Top 5 reasons to disclose your additional support need

So you have accepted your place at college and are eagerly awaiting to start your course in August. However, if you have a disability or additional support need it is best for you to let us know before the start of term. That involves chatting to us over the summer, and here are our top 5 reasons as to why this is a great idea.

You can get to know us ahead of time

Once you have disclosed your additional support need on your course application we will get in touch to tell you about our Learning Support service. We can discuss your support needs with you personally and talk through the type of evidence we would need from you.

Support will be in place as early as possible

By letting us know about your support needs before the start of your course, we can plan for how your needs will be met. Information about your support needs will only be disclosed, with your agreement, to relevant staff members.

We can plan exam adjustments

If you have a disability or require additional support for learning, you may be eligible for support for your exams. Extra support could include, for example, extra time, ICT, a reader, a scribe, rest breaks or adapted papers. Exam adjustments will be considered on an individual basis. Also, if English is not your first language, you may be eligible for some additional time if you require the use of a bilingual dictionary.

You may be able to claim certain expenses

If you are an HNC or HND student with a disability, you may be eligible for the Disabled Students Allowance which is awarded for the purchase of specific equipment, software or study skill support to enable you to achieve your chosen course / qualification. There are also bursary funds available for equipment for eligible students with additional learning needs who are on Level 5 and 6 courses.

You will feel more confident

We aim to give you more confidence to succeed on your college course. We want you to feel supported and know you can come and talk to us.

Learning Support Advisers are based near the reception on each campus.

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