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Learning Support & SEND

Additional Learning Support (ALS) is any direct support activity, over and above that which is normally provided in a standard learning environment. It is available for learners assessed with barriers to learning and or Special Educational Needs (SEN) which may include specific learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

Learners on study programmes can receive support with the following if
appropriate and funded:

  • Dyslexia
  • Emotional and Behavioural needs
  • Hearing impairments – D/deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing
  • Visual impairment
  • Mental health difficulties
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Personal care
  • Study skills
  • Literacy, numeracy and language difficulties
  • Medical conditions, physical disabilities, mobility
  • Learning disabilities
  • Exam access arrangements

Support includes:

  • In class support
  • Out of class support – small group or 1:1 dependant on learner needs
  • Communication in British Sign Language
  • Loan of specialist assistive equipment/software
  • Resource adaptations
  • Reasonable adjustments and bespoke study programmes

Literacy, numeracy or ESOL support cannot be provided where learners are studying literacy/numeracy/ESOL learning aims.

To access support you need to attend an assessment with one of our specialists. This will be an informal meeting to discuss the type of support you may need whilst studying at the College. Our aim is to help develop an independent learner so support will be planned and reviewed in collaboration with tutors.

If you have recently been at school and have received support, our staff will liaise with you, your school and parents/guardians to ensure a smooth transition to us. Some of you may find you have support needs that have not previously been recognised or that you have recently developed, and as part of the admissions process you will have the opportunity to go through a comprehensive assessment.


Contact us

For more information or to book an assessment:

telephone 01733 762237 (during term time)
telephone 01733 762188
(out of term)