Learner Support

Coming back into education can be daunting if you have had a break or if you have taken part in learning before, but just not with us.

There’s lots to think about: What type of course is right for you? What do you want to get out of your studies? Will you be able to fit it in with your other commitments? That’s why we provide a range of support services to give you the information, advice and guidance you need to find the right answers to any questions you may have before you enrol. Then once you are studying with us, there are further services to make sure you get the most out of your studies and you succeed.

Learning Support

Our experienced staff are on-hand to help you with:

  • Study skills
  • Revision techniques
  • Exam strategies
  • English and mathematics
  • Meeting your coursework assignment deadlines.

We can provide you with an initial assessment of your learning needs and then work with you to put an individual action plan together to support you through your studies.

Learning Support

Deaf and hearing-impaired learners sometimes need support to help address barriers to learning and enable appropriate access to the curriculum.

Blind or partially-sighted learners, or those with low levels of vision, can access and fully-participate in their chosen course, often with support from learner support and wellbeing. Our support enables access to curriculum materials, participation in learning and enrichment activities, and safe movement around the college.

Support for learners with visual impairment include:

  • Software packages - JAWs, Supernova and Guide
  • Hardware - large font keyboards/magnifiers
  • Texts in alternative formats - MP3 document, large print etc.
  • Support in class from an Educational Support Assistant
  • Sighted guide - where appropriate.

Support for learners with hearing impairment include:

  • Sign Language Support Worker
  • Support in class from an Educational Support Assistant
  • A scribe in class
  • Hearing Loop

Dyslexia/ Dyscalculia/ Dyspraxia

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that affects reading, spelling, writing and sometimes numeracy. No two people are affected in the same way, so if you think you may be dyslexic and have never been formally-assessed, we can arrange for you to have an initial interview and Dyslexia Adult Screening Test (DAST).

We can then provide the following support throughout your time with us:

  • 1:1 or small group sessions working on coping strategies and study skills
  • Read/write gold software
  • Access to other assistive technologies such as a dictaphone
  • Access to a laptop if appropriate and following assessment
  • Examination access arrangements - extra time, a reader or scribe
  • Support with visual stress.

Career Guidance

Our specialist careers staff are on hand to help you make informed career decisions, improve your CV and prepare you for interviews. If you want to use your qualifications to progress into Higher Education or further studies, they can guide you through the process.

They will help you to plan and manage your own progression plan based on your personal career aspirations.


We offer a confidential counselling service to all learners. Private appointments can be made with our fully-qualified counsellors who can offer support with any issues that might be affecting your studies such as relationships, depression and anxiety, coping with stress or abuse and domestic violence.