Learning support

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Learning Support

The Learning Support Team provides learning and teaching related support to students with the following Additional Support Needs (ASN):

  • Disability, or health condition, such as dyslexia, autism, or mental health issues.
  • Care experienced status.
  • Non-disabled students who require learning and teaching or study skills support.

To ensure that we can provide the support you need, please mention any requirements at an early stage, e.g. on your application, or at your interview or enrolment.

Depending on your needs, our experienced staff can offer help with a range of support needs, such as:

  • Study support in one-to-one or small group settings.
  • Study skills, techniques, and strategies.
  • Assessment arrangements.
  • Dyslexia screening.
  • Training in specialist equipment and software.
  • The loan of equipment and ICT hardware.
  • Assessment and exam preparation and advice.
  • Reader, scribe or support worker in class.
  • BSL Sign Language Interpreter (SLI).
  • Application for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) for Higher Education students.

Assistive Technology

To help support you, the Learning Support team have created a website showing you how to use common assistive technologies.


Dyslexia Screening Compared to Diagnostic Assessment

It is important to distinguish between a dyslexia screening test/tool and a dyslexia diagnostic assessment.

A dyslexia screening tool/test, such as a LADS and DAST used by the College:

  • Can be conducted by trained Learning Support Staff.
  • Is available to students on Further and Higher Education courses.
  • Is used to indicate the relative probability of dyslexia to build an evidence base for Alternative Assessment Arrangements and other support interventions.

A dyslexia diagnostic assessment, such an Educational Psychologist Assessment used by the College:

  • Can only be conducted by a trained and qualified Educational Psychologist or a specialist teacher/lecturer with a relevant post-graduate qualification (We use external Educational Psychologists).
  • Is only available to students on mainstream Higher Education courses for whom dyslexia tendencies have already been identified through a previous screening test/tool.
  • Is used to formally diagnose dyslexia in support of a Disabled Students’ Allowance application, for students with an identified fundable need, on a Higher Education course.

More Information

Please refer to the links below for more details:

Opening Hours and Contact Details

We have Learning Support bases at our City Campus and Riverside Campus. You can pop in and see us on weekdays in City Campus from 8.30am – 5.00pm and in Riverside Campus from 8.45am – 4.45pm

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