Need a bit of extra support?
We're here when you need us
Learning Support is a service for students with a range of additional needs. They provide additional support for you if you have a learning difficulty, disability, medical condition, literacy, numeracy or language need.
How we help
The Learning Support team are fully qualified and highly experienced in teaching, assessing and supporting a wide range of learners who have learning difficulties and disabilities. The team have a range of specialisms and often work with students who have:
- Visual or Hearing impairment
- Physical disabilities
The team have specialist qualifications and work 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 support you may include:
- Exam preparation and revision skills
- Organising and managing your workload
- Learning how to use Assistive Technology
- Study Skills
- English and maths
- Assessing for exam arrangements
Our two main sites at Lansdowne and North Road both have a dedicated Study Centre, run by the Learning Support team. The Study 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.
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: gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/overview
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, or complete a form when you enrol if you have any concerns.