Academic Support

Learner Services provides general study support for all students, and specialist academic support for students with dyslexia, dyspraxia and other specific Learning Difficulties.

Academic Support 1:1 Sessions and Workshops

The support offered by Learner Services is designed to complement the support and advice provided throughout your course. We offer you an opportunity to discuss various aspects of study with staff who are not responsible for your academic assessment. Support sessions can help you resolve academic difficulties and also develop strategies for study.

You can decide what you would like to focus on, though discussions may include:

  • Taking notes
  • Reading strategies/ managing reading lists
  • Writing essays or assignments
  • Managing time
  • Preparing for examinations/ revision techniques
  • Strategies for spelling and grammar

Individual Specialist Support

If you have dyslexia, dyspraxia or other specific learning difficulties, the Learner Services Team will work with you to decide on appropriate adjustments for class teaching, additional support and possible adjustments to examination arrangements.  You will need to have provided us a copy of your post-16 dyslexia report.

Examination Arrangements

  • If you have already provided a copy of the dyslexia report or educational psychologist’s assessment which was undertaken after your 16th birthday (post-16) we may be able to arrange for extra time in exams. If any further support is required (for example, the use of a computer, reader or scribe) then you must see one of our tutors to discuss this.
  • If you have a copy of your assessment but it was undertaken before your 16th birthday (pre-16) you will need to bring your assessment report to a meeting with the Learner Services Manager, preferably via one of the pre-bookable drop-in sessions during the first two weeks of your course. We will assess whether or not your evidence is sufficient for exam adjustments. 
  • If you have previously had extra time in your exams but you do not have a copy of your evidence you will need to make an appointment with to discuss your options.  

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