Support for Learners

The College will aim to meet the learning needs of students wherever possible.

The Learning Support department (‘Number 58’) provides a service for any student wanting help or advice in their studies, particularly:

  • Drop-in support with learning support tutors who can help students to prioritise work, develop study skills, talk through issues, get started on an assignment etc
  • Offering a ‘quiet’ place to work
  • ESOL support: classes for students for whom English is a second language
  • Welfare support: drop in support for students who are struggling with mental health and other welfare issues
  • College assessment team to assess students for Exam Access Arrangements

Support for Students with Higher Level Needs
If a student has had higher level support at school, including any of the following:

  • a Learning Support Assistant in the classroom
  • one-to-one support out of the classroom
  • time with a specialist teacher (eg: for Deaf or Braille lessons)

Then the College can make a bid to the students’ Local Authority to request funding for this to continue at College. There is an enthusiastic team of Learning Support Assistants who work with students with Higher-Level needs in College.

College Counselling Service

We have a number of trained counsellors at College, which are bookable via Senior Tutors.

Exam Access Arrangements

We can assess learners for Exam Access Arrangements. It is important that if a student has access arrangements at their previous school they should make contact with the Learning Support Department as soon as possible. This is because there are exam board deadlines and failure to apply may mean that arrangements cannot be made for future exams.

Services of a Teacher of the Deaf, BSL Communicator and Note Taker

Bought in as needed.

Providing Specialist Software/Resource

 We can provide some specialist software and can bid for additional funding for software and resources should a learner require something specific.

This list is not definitive! Please get in touch with us in the Learning Support Department for further information or to ask a question. If you have a Learning Support need, we encourage you to get in touch with the Learning Support Department as soon as possible.