We are fully committed to providing equal opportunities to all and we strive to make adjustments to ensure that your individual learning needs are met in the best way.
Our students are encouraged to discuss their needs with us as early as possible to ensure that we can put appropriate support in place in a timely way. You can be reassured that any details you disclose will only be shared with relevant staff in order to enhance your learning experience at the College.
If you are an international student, further information is available on our international pages.
Additional support is delivered in a variety of ways depending on personal circumstance and your level of study.
Please note, additional support can be available on request at advisory and formal interviews. If you have specific access and or mobility requirements try to inform us as early as you can.
Learning Support for Pre-Degree Courses
Students who disclose high needs who have a statement or an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan) will be contacted directly and will have their needs further assessed by the Pre-Degree Learning Support Coordinator.
Support for students with an EHCP is usually delivered on a one to one basis by a dedicated member of support staff.
All our students will be given the opportunity to complete an initial assessment at the beginning of their course, which will identify any indications of Dyslexia and any literacy or numeracy support needs.
Support for students with low to moderate needs is usually provided by our dedicated Study Zone. The Study Zone offers one to one and group study support sessions that can be booked by students themselves or direct referral can be made by their course tutor. Our Study Zone also has a range of online resources to support study skills, accessible to all our students.
For information on support available please contact the Pre-Degree Learning Support Co-ordinator, Emma Connor.
Telephone: +441752 203434 Ext 211
Learning Support in Higher Education
Support in Higher Education is provided to students through the College directly and also through Government funded Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs).
The college aims to reduce barriers to learning for all students through an inclusive curriculum and community which includes the following reasonable adjustments:
- methods to review and consider course content in preparation for, and following, taught sessions
- flexible assessment methods
- access to one to one and group study skills support through the HE Study Zone
- access to resources in adaptable and varied formats
- advice and support for accessing practical sessions
- access to counselling service and practical mentoring support
Should a student require more support than that covered through reasonable adjustments due to an identified disability, specific learning difficulty, long term mental health or medical conditions then an application can be made for Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs). Through DSAs a student may be allocated equipment, software and one to one support which can be delivered by the College's in house team and includes Specialist Study Skills Tutors, Mentors, BSL Interpreters, Specialist Notetakers for the Deaf and Sighted Guides.
Applying for DSAs is a lengthy process and can take up to three months, so we would encourage your early disclosure and application. Further details can be found on the government website: www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/overview
All students are given the opportunity to complete an initial dyslexia screening at the beginning of their programme, a further diagnostic assessment can then be pursued if relevant.
HE Study Zone
The HE Study Zone offers 1:1 and group study support sessions, workshops and presentations on a wide range of topics including:
- research and writing
- critical thinking
- reflection and evaluation
- presentation and confidence
- motivation and organisation
- time management
Appointments with our friendly team can be made easily via referral, drop-in, email or telephone. A variety of online resources are also available.
For information on support available, DSAs and Dyslexia assessment, please contact our Disability and Learning Support Team.
Telephone: +441752 203434 Ext 215 or 220