Learning Support and Accessibility

We are committed to including and helping students with additional needs. Our Learning Support team is here to help and guide people with a range of learning differences and disabilities.

You can let us know about a learning difference, disability or medical condition on your application form, at your interview, or by contacting the Learning Support team. We have helped students with the following problems:

  • Dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia
  • Visual stress
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Asperger’s and Autism
  • Physical difficulties
  • Sensory impairment
  • Medical conditions

We offer:

  • Transition planning and attendance at school annual reviews from Year 9 onwards
  • Advice and support throughout the application, interview and enrolment process
  • Specialist assessment of needs before and during your period of study 
  • Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP)
  • Assistive Technology
  • Support in and out of timetabled sessions 
  • Exam arrangements 
  • DSA diagnostic assessment of learning needs for GC Higher Education students
  • Information, advice and awareness training for staff and students
  • Specialist Tuition
  • Chill out space, independent work space and private space

Assessment of Needs

When you get in touch, we’ll arrange an informal meeting with a member of our team to discuss what support you may need.

Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)

If you’ve been diagnosed with a specific learning difference, disability or mental health need and you want to study a Higher Education course at Gloucestershire College, you can apply directly to Student Finance England for financial support and an independent assessment.

If you are studying on a GC Higher Education course, please contact us to discuss your support needs.

Our current Non-Medical Helper (NMH) rates can be downloaded here.

Autism, Communication and Social Interaction 

We offer students with autism or Asperger’s syndrome a positive experience whilst studying at College. Our Autism Coordinators provide specialist help and guidance in a confidential setting.

To discuss how we might be able to help you, please contact Student Services who will put you in touch with a coordinator. 

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Case Study

Elliott, HNC Student and Former Sixth Former

Elliott, achieved a B and D in his A Level exams. He is now studying a HNC Diploma in Art and Design with Gloucestershire College and hopes this will lead him on to a career in media.

“I chose to study at Gloucestershire College  because a number of my friends recommended it as a great place to study. Prior to coming here, I didn’t have a job and wasn’t very good at exams. Now I have a job and I have passed all of my exams! I am really pleased. Gloucestershire College sixth form is great as it is not like a school and everyone is treated equally. I am now studying a HNC Diploma in Art and Design with the College.”