Learning Support

The Study Centre is here to support you with your studies and to help you to maximise your potential and to progress to the next stage in your career. We are here for your needs and our friendly, experienced team will be only too pleased to sit down and have a relaxed and informal discussion with you about any support you may need. Our team has experience in supporting students with specific difficulties such as dyslexia, autism and visual or hearing impairment. We also offer both one-to-one and grouped sessions to help improve literacy, numeracy skills, and provide ESOL support for students.

We work with teaching staff, other College services and external organisations (such as CAMHS, Sensory Impairment Team and Education Psychology Service) to provide a person-centred approach. The support we offer is reviewed throughout the year and our aim, where possible, is to guide you towards independence. We are a part of the Local Offer.

We help students with a range of learning needs including:

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Autism Spectrum Conditions

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia and Dyspraxia

Hearing Impairment

Mental Health Conditions

Physical Disability

Visual Impairment

Specific Conditions/Disabilities

What support will I receive?

If you have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP), we will produce a bespoke support plan outlining the support that you need at College, subject to commissioning. This may include:

  • in class support (prompts, readers and scribe)
  • mobility support
  • note taking
  • specialist resources and equipment (laptops with assistive software, Dictaphone and reader pens)
  • spell checker
  • modification of learning materials
  • personal care
  • lunchtime support
  • meet and greet
  • transition
  • orientation
  • Exam access arrangements

Transition to College

The Learning Support Team will help you with your transition to us, whatever course you will be starting in September. You can come and speak to us at the College's Open Events to find out more information on the support that we provide.

Once you have applied to College, we can offer tours of the areas that you are interested in. After your consultation, the department will offer transition events and taster days to give you an idea of what college will be like.

School Reviews

If you have an EHCP, our Learning Support Manager can be invited to attend your Year 11 Annual Review at school. They will offer advice on the courses offered at College and provide you with the information on the support available to you.

Study Skills

We realise that some students may at times find particular areas of their studies difficult and would benefit from support to enable them to reach their goals. We can help you with:

  • Essay Planning
  • Assignment Planning
  • Note Taking
  • Time Management and organisation of work
  • Examination and revision techniques

Further Information

Whatever your worries, we are here to look after your individual needs in a supportive and adult way, helping you progress in a secure and friendly environment. So if there is a problem please don’t be afraid to ask, whatever your query, feel free to come along for a chat - we are here to help.

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