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Learning and Disability Support

We are fully committed to providing equal opportunities to all and we strive to make reasonable 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.

Find out about Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA). DSA support is arranged through Student Finance England.
Contact Details 
Email: dsa_team@slc.co.uk
Phone: 0300 100 0607
Text Phone: 0300 100 0622

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

 

Learning Support in Higher Education

Support in Higher Education is provided through the Student Support Team, the Study Zone and via the 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). 

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 

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, as well as video tutorials are also available via the Study Zone website.

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