diagrams
  • Loan of specialist equipment and access to specialist software
  • Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)
  • Liaison with course lecturers
  • An identified Key Worker
  • Regular reviews of your support plan
  • Examination access arrangements
  • Visual stress materials (eg coloured paper, overlays, reading rulers)