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
- 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.
Nadia enrolled on the course two weeks prior to the birth of her baby three years ago and has now, on successful completion of her BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, secured a place at UWE (University of West England) to study nursing.
“Since I was 16 I have wanted to be an adult nurse and this course has allowed me to achieve that dream whilst raising my young daughter. With the support of great lecturers and a brilliant placement offer I passed my course with Distinctions.
My Personal Tutor was brilliant and supported me throughout the two years of the course and with my successful UCAS application. I really enjoyed my time at the Royal Forest of Dean campus and will miss everyone as much as I am looking forward to new experiences at university.”