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Need a bit of extra support?

All your tutors at College are committed to supporting to achieve your goals and will be happy to discuss anything you might need more help with or are finding difficult in class. Sometimes, you might need some extra help so please pop and see us in The Link if you would like to talk about extra support at College.

The Student Support and Inclusion Team help students with a range of additional needs, we can provide extra support and discuss reasonable adjustments if you have a learning difficulty, disability, medical condition, or just need some extra help with Maths or English.

Or, if it's Careers advice you're looking for, then you can contact the Careers Team.

How the Student Support Team can help

The Student Support and Inclusion Team are a dedicated and experienced team which includes Exam Access Arrangements Assessors, Study Skills Coaches, Student Health & Therapy Practitioner, SaL & Sensory Support Coach, Support Advisors and therapy dogs!

We support a wide range of students who have learning difficulties and disabilities. The team has a range of specialisms and often work with students who have:

  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Visual or Hearing impairment
  • Social and Communication Support Needs
  • Physical disabilities

The team has specialist qualifications and works across all College sites to ensure support is in place whenever you need it.

The team can help with anything you need to support your studies and will enable you to become more independent in using strategies that will make your time with us successful. Some of the ways in which the team supports you may include:

  • Exam Access Arrangements and support in exams
  • Organising and managing your workload
  • Learning how to use Assistive Technology
  • Study Skills
  • English and Maths
  • Individual support plans or care plans
  • Specialist equipment or support
  • Inclusion leads and key workers for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan
  • Transition and Progression Support

Our two main sites at Lansdowne and North Road both have a dedicated Support Centre. The Support Centre is a quiet space where you can work either independently or with staff. You can use the space at any time and drop in even if you do not have an appointment. But if you would like work with staff, please book in at The Link.

The College is committed to meeting the needs of all learners and part of this commitment includes the provision of a safe and secure sensory room that provides a fully-equipped space for learners on the Autistic Spectrum.

This space is also available for other learners who may experience high levels of anxiety and stress. The room offers soft lighting options, relaxing music and numerous therapeutic resources that can help to alleviate tension and stress during the college day.

Our ‘Local Offer’ gives young people with special educational needs or disabilities (and their families) information about what support services are available in their local area.

If you are a Higher Education (HE) student studying with us and you have a disability, you may be able to apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). This is funding that may be used to support your studies, especially if you have a:

  • Long-term health condition
  • Mental health condition
  • Specific learning difficulty

The support you get depends on your individual needs and not on income. Further information including how to apply is available from:

If you have any queries at all about support, or if you just want to talk through our offer, please contact the team in any of the following ways:

Phone: 01202 205511
Visit: The Link at North Road, Poole or Lansdowne, Bournemouth

Please let us know if you think you may need support as early as you can. Talk to us before you start if you have any questions. We’re always happy to meet new students!