The college offers a range of support which seeks to meet the needs of our students depending on their learning difference, disability or medical condition. We are committed to removing barriers to learning and ensuring that each individual is empowered to reach his or her potential and gain independence. Support ranges from differentiated teaching and In-Class Support, to more specialist support including Assistive Technology or Dyslexia.
For our students with complex or multiple disabilities we offer specialist provision and support on the Entry level courses at our Eccles Centre (click here for details).
Who is Learning Support for?
Students may require support if they have identified needs as follows:
- Specific disabilities/difficulties like: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Asperger’s Syndrome, hearing/visual/physical difficulties, mental health difficulties, ADHD, medical conditions
- A temporary disability resulting from illness or injury
What Types of Support are Available?
- One to One Support provided by a Learning Support or Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties Tutor
- Specialist screening/assessment for Specific Learning Difficulties where students have a history of these difficulties
- Assistive Technology for students with difficulties/disabilities
- Individual Support plans for students with disabilities/medical needs
- Support with Access Arrangements for exams where applicable
- Classroom Support provided by our In-Class Support Team
The Learning Support Team may provide classroom support on a group or one to one basis if there is evidence that this is an appropriate way to support learning. This support is embedded on all of our Entry Level/level 1 programmes and on some Level 2 programmes depending on student need.
When is the support available?
For one to one support, sessions are agreed with the student and scheduled outside classroom time. Students are expected to attend a minimum of eight sessions with their one to one support tutor. Students can refer themselves at any time during the year and are always welcome to come and talk to a member of the team in the Learning Support Centre at any of our main sites.
Assistive Technology is available to students with specific additional needs and also on a wider scale throughout the college. A whole range of equipment is available and Mind Mapping and text reading software is widely used and is available at all centres. More specialist software such as Dolphin and Dragon is also available if students have very specific requirements.
Free Software for students is also available which can be uploaded onto a memory stick so they can access this at home. Students can attend one to one appointments with our Assistive Technology Officer who will demonstrate how to use a range of Assistive Technology depending on the student’s needs.
Access Arrangements for Exams
Students who are entitled to Access Arrangements will usually have already had these at school. It is really important that we know about these arrangements at the start of the course. Applications for Access arrangements have to be submitted to the exam board well in advance and it can take time to provide evidence of need. In all cases it is important to discuss this with the Learning Support Team as soon as possible.
Please note: For students studying on one of our adult or Higher Education courses then entitlement to support may differ depending on how the course is funded. Please check this entitlement at the time of enrolling.