Application & transition

All students that complete an application form will be interviewed and receive confidential and impartial information, advice and guidance. The College works in partnership with young people, parents/carers and local authorities to determine whether the College can meet their needs and aspirations.

Applicants are actively encouraged to declare a learning difficulty/disability on pre-entry and throughout their course, so that appropriate support can be put in place to ensure maximum opportunities to achieve.

Specialist help and support is available to assist students to access the curriculum on offer.  We provide specialist support for autism, behavioural and emotional difficulties, moderate learning difficulties, dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD.  The College also provides specialist support for students with other physical disabilities including medical, mobility, mental health and sensory loss.

Our campus is fully accessible.  There are lifts in all three buildings and several automatic doors. It has a portable induction loop system.  There are accessible toilets available on each corridor as well as a Clos-o-Mat toilet for students who require help with personal care, along with staff to support access.

A range of assessment techniques are available to students with additional support needs.  All students are invited in to meet the staff and discuss their support needs before the start of the academic year.  Students are regularly reviewed at school, and other specialist arrangements can be made.  The College works very closely with schools, parents/carers, the local authority and the young person so that all information regarding a student’s needs is available prior to enrolment, and appropriate support put in place.

Students’ transition into College is arranged flexibly according to their needs, once accepted onto a course, students will be invited to attend summer schools and activities where they will meet other students and start to forge friendships before starting in September.  This is to ease the transition to College which can be a big step for some.

Click here for more information about assistive transport to college for students.

Special arrangements can be made according to need. Please speak to our Learning Support Team


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