We encourage you to disclose a learning difficulty, disability or health condition on the application form. We will then assess your needs and recommend one of the following:
Our tutors and lecturers receive training on inclusive teaching methods and can make adjustments such as providing handouts in advance, breaking down assignments and supporting you with group work. Your tutor will discuss these adjustments with you and record them on the Tutor Led Support page on Pro monitor. This is the College's system for sharing information for example about your support needs and academic progress with everyone who works with you.
If you are assessed as having a learning difficulty, disability or health condition that significantly impacts on your learning, you will be invited for a support interview before your course interview. It is very important that you bring to your support interview any documents relating to your support needs e.g. an Education, Health and Care Plan, exam access arrangement assessment, diagnosis of dyslexia, educational psychologist report.
Depending upon the outcome of this support interview, we will recommend either tutor led support, agree an initial support plan with you or make recommendations for further support. We will then pass this information to your course interviewer so they are aware of your support needs.
If you have an EHCP, you should name the College at your annual review so you can start the transition process. Your SEND case worker at your local authority must then amend your EHCP and consult the College before 31st March 2020. We may then talk to your school and ask to meet you to ensure we can meet your needs and agree your placement.
If you require high needs support funding, your placement at the College will be conditional on your local authority agreeing to fund this in advance of the start of term. This is so we can plan your support package with you and help your transition.
Please also contact your local authority asap so you can request an annual review to name the college before March 2020.
If you have an EHCP and are transferring from another post 16 College within year; your local authority must review and amend, where necessary, your EHCP at least five months before the transfer takes place.
If you require high needs support funding, your placement at the College will be conditional on your local authority agreeing to fund this in advance of your start date. This is so we can plan your support package with you and help your transition.
You will be allocated a Lead Professional who will ask you what information you want to share with teaching and support staff to support your learning. They will also coordinate your support package and your annual review.
The types of support that may be offered are:
If you have a disability, mental health condition or learning difficulty and are on a higher education level course, you could receive a grant called the Disabled Students' Allowance to help you during your studies. It does not need to be repaid. Find out more about the Disabled Students' Allowance.
You are welcome to visit us. Check our college open events page for details. Our learning support staff attend these events and can explain how you may be supported during your course. With notice, we are usually able to help with any extra support you may need eg signers or speaking guides. All our sites are fully accessible.