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Inclusive Learning and Disability Support

We are fully committed to providing equal opportunities to all and we strive to create an inclusive curriculum for all yet incorporate reasonable adjustments to ensure that your individual learning needs are met.

Our students are encouraged to discuss their needs with us as early as possible to ensure that we can put appropriate and timely support in place. 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.

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.
 

Plymouth College of Art HE Inclusive Environments

The Inclusive Environments Team works across departments and curriculum to deliver programme and student support. The college aims to reduce barriers to learning for all students through an inclusive curriculum and community which includes the following reasonable and anticipatory 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 our Inclusive Learning Team in Extended Degree and Year One Programmes for in-cohort individual and group tutorials
     

Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) can help support you with your learning and to cover extra costs you have because of a disability such as a mental health problem, a learning difficulty, or a long term illness. The DSAs process is summarised by:

  • Application
  • submit medical evidence
  • attend a needs assessment
  • the award of DSA support

There are three main elements to DSA:

  • Assistive Technology
  • Non-Medical Help
  • General Allowance

Your non-medical help will be a one-to-one support worker who can provide study skills and/or mentoring, and/or technology training.

If you have questions about DSAs then contact the Student Support Team (studentsupport@pca.ac.uk).

The College works closely with Amano Student Support as its primary provider of DSAs non-medical help along with other companies.

 

Amano Student Support: www.amanosupport.com (dsa@amanotech.com or 01822 600060)

Click here for the DSA video for ‘Applying for Disabled Students’ Allowances 2018/19’ 

Link to application forms for 2018/19:

Email contact details for DSA: dsa_team@slc.co.uk

If you are an international student, further information is available on our international pages.

Phone: 0300 100 0607

Text Phone: 0300 100 0622

 

HE Study Zone

The Study Zone provides study skills and learning development for Higher Education students across the college. Students do not need to be in receipt of DSA to access this support. Support that students receive is tailored to them individually. Highly experienced study skills advisors are available to deliver one to one and/or group study support sessions on a wide range of topics including:

  • Research and writing strategies
  • Critical thinking, reflection and analysis
  • Presentation and confidence
  • Motivation and time management
  • Understanding assignment briefs and feedback
  • Sketchbook and idea development
  • English language support
  • Dissertation

Additionally, the Study Zone team delivers seminars and workshops for staff and/or students. A programme of events will be available to view at the start of the academic year. Online resources, the Study Zone event calendar, and helpful video tutorials are also available via the HE Study Zone Google site. Please note, the Study Zone website is a resource that is only available to students once they have enrolled at the college, however if you are not enrolled and would like more detailed information, you can contact the Study Zone team by calling +44 (0)1752 203434 (Ext: 268 or 841) or emailing studyzone@pca.ac.uk.

 

Postgraduate Study Zone

Academic support and development is available to postgraduate students through The Study Zone. Students do not need to be in receipt of DSA to access this support. Support that students receive is tailored to them individually. Highly experienced study skills advisors are available to deliver one to one and/or group study support sessions on a wide range of topics including:

  • Research methods
  • Writing strategies
  • Developing project proposals
  • Critical thinking, reflection and analysis
  • Presentation and public speaking
  • Time and project management
  • Sketchbook and idea development
  • English language support
  • Dissertation

Online resources, the Study Zone event and workshop calendar, as well as video tutorials, are also available via the Study Zone website.

Appointments with our friendly team can be made easily via referral, drop-in, email or telephone. A variety of online resources are also available, including the HE Study Zone Google site.

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 203434 Ext: 268 or 841

Email: studyzone@pca.ac.uk

Contact Us

For more information on support available, please contact Student Support: 

Telephone: +44(0)1752 203423

Email: studentsupport@pca.ac.uk

 

Learning Support for Pre-Degree Courses

Students with an EHC Plan (Education Health and Care Plan) will receive a support package tailored to their individual needs.  They will be contacted well in advance of enrolment by the Pre-Degree Learning Support Coordinator, who will work with them to ensure support is in place prior to the start of their course.   

All students can also access health, wellbeing and counselling services.  

Contact Us

For more information on support available, please contact the Pre-Degree Learning Support Co-Ordinator, Simon Grimbley.

Telephone: +44(0)1752 203434 Ext: 211

Email: sgrimbley@pca.ac.uk

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