Learning Support

Additional Learning Support (ALS) is highly valued at BCA and has a significant and positive impact on student success. About 60% of our learners receive learning support each year through in class and out of class support activities. This has enabled the College to establish a highly experienced, effective and integrated Additional Learning Support environment.

Students with specific learning difficulties and disabilities, as well as those who are considered vulnerable (i.e. looked-after children, young carers, those with mental ill health and/or medical conditions), benefit from Additional Learning Support at BCA.

The Additional Learning Support Team (ALS) provides cross-college support to students on all courses and at all levels. Support is available either in class, one-to-one, via assistive technology or on a drop in basis on the top floor of the Learning Centre (LC). The LC offers a quiet area where students can work in a relaxed and highly supportive atmosphere.

The team supports students who may be in need of additional assistance with their studies. A range of support is offered, including English, mathematics, study skills, essay writing and many more.

Examination access arrangements are also updated for students where necessary. Students may also self-refer or be asked to discuss concerns at any time during their studies at BCA.

Specialist tuition is also available for students with specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia and dyspraxia, and many students have progressed successfully to university.

We can also support those who are hard of hearing and have visual or physical impairments. Specialist assistive technology and equipment is available to support students in their studies.

Comments from our students:

“It is so reassuring to know that I have the ALS Team to support me when I am struggling.  They just get me back on track.” L3 Animal Care Student

“The team have helped me understand more about my dyslexia. This helps me manage myself and my work better.” A level Student

“The ALS team are very friendly and welcoming—they get me.” L2 Horticulture

It is important that any student entering BCA with a history of learning difficulty should give details during their interview process, to enable us to arrange appropriate support for September.

If you require further information or are likely to need support, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss individual requirements by calling 01628 827549.