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

Nadia, Former GC Student

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.”