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Support for Learners with Disabilities/Difficulties

Ƶ has excellent facilities and specialist help and support for students with learning difficulties or disabilities. Together, we can help all students succeed on mainstream education programmes and progress into employment or higher education.

We offer a wide range of courses for students with:

  • D/deaf
  • Dyslexia
  • Hearing impairment
  • Language, literacy and numeracy needs
  • Learning difficulties or disabilities
  • Mental health needs
  • Physical disabilities
  • Visual impairment

Ƶ offers one-to-one appointments, in-class support and appointments with specialist tutors. We can also give you access to specialist equipment and resources, as well as social activities via our enrichment programme.

If you have any disability, access needs or other needs please do not hesitate to inform us prior to college attendance - we can support you effectively and ensure that we are meeting our responsibilities to you.

Click on the tabs below to see how we can help you make the most of your time at Ƶ.

  • Your route to College: Assessment of Needs

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    Your assessment meetings are completely confidential. You will have the opportunity to discuss how your condition affects you and how this may have an impact on your studies. The assessment gives us information to support you with your studies in your time at Ƶ. You may bring someone with you to these meetings if that helps you to feel more comfortable.

    The meetings will be geared to your requirements. They may take up to an hour but you may stay longer depending on what has been arranged. You will be advised prior to this so that you can make arrangements and/or adjust your routine on time. During your time here at college, we will regularly review your progress and reassess your needs if it is deemed necessary.

    Initial Assessments

    All students are invited to college prior to their enrolment so that we can assess their skills in Maths and English. This enables us to make sure the correct support is in place for their course.

  • Sensory Development

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    Hands-on experience is a major part of the teaching and learning process and our courses allow learners to progress at their own pace, working in an 8:1 learner to staff ratio. Subjects can be chosen to suit the learner but the emphasis during the first year is to:

    • Build up basic keyboarding skills in Maths and English
    • Develop and improve Braille skills for blind and partially sighted learners
    • Offer training in the use of specialised hardware and software
    • Prepare for employment or progression on to mainstream courses and/or examinations, with concessions offered to students

    If you wish to contact us to discuss sensory development support options please get in touch with

    Rachael Whittaker

    Senior Lecturer in Support for D/deaf Learners


    01204 482 603

    Lynn D Roberts

    Specialist Inclusion Co-ordinator for Visually Impaired Learners


    01204 482 596

  • Extra Help

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    If you think you need additional assistance to do well on your course, then study support might be for you. We can offer you the extra support needed for you to succeed and develop your skills for the future.

    Our dedicated team can help with your additional needs, such as:

    • Communicator support
    • Exam skills and support with concessions(The final decision about examination concessions is made by the examining boards)
    • Planning and organising your work and study skills
    • Maths, English and IT
    • Special assessment of your needs
    • Specific learning difficulties such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Asperger’s Syndrome
    • Study skills like essay-writing, note-taking and research skills
    • Technical equipment support
  • Getting around College

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    The College Campus on Deane Road was built to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act legislation and relevant good practice guides.

If you'd like to speak to our friendly Learner Support team about the support we can give you, please contact Carol Pearson or Chris Eccles on/or call Debbie Horrocks on.

You can download our Single Equality Scheme, which includes our Equality & Diversity policy, by visiting ourKey Policiespage.