At Edinburgh College, we welcome students of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
We understand that some students may require some additional support with their learning to get the best out of their time at the College.
Our Learning Support Team offers a voluntary and confidential service, helping students who tell us about a disability or additional support need.
We support students who disclose:
- a specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD or ADD)
- a visual or hearing impairment
- an autistic spectrum condition
- mental ill-health
- a physical impairment
- long-term illness
A Learning Support Adviser meets with individual students to develop a Personal Learning Support Plan that accommodates their additional needs.
We advise students on the evidence that is required such as a doctors letter, an Educational Psychologist report or dyslexia screening report.
We work with teaching teams to ensure that any recommended alternative assessment arrangements are appropriate.
We assist with applications for the Disabled Students Allowance for those who are coming onto an HNC or HND course.
Our Learning Support staff are based on each of our four College campuses. The College is open over the summer holidays prior to the start of a session.
If you have a disability or additional support need, please contact us so that we can arrange to meet with you before you start your course.
Care Experienced Students
It is really important to let the College know you are a care experienced student to make sure you get the right support and information. Your college experience will be the same as all the other students but you will be offered some extra support to allow you to get the very best from your time here.
Some of the support we can offer includes:
- Providing guidance and support through the process of applying for funding, childcare, and accommodation where required
- If you have indicated on your application that you are a care experienced student, the college will deal with your funding application as a priority, once you have submitted all the required evidence
- Discussing any support for learning needs you might have
- Allocating a named person that you can contact during your time at college for advice
- Meeting with you during the academic year to provide ongoing guidance
- Helping you to access additional support services when required
- Discussing with you how you are progressing with your studies and offering advice and support on your next steps
- Offering emotional support if you are experiencing stress or difficulty in or outside of college
- Someone to talk to who understands your individual situation and needs.