Learning Support

We are committed to providing a safe, supportive and welcoming learning environment to help students to become independent learners. Our inclusive policies also aim to promote active participation and seamless integration into college life.

What is Learning Support?

Learning Support is additional support to assist students who might otherwise be unable to access a programme of study or who, by reason of their learning difficulty or disability, may require individual support. This Learning Support team assists students with disabilities, learning difficulties or medical conditions to realise their full academic and personal potential. Examples of difficulties includes specific literacy difficulties, Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, mental health difficulties or mobility difficulties. The team should be your first point of contact for any disability-related enquiry.

Should I disclose my learning difficulty and/or disability?

There is no obligation to disclose a learning difficulty and/or disability, either when applying to the College or throughout your time with us. However, if you require additional support, we strongly advise you do inform us so that the necessary plans and arrangements can be made to support you. All information is treated in a sensitive and confidential manner. The College also welcomes the student’s designated person (e.g. parent, guardian, carer, key worker, social worker, support worker) to attend any meetings with their Learning Support Coordinator.

How to make a referral

What happens when you complete a referral form:

  1. A Learning Support Co-ordinator will forward an initial needs assessment appointment for students eligible for learning support.
  2. During the initial appointment you will be asked to discuss your support needs and provide evidence.
  3. A support plan will be completed and shared with your tutors and learning support staff. This plan will be reviewed throughout the year.

    How we can support you

    Pre-entry guidance and advice
    Classroom and examination support
    An assigned Learning Support Co-ordinator
    Assistive technology loans and training
    Support packages to meet your needs
    1:1 support

    Types of support we can provide

    Mentor
    Notetaker
    Learning support assistant
    Assistive technologies
    BSL interpreter
    Transition support

    Preparing for College

    The Education Authority and the Autism Advisory and Intervention Service have produced a series of helpful videos to help prepare students for making the transition to College, including 'An overview of AD', 'Strategies for College' and 'Using the Stepping up Booklet.' To access the videos, please visit https://www.eani.org.uk/stepping-up-staff-training-programme

    Autism Accreditation By The National Autistic Society

    SRC is Autism Accredited by the National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading charity for autistic people. The distinguished Accreditation is awarded to businesses and organisations who showcase outstanding provision and support for those living with Autism and the positive outcomes that follow these measures.

    Examination Support

    Students with a learning difficulty or disability, who require examination support are advised to make an appointment with the Learning Support Coordinator.

    ACCESSABLE - Promoting Accessibility

    SRC is pleased to be working with AccessAble to promote the accessibility of our College campuses.

    Learning Support for Higher Education Students

    Higher Education students (Level 4 and above) who require learning support are advised to make an application to their local Education Authority for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). For more information please visit www.studentfinanceni.co.uk

    The Learning Support Team