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Addi­tion­al Learn­ing Support

Your sup­port starts even before enrol­ment, we can:

The Col­lege has a com­pre­hen­sive sup­port ser­vice, and if you tell us you have addi­tion­al needs we will ask you for more details and evi­dence about your diag­no­sis or con­di­tion. We have a team of peo­ple who can assess to see what addi­tion­al sup­port you might need to be able to achieve on your course. This may include talk­ing to you about alter­na­tive pro­grammes of study.

Once we have assessed the infor­ma­tion and evi­dence you have pro­vid­ed, and spo­ken to you, and any­one else who might be appro­pri­ate, we will agree what type of sup­port you might need. This may include rec­om­men­da­tions to your tutor, assis­tive tech­nol­o­gy and train­ing on how to use this, in-class sup­port and work­shops, adapt­ed learn­ing mate­ri­als, refer­ral to study skills and exam work­shops, sup­port from our pas­toral team and even refer­ral to exter­nal agen­cies who may be able to assist you. 

The Col­lege wants to sup­port you to study inde­pen­dent­ly as quick­ly as pos­si­ble so the sup­port you get may not be the same as you had in school, but our team of experts, along­side your tutors will ensure that we focus on you achiev­ing on your course and put things in place to help this happen.

Once you’ve enrolled, you can access:

  • Learn­ing sup­port workshops 
  • One-to-one and in-class support 
  • Sup­port with read­ing, writ­ing and maths 
  • Spe­cial­ist learn­ing materials 
  • Per­son­al assistance 
  • Exam and study support

Deaf Learners

Our deaf access communicators all use British Sign Language (BSL) and will work with you to make sure you are fully included in the classroom and college life, while encouraging you to be independent. Deaf awareness training is also given to tutors, staff and students across the college.

Visually Impaired Learners

If you are visually impaired, we can work with you to make sure you are fully included in the classroom and college life.

Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

We want to make sure that nothing stops you achieving. If you have a physical disability, medical condition or mental health issue (like bereavement, abuse, bullying or anxiety), we can help you to make sure that it doesn't get in the way of your learning. You can access support at any time and you won't need to tell your family, friends or tutor.

Students on the Autism Spectrum

Support involves:

  • Individually tailored transition plans from school to college (if notified in advance).
  • Assessment of the needs of the student and discussion with the student, parent/carers, school and other professionals involved to determine the most appropriate support package.
  • Regular tutorials with the Support Tutor to help monitor attendance, progress and to develop strategies that will help the student to achieve. The Support Tutor organises classroom/lunchtime support through Learning Support Assistants (LSAs), when required, depending on the individual needs of the student and the nature of the course.

Support aims to help students deal with many issues that they will face.

For example:

  • Dealing with change
  • Meeting deadlines for assignments
  • Understanding the meaning of key concepts
  • Relating with others in social situations
  • Coping with unstructured time
  • Timekeeping and organisational skills

Students with Physical and Medical Needs

We can offer:

  • Assessment to determine mobility problems, personal care including mealtimes, classroom strategies and other support needs.
  • Support linked to need and ability - which is provided by a team of learning support assistants.
  • Facilities for physiotherapy, personal and nursing care.
  • Liaison with external agencies as appropriate, eg Social Services, occupational therapy, speech therapy.
  • Ongoing contact and liaison with course tutors and other college staff.
  • Alternative arrangements for examinations and assessments.
  • Much of the College is accessible to wheelchair users; there are shaft lifts, stair lifts, ramps and some automatic doors.

We also have a tutor who can support students with a range of medical conditions. We can:

  • Devise a support plan.
  • Keep a record of any medications and the student’s condition in case of emergency.
  • Help with medication whilst in college if necessary.
  • Provide specialist facilities for personal care.
  • Offer access to First Aid facilities / a bed rest area in an emergency.
  • Assess and arrange special arrangements for exams.
  • We also have access to specialist medical advice if needed and can talk to the student’s own medical professionals if requested.