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.
Find out about Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA). DSA support is arranged through Student Finance England.
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 regardless of having an EHCP, will be given the opportunity to complete an initial assessment at the beginning of their course. This aims to identify any indications of Dyslexia and any literacy or numeracy support needs, which will be met by an inclusive curriculum & differentiated teaching methods.
All students can also access health, wellbeing and counselling services.
For more information on support available, please contact the Pre-Degree Learning Support Co-Ordinator, Simon Grimbley.
Telephone: +44(0)1752 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 more information on support available, please contact Student Support:
Telephone: +44(0)1752 203423