Learning Support

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The College aims to provide a safe, supportive and friendly learning environment for all students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

Learning Support Referral Form

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 specific support beyond that normally provided by the College.

This support will assist 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. Examples of support include learning support assistants, mentors, scribes, special exam arrangements or assistive technology loan.

Students with additional learning support requirements will be interviewed and assessed in relation to their needs and an individual support plan drawn up and agreed with them.

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Should I disclose my learning difficulty and/or disability?

There is no obligation to disclose learning difficulties or a disability, either when applying to the College or throughout time spent studying at the College. However, we would strongly advise you to inform us as it is impossible to plan in advance if we are not advised of the support that you may require. All information will be treated in a sensitive and confidential manner.

How Can I Access Learning Support?

There are a number of options available for you:

  • Complete a Referral Form and forward to the Learning Support Co-ordinator. 
  • Contact the relevant Learning Support Co-ordinator in your campus by either calling into their office, e-mailing or calling them. Contact details can be found in the SRC Website
  • Speak to your Personal Tutor
What Support will I Receive on my Course?

The level of support that you receive will depend on your particular learning needs. Every student is treated on an individual basis.  Types of support can include the following:

  • Learning support assistant support
  • Mentoring support
  • Support for assistive technology
  • Special exam arrangements
How do I obtain special examination arrangements if I have any disabilities?

If you have a disability and are sitting exams an application may need to be made to your Awarding Body.

It is very important to let college staff know as soon as possible if you need any adjustments to make your course accessible to you, this includes special exam arrangements. If you have been permitted exam arrangements such as extra time, or a reader in your previous school and will be sitting exams here at the college, an application has to be sent to the Awarding Body at the beginning of the exam series. Please discuss examination support with your Personal Tutor or Lecturer who will make a referral to the Learning Support Co-Ordinator.

What support will I receive if I am a Higher Education student?

Students on Higher Education programmes who have a diagnosed learning difficulty or disability may be eligible to apply to their local Education Authority for the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). DSA can help with the cost of a non-medical helper (e.g. mentor or note taker), items of specialist equipment, travel and other course-related costs. If you need any advice or guidance on this process please contact your Learning Support Co-ordinator or alternatively view www.studentfinanceni.co.uk for further details.

AccessAble - Promoting Accessibility at SRC

Southern Regional College is pleased to be working with AccessAble to promote the accessibility of our College. Visit: https://www.accessable.co.uk/ and search for the campus you want to find your way around.

The Learning Support Team at Southern Regional College are:

Learning Support Manager
Donna Hughes
T: 028 38 397710/ M: 077 6716 7124 E: hughesdo@src.ac.uk

Jacqueline Simms
T: 028 3025 9612 / M: 077 3391 2872 E: simmsj@src.ac.uk
Lorraine Abbott
T: 028 3025 9612 / M: 078 4197 0567 E: abbottl@src.ac.uk

Siobhan Blaney
T: 028 3025 9612 / M: 077 3391 2871 E: blaneys@src.ac.uk

Rachael Hesketh
T: 028 3025 9612 / M: 077 1198 1715 E: heskethr@src.ac.uk

Caitriona Killoran
T: 028 3025 9612 / M: 077 1198 1741 E: Killoranc@src.ac.uk
Paula Shields
T: 028 302 59612 / M: 077 6716 7138 E: shieldsp@src.ac.uk

Donna Hughes
TFS Learning Support Co-ordinator
Campus: Greenbank, Hamiltonsbawn Road Armagh & Portadown

T: 028 302 59612/ M: 07767167124